The RG-300 feels pretty good in my ~75th percentile western male hands, but it's still not big enough!
From the blown-up marketing images I was expecting something original DMG-sized, but the RG300 is actually slightly smaller than a gameboy pocket. The RG300 is slightly shorter, with roughly the same depth and width. I suppose I could have checked the product dimensions, but it wouldn't have really changed my purchase decision either way. The device is pretty good for fast games, but it still wobbles in my hands for intense shmups as the grip area isn't big enough.
I'd love if this device had the jz4770 chip instead of the RG350 with it's ridiculous Xbox layout.
So as long as we're spitballing good-but-still-achievable Ingenic devices, here's mine:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
- Portrait orientation
- As close to original DMG form factor/look as you can get without being N*nt*nd*'d - available in Play it Loud! red colorway, as well as classic grey.
- Comfortable good quality L and R shoulder buttons, with fingers primarily resting on these buttons
- L2 and R2 should be present but should be really small and non 'primary' buttons. Should not interfere with L and R.
-If you must include analog sticks, they should be in the NON-PRIMARY
locations (Playstation style), and should be as small and out of the way as possible. The slide pads from the RS-97 pro would fit my criteria, as would the trackpoint-style nub on the n3ds. I don't like Vita style sticks since they stick out too far.
- 60 hz Vsync RGB H- or V- Stripe IPS/VA family at native 320x240, no weird subpixel crap
- JZ4770 or JZ4780 CPU,
- Dual SD card setup like RS-97 family etc, (internal OS on user-removable card, not soldered raw flash)
Price: Total price shipped to US should be equal to or under $100. If they cheap out with a TN panel it would need to be closer to ~$60, and they should use a socket with standard pinout so that swaps would be possible. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In case it's not clear, I find the RG-350 uninteresting as currently demonstrated and do not intend to purchase it. I don't like the ergonomics. Since they've presumably already fabbed the case molds (=$$$$$), ergonomics are the one thing I would not expect them to be able to fix at this stage.
I look forward to the manufacturer re-using this working PCB netlist for a handheld that more closely meets mine and others' preference for a RETRO handheld.