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Article #16 (79 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.lynx.reviews From: aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Doug Wokoun) Subject: LYNX: Lynx II (Z*Net) Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys) Reply-To: aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Doug Wokoun) Date: Wed Aug 28 20:22:32 1991 Taken from: Z*Net online magazine, issue #9133 (August 9, 1991): ======================================================================= ATARI LYNX II - REVIEWED ------------------------ by Jeff Payne ======================================================================= Jeff Payne is the SysOp of The -=Rad=- BBS (209) 636-2723 located in Visalia, California. Voice number is: (209) 636-2274. On Monday, August 5, 1991, at approx. 3pm pacific, the U.P.S. man finally delivered my Lynx II unit, after several months of waiting. In January, I first heard about a newer Lynx unit which was smaller, lighter, and overall better than the original Lynx. I was ready to sink $180 into a Lynx I unit, but after hearing (and reading) several good things about the newer model, I decided to go for the model II. I called Atari Customer Relations the very next day and spoke with one of the reps there. The gentleman told me that the Lynx II units would be shipping "next week". I was delighted, so I placed an order for a Lynx II unit on my credit card. A couple weeks later, I noticed that the U.P.S. man hadn't delivered my "portable color video game you can get away with" yet, so I gave the Customer Relations Dept. another call. The fellow told me that they wish to move the rest of the original Lynx units in stock before they start shipping the original unit. And you can't blame them. The new unit has sooo many benefits over the original model, that if both were available at the same time for the same price, the model I would not move at all in sales. I'm the type of person who likes to wait for better things. Many of you know me for my STE and the collection of STE software which I have distributed. Back when I was ready to sink a few hundred dollars into an ST computer, I heard about the STE. I heard so many good things about it compared to the ST that I decided to wait. To this day I'm glad I waited. Today I wish I had a TT030, and if I budget myself accordingly, I should be able to have one shortly. Anyhow, this is the part of this text file which you've been waiting for; comparisons between the Lynx model I and the Lynx model II: The first thing I noticed was the obvious difference is overall design and appearance. Basically every general area of the unit is the same color (dark grey with black controls. The model I has a joypad that's round with a cross in the middle. The model II is just a cross, but in my opinion has a more responsive and better feel for game play. The B-A buttons on the model I are round with a round groove in the center. The ones on a model II are square with a round groove in it. On the model I, the option buttons (on, off, opt 1, pause, opt 2) are all horizontal. On the model II, they are verticle, and slant accordingly toward the screen, similar to a ( ) effect. This adds to what all made this model more compact than the original. The screen is no differnt in size or appearance. To the top left of the screen on the model II is a little amber colored light indicating that the unit is on. When the unit's batteries are low, this light blinks rapidly. The power light was intended to remind you that your unit is on if you choose to turn the back light screen, which I will explain on the next paragraph. Directly under the on/off buttons debuts a new button labeled "backlight". When pressed, it allows you to toggle between having the screen light on, or off. This comes in use full if you decide to pause a game for a long period of time, and if it's running of the 6 AA alkaline batteries (not included), not as much power will be used up. On a model 1, if you do not make a move for approx. 5 mins., and you're using batteries, the unit will shut off automatically. On a model II, the unit will only shut off if you press the off switch, or if you let the batteries run down. This is where the new backlight compliments that fact that there is not "time out" feature on a model II. The built-in speaker on the right hand side looks cooler on a model II that a model I (in my opinion.) On a model one, the speaker looks like ::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::: On a model II, it sort of looks like ))))))) ))))))) ))::::) ))::::) ))::::) ))))))) ))))))) It's hard to describe on a text file like this. Here's a cool part. On a model I, if you plug in stereo headphones, you will hear your games in monophonic sound. But on a model II, you will hear STEREO sound, depending of course upon what game card you have in. I have Klax. When I hear the initial music, I hear it in stereo. During game play, when a tile comes tumbling down the center column, a sound of the tile tumbling down comes out of both speakers equally, making it sound like it is coming down right in front of you. But if the tile is tumbling down the far left column, the sound of the tile tumbling down only comes out of the left speaking, making it sound like the tile is tumbling down to the left of you. Same goes respectivly for the right hand side. This is one of those things that make you go... Hmmmm..... Klax came out before the Lynx II did. Did the makers of Klax for the Lynx anticipate of having stereo sound for the Lynx at a later date? Quite possibly! Nice investment, guys!!! (boy, typing this part was fun!) On a model II, both the Brightness and Volume knobs are located at the top, same as where the headphones, comlynx, and power ports are located. On a model I, one knob is on the bottom, one on top. New on a model II is a rubber grip on the bottom of the unit. I like it, and a read in the latest issue of the Atari Portable Entertainment newsletter that the editor likes it as well. It makes grabbing onto the Lynx feel better. The rubber on the bottom boosts your self estime (just kidding, but it's a neat thing to have.) As I look on the back of my Lynx II, I see two things which appear to be slots where you can slip some sort of strap into, which I would assume would allow you to carry around your Lynx unit via a strap which is attached to these two things which are sticking out on the bottom of the Lynx II unit. I'm not sure if the model I has this, or anything like this. Battery life span of a Lynx I is approx. 4 hours. On a model II it's approx. 5 hours (ooo, and extra hour!!) If you want, you may want to take time to build a D-cell battery pack. I will be getting some instructions of a guy who has done this. It lasts considerably longer with D batteries, as opposed to AA batteries. Weeeeell, I believe I've pretty much proved my point that the Lynx II is definately better than the Lynx model I. And I don't need to go into how both Lynx models far exceed the Sega Gear, TurboExpress, and that other Lame Boy thing. Not just that Lynx costs the same now as Lame Boy does. Not just that all Lynx games are designed for a 3.5" screen, unlike the TurboExpress, all games of which are designed for a full sized television. Not just that the Lynx runs at a whooping 16 MHz, a speed the Sega Gear will never reach. Heck, that's even faster than my STE! In fact, if I'm not mistaken, the Lynx's speed is faster that any other home video game system out there (except for maybe the Atari Jaguar, which is still in the distant future.) Faster than Neo Geo, Super NES, and even the Genesis. Well, it was fun writing this article. If you've any questions, give me a call. My voice number is at the top. By the way, as of this writing, my BBS (-=Rad=-) is down for a little while due to hardware problems, but should be going back up soon. I'll be posting on all Atari boards when that is. I'm also in a program called Advanced Marketing Seminars, which I believe is a great business opportunity. If you'd like, call me sometime and I'll tell you more about it. The model number under the Lynx II unit reads "PAG-0401" or "PA 3201". You may need this info to gain "full Lynx access" on certain BBS's. I'm aware of three Lynx only publications: A.P.E., On Target, and GameMaster. You'll also find good Lynx coverage in AtariUser, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Atari Explorer, and I'm sure there are a few others. Call me and I'll get you info on these mags. Cheers, and happy Lynxing! See you at the Atari shows! -- Doug Wokoun / / | If you don't (aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu) [o]-[o] | stand for something, ||| L (((( STe )))) | you will Atari / | \ S I G \___/ | fall for anything.