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Wed, 06 Jan 2010 15:29:54

I think some may be having problems because they are using it on monitors and not an HDTV which means they are having compatibility problems with weirdo resolutions.

Anyhow, snowed in here, no sign of this coosis box showing up.

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Wed, 06 Jan 2010 15:38:44
Are you making snowmen with carrot-like wangs?
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Wed, 06 Jan 2010 17:37:26
I ate all my carrots last night. True story.

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Wed, 06 Jan 2010 17:52:35

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I ate all my carrots last night. True story.

I picture you eating them in a full body bunny suit. Assless.

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Wed, 06 Jan 2010 18:09:05

Shit, another review. What do I believe?

Does what a vga box should August 21, 2009
Reviewer: Tom from Maine
This thing works flawlessly. I've tried using various tuner cards, some of which exceed $150 and can't come close to the quality of this device. The image is clear even on games that don't support progressive scan. There is no input lag whatsoever, which is a huge problem with other solutions. This looks far better on my lcd monitor using this vga box than it ever did on my friend's hdtv. For reference I'm using a ps2 slim with component cables.

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Wed, 06 Jan 2010 18:18:53
Hmm, this one looks like it's written in actual, non-broken english, so there might be a chance of this guy being an actual customer and not a chinese man google translating shit.
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Wed, 06 Jan 2010 18:33:47

I found an ebay shop that lets you buy it and return it under a 14 day no quibble guarantee.

But their prices are pretty high.

Play asia is cheap, but once you put customs charges on it comes out at £66, Consolegadgets is about £69 ships from the UK with free postage. It comes with a 3 month guarantee but only for faulty products.

Then the ebay shop offers 14 day returns if you're not happy with it, you just pay return postage. But their price is about £73

Expensivo.

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Wed, 06 Jan 2010 19:49:38

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Hmm, this one looks like it's written in actual, non-broken english, so there might be a chance of this guy being an actual customer and not a chinese man google translating shit.

Most of those reviews I posted in that one block are from play-asia.

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Thu, 07 Jan 2010 11:22:56

Shit, I just ordered the Mega cool box.

14 day no quibble return policy.


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Thu, 07 Jan 2010 14:15:57

Found another review for the Mega Cool Box

http://www.dcemu.co.uk/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=142650

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I connected my PSP Slim, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Dell computer to the Mega Cool VGA Box and to my Dell 24" 1080p Widescreen monitor. All worked flawlessly without a problem. Pictures displayed just like it would on a TV/monitor. There were no lags or distortions. I liked that you were able to change the resolution and refresh rate from the VGA box rather than going through all the menus on your monitor/TV. What I dont like however is that it only supports 1 component cable. Luckily, I have the multi-console cable but others might not and this may be an annoyance.

When switching devices, it does not remember the display resolution. So you'll have to go and change it each time. Its not a big problem but would be nice if it remembered the previous setting. I like the fact that it gets it power through the USB. Having multiple consoles, TV, satellite box, computer and other devices plugged in, I am running out of sockets in the surge protector. So using a USB port from either the Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 or PC is a PLUS in my book. If you're not using that device that the VGA box is connected to, it wont be powered. So you'll have to turn it on.

Conclusion : Overall, the XCM 1080p Mega Cool VGA Box works great but as mentioned, it only allows for one component input. So if you have a PS3, Wii and Xbox 360, you can only connect one. If you want to play a different console, you'll have to unplug the cable and insert the other one. If you're like me and want to make your life easier, I suggest looking into XCM Multi-Console Component Cable v3. One cable that has all the connections for all consoles. When you want to use that console, just move the switch to that corresponding console and you're ready to go. No unplugging or plugging needed.

Would be nice if this was extended to incorporate additional component cables and turned into maybe a selector?


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Thu, 07 Jan 2010 14:32:48


Bad news PS2 fans Sad

http://ntsc-uk.domino.org/showthread.php?t=94592

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I've just got my PS2 setup with it today and although I never expected the image to be the best seeing as after all it is a PS2, I'm still a little disappointed with the picture quality from the XCM Box, I've got a faint green ghosting image over the picture thats really noticeable when the screen goes black.

Also it doesn't seem to handle dark colours very well, part of the opening video to ICO was almost impossible to see on the bit where their on a boat inside a cave. Just wondering if the HDPro has these same sort of issues as I'm tempted to sell this and get one of those if they have none of these problems.


And yet another contrasting opinion:

"Kind of an old thread, but I'll reply anyway. One such converter is the XCM "mega cool" vga box. Dumb name I know, but it works like magic. It takes component input and converts to vga, along with scaling and deinterlacing if required.  I use it for my ps2 and have used it for a wii, and it looks great."

And another contrasting opinion:

"I've tried the "XCM Mega Cool 1080p vga box" and while it's ok and does scale to 1600 x 1200 on my LCD HDTV it doesn't actually scale to 1080p without vertical lines that are rather bothersome (which explains why it's only $70). The XCM also doesn't really do any Deinterlacing which gets rid of those annoying jaggies that you see in all Wii games on a big screen HDTV. "

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Thu, 07 Jan 2010 15:16:54

Hunted down a cached review from Gamereports.

http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=%22http+www+gamersreports+com+review+188+2%22&d=4527058791629286&mkt=en-GB&setlang=en-GB&w=8c652ad2,c9b4d194

Part 1 just talks about how the unit looks so I only linked to page 2

Gamereports said:

On top of this, the unit just works better. There were some complaints that the previous VGA box, the XCM 1080p VGA box Plus PSP2VGA, had issues with certain VGA/LCD screens. I can gladly report that on the four monitors I tried it with, both the PS3 and Xbox360 1080p and 1600x1200 settings worked perfectly, and went off without a hitch. Both the PSP and Wii worked as well at the lower, non-HD resolutions. The image quality is outstanding for an $80 USD unit, and as you know, some VGA upscan converters cost as much as $300 USD. The XCM Mega Cool box rivals the big boys in image quality, take my word for it. Is it identical to the expensive units? Of course not, but for the price and features, it will suffice for almost anyone.

Is there a downside to the unit? Well, not really, but if I had to nitpick a couple of things, I could. Firstly, there is no way to use this VGA box with an HDMI signal/input. Of course, this would require some hefty hardware, and frankly, I am not even sure if it is exactly legal, what with HDCP and whatnot. Also, this VGA box comes with fewer cables than the previous VGA box, which is something that I have always praised XCM for – their inclusion of as many cables and accessories as possible. All the Mega-Cool VGA box includes is the USB to mini-USB cable for powering the unit. Something to note - the USB power cable included plugs into two (2) USB slots on the PC for extra power if needed. The unit cost about $20 USD more than the previous unit with PSP2VGA, but these days, for the improvements you get, $20 USD more is insignificant.




The latest installment of VGA box from XCM is certainly the pinnacle of VGA box technology produced by XCM. The outward design, size, features, and price, all make the unit the one to purchase if you are in need of TV/monitor space, or in need of a way to view your console signal (or really any HDTV signal) on an LCD monitor or HDTV. Consider the unit a “Swiss Army Knife” of signal converter for any monitor. XCM has done it again, and we expect nothing less from them. If you need a VGA box and you want good quality at a reasonable price, then the Mega Cool box is the way to go. If you already have a VGA box from XCM or otherwise, then unless you paid big money for it, you may even want to consider upgrading again to the latest technology included in the Mega Cool package, and like I said – it is a lot sexier!


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Thu, 07 Jan 2010 17:59:48

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So I was just dicking around with the TV and I put it in 4:3 mode with the Wii and wow, huge difference. So much sharper. With Resolution + cranked up to max it was shades away from the 1080p Dolphin emu pics on GAF. There were definetely jaggies there, but the sharpness, definition and clarity were twice as good as on 16:9.

I had the Wii set to 480p widescreen, but the TV on 4:3. So why is this happening? Does the wii not output a widescreen picture very well?

So my visible picture shrunk from 42" to 33" but the old TV was 27" so its all good either way.

It actually makes me regret buying these devices (which still haven't showed up) when the picture can look like this. Mario Galaxy looked awesome, it had eye searing colour and clarity although sometimes you could notice a few more jagged edges.

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It wasn't far off this^ the edges were definetely more jagged, but the sharpness and colour was there.

NSMB was improved a lot, the 2D backgrounds looked crystal clear but the tiny scalable character models still had a fair amount of pixelation. Another code was sharper and more detailed although the jaggs showed around the hair. Umbrella Chronicles is showing its age though.  

Hmm, even at 1080p emulated UC still looks tardy.

http://i39.tinypic.com/s3n2o5.jpg

Do me a favour guys, if you play Wii on an HDTV via components leave your settings on 480p widescreen but on your TV set it to 4:3.

Tell me the difference in sharpness and clarity between that and 16:9.


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Thu, 07 Jan 2010 18:19:53

New device alert

http://www.x2vga.com/

The New X2VGA2 2.0 fully support 1080p is available now!

The X2VGA 2 High Definition VGA Transcoder by Neoya is designed to work with any gaming console or video device that has a standard component video output, such as the Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Wii, GameCube, Xbox 360, and Xbox, etc. With the X2VGA 2TM and a standard VGA monitor, users can play their favorite games at 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolutions - over double that of a standard TV! The X2VGA 2TM makes games come alive, delivering the sharpest, most realistic visuals available. Furthermore, the exceptional 480i EasyViewTM and Input AutoSelect features provided by the X2VGA 2TM make it easy for users to fully enjoy the mind-blowing audio and visual effects.



Comparing with the former X2VGA TM, the X2VGA 2TM is compatible with various gaming consoles and video devices, and presents you with the perfect visual performance by its brand-new design of video processing circuits. Moreover, the newly integrated two sets of video inputs and PC pass-through function on the X2VGA 2TM even allow a quick switch between your gaming consoles and PC.


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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 03:27:23
Wouldn't that distort the image?

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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 03:58:14

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Wouldn't that distort the image?

Yep, everything would look squished; taller and thinner than normal. It would look something like this:

16:9 Normal display

16:9 squished into 4:3

TBH, I couldn't play games like that. Everything has to have its proper aspect ratio.

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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 11:06:06

^Nope, even with wii set to widescreen it looks fine. But I set it to 4:3 anyway and it looked just as good.

In other news I got the Megal Cool XCM VGA box this morning. What a POS, returning it now.

Firstly it doesn't tell you what resolution or refresh rate it's on, so you need a monitor or TV that can tell you that, but even forgetting about that, it only displayed in 4:3, the jaggies were only a tiny bit improved. It put ugly visible scanlines on the tv and there were even green artifacts in darker areas of the screen.

I also got the Coosis box in my hands right now, will test in a bit.


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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 12:02:21

Initial impressions of the Coosis box are good.

Simple plug and play, full widescreen, sharper. There are a couple of provisos though. Still testing.

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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 12:05:12
Need to test GC 480i games.

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