||NOTES & COMMENTS
||The design of the Channel F
chassis is all about functionality. The front system buttons are large and easily accessible. The plastic housing
that provides cover for the controllers is constructed of a rather thin plastic and is prone to damage.
||The first model featured
hardwired controllers, which are prone to damage where the wires connect at the base of the console. The System 2 had
detachable controllers which are more dependable. The system itself is durable, with the exception of the smoke-amber
plastic top cover which can be easily cracked.
||I am not a big fan of
pistol-grip controllers, and the Fairchild Channel F did nothing to change my mind in this area. The rotating knob has
an odd triangle shaped top which is difficult to navigate.
||Though the color palette is
limited to 8 colors, the Channel F delivers surprisingly smooth graphics without a great deal of screen flicker.
||The first model generated sound
through an internal speaker, which as you can imagine sounds rather poor. The System 2 provided audio out to your
television, which was a huge improvement.
||Being the pioneer of
programmable video game cartridges, Fairchild truly embraced this new medium and was a pioneer.
||Though only 26 games were
released for this console, the Channel F has a nice variety of genres to chose from.
||The Channel F system and games
are more expensive to acquire compared to its primary competitor, the Atari 2600. Though their are some great titles
within its library, it is difficult to justify the additional cost when comparable titles for the 2600 are 1/10 the cost.
||Due to being the first
programmable video game system that was ever released, any collector needs to have the Channel F within their arsenal of