Powkiddy RGB20SX Review

Lets first look at the specs:

  • 1.8GHZ RK3566 ARM Quad-Core CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.0” OCA 1:1 Display (720 x 720)
  • 5000MAH Battery
  • WiFi/Bluetooth
  • Mini HDMI Out
  • USB-C Charging

Visually, I still like the RGB20SX‘s cute form factor. I received the transparent blue version from Gogamegeek to test. But there is also an orange version, exactly the same as the RGB20S, as well as a transparent white and solid white. All variations come with either 64, 128 & 256GB SD cards crammed with games. The version I received for testing is the 128GB version.

The RGB20SX has a 4” display with a resolution of 720 x 720, which I have to say does look rather nice with some gaming platforms included. I say ‘some’ as, unfortunately, due to the screen being 1:1, it isn’t a great fit for the likes of PSP, as it means you get large, black borders at the top and bottom of the screen.

Image quality, however, is very good, with a sharp and bright image and great colour saturation. Viewing angles are also very good too.

Beneath the screen is the D-pad, which isn’t bad and is usable. The action buttons are decent, they’re a good size and responsive. The analogue sticks are okay and function as they should. The Start/Select buttons are very clicky and do the job, though they are a little irritating with how loudly they click.

There is a small speaker that is fairly loud but becomes distorted when turned up too high. The speaker isn’t amazing, but it does what it’s meant to do, just don’t expect anything too overwhelming.

Around the bottom and sides there are two USB-C ports, headphone jack, volume buttons, mini-HDMI out port, On/Off button and a Reset button. Phew, that’s a lot of buttons for such a small handheld.

On the rear of the RGB20SX are four shoulder buttons, which are tiered and of decent quality. There is a large 5000MAH battery pack, which will give you around 6-7 hours of play time on a full charge.

Turning on the RGB20SX, I was greeted with the ROCKNIX OS, which is a fork of JELOS. The front end looks really good and is simple and clean with some neat features and artwork.

Choose the platform you want to play, and you will see a list of games, including box art and screenshots. The controls worked perfectly straight out of the box, and you can tweak them further within the emulator settings if you need to.

One very frustrating thing I did come across was with the Function button: It just doesn’t work. You should be able to press it during games to save, load or quit back to the main menu. Instead, I eventually found out that you need to press Select and X. This just doesn’t make sense at all, and it’s a shame Powkiddy didn’t set this correctly.

Because of the 1:1 screen, the RGB20SX is more suited to certain platforms, those being Nintendo DS, Game Boy/Game Boy Colour and Sega Game Gear. Because of the 720 screen, the images on these platforms look and play really well.

My problems started when I attempted to try N64 games, and with these specs, it should have played them well. However, everything was jittery and not great. It was the same with Dreamcast and even with some of the Game Gear stuff. I don’t know what’s going on here, but I think it might be down to the OS.

When buying a new handheld, the last thing you’d expect is to have issues with emulators just not working great. Unfortunately, this is what you get with the RGB20SX, and it’s a shame Powkiddy has once again been lazy with the RGB20SX. The OS just isn’t suitable for this handheld and is holding it back considerably.

Yes, you can probably increase performance by using a CFW other than ROCKNIX, but all of my articles are based on the device being straight out of the box. I know there will be plenty of people out there who will complain about that. But a lot of people who buy this device just want a pick up and play experience and don’t want the hassle of changing the OS.

Powkiddy needs to release some OTA updates for this device in order to put right what is wrong. Looking at the specs on paper, this should be a great and capable handheld. But the fact that they have released the RGB20SX in this current state just demonstrates their lack of understanding on what the consumer wants and expects from a product on day one.

My opinion would be to hold off buying the RGB20SX until Powkiddy come up with some updates or ship it with a different OS. As it stands, it will play the games that are present, it just doesn’t play everything great, and it should. If you’re happy with just playing arcade and Game Boy stuff, then you might enjoy the RGB20SX. But if you want to play anything else, you may end up disappointed.

The RGB20SX can be purchased direct from Gogamegeek by clicking here. Priced at $109.99.

 

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