Review: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max (2021)

Review: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max (2021)

Amazon’s latest Fire TV Stick 4K Max packs an impressive retro gaming value for its $55 MSRP — essentially, it contains 75% of the NVIDIA Shield’s gaming performance at 25% of the cost. In this video we’ll go over setup, customization tips, and emulation performance of this device.

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THIS is the handheld I’ve been playing the most. Here’s why.

THIS is the handheld I’ve been playing the most. Here’s why.

Unexpectedly, the Anbernic RG280V has become my favorite device to pick up and play for quick gaming sessions. In this video I’ll share six reasons why I love it so much, and one thing about it that’s kind of a bummer.

Buy one here
RG280V setup guide
RG280V metal shell

Song during introduction — “Return to Form” by T-120

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Super Console X Cube Review: $52 Plug-and-Play Emulation Box

Super Console X Cube Review: $52 Plug-and-Play Emulation Box

With a starting price of $52 (64GB model), the new Super Console X Cube is the new budget option for plug-and-play retro game emulation. So let’s see if it has any benefits over previous models.

Buy one here (AliExpress, cheapest)

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TrimUI Model S (PowKiddy A66) — Updated Review & Guide

TrimUI Model S (PowKiddy A66) — Updated Review & Guide

Last updated: 11JUL2021

The tiny TrimUI Model S (now rebranded as the PowKiddy A66) has received a lot of excellent development over the past few months, so it’s time for me to revisit my initial review. And while I initially recommended avoiding this device, these new updates have changed my mind — this is now a device worth considering. Let’s check it out.

Buy one here (PowKiddy A66)
Buy the old TrimUI Model S

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Retro Game Emulation on an iPhone

Retro Game Emulation on an iPhone

Last updated: 02SEP2021 (see Changelog for details)

The iPhone can do a lot of things seamlessly, and it’s a very powerful device. But something as simple as running an NES game can be quite challenging. So let’s set up your iPhone as a retro game emulation device — no jailbreaking required.

Like with my previous video about gaming on an iPhone (which covered standalone games, Apple Arcade, and streaming), the Backbone One is an essential component of gaming on iOS. There are other options available, like the Razer Kishi or GameSir X2 BT controller, but the Backbone One is miles better than these options thanks to its ease of use and helpful app integration.

One final note before we get started: emulation on iOS is a moving target. With each new iOS update, some things may get broken, or (very rarely) things might actually improve. My advice is to be patient with new iOS updates, and give the development teams to catch up. I’ll keep this guide updated with the latest developments going forward.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021) as a Dedicated Gaming Device

Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021) as a Dedicated Gaming Device

The newest Amazon Fire HD 10 tablets have remarkable performance and features at a budget price. So we’re going to take a look at the most expensive model ($180) and see how it fits as a dedicated gaming and game streaming tablet.

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8BitDo SN30 Pro controller
BigBig Won controller

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Review: Portable Projector for Backyard Gaming (Apeman LC450)

Review: Portable Projector for Backyard Gaming (Apeman LC450)

My wife wanted a projector to watch movies outside in a socially distanced setting with friends, but I wanted a projector to play retro games with the kids. This is what we ended up getting. And yes, even gamers go outdoors sometimes.

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SUPER CONSOLE X STICK

Note that I have seen the price fluctuate a lot on Amazon lately, so keep an eye out for deals. You could always set up a price watch with camelcamelcamel.com to make sure you get the best possible price.

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PowKiddy V90 Review and Guide

PowKiddy V90 Review and Guide

Last updated: 17NOV2021 (see Changelog for details

I wasn’t expecting much from the PowKiddy V90, but I underestimated it. This little clamshell device was everything I was hoping for in a budget handheld. I’m comfortable saying that this is one of the best sub-$40 handheld devices you can buy, and it makes a great gift to friends and loved ones.

One of my favorite aspects of this device is the fact that it just uses a Nokia phone battery, and it’s easy to access and swap. If you’d like to buy a replacement (or upgraded) battery for the device, the ShenMZ or Taeozi models are recommended.

Buy a PowKiddy V90 here, or shop around for deals on AliExpress.

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