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AYANEO Air Pricing Possibly Revealed

https://ayaneo.com.cn/goods/405 Converted into USD, this works out to be around $650 which does put the AYANEO Air in a price range to compete with Valve's Steam Deck if $650 is the final price.  It has not appeared on the English site as of yet so this price is still just a guess...  Hopefully we find out a lot more about the Air later this week... AYANEO promised a friendlier price with the Air and it looks like that's being delivered. Pre-ordering is expected to open up on May 20th.  $650 may also possibly be just the reserve price with  more to pay afterwards. We'll find out in a couple days either way... Via:  https://www.reddit.com/r/SBCGaming/comments/ur4jtg/not_really_a_sbc_but_folks_here_are_interested_in/

Black Miyoo Mini Selling Fast

 It looks like the Black Variant of the V2 Miyoo Mini is now sold out at the official store on AliExpress. At the moment, they have only 39 of the transparent blue left, 74 of the retro grey and 163 of the white left. I expect the transparent blue to be out by tomorrow. No word yet from Miyoo about when a restock is coming but I'm sure one is on the way.  Since releasing at the end of 2021, the Miyoo Mini's popularity has been drastically higher than anyone including Miyoo could have predicted... I'd still suggest waiting for a restock if you are interested in the Black shell. Most of the other places selling the Mini are just drop shipping them at a higher price.  Store Link Below (Disclosure: this link does not have any affiliate codes embedded and I don't benefit from any sales) US $58.00 | MIYOO MINI V2 Portable Retro Handheld Game Console 2.8Inch IPS HDScreen Video Game Consoles Linux System Classic Gaming Emulator https://a.aliexpress.com/_m0S3SUm My V1 Miyoo Mini

Miyoo P60: Upcoming Handheld I'm Interested In The Most

  There are quite a few handhelds still coming out this year, but none have my interest as much as the Miyoo P60 due to pocketability and Miyoo's dedication to improving their products.  Prior to the Miyoo Mini, I didn't have a lot of confidence in products that Miyoo was involved in like the PocketGo S30 and BittBoy handhelds, but they've proven they are invested in supporting their products with the Mini which has drastically improved since the day it released.  While a lot of companies like Anbernic  have products that have crept up into premium level pricing, the P60 looks to be headed towards budget pricing and will likely compete with the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus and Retroid Pocket 3.    We've been talking about the P60 for a while now too. It seems the delay in release has to do with Miyoo ironing out some software issues which is honestly great news. Most of these companies don't care if the software works or not. Miyoo seems invested in making better products.

3 New AYANEO Models Upcoming

 It looks like there are 3 AYANEO (handheld PCs) handhelds in the works which include the AYANEO 2, AYANEO Slide & AYANEO Air. The Air is set to be the cheapest of the 3 and could become strong competition for the Steam Deck if priced well. Hopefully we find out a lot more about these soon. Images below:  We should hear more about the Air on the 20th. It will run Windows 11 and have a 5.5" 1920x1080 OLED touch screen.  AYANEO 2 AYANEO Slide AYANEO Air https://store.ayaneo.com/store/5 2022 Press Conference (Non Translated): https://youtu.be/0nUxYj4Givg What Others Are Saying: https://retrododo.com/aya-neo-air/

Ordered A V2 Miyoo Mini

  I went ahead and ordered a V2 Miyoo Mini in blue this time. It looks a lot better than the toothpaste white V1 version I'm using now.  The V2 has a better screen,  improved d-pad/face button action and slightly better battery Performance, so it was hard to say no. Hopefully I receive it within 3-4 weeks so I can let you know.  I feel like the V2 still at the sub $60 pricepoint with a few slight improvements paired with the much improved OnionOS CFW will likely bump things up to a 9/10 type Score from me. https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/12/miyoo-mini-review-micro-retro-game.html

PowKiddy RGB20S Has Been Released

  The PowKiddy RGB20S has released but I'm going to safely assume that it's a bit of a downgrade from the original RGB20 just like the RGB10S was an uninspired slapped together upgrade that was really a step backwards.  I was going to do a review on the RGB10S but it's such an underwhelming experience, I decided to not even bother with it. It's basically just going to sit on my shelf permanently.   $79.99 isn't necessarily a terrible price for this one but you can do better at that that price point today.  https://powkiddy.com/products/powkiddy-rgb10s-3-5-inch-4-3-ips-oga-screen-open-source-handheld-game-console-special-back-button-childrens-gifts Just from photos,  the RGB20S looks like a poor design with buttons and sticks too close to each other to be comfortable and the build quality looks to be pretty cheap too.. possibly worse than the RGB20 build quality.  Regardless, the RGB20S gets a hard pass from me. 

Anbernic Win600 Not Canceled

 There were a lot of reports recently that the Anbernic Win600 project has been scrapped but all of those rumors seem to have just been made up or from a faulty source.  It looks like they are setting it up using custom SteamOS and the project is still very much active. The big question will be price of course. Hopefully Anbernic starts dropping more information on this soon.   

Black Crystal Miyoo Mini Looks Slick

 The black and blue options coming up for the Miyoo Mini are definite improvements over the original retro grey and toothpaste white options. The Miyoo Mini was definitely a big surprise for me when it originally dropped and I think it will be one of my favorite handhelds for a while. 

Why The Anbernic RG-503 Gets A Soft Pass From Me

Anbernic RG-503 https://anbernic.com/products/anbernic-rg503 I thought about picking up the latest Anbernic handheld but there's just not any need for it in my mind. I think it could be a decent or average option for newcomers to the retro handheld scene though. The big plus of the RG-503 is this is the first handheld in this class that uses an OLED screen (very likely the same exact screen that was on the Vita) and they did finally use a different SoC than the played out RK3326 devices but performance-wise you still aren't getting enough of an upgrade to be worth the $150 and up this is selling for. I'm hoping this translates into other future handhelds jumping on the OLED screens. The biggest issue I have with the RG-503 is that the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus is a lot more powerful and useful at $50 less. The RG503 ends up being sort of an oddball handheld that's lost somewhere between low end budget devices and mid-level handhelds. The other issue is that the RG-503 is s

Two Best Under $60 Micro Retro Game Handheld Options

 The market is packed full of "cheap" handhelds, but there aren't many under $60 that are actually good. Two that stick far out of the crowd are the PowKiddy V90 (I have three of them) and the Miyoo Mini (I only have 2 for now). Your best option for ordering either of these at a reasonable price is from the official PowKiddy and Miyoo stores on AliExpress. There are two new versions of the Mini coming out soon as well (translucent blue and translucent black).  Miyoo Mini  The Miyoo Mini sells for between $50 and $60 on average and is well worth the price. The ergonomic design has a premium feel and good for long gaming seasons which is unusual for a handheld this small. Flashing CFW on the Mini is essential and not the most user friendly process so I can only highly recommend this device to people who are fluent in firmware flashing processes or willing to read directions and learn.  My Miyoo Mini Review (Hasn't Been Updated for the latest OnionOS): https://www.retrok

Anbernic RG280M Review (Second Look mid-2021)

***The 280M is back on Sale on Amazon!! Still a great buy in 2022. $55 https://twitter.com/RetroGameCorps/status/1523379653515247617?t=_aoiD47MqN849tJYtj6okA&s=19  *** Anbernic RG280M Review (Second Look) Original Release Date: June, 2020 While the Anbernic RG280M (M for Metal) is getting fairly old in the world of retro handheld emulation (a year old is OLD in this realm), it's still a very viable option especially if you find it cheap. I purchased another recently for $55.99 on Amazon myself. The Handheld was $109.99 a year ago and the current MSRP is $81.99 which is a fair price. $100+ was a bit steep even a year ago but it's now a great price. 2020 was an insane year for retro handhelds with one release after another and the 280M got lost in that shuffle especially being released a month apart from the 350P and not long after the 350M. Overall Score: 8.6/10  The Good   🍬Very pocketable  🍬Build Quality is Top Notch  🍬Battery Life Is Good (6.5-8 Hours per C

Blue Miyoo Mini Releasing Soon

 It looks like the V2 Miyoo Mini will be coming out in a cool see through blue shell pretty soon!  Miyoo can go ahead and take my money now. Looks great! The Mini was definitely a decent surprise for me and the best purchase I've made in a while when it comes to retro handhelds. Can't wait for the Miyoo P60 to release as well which should be a competitor of the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus.  https://www.reddit.com/r/MiyooMini/comments/ul5d1u/miyoo_mini_blue_version/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share Miyoo Mini (V1) Review: https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/12/miyoo-mini-review-micro-retro-game.html

AYANEO Air Could Be A Viable Steam Deck Alternative

 While previous AYANEO handhelds have caught my eye,  they are simply priced too high for my needs. That could change with the AYANEO Air which should be their least expensive handheld to date and offers some advantages over the Steam Deck in the handheld PC gaming realm.  https://liliputing.com/2022/05/aya-neo-air-is-a-thin-and-light-handheld-gaming-pc-with-an-oled-display.html We expect to hear about the price and possibly see available pre-orders by the end of May. If they get the price under $700, I think this will be a real viable Steam Deck alternative. From what I'm seeing they've already gotten the weight below that of a Switch.