Overall Score 9/10
Making it the best RK3326 device I own and has replaced the Retroid Pocket 2 (Which I rated as an 8.5/10) as my favorite budget handheld. As it stands, the RP2 is still a better option for N64, Dreamcast and DS emulation but that could change with CFW options.
- Build Quality
- Amazing 4:3 Display That Looks Great
- Great Nearly Flawless Emulation Up to PSX
- Great Vertical Form Factor Comfortable for Big Hands
- Drastically Better Battery Performance than the 351P
- Few Minor Design Flaws
- Only One Thumb-stick Which is a Deal Breaker for Some
- Non Optimized Slapped Together Firmware
Price I paid: $109.99 including shipping.
Firmware Options: At the moment there is one publicly available firmware options and that's the one that came with it. It mostly works well but is not properly optimized for the unit and leaves a lot to be desired. Several custom firmwares from community developers are currently being worked on though. One issue I do have with some of these devices is how firmware and software is just slapped onto these things without little to no involvement from the developers. This results in firmware that is basically just slapped together for minimal functionality. I think it would be in the manufacturer's best interests moving into the future to develop a relationship with the community developers who are the ones who really make or break these devices. The devices are open source in nature but for some reason often are locked down in ways. The stock firmware on this device is simply just another knockoff from Odroid Go which is not even a hidden fact resulting in just a smashed together firmware that works pretty good but has some problems. With a good firmware optimized for the system, this would have been an easy 10/10 kind of score.
Out of the Box:
A+ Grades: Game Boy, Game Boy Color (GBC), NES, FDS, SNES, SEGA Master System, SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive,
A Grades: Game Boy Advance, Game and Watch, Atari Lynx, Neo-Geo, NGPC, PC-Engine/TG16, SEGA 32X, SEGA Game Gear, Playstation 1 (PSX), Intellivision
B Grades: Atari 2600/5200/7800, ColecoVision, SEGA SG-1000, Vectrex, Wonderswan Color, Final Burn Neo, CPS1, CPS2
C Grades: Sony PSP, Virtual Boy, SEGA CD
D Grades: N64, MAME
F Grades: Nintendo DS, SEGA Saturn, SEGA Dreamcast
*Everything I tested went about how I expected but I was a little disappointed with DS, MAME, CPS1 and CPS2 performance issues. DS the biggest problem is the bizarrely terrible chop job with Drastic. The other systems I suspect will get a huge performance boost with custom firmware so all is not lost with any of these.
In the End
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