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Hyperkin’s Retron 5 console has been turning heads in the video gaming communities since it was announced a year or so ago. The Retron 5 is a clone console system that plays Megadrive, NES, SNES, Gameboy and Gameboy Advance games. At its heart the unit is an Android based emulator. Early reports suggest the emulation is of a high standard, making this an attractive option for those who want to dabble in retrogaming and collecting but don’t want the hassle and headaches of running multiple older systems, upscalers and/or CRTs.
Like many other really cool things I’d love to review but can’t at the moment due to the fact that I simply don’t have the money to acquire them, I’d love to test out the console myself and see just how good it really is compared to the original hardware. While several sites have reviewed the console already, none have really gone into the kinds of detail that I would have liked to have seen, with the possible exception of our friends over at RetroRGB.
Unfortunately, the unit that RetroRGB reviewed was faulty and so they were not able to give a complete picture of its performance. Nevertheless the partially complete review that has already been posted makes for interesting reading, so click here and take a look.
Those folks at RetroRGB also took their Retron 5 console to pieces and have provided photographs of the internals. I sure hope that didn’t invalidate their warranty!