Anbernic RG280V, carry all your classic video games in your pocket

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It is no longer necessary to look for the old console in the storage room to remember old times. Now you can even do them while waiting for the metro with the anbernic RG280V portable console. A small device that fits in the palm of your hand and with which you will access all the classic games of your childhood. It has a 2.8-inch IPS screen, powerful speaker and headphone jack, metallic finish and a multitude of emulators ready to go. We review the characteristics of this console Anbernic in our review.

Technical characteristics of the Anbernic RG280V game console

Anbernic RG280V
Model RG280V
Screen size 2.8 inches
Screen resolution and features 320 x 480 dpi, IPS panel, OCA lamination
Dimensions 89 x 78 x 18mm
Weight 124g
Processor JZ4770 dual core 1GHz
memory / storage microSD 16 GB storage (operating system) / microSD slot up to 256 GB for roms
connectivity Headphone jack, USB-C charging, two microSD slots
Operating system Open Dingux (Linux)
Drums 2,100mAh
Compatibility 8, 16 and 32 bit game consoles (NES, GB, SNES, MD, PSX, etc). Arcades. classic computers

Design and materials

The RG280V It is one of the most compact Anbernic portable consoles in its catalogue. And it has some measures 87 x 87 x 16 mm. Thanks to these dimensions we can easily carry it in our pants pocket or in any backpack. The effort that the manufacturer has made with a aesthetically successful design, but also at the construction level. In our hands, the console feels solid, good touch and robust despite being made of plastic. Although we cannot forget the brushed metal front plate that gives it a plus of quality.

Anbernic RG280V

Compact size and light weight to always carry it with us

Regarding the controls, Anbernic’s console chooses to place a traditional crosshead instead of a stick. It is logical given the little space it has and that classic games are always better played that way. We haven’t had any problems making diagonals in games like Street Fighter. The main buttons are membrane like we had on the Super Nintendo controllers. It also includes some L1/R1 and L2/R2 buttons with a click actuation, located at the top. Thanks to their height difference, we identify which of the buttons we are pressing. Between these buttons are the headphone jack and the USB-C charging port.

Anbernic RG280V

Top buttons with different heights for easy identification

On the left side we have a speaker volume control located on the back of the console. Next to it we see a main microSD slot with the necessary software for its operation and another secondary slot to place the card with our roms. In our unit we have a 64 GB microSD with many roms ready to run from different platforms. And on the right side we have the power button and another reset button to return to the RG280V menu.

Anbernic RG280V

Sides of the Anbernic RG280V

screen and sound

As we mentioned at the beginning of our review, it incorporates a screen 2.8-inch IPS-LCD, with an OCA adhesive laminate and 2.5D curved glass. This board has a 320 x 480 pixel resolution, in 4:3 aspect ratio and ends up occupying about 60% of the front of the console. At the time of playing we will enjoy a high brightness level and vivid colors, even outdoors. The level of definition is adequate, with a visual representation in accordance with the technical specifications of classic machines. Regarding the color temperature, we could say that it has a slightly cold tone.

Anbernic RG280V

The photos do not do justice to the true quality of its IPS screen. With strong contrast and vivid colors

Another of the surprises that we have taken has been with its powerful rear speaker. The manufacturer does not offer any type of information on this aspect, but we can tell you that it is overwhelming the level and quality of sound it offers, taking into account the price and characteristics of the machine. Although it would have been better if the sound had a frontal projection, its placement is accurate and is not hindered by the placement of our fingers. Also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Anbernic RG280V

Powerful rear speaker and headphone jack. Does not allow the use of BT

Highlights

Although the Anbernic RG280V does not stand out especially for its technical sheet. Count with one Dual Core Ingenic JZ4770 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. Some simple specifications that limit emulation capacity. However, a Linux distribution called OpenDingux, instead of using an Android distribution that would have consumed more technical resources. In this distribution we get all the tools that we will see below and the installed emulators. Therefore, the user will not have the need to install files or follow configuration tutorials. Also, since it is a Linux system, it is open to improving and updating the emulators. Lastly, it includes a vibration motor for those systems and games that have this function.

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The console has a space reserved for a 2,700mAh battery. A capacity that reaches a maximum autonomy of up to 7 hours of use. However, after a few good gaming sessions, its autonomy is closer to about 5.5 hours. As always, this factor depends on multiple variables such as the use of the speaker, brightness level, technical performance, etc. It should also be noted that it lacks fast charging, so the full charge of the battery reaches 2 hours.

Game testing, compatibility and tools

When turning on the Anbernic RG280V, the system applications appear. The Linux distribution includes a clock, file manager, terminal, image viewer, video and music player, among others. Some functions that give a plus of versatility to the small compact console and that also becomes an audiovisual entertainment product, although with the limitations of screen size and ratio. We also have ports of classic video games like Arkanoid, Minesweeper, Doom, Street of Rage, etc.

But the really powerful part comes in the section of emulators with the following systems available:

  • Nintendo Game Boy, GB Color, GB Advance
  • Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 (via emulator add-on)
  • Sega Master System, Mega Drive, Game Gear
  • Playstation (PS1)
  • Wonderswan, Wonderswan Color
  • Neo Geo, Neo Geo Pocket
  • PC Engine
  • MAME, FBA, CP System, DosBox

All these emulators have their section of customizable settings, save game and run roms from different regions. In fact, games can be played natively and can be configured with filters, settings, and other factors to enhance the gaming experience on the Anbernic RG280V.

Performance test of the Anbernic RG280V

In order not to extend ourselves too much, we are going to summarize our results obtained after several gaming sessions. 8-bit consoles like NES, GB or Master System perform to the best of their potential without any sound problem. The same thing happens when we jump from generation to 16 bits with platforms like Mega Drive or SNES, whose games with special chips flow without any emulation problem, as well as the various graphic effects (filters, 3D modeling, etc). The controls of these consoles hardly required buttons and the control was by analog crosshead, so the sensations are the same as of yesteryear.

Anbernic RG280V

Emulation of consoles from different generations, with advanced configurations and game saves specific to each emulator

The same goes for everything related to emulated arcade machines, although perhaps here we can miss a little more screen size. The classic arcades and the demanding Neo Geo ones move with the fluidity of always. But the problems we find them with the most current platforms such as PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Here we are missing more buttons, the gaming experience varies depending on the title and we can have performance, sound and graphics problems.

Availability and price of the Anbernic RG280V

In conclusion, Anbernic’s portable console is one of the most compact in its catalog. A small device that collects all of our childhood and with some additional functions such as a music and video player. Although its technical sheet is not one of the most complete, it has what is essential to correctly emulate more than a dozen classic consoles. It’s comfortable to use with both hands, with a great-looking IPS screen and thunderous sound. We award Gizlogic gold.

Surely you are already wanting to get your hands on one of them. We are going to make it very easy for you from the store Hekka with free shipping to Spain and with a 64 GB microSD full of roms.

PROS:
  • Lightweight and compact design
  • IPS screen with good viewing angles, colors and contrast
  • Controls that respond well to our actions
  • good autonomy
  • ready to go

CONS:
  • No analog stick
  • Lacks Bluetooth and HDMI

8.5
Total score