The AYANEO Air is the latest handheld PC to come to market, and it has some distinguishing characteristics: it’s ultra small for what it can do, and features a beautiful OLED panel with 1080p resolution. Let’s take a deep dive look at the device and see if it’s worth the $500+ asking price. Additionally, is it a “Steam Deck killer” or a “Switch killer”? I can never keep them straight.Continue reading “Review & Guide: AYANEO Air”
Tag: pc gaming
Anbernic Win600 Windows Guide
In my initial assessment of the Win600, I preferred the SteamOS image that Anbernic provided over the generic Windows 10 experience. However, some of the features of their SteamOS image are not fully fleshed out, to include thermal limit (TDP) and screen refresh rate calibration. In this guide we’re going to use Windows apps to tweak the settings in a clean Windows 11 installation, to give you the best balance of performance and power savings.
Special thanks to Chenwk from the DTRH YouTube channel, for helping walk me through some of these settings configuration.Continue reading “Anbernic Win600 Windows Guide”
Showcase: Windows 11 on the AYN Odin Pro
A month ago I tested Windows on my AYN Odin, and I liked it so much that I kept using it. In this video I’ll show off some of the expected gaming performance if you want to try this for yourself. Overall I don’t recommend this for the Odin as your primary handheld, but it was a fun way to access some games you couldn’t otherwise play on this device. But in the end, you’re best served by using the stock Android operating system and streaming PC games instead.
Install Windows 11
Taki’s installation video
Community feedback sheet
Chuwi LarkBox X Mini PC Review
The LarkBox X is Chuwi’s latest mini PC, running a Ryzen 7 3700U APU for about $400. In this video we’ll test how it performs with everyday computing tasks, PC gaming, and retro emulation in both Windows and Linux (Batocera) environments.
Buy one here
Batocera flash drive 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.Continue reading “RetroArch Starter Guide”
Review: AYANEO Next
With an average price of $1,400, the AYANEO Next is an upcoming line of handheld PCs that seems to be focused on the premium and luxury gaming space. So in this video we’ll take a look at what it can do, and who might be interested in picking it up. And yes, something something Steam Deck.
More info here: https://next.ayaneo.com/Continue reading “Review: AYANEO Next”
How will the Steam Deck handle emulation?
I’m really excited to learn about Valve’s recently-announced Steam Deck handheld computer. Let’s take a look at its specs and the potential it has to be a best-in-class handheld emulation device.
Steam Deck subreddit: https://reddit.com/r/ValveSteamDeck
Steam Deck Discord server: https://discord.gg/v3egje3UbR
Review: BigBig Won Elitist S Controller
This controller has a silly name, but it may be my favorite sub-$50 controller. It has wide compatibility, superb craftsmanship, and features that are actually useful. Let’s take a deep dive on all the things I like about it, and a few of the things I’m not super excited about.
Buy the device here, and be sure to use code QY3QJ6HY for an additional 10% off.Continue reading “Review: BigBig Won Elitist S Controller”