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BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Aaron » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:10 am

Most of us will be purchasing a PSP in order to play Lunar Silver Star Harmony. Let me warn you. The thing is FRAGILE!

I totally smashed my LCD screen. It was an epic failure. I put it on the floor beside my bed (because I like to play at night or listen to podcasts) well...when I got up CRUNCH!

There went the screen. Luckly, I found a replacement screen on Amazon for $44. Replacing it was fun, but it is not an experience I recommend. My PSP is as good as new now, but I just wanted to remind everyone that PSP breakage could happen to you. I now have an old tin can that I put the PSP in by my night stand. In addition I bought a protective sleeve (to protect against scratches).

I wish I had pictures, but I don't have a digital camera. But the crack was a massive spider vein that sprouted out through the start button.

Anyway, invest the $5-10 to keep your $200 dollar investment safe. It's worth it!

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Werefrog » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:16 am

Wait... you stepped on it... what did you think would happen to it?

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Aaron » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:17 am

I remember telling myself that I would remember it was on the floor. But...alas...I killed it. haha!

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Quark » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:18 am

Yeah dude, I wouldn't call that fragile. I would just expect a screen to crack if it were stepped on. :P

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Postby Quark » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:19 am

:lol: These things happen I suppose.

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Postby Werefrog » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:20 am

Aaron wrote:I remember telling myself that I would remember it was on the floor. But...alas...I killed it. haha!


You could also invest in a night table. That would help as well.

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Silver Phoenix » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:21 am

If it was a Slim model I'm surprised the thing didn't totally die.

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Postby Aaron » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:23 am

Well it is pretty fragile. It's a huge design flaw. When compared to the Nintendo DS you can drop it every way, and as long as the DS is closed then the screens remain untouched. I have almost no scratched on my DS, except for the Stylus area.

The PSP on the other hand is very light, seemingly easier to bend, therefore making it easier to crack the LCD screen. The funny thing is that the faceplate on my PSP didn't crack when I stepped on it, it was the LCD screen underneath that did. That makes me think its a lot more fragile then it should be...can you imagine if you dropped an Ipod and the screen shattered? That's practically what can happen to the PSP.

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Silver Phoenix » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:35 am

Yeah, the unfortunate design of the PSP is that there is nothing protecting the screen. My DS screens are fine, but the outside clamshell has those superficial surface scratches even cleaning with a microfiber cloth. It's also black, so of course it's easy to cover the damn thing in fingerprints and you'll see every blemish. That's the worst part of anything covered in piano gloss black.

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Aaron » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:46 am

I have a 3000 model. I don't know if that is considered slim.

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Postby liquidpolicenaut » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:07 am

I don't think the PSP is THAT fragile but I agree that there is nothing to protect the screen that well from scuffs.

With that being said...seriously Aaron, you put the thing on the floor right where you get out of bed!! It's like me saying I left my DS by the bathroom sink and somehow it got wet! You must take better care of your stuff young man or no more systems for you!!!
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Postby Silver Phoenix » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:18 am

2000 and 3000 models are part of the Slim line. Original 1000 line models are thicker.

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Postby whitedragon_nall » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:49 pm

You should invest in a Logitech Playgear Pocket Slim PSP case. My 2000 is in great condition because of it. The PSP can be charged in case, played in case, and has removable rubber inserts so you can decorate it with your favorite art! I've dropped mine before and the PSP remains undamaged. Probably the best protection you can get for the PSP.

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Snipes101 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:57 pm

Well lol the PSP ISN'T THAT FRAGILE lol, but the screen is hard to protect from nicks and scratches. And toughs plastic add-on cases are to fat and make it harder to put(my slim) in my pocket.


But their is replacement screens and/or full house cases around for only $5-10 dollars.

I just bought a new full house piano black from my psp(2 years later), and it looks brand new with it.

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby phyco126 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:17 pm

Erm, I like to see someone step on the DS and tell me that its screen didn't break. LCDs are fragile regardless of what its in. Laptops, phones, MP3 players, TVs, Monitors, portable gaming devices... trust me, they all break the same. All it takes to break an LCD panel is a very small bend, so pressure that can come from anywhere.
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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Silver Phoenix » Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:29 pm

I also bought a Logitech Playgear Pocket Slim for my PSP 3000. The template for using skins on the rubber insert has a rough edge on the one side (defect) so I don't think I'll be creating any templates for it. It is a good case, and hell I never even bought a case for my DS like I wanted to.

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Kaiya-Sky » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:31 am

I've dropped my psp a few times (5-10), always while it was charging, either me or one of my cats would get tangled up in the charger cord no matter where it was and it would fall. Almost every time the battery popped out, but lucky no broken or scratched screen yet, every time i would fear i broke it.
I'm definitely alot more careful with my PSP then my DS, besides the dropping thing, which was caused by bad luck, since it all happened with in 3 months and hasn't been dropped in a long time

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Kizyr » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:45 am

Nintendo tries to design their handhelds to take a beating. If you compare any other handheld, they're all fragile by comparison: Atari Lynx, Game Gear, and PSP (I've actually owned all three of these... ....I don't recommend a Lynx, by the way, that thing was crap).

It's true, though. When you're used to being able to toss a DS in your back and not worry about it breaking, well, it's extra effort to be more careful with a PSP. KF

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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Jenner » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:45 am

In the process of carting my PSP around Magfest (first edition PSP) I dropped the thing from varied pocket distances no less than eight times (Kizyr can vouch) before I decided to let it have its freedom and stay home. It still worked.

I dunno, maybe its just the new PSPs that suck balls.
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Re: BUYER BEWARE!!!

Postby Silver Phoenix » Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:14 am

Why the hell were you carting your PSP around Magfest? I would think there would be enough going on there to keep you occupied, or were you bored?

It seems to me like your PSP needed to be attached to a very short bungee cord, complete with harnass. 8-)


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