Hot on the heels of the other two recent vertical devices, here comes the GKD Mini handheld from LaoZhang. The GKD mini is another portrait mode handheld that promises a boost in performance over the RG350 series from Anbernic.
Anbernic’s latest handheld is the same old hardware in a shiny new shell. The original LDK first pushed this design style, but Anbernic have improved and polished it. The dinky little Anbernic RG280V is cute as a button, but do we need it?
Before the RG351P was confirmed, a version of this chart was posted on Baidu. It shows the naming convention for Anbernic’s handhelds past and present. The inclusion of a “V” for vertical raised a few eyebrows, as the RG300 didn’t make use of that particular nomenclature. It was of course speculated that a vertical machine was in the pipeline from them, and here it is – the Anbernic RG280V.
I know I’m late to the party with this one, but it would be a shame to not review the RG350M. Some of the recent reviews on this site haven’t been what you would call glowing, and it’s rare that you come across a handheld quite as good as this. So to prove I’m not just an old stick in the mud who likes to whinge, have a read of some nice things I have to say in the Anbernic RG350M review.
It’s been 8 months since the original RG350 was released with a non-functioning HDMI port, but Chinese devs have finally solved it. We’ve been teased with videos recently, and finally the code has been released to enable HDMI Output for RG350 and RG350M.
I am probably the last person on the internet to review this handheld. I was in two minds whether it was worth it at this stage. The main reason for the extreme lateness of this review are the problems I had with the d-pad and buttons. I thought that this was only an issue with the pre-production units, so I waited patiently for a replacement. Unfortunately it looks like some retail versions are affected by unresponsive buttons as well. My second replacement New PocketGo is a little better, but still not perfect. Read on for my New PocketGo Review.
Whilst the New PocketGo V2 is now shipping from RetroMimi, it’s currently only available in the grey colour scheme. If black is more your thing, you might be interested in the PlayGo branded version from AliExpress instead.
The RG350 is out in the wild and I’ve had my unit for a couple of weeks now. I reckon it’s the best open source handheld currently available for under $90. Read on for my review.