Review: MinisForum B550 Mini PC

Review: MinisForum B550 Mini PC

The newest mini PC from MinisForum is easily the most powerful mini PC I’ve tested, and we haven’t even scratched the surface of what it can do. In this video we’ll take a look at its performance as a standalone PC, and in a future video we’ll unlock its full potential by adding a GPU and power supply using its innovative docking feature.

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MoreFine S500+ Review (Ryzen 7 5700U): Surprising Xbox & PS3 Performance!

MoreFine S500+ Review (Ryzen 7 5700U): Surprising Xbox & PS3 Performance!

The new MoreFine S500+ (Ryzen 7 5700U model) is quite a capable little gaming PC, and has some surprising emulation performance, too. In this video we’ll see how it performs across a broad spectrum of games, and determine whether it’s a good fit for you.

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Use code “Retro Game” for a discount

Timestamps:
00:00 introduction
01:05 unboxing & impressions
02:31 specs & pricing
03:37 teardown
06:06 setup & power profile
07:20 PC gaming
09:11 GameCube, Wii U, Switch
12:11 PSP, PS2, PS3, Xbox
16:10 Batocera Linux
18:15 summary (likes & dislikes)
20:33 conclusion

The Tiny But Mighty SER4 [Ryzen 7 4800U] Review

The Tiny But Mighty SER4 [Ryzen 7 4800U] Review

At the current starting price of $620 on Amazon, the new Beelink SER4 packs a lot of punch. It features the same Ryzen 7 4800U processor as some recent handheld devices (like the ONEXPLAYER AMD and the AYANEO Retro 2021), and so we’re going to take a deep-dive look at what this little chip can do when not tethered to a battery and power constraints.

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GMKtec NucBox 5 Micro PC Review: Fantastic Price to Performance!

GMKtec NucBox 5 Micro PC Review: Fantastic Price to Performance!

The new GMKtec NucBox 5 is a huge upgrade from previous tiny PC models: it has an 11th-generation Jasper Lake N5105 processor, WiFi-6, Bluetooth 5.2, and lots of new ports. Let’s take a deep dive into its potential for PC gaming, retro emulation, and as a dedicated Batocera machine, too.

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15% off on Amazon this week

GMKtec website
Discount Code: 15%OFFEaster (good for one week)

This will bring the final price to $254.99 (256GB) or $339.99 (512GB)

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More Emulation Testing on that *Large Linux-based Handheld*

More Emulation Testing on that *Large Linux-based Handheld*

In this video we’ll cover all the game emulation I wasn’t able to cover in a previous video showcasing a certain new Linux-based handheld device. For those of you wondering why the wording in my video is so cryptic, this video is helpful.

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Steam Deck Emulation Showcase & Guide

Steam Deck Emulation Showcase & Guide

At this point, what CAN’T the Steam Deck do? In this video we’ll look at the emulation performance of the Steam Deck within its stock SteamOS operating system. We’ll also discuss my findings with getting Batocera running on the handheld.

Links mentioned in the video:
Steam ROM Manager
Batocera installation guide
RetroArch starter guide

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RetroArch Starter Guide

RetroArch Starter Guide

Last updated: 28FEB2022 (see Changelog for details)

RetroArch is one of my favorite programs to use for retro game emulation, because it can emulate many systems. But it does have quite a steep learning curve. In this guide I’m going to demystify some of the more peculiar things about this emulation frontend, and show you how I set up RetroArch on my own gaming platforms.

This guide is meant to help you get set up with various RetroArch iterations. The video will primarily be done on Windows PC, but the same method will apply to MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Vita, and Xbox platforms, and more.

RetroArch really shines on retro systems, particularly PlayStation 1 and below games. For more modern consoles, it is often more efficient to rely on standalone emulators, which are generally more optimized than RetroArch. However, if you are using a system that relies primarily on RetroArch for emulation (like Xbox), or you have a beefy PC that can run well regardless of optimizations, you may find success in emulating higher-end systems in RetroArch, too.

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AYANEO NEXT — One Month Later

AYANEO NEXT — One Month Later

The AYANEO Next is launching its IndieGoGo campaign, and so I thought it was time to do an update video to complement the in-depth review video I made last month. In this video we’ll talk about my everyday use of the device, some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way, and whether this handheld PC is worth its premium price.

More info here
AYANEO links and tools

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Beelink SEi8 Review: An Excellent Batocera Mini PC

Beelink SEi8 Review: An Excellent Batocera Mini PC

The Beelink SEi8 is the latest budget mini PC I’ve tested, and the third Beelink I’ve reviewed in as many months. So today let’s see how it stacks up against its more powerful companions and whether the $350 average price tag is worth it. Bottom line: it’s an excellent PC on the Linux and Batocera side, but its Windows performance was mixed.

Beelink SEi8 (Amazon)
Official website

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