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  • 4 months ago · Quote · #161

    Eyechess

    The significant statement above being, "...if I owned a Chronos II..."

    The fact is that the buttons on the Chronos II are solid and stable.  I have one that I have played Blitz with for 13+ years now with the buttons operating as well with the same action as when they were new and also compared to my newer Chronos clocks.

    Of course everyone should feel free to modify products they own to make those products more palatable for the owner Smile

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #162

    MaximRecoil

    Eyechess wrote:

    The significant statement above being, "...if I owned a Chronos II..."

    Every statement I make is significant relative to my post, else I wouldn't make it in the first place.

    The fact is that the buttons on the Chronos II are solid and stable.  I have one that I have played Blitz with for 13+ years now with the buttons operating as well with the same action as when they were new and also compared to my newer Chronos clocks.

    Not as solid and stable as they could be. The stock buttons sit above the top of the clock with no shroud, which makes them succeptible to damage from side impacts due to leverage (arcade buttons have no such succeptibility; they sit low and are mostly shrouded). Can you imagine installing those keyboard buttons on a Defender, Galaga, Donkey Kong, etc., in a big city arcade in the early 1980s, or in a Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat in the early 1990s? They'd be lucky to last a week.

    I have a Super Punch-Out machine (Nintendo, 1984 - http://i.imgur.com/czUKSy8.jpg), which has 3 buttons (the big blue one [Omron ZAP-2A] being an extra heavy-duty design), and a 5-way joystick, for a total of 8 microswitches, and all of them are still the original Omron brand microswitches that Nintendo installed in 1984, and they all work perfectly. This machine spent nearly 20 years on location in various commercial arcades before I acquired it in 2005 (it's had a very easy life since then).

    Of course everyone should feel free to modify products they own to make those products more palatable for the owner

    It is what they should have used in the first place. I know of no momentary switch/button design which can take as much of a beating as an arcade button, and which is so easy and inexpensive to replace (either the whole assembly or, because it is modular, just the microswitch).

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #163

    wiscmike

    The new design clock from ACE sounds interesting. However if one needs a clock now I can't see what is wrong with getting a chronos for under $100 with the 15% discount and free shipping as the new clock may be a while in production.  When you have tooling etc. even packaging issues involved in selling the end product experience seems to show that the intention is good in nature that these will be available soon but I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't ready till 2016 (the production models). Usuaally even a single sided PCB board costs bucks for tooling so I am guessing the first run might be 500 units to spread out the start up costs. 

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #164

    Eyechess

    Of course you're right Mike.  I just went to Wholesale Chess and saw they still have Chronos clocks available.  Seeing that the new "pig in a poke" clock is still an unknown regarding price, quality and time of availability Getting a Chronos now at the lesser price is a good idea.

    I already have a few Chronos clocks, three, so I'm in no hurry to get one.  That's why I can wait for this new one.  And someone in this thread mentioned not being in a hurry to get one, that's why I talked about waiting.

    When available, the Chronos is still the best clock out there, in my opinion.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #165

    azbobcat

    A quick Update: Wholesale chess still has Chronos clocks available but the are down ONLY to the push button version:

    They have 5 WHITE clocks and 6 BLUE clocks. If you have put off buying a clock and REALLY want a clock...

    Hope you all have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #166

    real_tzs

    All 6 options (blue, white, black) x (button, touch) are available at The Chess Store for $114.95 (a nickel less than Wholesale Chess).

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #167

    Bardu

    I am selling a new Chronos II (black, push botton) for $99.99 + shipping. That is quite a bit less than you can generally find them for online.

    I put it on Ebay for your safety and mine:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chronos-Digital-Chess-Clock-II-Push-Button-Black-/201261132307?

  • 13 days ago · Quote · #168

    azbobcat

    So far both Wholesale Chess and The Chess Store are carrying the Chronos II chess clocks. If you are looking for the BLUE Push Button model you can -- at the current time -- only find it at The Chess Store.

    It would seem that the pipeline is now full at least in terms of finding the Chronos II clocks both in Push Button and Touch Sensor models. It will be interesting to see if Chronos will now go after ZMF and start producing the Chronos GX again in both Touch Sensor and Push Button models. Indeed the Touch Sensor model would compete head-to-head with the ZMFII which is a Touch Sensor model, and reclaim the Push Button market which ZMF does not offer. Given that the ZMFII is a knock off of the Chronos GX Touch Sensor, I suspect IF Chronos *does* re-enter the GX market it may or may not hurt ZMF:

    May -- since Chronos *is* a desired brand, and many people who would be looking to buy a ZMFII would turm around and buy the Chronos GX if re-introduced.

    May NOT -- The ZMFII is offered at 1/2 the price of a Chronos GX, and has been the only Chronos GX-like model available for some time now, allowing the ZMFII to draw a following, plus the ZMFII has some features, such as the LED display, the Chronos GX does not offer.

    My guess is that the market is big enough to accomodate both clocks. The ZMFII would be an entry level GX-like Touch Sensor clock attractive to young children, with enough functions to satisfy the majority of scholastic demands. The Full fledged Chronos GX with its vaster programing functions plus coming in a Push Button model would be aimed at the olkder market where the clock is likely to be constantly used, rather than used for only a few years then no longer needed as the child "out grows" their "chess phase" in pursuit of other activities. 


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