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Hyperkin RetroN 5 Retro Gaming System, Black
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Fantastic concept, but... 06/25/2014

This review is from: Hyperkin RetroN 5 Retro Gaming System, Black

Pros: I received the black console from September 2013's

+ Plays Genesis, Game Boy, GBC, and GBA as it says it does (at least the ones I have tested so far). Update 6/20: Stop recognizing Nintendo and Super Nintendo games most of the time. After firmware update and factory reset, issue persists. If I take out and re-insert, I can usually get the cartridge to recognize after a random number of attempts.

+ Save states! This is my favourite feature

+ Easy set up

+ Well constructed (Plastic but feels as solid as the older consoles)

+ Super Eagle emulation option makes old graphics look smooth and crisp

+ Bass boost, an unexpected bonus. Nice touch.

+ Seems to play most games without a hitch most of the time. I had one freeze so far but had saved the game.

+ A lot of customization available on the launch menu

+ Original controllers work well if plugged in at boot-up, including the NES Advantage on one player. Sometimes switching controllers may 'confuse' the system or take a moment to figure out the chance.

+ Top loading for NES is better than the front loading system for the most part.

+ International outlet adapters included

+ Saves space not only under the TV, but also on the powerstrip. Saves energy and heat with power supply.

Cons: - Instructions for updates and troubleshooting are not in the manual and difficult to follow online unless you have extensive knowledge with computers and file transfers. The learning curve is a bit steep, but if you're determined, you may be able to get the updates to install. Otherwise it's a call to Hyperkin and/or redo many steps.

- Some glitchy speed-ups/lag on a few games like GunSmoke. Sound issues after saving Castlevania GBA game but kicks in after a moment. Could perhaps be rectified on firmware update?

- Doesn't have A/V RCA outputs like in the original design. I bought a Mini HDMI to 3RCA Composite AV Converter that works well for my older TV

- Wireless controller clicks like that kid in class with a mechanical pencil who can't get the lead out. Oddly shaped. Not really user friendly but functional.

- Took forever it seems to fulfill the pre-order, was promised dates and was delayed on at least 3 occasions. No direct customer communication on delays. This is probably solved now that it's been launched

- Price hike? What's up with that? Mine was pre-ordered when it was $99, I think this was fair and reasonable for the system.

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Galaxy 64TGF8HX6FTZ GeForce GT 640 GC 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Usually I try to upgrade when a component dusts, but this time the bank account said to just replace for now. I had one of similar memory in the past but without the updated features and really wanted one with this dual port set-up since that's the way I have my monitors already. Fired up and installed easy and was back to gaming. Slightly better? Yeah, a bit. Games I play may be considered 'low key' such as World of Tanks, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings Online, and the like, no FPS's.

Cons: More memory is always nice, some chugging on high speed, graphically demanding games.

Other Thoughts: If you've got $400 to spend on a video card, then all means, go right ahead.

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Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long life ball bearing for over 45,000/hrs CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have this in two of my PC's and they pass all heat measurements despite having AMD chips known for running hot. Easy to install, anti-tangle chord.

Cons: None

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Carolyn C.'s Profile

Display Name: Carolyn C.

Date Joined: 04/18/04

  • Reviews: 45
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  • First Review: 04/16/05
  • Last Review: 06/25/14
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