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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:42 am 
hi, Do you know where can one buy a cheap Electronic Sensor Board like one from DGT but not so expensive?http://www.houseofstaunton.com/chesscomputers.html


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I work in a chess shop - and I can tell you that DGT boards are NEVER inexpensive ;)

You can get table-top computers that will work the same way though. Possibly of the Novag's - though I don't recall the one exactly.


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well it doesnt have to be DGT maybe some other (cheap) brand


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flex567 wrote:
well it doesnt have to be DGT maybe some other (cheap) brand


To be honest as it’s a specialist item I don’t really think there are any other ‘cheaper’ brands, I’ve never come across one of those sets that isn’t DGT manufactured - to be honest I see little point in them, their main purpose is for demonstrations (though I presume you can play a game OTB and project it to an audience at the same time - but then who really needs to do that) just use your mouse on Fritz!

They usually go for about £300 upwards, it's a fact you just have to face! I picked one up a year ago, second hand, on a stall at a Congress - it set me back £95, I got it because I quite liked the idea of using it while playing opponents on the internet. Since then I think I’ve played on it about 10 times and even less actually plugged into my laptop! Believe me the novelty wares off.


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Nasgard wrote:
flex567 wrote:
well it doesnt have to be DGT maybe some other (cheap) brand


To be honest as it’s a specialist item I don’t really think there are any other ‘cheaper’ brands, I’ve never come across one of those sets that isn’t DGT manufactured - to be honest I see little point in them, their main purpose is for demonstrations (though I presume you can play a game OTB and project it to an audience at the same time - but then who really needs to do that) just use your mouse on Fritz!

They usually go for about £300 upwards, it's a fact you just have to face! I picked one up a year ago, second hand, on a stall at a Congress - it set me back £95, I got it because I quite liked the idea of using it while playing opponents on the internet. Since then I think I’ve played on it about 10 times and even less actually plugged into my laptop! Believe me the novelty wares off.


Software manufacturers almost always add 3D boards to their software and they seldom (if never) deliver. My personal experience with the DGT-board is very positive; playing against a screen is for me always worse than playing on a real board against your computer opponent. Nothing beats real 3D view and insight.

There are a few setbacks - one of them you have to keep the board out as it can be a hassle to set it up, connect it etc. So a permanent place in your home is the best way, and not everyone has that ability.

And most important: if it's worth the hefty price tag: that remains to be seen. As you conclude yourself that's a matter of personal preference and experience.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:35 pm 
flex567 wrote:
hi, Do you know where can one buy a cheap Electronic Sensor Board like one from DGT but not so expensive?


Maybe on eBay? In that case you might end up with a perfect DGT one without the original price tag.


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DGT has been talking about producing a wireless version for ages. It would be a big improvement...


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to be honest I see little point in them


Sensor board is very useful because it can store games you play with your friends or in tournaments


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flex567 wrote:
Sensor board is very useful because it can store games you play with your friends or in tournaments


So can a piece of paper and a pencil ;)


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yes, but not in blitz games


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