I've been looking for a quality solution to enable me to play console games on a VGA monitor. I was getting to the stage where I was about to import a Samsung VGA LCD monitor with component inputs when I came across this box. I order from Scancom, who I would use again, very fast in responding and delivery: The box arrived and after opening I found the following: 1 Scaler Unit 1 Manual 1 IR Remote inc 2 AAA batteries 1 AC Adaptor and mains lead 1 VGA cable 1 VGA -> component cable [BNC] [Note this is +not+ a RGBVH cable BNC] 1: Svideo mini-din cable 1: composite cable. All in all everything you need except component input cables, in my view companies shouldn't provide any cables other than the power cable as most of us buy high quality cables to replace them anyway and this would enable an even lower price. Here is a picture of the box: and the inputs at the rear: Its about the same size as a DVD case and as deep as the Harrow and Brent Yellow pages: Size: 1.75" High x 8.1" Wide x 6.2" Deep (45mm x 206mm x 157mm). It has a cooler than cool blue LED to indicate its powered up. Using an Eizo 19 inch CRT VGA monitor I connected up my Nintendo Gamecube and booted up Shigsies excellent Pikmin. By default a number of Nintendo games will try to put the output into progressive mode- the box will not accept a progressive signal, it must be interlaced. One other thing I noted is that this box doesn't like the cables to be connected / removed whilst its powered up. With Pikmin running I started the game and the introduction started, the text is very sharp. The box has several display resolutions, in RGB mode it uses VGA resolutions: PC-type Outputs: VGA 640x480, SVGA 800x600, XGA 1024x768 and SXGA 1280x1024 Or if you flick the switch and use the supplier cable it will output in component mode the following resolutions: HDTV-type Outputs: 480p (576p in PAL), 720p, 1080i When watching the pikmin introduction in all modes the space rocket hitting the moon looks beautiful with no obvious artifacts/issues that I can detect. When Captain Olimar falls out of the space craft and the stars flyaround his head, the detail of the colours is excellent, comparing it to the PS display on my Panasonic Plasma I'd say the colour reproduction on this device is very good, no ghosts or after images in 640*480, and in my view the picture is great in all the resolutions although in the top resolution 1280*1024 I did notice that things are a little more pixalated and I intend to look into this more. Switching the settings brings on a very non-intrusive onscreen display. You can also change aspect rations from 4:3 to 16:9 although as I'm using a 4:3 at the moment I can't really comment on the 16:9 output. I booted up SOCOM Navy Seals on the PS-2 and compared to what I was using before as a convertor from composite to VGA, the difference was unbelieveable. The Sony Computer Entertainment screen text was very detailed, no shadows or ghosts. I noticed at this point that it was too bright and spent some time calibrating, need to spend much more time on this as the default settings aren't so great, the good news is though you can modify Saturation, Contrast, Hue and Brightness adjustments, not sure if these are input specific and I doubt it although I'll check this out. It uses IR and my Sony learning remote was able to learn one of the codes, so you should be able to use it with prontos etc. SOCOM looked lovely in this mode, in the night missions I can make out the detail of things quite far away and shooting targets from long distances is now achievable, one thing I noticed though was that the names above peoples heads had trails if you move quickly, but I believe this is a game issue, I'll check this out. In anycase, this doesn't effect playing the game. I hooked up my xbox via the composite input and I was amazed by how good the picture was, yes you can see the composite artifacts but its still very impressive. Steel Batallion looked good, the text was clear from the menus. To be continued: I'm going to spend more time playing with this at the weekend and will update at that stage. But first impressions two thumbs up. Regards, Neil.