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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Watch; bad lighting., November 11, 2010
This review is from: Casio Men's GA100-1A4 "G-Shock" Sport Watch (Watch)
I'll start with the positives:

It's straight-up BEAUTIFUL. This is my first watch purchase that was above the $25 Wal-Mart threshold and I don't regret it for a second. I'm in love with its engineering beauty and its durable materials. The features are great (even if I don't plan on using the extra two dials). The face of the watch is exactly as described: X Large. It dwarfs my old geeky calculator watch, and I feel like I'm wearing a behemoth on my little wrist. The red and black provide a rather appealing contrast and I'm glad I purchased this over the all-black model. I'm sure it'll be attracting a lot of looks once I go back into schooling.

Now for the bad:
The LED Backlight is TERRIBLE. One pro my old watches had: a blue LED backlight option. It illuminated the entire display and checking the time was no problem.
This watch however, uses a yellow LED lighting option, and the lighting shines from the bottom of the display, thus causing shadowing all throughout the interior. This makes the digital display difficult to read (and I personally HATE yellow lighting), so you have to depend on mostly the analog hands in dark situations.

Overall: If the lighting con does not bother you, this watch is a solid purchase.
From a past reviewer it seems the White option is a little better for low-light situations, and it's obvious the Black model is great for low-lighting with its white digits in front of a black background.
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Initial post: Jul 3, 2011 12:10:11 PM PDT
Joey Bells says:
Thank you for a very accurate review. I was going to write the same thing: 4 stars because the backlight is pretty bad. However, a quick fix is to press the "d" button (bottom right button) once and the left digital display screen will turn from month/day to digital time display, which can be seen much clearer than the hands in the dark under the backlight.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2015 4:01:55 AM PDT
the lighting is meant to be that way for a more 'stealthy' operations in the military.
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