I’ve been following Atari developments since I first started using the internet back in the mid-90s and along that time I’ve heard many promises among the homebrew side of things. Many things have made it, but many more have not. Among those promises have been getting a new screen or a TV-out for the Atari Lynx. I recall one project that was going to cost about $200 to pull off but it never materialized. If you’ve had or used a Lynx before then you know how different the screen looks than other color LCD screens with vertical lines, particularly odd ghosting artifacts and the image will fade depending on how you hold it(IIRC this is because it was a passive matrix LCD, which was pretty early tech for LCD displays). It was issues like those and the power consumption caused by the screen that created some of the top sticking points against the system.

In recent years, efforts have been made to address this but we now have the first I am aware of that provides kits for users to mod the Lynx themselves – both with a new LED backlit screen and a VGA out to boot.  this is all thanks to a user called McWill, who has figured out the issues and created a professional grade kit to install as well. The results I have seen from all of the posters show an impressive difference – while you cannot adjust the contrast/brightness anymore, the vivid display is worth it. It also drastically improves the battery life, which is now in the 8 hour range as opposed to the 2 or 3. The VGA out also allows you to use this as though it was a retro game console. I’m looking at ordering one and trying this out myself, I have 3 Lynxes lying around so it would be worth it for at least one of them. Here is a video by GadgetUK showing how to install it; if you just want to see the new screen jump to 15:31; 20:33 shows a quick comparison between the original and new which a night and day difference. Amazing work by McWill:

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About Shaggy

I addition to my professional work in the arcade industry which has ranged from operator to consultant, I like to write about other subjects that interest me as well...if I can find the time.

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