Get it by May 01 to May 09 with standard delivery.
Handheld video game console with flip-top screen
Built-in screen light with on/off switch
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included) offers 10-18 hours of continuous play
32-bit RISC CPU
Backward-compatible--plays all Game Boy/Game Boy Advance games
Also available in other colours
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The new Game Boy Advance SP works essentially the same way previous Game Boy Advance models have, but adds a number of
thoughtful features to the design. The most obvious difference you'll see is the lighting feature built into the screen
so you can play in low-light situations without bulky external game lights that too often leave a hot spot on the screen
or fail to reach the corners. You can shut off this internal light to squeeze more playing time out of the power source
if you're in a situation with enough light to see the SP's reflective screen.
Speaking of power sources, the SP comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides between 10 and 18 hours
of gameplay from a three-hour charge. Also, the new clam-shell design will offer protection for the screen from
scratches when it's all closed up. As well as playing all your Game Boy Advance games, the system is backward-compatible
with almost all Game Boy/Game Boy Color titles.
At first look, you might think the Game Boy Advance SP is a sleek travel alarm clock; when closed, it's just
as tall and deep as the original GBA, but only half as wide. Its clamshell design protects the screen from everyday
scratches. Open it up and the hinge will seek out a preferred, pre-set angle (about 150 degrees), though you can open it
a bit wider or narrower for your own comfort. The hinge stands up well to lateral pressure.
Many decried the original GBA's reflective LCD screen and its reliance on external light sources. The Game Boy Advance
SP's main feature--optional built-in lighting--fixes this complaint nicely. The quality of the backlighting is very
good; it's bright and clear when looking directly at the screen, though less so from other angles.
The SP comes with a power adapter that recharges a built-in lithium battery; our informal tests found that it takes
about four hours to fully charge (you can play it while it's plugged in and charging), and the battery lasts about 11
hours with the backlighting constantly on. Using the backlighting less often will conserve battery power.
Size, power, and affordability don't come without trade offs, though. There's no headphone jack here--you'll need a
separately sold adapter--and the system isn't very loud at its highest volume. The L and R shoulder buttons are a
fraction of the size they were on the GBA, and thus are harder to hit, and the reduced size of the SP is slightly less
comfortable for adult hands than the GBA. The cartridge port placement on the lower part of the console is fine for GBA
games, since they are flush with the console body, but older Game Boy Color carts will stick out in a way that takes
some getting used to.
Overall, the SP is a significant improvement on, and seems just as rugged as, its predecessor--which has proven to be
very rugged indeed. --Porter B Hall