Hooked Up - RealView's V-Screen

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posted 3/18/2010 by Dan Keener
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Welcome to Hooked Up, the Gaming Nexus series that puts the spotlight on gaming related products that impact the Video Game experience. This week we take a look at RealView’s V-Screen for the PSP.


What is it?
The V-Screen from RealView is touted as “depth enhancing technology” for the Sony PSP 1000, 2000, 3000 and Slim. This translates into an all-in-one case and magnifying system that allows users to play their PSP with the best possible detail on-screen.


Impressions
One of the companies I wasn’t able to schedule at CES last January was RealView and their depth enhancing PSP product the V-Screen. So I was excited to get my hands on it when a sample was sent out to us later in the month. When I first pulled the V-Screen fro the packaging, it was very obvious that if nothing more, the device would be just about the sturdiest case for your PSP that can be found on the market. In addition to the V-Screen, a cleaning cloth and a rubber boot to make it fit better with the PSP-2000 and 3000 can also be found inside the box.

The design is pretty slick, as the concave screen is actually embedded into the lid of the V-Screen and pops open on a spring hinge when the release tab is touched. Unfortunately, when the V-Screen is fully open, it is about the same height as a can of soda and is rather bulky to maneuver.


However, even though the V-Screen basically doubles the size of the PSP slim (or even the Original PSP-1000), it has several benefits including acting is armor for your PSP. The biggest benefit is how much closer it brings the gaming or movie watching to you. Because the depth enhancing lens acts almost like a magnifying glass, you get to see everything larger, and in some cases, more clear that just looking at the normal PSP screen.

While it won’t give you true 3D, it does a nice job of making the games and movie “pop” off the screen. I played several hours of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars using it and it really helped me with the game because I could see everything better.

There were some obstacles to overcome while using the V-Screen. The first was getting used to playing PSP while getting used to holding a device that was twice as thick and strange to hold. The other big issue was the amount of reflective glare that catches the lens due to overhead lighting. This is easily solved by holding the rig at a different angle, but if that is the natural positioning of where you hold your PSP, it can be a detriment.

Pros
Provides outstanding depth and magnification of PSP screen
Excellent protection for the PSP
Case and screen are rugged

Cons
Bulky
No access to Wi-Fi switch or Memory Stick slot
Glare off of lens
$49.99 price higher than original MSRP
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