Personal Most Used Video Game Handhelds Today
While I test out tons of handhelds, only a few make it into my personal regularly used rotation. The rest become shelf candy, or something to give away/trade. By the end of 2022, I'm sure my rotation will change considering a lot of interesting options like the Steam Deck are just around the corner.
These are the 5 handhelds that are in my personal regularly used rotation at the moment:
#1 Nintendo Switch
I'm still rolling with the v2 Switch and don't see myself upgrading to the OLED model or downgrading to the Lite in the future. If Nintendo wants more of cash for hardware, I'm going to need a serious upgrade. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Switch but I still play it consistently for some reason or another. Perhaps it's just the convenience factor.
The Switch library is an excellent mix of modern and retro gaming. I honestly never use it with the Dock too. It's pretty much just a handheld for me.
#2 Retroid Pocket 2 Plus
The Retroid Pocket 2 Plus just got added to my regular rotation this month. I consider it to be the "Swiss Army Knife" of cheap budget retro handhelds. At $99, there's nothing cheaper that can do as many things. The RP2+ will probably become my go to for Saturn, PSP, DS, Dreamcast, N64 and PS1 emulation.
#3 Anbernic RG351V
The Anbernic RG351V while using the dated and played out RK3326 SoC is still an excellent option for PS1 and below level emulation for the most part. The screen is almost as good as the RG350M screen and the form factor is awesome. Supposedly Anbernic is working on a vertical follow-up to the 351V, but we haven't seen anything in a while. For the most part, my 351V is only used for PS1 and below emulation.
#4 Miyoo Mini
While the Miyoo Mini can handle PS1 games, I'm sticking mostly to 8 and 16-bit era gaming with this tiny gem. $ for $ at $52, this is currently the second best deal in budget retro handhelds.
#5 PowKiddy RGB20
The RGB20 has a very cheap build quality and isn't even one of my Top 10 retro handhelds, but the unique form factor and great screen keep it in my regular rotation. For some reason, I never did an official review of the RGB20 but have been thing about doing a "look back" review. I love the form factor and the amazing screen. It's really an awesome design and a real shame that it's built so cheap. I play a lot of Game Boy Advance, SEGA Genesis and Neo•Geo on it regularly.