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This was my first attempt at modding anything, and couldn’t be happier with the results. Installation was very simple and just requires a little patience. The difference between the factory screen and the cloud screen is night and day. Thank you Handheld Legend!
Great screen with good clarity and sharpness. Easy install and works like a charm.
The screen itself looks great, and installation was not that difficult. The kit includes two small plastic spacers that provide the vertical placement of the screen, and the screen butts against the left side of the shell to provide the horizontal placement. This perfectly centers it with the stock lens. The colors do appear rather cool in the Gameboy Advance screen that shows without a cartridge, but it isn't noticeable in games. The only complaint I have at this time is with the brightness adjustment. I found that the brightness right out of the box is sufficient without bridging the two solder points to increase the brightness, so I won't be doing that. However, I can't quite get the touch sensor placed correctly so the brightness doesn't randomly cycle. I have taped it to the shell and placed some plastic between the sensor and the ribbon cable, but it still cycles. I'll keep working at it, though, because the brightest setting is pretty bright, and I want to be able to play in the dark without straining my eyes.
The first screen I received was cracked, but Handheld Legend sent me a replacement at no charge even though I technically didn't follow their testing procedures. To avoid this yourself, connect all the ribbon cables and splay the motherboard and screen out on your table with the screen facing down. Lay the back of the shell on the motherboard, insert your batteries, and carefully turn everything over. This will allow you to turn on the Gameboy and test the screen without laying it in the shell.
I was very excited about the fact that I may possibly be able to stop cutting my shells, but alas, that is not yet the option. The screen functions fine upon testing but when wrapping up the job and putting the two halves together, mine would not fit. It was so close, but just off enough to where modification of the shell is required. After modifying the shell so the screen would fit, I go the two halves together to find out that somthing had bridged, frying the GBA, as well as the screen had shattered in the process. I don't want to give up hope, but I recommend sticking with the old IPS v2 until the new clouds have their tolerances and bugs worked out.
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The install was as easy as they say, and the display looks great. The brightness fix works fine. And what everyone says about it not being flush and needing a bracket is also accurate. The top left corner (while playing) is offset back enough to be noticeable (the top row of pixels is not visibly parallel with the display), and the included spacers are just slightly off from an ideal vertical placement. Like others, I used a cut q-tip as a side spacer.
But these issues are not the end of the world. Most people ordering have read about the pros and cons. The stock GBA shell simply doesn't have a flat frame, and this comes with the territory of no-cut. My main problem is the display deciding to cycle through dimming settings unprovoked. I have cut the sensor, taped it in place, insulated it. I tried to reduce contact of the main ribbon with the cartridge frame. But the issue comes back over time. I may need to remove the sensor.
I do see that the chinese marketplace starting with an A has listings for this product, and some contain newer revisions with additional changes to the flex cable and more.
Works amazing just broke the screen the first time. Wish they sold it by itself.