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Good basic hardware let down by screen.
on 9 June 2014
I'm a great liker of the Fusion5 line. I own one of their other lines (Rapid5), and it works like a treat.
So, I unboxed this one with quite a bit of excitement, and was thrilled to see it had a bit of solidity to it when it came out. Not heavy, just solid feeling. That was a good start.
Then, on to the obligatory charging period. Bit of anticipation there, but it passed quickly enough.
Then I switched it on. And things were no longer quite to merry. The screen seemed to be horribly washed out. So, off to the settings to see what was going on. While looking for settings, the whole screen was shimmering across text and icons.
Not some hardware fault, just the viewing angle of the screen. That had me absolutely stunned. A viewing angle of about 10 degrees, if that. Any deviation, and the colours washed and changed. This was like a screen of a decade ago.
Viewing in landscape mode is just about possible if you have a very strict angle of screen presentation, and you hold yourself rigidly along that line. However, vary from it, and the colours wash and fade in an instant.
Try things in portrait, and you'll find anything towards the edges of the screen wash and fade. Any movement, and the now familiar wash and fade takes over,
Now, I'm not sure if this is just this particular one that's got a duff screen, so it's going straight back, but I'd really hate to think that something that looks like it has so much potential gets wiped out by such a poor choice of display (after all, that's the thing you look at most!).