Originally Posted by str1der
Thinking of getting a Megatouch for the gameroom but have a couple questions. First which machine do you feel is the best value for the buck? Secondly does anyone know of a list or table that lists all the various models and comapres them or at least the order of best to worst? The only thing close to this that I found was a document on the Merit site about upgrade paths but it's not very good at showing the different models. Thanks.
This link lists and has screenshots and descriptions for each model of Megatouch starting with the early XL models through the current Force models.http://www.meritind.com/Service%20Ce...scriptions.pdf
I recently sold my Midway Touch Master 7000 which was ROM based and not upgradable for $350 on Craigslist. I bought a Megatouch Maxx (hard drive based) Ruby touch game locally from eBay for $400.
Here's the deal with upgrades. For $20 I could buy a Ruby 2 hard drive off eBay and install it in my Jade game for an easy upgrade and wouldn't need a new security key. If I want to upgrade to a Jade, Saphire or Crown edition, then I would need a hard drive AND security key for that model. A security key is not needed when upgrading within the same model (Jade to a Jade 2).
The Maxx cannot be easily upgraded to the Force models though. There are only a few games added to each upgrade (Ruby to Ruby 2, etc). But I plan to jump from my Ruby to at least a Saphire when I find a good deal. Right now I'm very happy with the Ruby games because they're all new to me and it's a big step up from a Touch Master.
FYI - Upgrade the memory in the Megatouch (most come with 32MB) by adding older PC100 memory. I had a spare 128MB PC100 module and it made a huge difference in the speed and smoothness of the animation. I especially noticed the high scores animations were sluggish before and now they are smooth as silk.