Gadgets

8Bitdo Release Retro Reciever for SNES

8Bitdo have unveiled their latest product, the Retro Receiver for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).

Following up on the popularity of the Retro Receiver for the NES, the new gadget allows you to hook up 8Bitdo’s retro controllers to the original SNES hardware wirelessly.

You’ll also be able to use PS3, PS4, Wii remote and Wii U Pro controllers.

The retro receiver appears to get it’s power directly from the controller port and supports Bluetooth 2.1 for wireless connectivity.

Interestingly, the technical specs also mention that the Retro Receiver can be used as as a Bluetooth dongle for X-Input on Mac OSX/Windows too.

I’m a massive fan of 8Bitdo’s controllers for their quality and authenticity so being able to hook them up to a retro console wirelessly is great.

Where to Buy the 8Bitdo Retro Reciever for SNES

You can pick up the 8Bitdo Retro Reciever for SNES from Play Asia for around $24.99.

Gamesir G4S Android/Windows Controller Revealed

Gamesir have just taken the wraps off their latest controller and follow up to the amazing Gamesir G3 (aka my favourite multi-platform controller).

Called the Gamesir G4S, the company’s latest controller features a number of improvements, including a new design, added grips and improved analog sticks and d-pad.

Compared to its predecessor, the Gamesir G4S now features rubberised handles for added grip and the company says they have made improvements to d-pad and analog stick sensitivity for more precision when gaming.

You can swap the d-pad and left analog stick functionality, allowing you essentially change between Playstation and Xbox-style controller layouts.

A turbo feature also allows you to emulate pressing keys rapidly by just holding the key down.

There’s a 800mAh rechargeable battery inside which should be good for around 20 hours of gaming.

The controller maintains both Bluetooth 4.0 and 2.4GHz wireless support across both Android and Windows. This makes it one of the most compatible controllers, beating the near-ubiquitous Xbox 360 controller due to the integrated Bluetooth radio for wireless Android gaming.

Where to Buy the Gamesir G4S

The Gamesir G4S isn’t available for purchase yet but expect it to appear on Gamesir’s official store and various online retailers.

$70 OWLENZ SD50 LCD Projector Features 800×480 Pixel Resolution

The OWLENZ SD50 is a new LCD projector featuring an 800×480 pixel resolution, 1000 lumens of brightness and a 1000:1 contrast ratio for around $70.

According to the listing, the projector should be able to project a 150 inch image, though I’d assume that means in a completely dark room.

In terms of connectivity, the SD50 will play back content via HDMI, composite, SD cards and USB drives.

Inside the box, you’ll get the OWLENZ SD50 LCD Projector, audio cable, remote control, and a power adapter.

Where to Buy The OWLENZ SD50 LCD Projector

The OWLENZ SD50 is available for around $70 from GearBest.

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320×180 Pixel SD20 LCD Projector Sells for $37

The SD20 is a compact LCD projector that retails for under $40. Coming in at just 117 x 84 x 43 mm, the company labels it as a “toy projector”. Given its size and ultra-low resolution, this seems to be a reasonable description.

At a mere 320×180 pixel resolution, it’s seriously low (DVDs are 720×480 pixels typically) and the 40 lumens of brightness is likely to make this projector limited for small screen use in a dark room. The 300 inch screen size claimed is incredibly unrealistic.

At least the range of inputs are decent, with AV, VGA, HDMI and USB playback all supported.

There’s also a built-in 700mAh battery which allows the projector to be used without being plugged in.

Inside the box, you’ll get the SD20 LCD Projector, audio cable, remote control, and a power adapter.

Where to Buy The SD20 LCD Projector

The SD20 is available for under $40 from GearBest.

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DOOGEE T6 Pro Android Smartphone Features Octacore Processor and Android 6.0

The DOOGEE T6 Pro is a new smartphone from the company. The 4G smartphone is powered by the octacore MT6753 and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google’s latest version of their OS.

Battery life is clearly a big focus of the DOOGEE T6 Pro, with the company including a massive 6250mAh large battery that they are claiming should be able to last 3 days of “ordinary use” – whatever that means. Quickcharge 2.0 is supported, allowing the device to charge to 25% in 10 minutes.

It also features a 5.5 inch 1280×720 pixel screen, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and dual cameras (13MP Rear, 5MP Front).

Where to buy the DOOGEE T6 Pro

The DOOGEE T6 Pro is available from Tomtop for $149.99 at the time of writing as part of a flash sale. Use coupon “12YEARSALE” to get it for $137.99.

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DOOGEE T6 Pro Technical Specifications

  • Display: 5.5 inch 1280 x 720 HD Screen
  • CPU: MTK6753 64bit Octa Core 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Mali-T720
  • System: Android 6.0
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB, Micro SD card up to 32GB
  • Camera: 13MP Rear, 5MP Front
  • Sensors: Gravity sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor
  • Features: GPS, A-GPS, WiFi, OTA, FM, HotKnot
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, dual Micro SIM cards
  • Network:
    • 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    • 3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
    • 4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

iPEGA PG-9055 Bluetooth Controller Review: Transforming Phones into Consoles

The iPega PG-9055 is the latest Bluetooth controller in the company’s growing stable. Titled “Red Spider”, it features the usual full set of controls, but also offers adjustable handgrips and the ability to stretch – allowing it to fit pretty much every phone you can throw at it.

I want to say thanks to GearBest for sending me a sample to review.

Use coupon “HDVG1” to get it for just $24.99.

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iPega PG-9055 Technical Specifications

  • Bluetooth Version: V3.0
  • Range: Approx. 8m
  • Battery: 300mAh
  • Charging time: Approx. 2 hours
  • Working Time: Approx. 12 hours

What’s in the Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • iPega PG-9055 Bluetooth Controller
  • Micro USB Charging Cable
  • English Instruction Manual

iPega PG-9055 Review

The IPEGA PG-9055 looks like a futuristic take on a typical controller – apart from the gaping hole in the center which I’ll get to later. It uses the familiar black and red color scheme that is a staple of iPega controllers.

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There’s a full set of controls here, with dual analog sticks, d-pad, 4 face buttons, 4 shoulders buttons as well as Start and Select. L3 and R3 are also supported by clicking down the thumbsticks.

The face buttons follow the Xbox 360’s XABY layout and use attractive colored labels inside clear resin buttons.

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There’s also a button to check the battery status, a slider to toggle between Android and iOS modes and 4 status LEDs. These show the battery status and which mode the controller is in.

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The handgrips themselves are quite comfortable and sit nicely in the hand. They’re also adjustable, with the small screws in each handgrip allowing you to extend their length.

That said, whilst the adjustable grips is a great idea in theory, it’s not so great in practice. I found that my fingers sat inside the groove created. Combined with the harsh angles of this expanded section, it’s not particularly comfortable so I tended to keep these sections retracted.

iPega-PG-9055-Review-06Now, let’s talk about the controller’s main feature – its ability to expand.

The iPEGA PG-9055 is one of the few controllers designed to accommodate huge devices in its integrated holder.

The controller opens up using telescopic sliders. They’re spring-loaded too, keeping your device in place and automatically closing the controller when not used. Supporting devices from 2.2 – 6.3 inches, it’ll hold most devices pretty comfortably.

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That said, whilst it does a good job holding everything in place, the sliding mechanism does have some play in it, slightly twisting the more it’s extended, though I didn’t find it to be an issue when gaming. Also, unlike the iPega PG-9023, it’s not big enough to hold a tablet in landscape mode which is a shame but most large smartphones (such as my Samsung Galaxy S7) fit perfectly in landscape.

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iPega PG-9055 Review: Using It

Using the controller is as easy as powering it up by holding down the Home button for a few seconds and selecting the iPega PG-9055 from your smartphone’s Bluetooth menu.

Android and iOS modes are changed via the switch on the side. In Android mode, there’s a number of additional modes (Gamepad/Keyboard/Mouse) that can be toggled by holding down one of the face buttons when you turn the controller on i.e. X+Home activates the Android controller mode. The controller reconnects pretty quickly too.

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iOS mode only supports the iCade standard unless you’re using a jailbroken device though I couldn’t get it to work. Given developers are moving towards Apple’s MFi controller standard, the iPega PG-9055 is probably not the best option for iOS gamers.

The Android experience was excellent, with most games I tested automatically configuring themselves for the controller.

The face buttons and d-pad has a nice tactile feel. The L2/R2 triggers do feel a little soft however. They’re also not analog, despite their appearance, which is a shame.

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The controller’s deadzones are quite good according to Game Controller Tester, leading to precise movement. Games such as GTA: San Andreas and Dead Trigger 2 worked perfectly though I did struggle with Modern Combat, despite turning down sensitivity to the minimum, though I feel like it’s more of a game issue.

Bluetooth range was good, with the controller all working all across my lounge room.

Battery life also seems to be good, quoted as being around 20 hours. After several hours of gameplay, the controller was still going.

There are a couple of minor annoyances though. If you’re using the controller with your phone mounted in landscape mode,you won’t be able to charge the phone as the grip blocks the charging port though this isn’t an issue if you use your phone in portrait mode.

Also, on Android, holding down the Home button to turn the controller off send the held “Home” command before it powers off. This kept bringing up Google Now before the controller powered off. It’s slightly annoying but not a major problem.

Verdict

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The iPega PG-9055 is another solid Bluetooth controller from the company. Though the sliding mechanism could be more rigid and the controller has a few design quirks, the controller itself worked well and is also one of the only controllers that will let you use your phone in portrait mode which is a massive plus for retro gamers.

If you’re looking for a flexible controller that gives you that portable console feel, the iPega PG-9055 is great entry.

Where Can You Buy The iPega PG-9055?

The iPega PG-9055 is available from GearBest for around $25.

Use coupon “HDVG1” to get it for just $24.99.

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Alternatively, it’s available from GeekBuying, Banggood, Amazon and AliExpress.

Deals: HOMTOM HT17 4G Android 6.0 Smartphone for $49.99

TomTop are currently running a flash sale on the HOMTOM HT17 for just $49.99.

Powered by the Quad Core MTK6737 and running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the HOMTOM HT17 boasts a 5.5″ 720p capacitive touchscreen, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

There’s also a fingerprint scanner, dual cameras (2MP Front, 8MP Rear) and dual SIM support  (dual SIM dual standby).

The 8GB storage is pretty tight but thankfully you can increase your storage using the micro SD card slot. Here’s hoping that Android 6.0’s Adoptable Storage is supported so you can use the SD card as internal storage for apps.

Inside the box, you’ll get the HOMTOM HT17, 3000mAh removable battery, screen protector, charging cable, USB charger, case and an English user manual.

If you’re interested, check out the sale over at TomTop.

HOMTOM HT17 Technical Specifications

  • Display: 5.5 inch 1280 x 720 HD IPS Screen
  • CPU: MTK6737 Quad Core
  • Operating System: Android 6.0
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage 8GB ROM, micro SD card up to 128GB
  • Cameras: 2MP Front, 8MP Rear with LED flash
  • Sensors: Gravity sensor, Proximity Sensor
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Features: GPS, WiFi, OTA, OTG, HotKnot
  • SIM Card: Dual Micro SIM (Dual SIM Dual Standby)
  • Networks:
    • 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    • 3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
    • 4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

D9+ Pico Projector Case Adds a Projector To Your iPhone

The D9+ is one of those unique products that I can’t believe exists yet I find absolutely fascinating. Combining a pico projector with an iPhone case, the $230 D9+ is definitely unique.

The projector’s specs are decent given its diminutive size, offering an 840×480 pixel resolution, 80 lumens of brightness and a 2000:1 contrast ratio.

Given it’s tiny size, it’s clearly made to be portable, incorporating a 2400mAh lithium-ion battery for on-the-go viewing. A tripod mount is underneath allowing for easy mounting.

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Connectivity is also respectable, with HDMI input, USB playback support and 3.5mm audio output so you can hook it up to an external speaker. It also appears to have support iPhone video output via the Lightning port but I can’t be certain.

The case component itself supports the Apple iPhone 6 and 6S.

Getting One

The D9+ Pico Projector is available from GearBest for around $239 at the time of writing. Use coupon “GBD9D” to get it for $220.99