You Brilliant Little Emulator…You
So I have looked at this product from Dingoo about a gajillion times before deciding to purchase one, probably for over a year now. (Talk about slow-minded purchasing!) It is officially called the Dingoo A320, unofficially Micro Game Station, and I purchase mine here in white using the coupon code “7fede48c62” for an additional 10% off.
What is it, you ask? Well first and foremost it is a vintage game emulator. We are talking NES, SNES, SEGA, Neo Geo, CAPCOM, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance (this list is looong). The ease of setup is fantastic–literally drag and drop into a folder and BAM!, working games. Yes, some emulators aren’t 100% perfect, and yes you may have trouble with a few bad ROMs along the way, but, overall, brilliantly versatile. The screen is bright, vibrant, and with a decent resolution.
But another feature that rounds out the versatility of this device is the video player. It plays most video formats (.mpg, .mov, .wmv, Real etc) and includes an AV out port so you can plug the little man right into any tele for instant ZOOMage. I dropped my P90X videos onto it and now I will no longer have to workout squinting at my laptop. Hello TV we’re back in biz!
Some of the useless features include photos, e-book reader, mp3 player (although it does come with headphones and I’m sure it would be an OK substitute for portable music, although most of us now have 3 or more ways to play music whilst traveling), and radio (it doesn’t pick up the best signal).
I can’t say anything about the battery life as of yet, but I’m told it’s average to better than average. The D-pad isn’t perfect but totally usable. I love the white color, making it feel like I’m almost playing with a retro imaginary DS. The form factor feels great in the hands, and the speakers are loud enough for pleasurable play.
All in all — Thumbs Up from me to Singapore for getting it here.
Note: Yes, there is an A330, probably made by a different company, but the buttons and form factor suck, it’s design impersonates a mini-PSP, and the only feature I see worth appreciating is double the memory. I’m a design-junkie, what can I say!