Hyperkin's RetroN 1 HD

The RetroN1 is a NES clone console by Hyperkin that outputs 720p via HDMI.  It's my guess that's it's a basic composite-video-to-HDMI chip, resulting in a terrible picture.

Full Review

The RetroN 1 HD is a cheap clone console that outputs 720p.  It's pretty disappointing in almost every way.  Both the audio and video output are awful, it doesn't work with ROM carts and the bundled controller didn't work well.  Here's a video review showing examples of all the issues:

 

Video Quality

Even though the video showed in detail everything that's wrong with this clone console, I wanted to have a picture on the site as a reference for exactly how bad it is.  I compare it to the AVS from RetroUSB, as it's the next-cheapest HDMI-based NES option available.  Click for full-sized:

 

Pictures

Here's some pictures of the insides.  Click for full-sized:

 

Conclusion:

Pro's:
- It's only $40
- Analog outputs are inluded

Con's:
- Literally, everything else.
- This is speculation, but I'm pretty sure they took their old composite video NES clone and esentially stuck an HDMI chip in it.

 

 

Feel free to go back to the main NES page, for more info.  If you’re finished, I invite you to go back to the main page to see all the other retro-gaming awesomeness we have on this site...especially the RGB guide!