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TRIMUI Smart Micro Retro Handheld Out Now

TRIMUI is back with a new micro handheld called the TRIMUI Smart. I wasn't initially a fan of their previous device,  the TRIMUI Model S, but my stance changed a bit when custom options like MiniUI from the community drastically improved the device. It was a well built and rugged device.  Unfortunately, TRIMUI Model S didn't do that well initially and the device ended up in the hands of PowKiddy and rebranded as the A66. TRIMUI Model S Review Currently, the cheapest price I see for this device on AliExpress is $93.92 seems high for me at this stage in the game, but we'll see how things develop. The device does look like a high quality build!   This micro handheld would be perfect for 8-bit/16-bit era emulation plus possibly even up to some PS1 given the Specs. We'll have to see if the price comes down at some point.  I liked the Model S enough,  I'd likely have no problem paying $60-ish for this handheld. $90+ given the current market just seems a little too expensi

PowKiddy A30 Review

PowKiddy A30 Review Ordered: December 1 2021 Received: December 11 2021 Price Paid: $53.48 including shipping (free) + taxes on AliExpress.  https://a.aliexpress.com/_msgKxWU Overall Score: 4/10 (Stock Setup) The PowKiddy looks cool and has a fun Game Boy Advance retro aesthetic, but that's about it. Anyone hoping for an improvement over the TrimUI Model S (PowKiddy A66) will likely be disappointed unless custom OS workarounds become available. The result is a handheld that looks "ok" but functionality is pretty limited.  The saddest part about the PowKiddy A30 is that it looks good and wasn't that far away from being a good buy. PowKiddy seems to just crank out handheld after handheld but doesn't take the time to make them good... The Good   👍It looks nice, so makes for a decent shelf collectable.  👍For a near Micro-sized handheld, it's still a comfortable size for extended sessions.  T

TRIMUi Model S Review (Micro Retro Handheld)

TRIMUi Model S  Aka PowKiddy A66 *Update: The original score here is using stock firmware. With hard work from Shaun Inman and others using custom workarounds (MiniUI, GMenuNX), I bumped the score on this handheld up to 7/10. The work done on this handheld by community developers has drastically improved it over time.  *Update August 2021 3D Printing Option to Improve D-Pad:  https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/08/mod-find-powkiddy-a66-trimui-model-s-d.html *Prounounced like Trim-U.I.* Due to the nature of this type of handheld,  my review score is broken down 3 ways. If you aren't interested in tinkering with this one quite a bit to get it going I'd avoid buying one. If you do like having to mess around with systems it does have some value. Review based on the console as it stands at the end of February, 2021. There's always the possibility it could get better.  Out of the Box: 3/10 Latest Firmware: 4/10 Custom Firmware: 7/10 Price Paid: $49.99 @ retromimi.com Pri

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