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02k0 (OP)

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Cheap Raspberry-based Game Console
« on: September 22, 2019, 12:56:17 am »
Hello everyone!

I found a cheap console alternative based on Raspberry Zero.

Features (as described by seller)

* 2-inch IPS display with 320 x 240 resolution;
* Compatible with Raspberry Pi Zero / Zero W / Zero WH;
* On-board charging circuit, powered by 14500 lithium battery, easy to carry and play at any time;
* On-board power indicator for easy viewing of the power consumption of game consoles;
* Gold sinking process, high quality materials, fine carving
On-board speaker and headphone interface, listen to the familiar BGM.



Screens (Click image for details)







Options

With Raspberry Zero

- GamePi20  x1
- Acrylic case  x1
- Metal Base Box  x1
- Conductive rubber pad  x2
- Key (1 set) x1
- Mini Cross Sleeve  x1
- Copper stud screw pack  x1
- Screwdriver  x1
- Zero WH  x1



Without Raspberry Zero

- GamePi20 x1
- Acrylic case x1
- Metal Base Box x1
- Conductive rubber pad x2
- Key (1 set) x1
- Mini Cross Sleeve x1
- Copper stud screw pack x1
- Screwdriver x1




Link: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000086689544.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.7cd32e0emNTfKh


What do you guys think about this thing?

Qinti

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Re: Cheap Raspberry-based Game Console
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2019, 03:47:21 pm »
I ordered one because I have an obscene amount of pi zeros lying around (bought a 10 pack because 11$ per pi zero w, why not). I have been putting them in everything I can (Clone Genesis 2 pi, check. Mini Famicom Clone pi, check. Pokegear pi conversion, in progress). I'll let you know once I get it

quadjfet

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Re: Cheap Raspberry-based Game Console
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2019, 07:01:06 pm »
Interesting! I might pick one up. I'd seen previous versions of kits that were very similiar, but they all had a deal breaker in one way or the other. The other versions had an analog stick instead of dpad, or one of those sandwich-style cases that leaves the sides open. This kit looks pretty good for the price.

Qinti

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Re: Cheap Raspberry-based Game Console
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2019, 01:37:44 pm »
On a personal note, I'd avoid this if you don't have access to official distributors of 14500 batteries. Do not buy from AliExpress as most are scams, no 14500 should exceed 850mah capacity.

02k0 (OP)

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Re: Cheap Raspberry-based Game Console
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2019, 04:42:12 pm »
I ordered one because I have an obscene amount of pi zeros lying around (bought a 10 pack because 11$ per pi zero w, why not). I have been putting them in everything I can (Clone Genesis 2 pi, check. Mini Famicom Clone pi, check. Pokegear pi conversion, in progress). I'll let you know once I get it
I believe it is an excellent choice, aside from the fact that it doesn't come with its own battery, the console looks very good.  Must be very good to run SNES, MD, SMS and Nes.

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02k0 (OP)

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Re: Cheap Raspberry-based Game Console
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2019, 04:44:06 pm »
Interesting! I might pick one up. I'd seen previous versions of kits that were very similiar, but they all had a deal breaker in one way or the other. The other versions had an analog stick instead of dpad, or one of those sandwich-style cases that leaves the sides open. This kit looks pretty good for the price.
It is probably one of the most compact and cheap Raspberry Pi based consoles in the world.

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02k0 (OP)

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Re: Cheap Raspberry-based Game Console
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2019, 04:46:46 pm »
On a personal note, I'd avoid this if you don't have access to official distributors of 14500 batteries. Do not buy from AliExpress as most are scams, no 14500 should exceed 850mah capacity.
Would you have a link to a battery that works well for the console?

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Qinti

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Re: Cheap Raspberry-based Game Console
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2019, 04:59:11 pm »
I recommend you go to a reputable local store that sells batteries and buy one locally. 14500 batteries have shipping restrictions. Just remember, max real value of a 14500 battery is 850mah, anything greater than that is fake. 850 mAh is enough for a couple of hours at least.

quadjfet

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Re: Cheap Raspberry-based Game Console
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2019, 05:04:23 am »
"Cigarette/Vape stores" tend to carry lots of 18650s and might stock 14500s as well. If you live near one you could stop by and see. Flashlight enthusiasts tend to be very knowledgeable about batteries as well and it's possible they use 14500 form factor. RC/drone/hobby type shops might have some as well, but I think they usually mostly stock 2-4s pouch batteries.

To concur with Qinti, too high of a capacity rating can be a big warning sign. It's usually better to buy Panasonic cells that are of smaller capacity, as they're more likely to be genuine.

If you're handy with a soldering iron, you can buy any pouch cell you feel like and solder it straight to the terminals. Not good if you were planning on carrying spares with you, but you could maybe rig something up with inline JST connectors.

 

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