In this video we’ll compare my two favorite mini handhelds and see which one takes the crown.Continue reading “Mini Handheld Comparison: Miyoo Mini vs Anbernic RG280V”
The 3D-printed grips in this video can transform the ergonomics of your device, and they ship worldwide. Current models include options for the RG350, RG350P, RG350M, RG280V, RG351P, RG351M, RG351V, and RG351MP devices.
I’m also giving away the following units:
RG280V (silver 80%)
RG350M/RG350P/RG351MP (orange transparent)
RG350M/RG350P/RG351MP (red transparent)
RG350 (green transparent)
Enter the giveaway here
The Anbernic RG280M is on sale for $63 on Amazon so I decided to pick one up and compare it to the current catalog of sub-$100 retro handheld devices. With a well-established chipset and excellent custom firmware, is this a hidden gem, or something worth skipping?Continue reading “Review: Anbernic RG280M”
Today is Singles Day in China, which means there are lots of deals to be had for the next 24-48 hours. Some are better than others, but here is a collection of items I’ve found. I’ll edit this post as I get more deals — be sure to share anything you find in the comments too! Note that some of these are affiliate links, and I may receive a small commission if you order anything (at no extra cost to you).Continue reading “Singles Day Sales (2021)”
With two big sales days in November (Singles Day and Black Friday), now is a good time to go over my favorite budget handhelds and some tips and tricks to get the best deals possible.Continue reading “Budget Retro Handheld Buying Guide (November 2021)”
Last updated: 15JUN2022
At long last, we have a definitive firmware image for Anbernic RG350 and RG280 series retro handheld devices. This “Adam” image will allow you to create the ultimate SD card image that runs OpenDingux Beta firmware, RetroArch and standalone emulators, and the SimpleMenu frontend all in one seamless experience. No FTPing, tweaking, or headaches required.
This starter guide will work on the following devices: Anbernic RG350, RG350P, RG350M, RG280M, RG280V, RG300X, PlayGo, PocketGo 2, PowKiddy Q80, GCW-Zero, and probably a few others not on my radar.Continue reading “RG350 & RG280 Series Starter Guide”
To celebrate reaching 25,000 subscribers, I want to take a step back from reviews and tutorials and show off my current collection of retro handhelds. So let’s look at all of my devices and the story behind each of them.
Thank you so much for your continued support, and I’m excited where we go next.Continue reading “My Retro Handheld Collection (+ Giveaway!)”
In today’s video we’re going to test seven different 3D-printed grips designed by Lupus Worax Custom. I’m keeping my favorites, and giving away the rest, so be sure to watch to the end for more info. Enjoy!Continue reading “3D-Printed Grips for RG350 and RG351 Devices”
Last updated: 06JUL2021 (see Changelog for details)
At long last, we have an official RetroArch build for OpenDingux devices, which includes the Anbernic RG350 and RG280 series of devices.
This app is a long time coming; an experimental port of RetroArch was released in January 2020, and then picked up again by RetroArch developer jdgleaver a few months ago. You may recognize that name, because this is the same developer who has recently given the OpenDingux community new versions of ReGBA (Game Boy Advance) and PCSX4All (PlayStation 1) emulators for the RG350 devices. These two emulators by far are my favorites on the RG350/RG280, so I was excited to see what the RetroArch team came up with, and I have to say that this version of RetroArch runs super clean and efficiently.
In addition to the Anbernic devices (RG350, RG350M, RG350P, RG280M, and RG280V), this RetroArch build should work on other OpenDingux devices, like the GCW Zero and the Bittboy PocketGo v2. Note that this version of RetroArch works on both STOCK and BETA OpenDingux firmwares, and performance is greatly enhanced on the BETA firmware.
So let’s dig into this guide, and show you how to rock RetroArch on your device.Continue reading “Guide: RetroArch on RG350 and RG280 devices”
Last updated: 08JUL2021 (see Changelog for details)
The RG350 and RG280 devices run on a Linux-based firmware called OpenDingux. This operating system was originally intended for the GCW-0 retro handheld device, which was part of a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2013. And while this old firmware presents some advantages (like 7+ years of app development history), its kernel has become outdated over time. Luckily, developer zcrc has been working on getting the current upstream Linux onto these devices, and for about a month now there have been nightly builds of a public beta for this new firmware, which is simply called “OpenDingux” (I’ll refer to it as “OD beta” throughout this guide). To read more about its development, check out this update from this past summer.
Long story short, I’ve been following this beta release for a couple months now, and I think it’s time to say that you should consider flashing this firmware onto your device. I first touched on this beta in my Super Mario 64 guide, but at the time I didn’t see any real benefit to loading it other than to play SM64 on a device that shouldn’t really be able to play this game so dang well. But since then, the OD beta has been getting better and better, including added support for the RG280 devices.
So in this guide I’ll show you how to install the OD beta firmware, and also provide a list (with links!) to all the OPKs/apps that run on it. This guide applies to the RG350, RG350P, RG350M, RG300X, RG280M, and RG280V devices.Continue reading “OpenDingux Beta Firmware for RG350 and RG280 Devices”