Hyperkin Retron 5 – Review

A Closer Look

 

 Retron5 Front Box  Retron5 RearBox

 

The Retron 5 Comes in sturdy enough box, which features a rundown of the improvements the Retron 5 can offer in games that are slotted into the machine.

Retron5 Unboxed

 

They pack a fair few things into the Retron 5’s box. Included is a bluetooth rechargeable controller, a HDMI cable, a charge cable for the aforementioned controller, the console, a power adaptor and some stickers.

 Retron5 Controller  Retron5 Controller Rear  

The controller uses microswitches on the DPad and the 6 main buttons, and whilst it doesn’t look ergonomic in the slightest, it actually sits in the hands quite well. On the bottom of the controller are the indicator lights for the battery which indicate the player number as well if you have more than one player with a Retron pad.

Retron5 Profile

 

On the top edge are the shoulder buttons, and the Micro USB port which lets you charge the controller.

Retron5 Remote and Console

 

The Retron 5 takes on a few styling cue from consoles of old, with the grey/purple/black one taking its cues from the SNES.

Retron5 Controller Ports

 

On the side of the console are the ports which can support the original console controllers; right to left SNES, NES, Master System and Mega Drive.

Retron5 Outputs and Connections

 

On the back you get an SDHC slot, HDMI port, Mini-USB and a service button (covered under a sticker) which you should not press under any condition.

Retron 5 Almost Loaded

 

Here is another thing you should not do with your Retron 5, load all the slots. I did this to show the Retron 5 as fully loaded as I could get it at the time of the review. It plays all these types of games by dumping the ROM from the cartridge and loading it into an emulator. Effectively the Retron 5 is a physical cartridge emulator.

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