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      20.08.2001 19:35
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      Following the advice of MattMus, I bought the Olympus Eyetrek 200PS from Argos to give it a try. What a disappointment. In all fairness I was a little excited to bring the box home and plug it into the Sky box. Once opened, the copious amount of advice and safety warnings in various languages certainly didn't dissuade me from giving it a try. The box includes all the bits you might need including phono leads for video and left/right audio, a scart-to-phono adapter and even three phono gender-benders. After I plugged it in and put it on I had to sit uncomfortably on the floor about four foot away from the Sky box so the leads would reach. I am aware, however that you can get a transmitter unit so you can become 'cordless' (see the website). After going through all the different set-up screens including a password facility the LCD screen lit up with the movie 'Ivanhoe' (not my choice). The sound through the integrated earphones was not unlike that from a set for your portable minidisc player and, to a point you were immersed in your own multimedia experience. On occasion I found myself moving my head in time with the cinematic pans across the scenes and it did feel like I was looking through a window into the movie. The screen is quite unmistakably LCD. You do lose an awful lot of quality if your expecting the crisp images of a £600+ Television. To give you an idea of the size of the image, make a rectangle with your thumbs and forefingers in classic 'Film Director' fashion and hold about two to three inches from your face. Now imagine everything you would like to see shrunk to fit inside it. Also, if you suffer from astygmatisms then you may find this gadget will give remarkable eye strain as well, although wearing it with your glasses should correct that. The nose support was also not as adjustable as I assumed and I found it pinched slightly. Frankly, I was less than impressed and certainly not to the tune of
      £300. One plus with the Eyetrek is once mounted on your face it doesn't impede on your peripheral vision so you can see when your girlfriend is making gesticular remarks at you. It does let you play your Playstation2 whilst she watches the TV in the same room as well, so no more 'can we watch telly now?' questions. Overall, thanks to the 16 day moneyback guarantee I will not curse this buy. I was glad of the try-out but I wouldn't think of purchasing this again until it was at least a third of the price. 04/10/2001: As an addendum to my opinion, Argos is NOT the place to buy this product to try it out. Although in the current catalogue it does not stipulate the item is exempt from the 16 day money-back guarantee it will say it on the receipt. They will point this out to you if you try to take it back and leave you with a £300 toy you may not want. I had to kick up such a fuss and almost throw a tantrum get over this and it involved ringing up the customer careline in the back of the catalogue. Just thought you'd be wise to know...

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        12.04.2001 23:13
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        Well let me start by saying, if you want to try it buy it from a store that offers a refund if not satisfied!!!! The Eyetrek 200 simulates a 32 inch television screen from about 1.5 metres and has a host of connectivity options for connection to television, video, DVD, Playstation 2 etc. etc. I purchase mine soley to use in conjunction with my PS2 system (imagine console games on a 32 inch screen)......more on that later... What's in the box..... one pair of lightweight glasses, connection cables, powerpack and manual.... The manual scared the hell out of me with the first 3-4 pages taken up with health warnings - enough to put it all back in the box without even turning it on! Anyway onces assembled I tried watching television first: Good picture (if a little fuzzy due to the LCD screens contained in the glasses)...you have to look up slightly in order to see properly and although the effect was initially impressive the nausea (after 15 minutes) and general feeling of sickness was somewhat less! Saying that if you could stomach it, it did what it said on the box and worked quite well - although my wife did not find me quite so socialable whilst inside the tv... DVD/Video was the same - except the sharper quality you'd expect from DVD was lost due to the granularity of the LCD screens in the eyeglasses.... Finally, the acid test - could I stomach the nausea for the pleasure of large screen PS2 entertainment....in short no! I wish I could and I really did try but imagine racing games where the car screams to the left and your head/body remains motionless....OK on a normal tv from a reasonable distance but when 'in yer face' it does not take long - a few minutes - before your stomach starts heaving...... Thank god the store I purchased it from offered a 16 day money back guarantee.....that's one thing Argos are good for........... Gr
        eat idea - but unfortunately NASA training required...

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