If you didn’t know, I did a spotlight on a hardware clone called the Revo K101. I finally received one of these and after testing it out a bit, I have to say I’m impressed. The Revo does an excellent job at emulating multiple systems. So let’s get to the review!
The Hardware: The hardware that makes up the Revo still amazes me on a daily basis, even after a long play session. That’s mainly because of how insanely lightweight it is. It weighs just slightly more than your standard USB mouse; it also fits in your pocket perfectly. The material that the Revo is made out of feels slightly chalky, but in a good way. It has a white matte look to it and is quite stylish. Along with all of these factors, the hardware also performs like a champ once you boot the device up. It has a battery life of about half a day when in sleep mode, or about 3-4 hours of gameplay. The screen is pretty low resolution at 640X480 pixels. This has little to no effect on the games though, seeing as how they are all low resolution games in the first place.
The case includes the standard Gameboy Advanced/Gameboy Color cartridge slots and the Revo K101 Plus is compatible with any actual Gameboy Color or Advanced games. The kit comes with a Gameboy advanced cartridge that has an 8GB MicroSD card in it. You can plug this MicroSD card into a special MicroSD-to-USB converter that also comes with the Revo and plug it into your computer. Once you have the card plugged into your computer, you can put various files on it to play. The Revo also has an AV out cable so you can plug it into a TV and play all your games there. Some other parts that come with the Revo include a pair of earbuds, a charger (which I might add is a micro USB cable, so you can also charge devices that use a microUSB input), and a small bag to carry the Revo around in. Altogether, I would say that the hardware looks awesome, feels really solid, and comes with some neat accessories.
The System OS: The OS for the Revo is basically just a file explorer that you can use to look around inside the MicroSD card, launch programs, and change some system settings. This only works if you have the Revo’s special cartridge in though. Once turned on, the system will let you pick out which games to play. The only way to get games on the MicroSD card, however, is to put them on it by using your computer. Simply rip the roms from cartridges you have, or download them illegally from websites! (Just to be clear, that was a joke. We don’t condone piracy here). If you want to know what games you can play on this system, it has a list of them in the help section, a quick check lets you know that the system can emulate older PC games (such as Splatterhouse), GBC/GBA Games (Gameboy Advanced/Gameboy Color games), Sega Master System games (titles like Shinobi, or Sonic the Hedgehog), and NES games (such as Kirby’s Adventure or Super Mario Bros. 3).
If you want to, you can even look at jpeg images or listen to MP3s on this system. From my experience, it runs all of the games very smoothly, except for NES games with high numbers of moving sprites in them. In those cases, the frame rate tends to drop occasionally. Altogether, I feel like the interface is nice, allows you to do most of what you would need to in it, and is never overly complicated or hard to use.
And that concludes my rundown of the Revo K101. It’s an amazing system that can emulate multiple legacy consoles that many people have a nostalgic yen for. It’s an absolute delight to play on and costs a mere $70. You can find it here