The folks at GoGameGeek (check out our previous review the Zeuslap 15.6-Inch Portable Monitor) have let us test drive the new Anbernic handheld gaming console, considered to be the RG351‘s natural successor, and a worthy contender for the PocketGo S30 – the RG353P! Join us as we explore the features of this retro-themed handheld gaming tech!
What Is It?
The Anbernic RG353P is a handheld retro gaming console which features dual boot operating systems (Linux and Android 11). The handheld features a RK3566 quad-core 64-bit processor and Cortex-A55 up to 1.8ghz. Its got 2GB of RAM behind it – if that means nothing to you then let me translate : it plays games! I’ll be honest, the thought of a dual OS made me feel a bit anxious but that disappeared pretty sharpish….The twin OS means you can add emulators and games with relative ease and is compatible with 30+ mainstream emulators. The desired OS can be designated before startup via the use of the SD Card slot and will boot accordingly.Having never used a Linux system i was at first apprehensive, but the Linux OS is incredibly smooth and the intuitive interface can be tweaked to the users preference. The 16Gb+64Gb SD card models come with around 10,000 games built-in, and the pre loads also feature US/Europe/Japan variations of the game releases.It utilises 5G WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 technology to produce wireless connectivity and can support bluetooth controller connection, alongside HDMI HD output to an external TV screen.The 3500 mah polymer lithium ion battery, lasts around 6 hours of play and offers the option of a standby mode to pick up the action quickly.
Brand Name: Anbernic
Model Number: RG353P
Color Display: Yes. Zero distance OCA full fit/ 640*480
Touch Screen: Yes, Multitouch
S Screen: 3.5-inch IPS full viewing angle, zero distance OCA full fit/ 640*480, multi-touch
Memory: Android 32GB/Linux 16GB support for dual TF card expansion
CPU: RK3566 Quad-Core 64 bit Cortex-A55, Main frequency up to 1.8GHz, LPDDR4 2GB
Shell material: plastic
WIFI/Bluetooth: 2.4/5G WIFI 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2
Network Multimedia: Music, video, TV.
Speaker: High quality double horn stereo speaker
TF Card: Support TF card max to 512GB
Other Functions: Support built-in WIFI online fighting, streaming, HDMI/Support 3.5mm stereo earphones/Energy saving setting, Display brightness and other functional properties settings
Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 8.4 x 2.1cm
Product Weight: 235g
The Anbernic RG353P nails the 8-16 bit era consoles without breaking a sweat (even going as far to offer 32 and 64 bit) and with a noticeable slant toward the Nintendo family of formats, most noticeably in the product design. The console runs N64 and Dreamcast at just about full speed and no more. Previous consoles to this run with impressive stability and smoothness.In Android mode the RG353P will run DS games making use of the responsive touchscreen but the pulling power is really in the Linux end of the handheld – in the sense that there’s no installation or tweaking. It’s literally just “turn it on and play” gaming.It’s because of the simplicity offered by the Linux OS that the RG353P is an excellent entry point into the world of portable gaming system emulation and accessible for younger players.The option to install GameCube and Wii files via Dolphin, and even PS2 games on AetherSX2 is there, but given the sheer volume and quality of the pre loaded roms on offer here there isn’t much need to.
The OS takes a moment to load but the games themselves are lightening fast and brilliantly presented, even the old skool consoles (Game Boy and Game Boy Color, Master System and Game Gear, MSX and PC Engine, SNES and NES, Neo Geo Pocket, DS, N64 and Wonderswan).This handheld excels at recreating the nostalgia of yesteryear gaming. The 6.85 x 3.30 x 0.82 inch / 17.4 x 8.4 x 2.1cm dimensions make it a powerfully portable little machine. Cracking stuff!You can get hold of this wee gem from GoGameGeek for around £142 GBP ($170 USD).
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