The hunt for a perfect DS Lite

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Jun 5, 2007
  1. berlinka
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    I've had DS for over a year...but there was one thing really annoying. The touch screen didn't seem to be very responsive. It was not like a touch screen, I really had to press down so it was more like a press screen. For instance when I was playing Club House Games and I played darts, the dart occasionally just 'fell out of my hand'. A friend's DS didn't have that problem, the touch screen wasn't 'bumpy' at all, nice and flat and very responsive.

    I got so annoyed by it that I decided to sell it and buy a new one. So I went to the store (Dixons) and wanted to make sure I got a perfect DSLite so I asked if he could switch it on and let me tap the screen. But it was almost the same as mine! I couldn't believe it. I really had to press down into the "cushion" to get a response. So the fellow got me another one to try. Well, this one was a lot better, at least it was sort of a touch screen, but I didn't understand, because my friend's DS was just a true and perfect touch screen without that cushion effect. So I said that I really wanted to think this over.

    Then I went to another store (Dynabyte) and....well, the same story. We just tried one this time. But it was terrible, very bumpy screen (you know like pressing into a fricking pillow), so I said I was sorry but didn't want to buy basically the same DSLite that I already had.

    So I went to a toys store. I got to try it out and YES, it was a perfect touch screen. So I went home, very happy with my new DSlite. At home, tried it for a while, suddenly I was shocked because I discovered the top screen had some dark cloud at the bottom. My wife, my friend, everybody could clearly see it, and well my goal was getting a perfect DS Lite and so I just went back to the store the next day. The girl from the shop agreed with me that there was a real cloud on the top screen, so again I got a new one. Again perfect touch screen. But outside I thought "Well, I'll give it a closer look now". What did I see??? A dead pixel!!! I couldn't believe it!! I immediately went back. Got a new one; perfect touch screen and no dead pixels; again outside I gave it another shot....and...you know what? The touch screen was "movable", when I pressed it a bit (think of games where you have to use the thumbs) it just went "click clack click". I thought I was losing my mind!!! I went inside the store again. There I got to try 3 more (white) DS Lites.

    Well the last one was a real good one! And I was happy. Did I ask too much? I think not. I just wanted a DS with a good "touch" screen and clear screens. That's all. I just couldn't find it.

    What's wrong with Nintendo that they put out so many half baked products? I mean only 1 of the 7 DSLites I tried was 'okay'. I say okay because even my new DS Lite has that yellowish colour at the top of the bottom screen, but I actually can't be bothered anymore. I do have to say I'm really disappointed in Nintendo because of this.
     


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    I got a DSlite and after 2 years with a DSphat, the difference was amazing. So amazing that after literally playing it for 10 minutes and I had to go back to the DSphat to get the wifi settings, it was all, "urgh, was I playing this?"

    Anyways, the screen I got doesn't feel responsive in some places which didn't help in EBA/Ouendan but I was still pleased with it anyways. But to be honest, your search for the perfect DSlite was bordering on OCD
     
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    I don't think so. I think the screens AND the touch screen are the main reason why people buy a DS(Lite) so why is it strange that when you know there are perfect functioning DSes you can't demand one?
     
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    I haven't noticed any problems with mine. Though maybe it's a problem with a Dutch batch. Mind you I got mine in Japan (and it's actually an American DS...since they're always sold out here, so some stores sell imports).
     
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    u sound like my friend,
    1st oh touch screen is bad
    2nd oh no dpad is not responsive in the corner
    3rd oh no R&L are kind of lose!
    4th oh no the buttons need more pressure!!
    lol, im happy enough mine works and i can get around how they made it.
    however if i buy a second one i (while keeping my ccurrent one) i will make sure i take care of it from the start, screen protector and case and all
     
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    Well actually I don't even bother going over all the buttons, d-pads and shoulder buttons. The touch screen and just the screens overall is what I find important.

    Funny thing is my brother thought I was whining, but then I said, "well if you buy a brand new car, and there's a little scratch on the hood, you also go back don't you?"....... He agreed with me....
     
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    I did the same thing - except I seemed to get many units with bad pixels. My current DSL has no stuck pixels, but the bottom screen is yellow, and I think it suffers from a slightly hard-to-press R button and a clicky touch screen (like you can press it down, and I can see the screen bend when somebody pushes it)
     
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    every German DSL has the yellow touchscreen but immortal hinges. I am fine with mine. Staff in our stores won't even let you try them before you buy.
     
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    Same at my local EB. Something about paying for it when you open it (they seal it with SECURITY tape [​IMG])
     
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    3 lites, 3 hinges cracked. so thats bullshit.

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    sorry I was talking about the black ones
     
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    what causes the yellow tint because my phat ds only got it last year and i have had it since the release day, why did the yellow tint appear all of a sudden [​IMG]
     
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    Oh, this reminds me, I was in Hong Kong buying the DSlite and the staff was fine opening up a brand new white DSlite box and letting me grab my greasy mitts on it.... and then I said the word that would probably bust a vein in ANY seller.

    "Can I have the black version instead"

    Hey. I'm happy with the Dslite even though it meant that minute of pure embarrassment.
     
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    I have an American DS lite from around Launch and it has got the best of everything...
    4 bad pixels (one dead, 2 constantly lit and one that's slightly darker), a hinge crack, faulty D-PAD, loose stylus and weird shoulder buttons.
    I later bought an Aussie DS lite which only suffers from one bad pixel in an undisturbing location, the rest seems to be more or less fine.
    Both are white BTW.
     
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    Well, major RESPECT to anyone who can live with with a dead pixeled DS. I really couldn't stand it and probably I would never play with my DS because of this. I think a cracked hinge may be bearable and just maybe I could even live with f&*^ed up shouderbuttons...but dead pixels!!?? 3/4 of the DS surface is SCREEN for cryin out loud!
     
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    Haha. I totally know that feeling. I had the same thing happen when I went back to the SNES to try out Mario Kart again.
     
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    I had to exchange mine 2 times before getting a perfect one. But mine isn't perfect in a sense, it has a loose R button and like you said, 'cushion' touch screen. Well, at least it's quite sensitive.
     
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    I think with handhelds you'd best buy it at a shop where you at least can try it out. I mean when I get my Wii, I don't care how it looks or if its not totally slick, or if it has a scratch, cause I just care about my telly and the remote I hold.

    With handhelds is another thing...you always have it like 7 inches from your face so you see everything painfully clear [​IMG]
     
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    My BLACK DS Lite is perfect. Is it me or are the white ones just doomed to death?
     

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