Price: $ 40
This year, I've been on a portable game console kick with ROMs in at least I've tried DIY and roll-your-own solutions, so when BittBoy asked me to try its premade ROM machine, I said yes.
Here's What We Like
- Tiny and lightweight
- Bright, clear screen
- The price can not be beat
And What We Do not
- Mushy buttons
- Inconsistent settings menu
- No sleep function 
The PocketGo is designed to accomplish three things: portability, flexibility, and an absolute dirt-cheap price. It hits all three. As long as you do not expect miracles from a $ 40 purchase, it delivers on its promise of being a fun, portable ROM machine.
The PocketGo's dimensions (4-1 / 2 inches long, 2 inches tall, and 1/2 inch thick) Nintendo's Game Boy Advance Micro (if you're old enough to remember that). This makes it super-easy to slip into a pocket or bag.
The Big Difference between the PocketGo and the GBA Micros, of course, it does not rely on cartridges. Instead, it's got a MicroSD card slot, filled with an 8 GB card in the standard $ 40 package.
The layout of the classic Super NES controller: D-pad, four buttons for your right hand, and two shoulder buttons for your index fingers.
The mono speaker hangs out below the A / B / X / Y buttons, with a volume wheel on the right edge, and a power switch on the left. Both of them feel a little flaky but are surprisingly unobtrusive when you play. There's one extra button on top, which does not factor into the gameplay-it's to manage the various emulators.
This screen is a 2.4-inch IPS panel. It's much smaller, say, emulation window on any modern smartphone. Despite being only 320 by 240, it's surprisingly bright and sharp. It's nice.
If there's a weakness in the physical design, it's the buttons. They're a bit loose and mushy, and not as satisfying or clicking as those on something like the Nintendo 3DS. But considering the price, I would not expect them to be. They are worlds better than the touchscreen I typically use for portable gaming.
Other hardware options are slim. There's no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and while the gadget technically supports video-out, it's not the only one RCA is the only option. At least there's a headphone jack-way weird this is a $ 40 impulse buy has over a $ 1,000 phone?
Plays Everything You Throw at It
The PocketGo puts the emulators on the front and center -Dozens of them. Everything you'd expect to see from the Atari 2600, all the way up to the original PlayStation is represented. All of them are open-source freeware, of course, and a few popular consoles (like the Game Boy) have multiple emulators to choose from. The PocketGo's emulation launcher menu.
Performance is generally good, thanks to the modern, soC. It's using an ARM9 processor with 32MB of RAM, and a tiny 1,000mAh of battery power. The PocketGo handles SNES and Genesis games well, although you may need to tweak the emulator menu for sound processing sometimes. Emulators for anything older than the mid-to-late '
The PlayStation emulator is, frankly, a very optimistic inclusion.
Getting Your Games onto the PocketGo is it.
Getting Your Games on the PocketGo is a game in which JRPG's or jigsaw puzzle games are about to be played pretty easy-especially since the package includes a USB 2.0 MicroSD card reader. You just drop them onto the premade folders in the card. However, managing them is a different story. Each emulator has its own settings on the top of the device. The layout and settings are wildly different from program to program-they're not even consistent.
All these emulators come from different sources, but you have to install them. Slightly better management would have gone a long way.
The device's input and output so paint some polish. For example, there's no sleep state-like on old Game Boy, it's either on or off. If you want to stop playing for a few minutes, you'll have to try the game manually, power down, boot up, and then navigate to the correct emulator and file. Some of the installed games do not even have that option;
While the game itself is quite satisfying, it does not come anywhere close to the convenience of running emulator on your phone.
Overall, "That's what you pay for" is often applied to the PocketGo. It's a wonderfully portable way to relive your favorite classic console games-especially in bursts of more than 20 minutes. 2D built-in software almost any 2D game ROM quite well. Just do not expect miracles in terms of power, user interface, or usability.
Tiny and lightweight
And what We Do not
- Mushy buttons
- Inconsistent settings menu
- No sleep function