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Review: GameForce RK3326 Handheld (CHI)

Overall Score - 8.3/10 There's a lot to like about the GameForce and some things to not like but the high res 4:3 screen on a horizontal RK3326 device with awesome ergonomics make this one a great 4:3 option just slightly behind the 351V overall .  GameForce Gaming Handheld CPU: ROCK-CHIP RK3326 Quad-core Cortex-A35 up to 1.5Ghz GPU: Mali-G31MP2 Memory: 1GB DDR3L Screen: 3.45 inches TFT IPS screen, non OCA Resolution 640X480, Response time 10-15ms, Viewing angle 85 degree Charge and Data port: USB-Type C Charging voltage: 5V. 2A Battery: 3000 mAh Memory Card support: TF card, up to 512GB WiFi: WiFi Built-in, 2.4Ghz band Backlights: 7 Colors LEDs Dual Speakers Dual Joysticks (ALPS, same as PS VITA) Dual Vibration Motors System: EmuELEC and RetroArch (Officially supported by EmuELEC with a 4.1 build specific to the GameForce) Scores are always fairly arbitrary when going from reviewer to reviewer and subjective. I often debate whether to even use them but 8.3/10 is my est

3 Obviously Not Great SBC Handhelds I'm Tempted To Buy Anyway

I find it pretty unlikely that this "Chicken Boi" as it has been coined by gamers on Reddit would actually be any good but it's ridiculous enough that it might make a nice addition to the collection.   https://www.reddit.com/r/SBCGaming/comments/m1fxqz/has_anyone_pulled_the_trigger_on_the_chicken_boi/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share These type of consoles/personal fans have been around a while. I haven't pulled the trigger on buying one but I'm sure I will eventually.  This one I honestly don't know anything about. It looks cheap and probably is not very good but the design is kind of interesting. I don't think I'd pay $30+ but if I ever see one for $15 or less I'll get it just to check it out.  

RG351V Review (With Stock Firmware)

  (RG351V) $108.99 Released 3/8/2021 The RG351V aka "Wood Boy" is Anbernic's latest SBC handheld offering and it's a good one despite being yet another RK3326 chip device... *This post includes some photos I took of the device mixed with stock images Anbernic used for marketing. There are no referral links here and this post is 100% my own personal non influenced opinions.  My Verdict: Guilty of Being a Must Have Handheld  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.  The Good  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 The Bad  Few Minor Design Flaws Only O

Soulja Boy Claims to Have Designed a Video Game Console... again.

It looks like Soulja Boy is back claiming to have designed a video game console (which he didn't design) to sell for a big upmark.   It didn't take internet sleuths long to find the console which is just one of Anbernic's basic boxes. Hopefully not many people fall for this bizarre scheme...  Twitter find by Retrododo.com .  This isn't the first time he's claimed to have designed a game console that he really didn't. Very reminiscent of the electric bicycle he had also claimed to have designed but just imported. It's definitely bizarre but I'd assume he keeps doing these schemes because people must be falling for it.  https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/9/18130498/soulja-boy-video-game-console-nintendo

GameForce RK3326 In Mass Production

Pretty interesting read over at Obscure Handhelds concerning developments with the GameForce RK3326. (LINK BELOW) The last price I heard on the console is $89.99 which puts it in the range of other RK3326 handhelds. At this point there are quite a few.  It appears there will be 3 color variants. It's a weird looking console but honestly I like the design a lot.  It looks like it will be very comfortable in the hands and has a nice screen size. This device has been on my radar for a while and is a Day 1 purchase for me.  https://obscurehandhelds.com/2021/02/the-gameforce-rk3326-handheld-looks-like-a-gba-descendant/

GKD Mini Available Next Week

I'd definitely like to get my hands on the GKD Mini at some point to review. Retromimi.com is one of my favorite places to get retro handheld consoles from and it's available for pre-order there.  https://twitter.com/OpenDingux/status/1363036584530964490?s=19 The GKD Mini looks tiny in photos but does have a 3.5" 320x240 display which is plenty for a pocket-size device. 1.5 Ghz procrsser with 1GB of RAM with a sub $80 price-tag for the plastic version makes it an interesting option. I'm not sure if I like the rounded corners on a device this small but will have to see.  I'm currently planning on buying an Anbernic RG351V and GameForce RK 3336 next so not sure if it's in my budget to pick up a GKD Mini just yet but I might at some point. 

TRIMUi Model S: Still Working On It

I had planned to review the TRIMUi Model S soon but I don't feel like it's something I could recommend for $50 at this point. I do see a lot of potential with this device so I'm holding out hope. There are developers working on custom firmware and the manufacturer of the Model S is still working on updating things. At minimum it's a good sign that they are actively working on problems.  After updating to the firmware 0.105 I have noticed some definitely improvements with most of the emulators although screen tearing seems to actually be worse with Gameboy than it was originally. Sound issues are still hit or miss too. All in all there has been improvement but it's simply not there yet.  The biggest problem with this device is the screen tearing and other screen issues. There seems to be a problem with the screen driver not working well with the device.   I actually like the crisp buttons on the Model S, the solid build, convenient near wallet size  and t

GameForce RK3326 Pre-Release Unboxing and Tear Down (YouTube)

An excellent Pre-Release Unboxing and Tear Down video of the GameForce RK3326 handheld was just posted by Always Be Fun on YouTube. I've been closely following this console and can't wait to get my hands on it. The ergonomics look great. Check out the new video at the link below:  https://youtu.be/SjG6cSz4Nks

Who is PowKiddy?

*If anyone has any interesting information about the company to add, feel free to comment below. I'd like to update information as much as possible.  A lot of the manufacturers of retro consoles out of China are sometimes difficult to track down specific or accurate information about but fortunately it has become more available in recent times.  "PowKiddy" aka Shenzhen PowKiddy Network Technology Co., Ltd. translates into "Overlord Boy" or "Overlord Kid" in English, a character created by the company owner inspired by comics.  In its current form as a manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler the company appears to have formed in 2017 although I suspect it may have existed as a different company prior to this. It's often difficult to track down information on some handhelds as the lines between who actually designed or manufactured a handheld becomes blurred as they are distributed.  They appear to have between 11 and 50 employees based