The RK2020 Retro Handheld Console is another retro games console with high performance and low power consumption. But this one may be special, as it is the best one I have played yet.
The RK2020 comes with a 1.3GHZ RockChip RK3326 CPU with 1GB DDR3L RAM a 2,600 MAH battery and a 32GB Internal SD Card. Also, there’s USB-C charging, headphone jack and a USB-A port for a Wifi dongle or controller. The big plus for this is the OS is Retro Arch, though I found you can install EmuELEC instead if needed.
On the front is a 3.5inch 320×480 IPS screen. There are four shoulder buttons, a D-pad, thumbstick and 4 face buttons. This is the closest I have seen to a perfect layout. Is there was a second thumbstick then I’d be happy.
The 2600mAh battery and small form factor makes this perfect to slide into your pocket or bag. I found the positioning of the buttons to be great for my hands and I didn’t have any difficultly playing any games. The joystick is one of my favourites, while the d-pad has a nice texture to it.
The interface is the best I have seen, with a slick slideshow effect as you scroll through each emulator. You can then view a list of roms, with album art, which can be scrapped from within the console itself with a wifi dongle attached or from the PC.
RK2020 Retro Handheld Console:
- Pokémon Yellow – Gameboy – This plays with no issues. No frame drops in the 3 hours I played.
- Jax and Daxter – PS1 – This played well until too many enemies were on the screen. There were multiple frame drops and performance stuttering.
- Mario 64 – N64 Alpha – The whole game is slow and laggy, but you can see what the end product would look like.
Adding roms is a bit of a pain, and does invloce installing a couple of pieces of software, but there are a vast array of videos showing exactly what you need to do. New emulators will pop up if you add a specific game for them, which is a nice touch.
Overall, the RK2020 Retro Handheld Console is my current favourite console. The buttons and interface is a big plus for me!
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