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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.