RG351MP Review – The latest retro gaming handheld by Anbernic

RG351MP REVIEW

Today we are checking out latest retro gaming handheld, it’s the RG351MP from Anbernic! In our RG351MP review, we will be unboxing it, taking a closer look at the device, its features and of course checking out some emulators and retro games!

RG351MP Review Video

RG351MP Unboxing

Inside we have the RG351MP which we will show in more detail shortly.

RG351MP Unboxing
RG351MP Unboxing

Next, when purchased from DroiX you get a free 64GB card ready to go. There is a USB Type-C adaptor and WiFi dongle as this model does not have built in WiFi.

RG351MP USB WiFi Dongle and Adaptor
RG351MP USB WiFi Dongle and Adaptor

There is a USB Type-C charge cable. It comes with a screen protector and wipes to use when applying it to the retro handheld. And last but not least is a User Manual which is in full English and has everything you need to get started.

RG351MP Overview

The RG351MP measures 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.7 inches (14.5cm x 7.3cm x 1.8cm) and weighs 267g. 

RG351MP Dimensions
RG351MP Dimensions

It has a 3.5 inch IPS Display with a 4:3 ratio 640×480 resolution. This is the newer screen found in the RG351V and it looks amazing!

Controls layout
Controls layout

You have your standard left and right analogue sticks, along with a classic D-Pad. There are SELECT & START buttons above, and four gaming buttons.

Along the top are the left and right shoulder and trigger buttons. There’s an OTG port to connect the WiFi dongle to. And a 3.5mm headphone jack and the USB charge port.

Top view of the retro gaming handheld
Top view of the retro gaming handheld

On the bottom are stereo speakers. There’s two micro SD card slots, one for the operating system and the other for your games. And in between them is the reset button.

Top view of the retro handheld
Top view of the retro handheld

On the sides you can find the volume rocker. And the power button.

RG351MP Technical Specifications

Mint Green, Ocean Blue & Matt Black colours
Mint Green, Ocean Blue & Matt Black colours

The RG351MP comes in three colours; Mint Green, Ocean Blue and Matt Black. The Mint Green colour looks more golden in colour in the photo due to the lighting. 

CPURockChip RK3326 Quad Core @ 1.5 GHz
GPUMail G31-MP2
RAM1GB DDR3L
STORAGE16GB Slot 1 (Dedicated to the OS), Expandable in 2nd Micro SD Card Slot
DISPLAY3.5″ IPS 640×480
BATTERY3500 mAh Li-Polymer
I/OUSB Type-C OTG
RG351MP Technical Specifications

User Interface

The RG351 series uses EmuELEC and RetroArch which you may be familiar with from other systems. You can browse using the controls to select a system and then a game.

Retro console User Interface
Retro console User Interface

Supported systems include Arcade with MAME and Final Burn, WonderSwan Mono and Color, CPS 1, 2 and 3, MSX, PC Engine, OpenBOR, Master System, Genesis, Neo Geo, Dreamcast, PlayStation and PSP.

The menus can be accessed via the START button. From here you can change various system settings including game settings, controller, sound and so on.

By plugging in the supplied WiFi adaptor you can use it to connect to a WiFi Access Point. Simply connect with the access point name and password and you are ready to go!

WiFi for scraping games and updating
WiFi for scraping games and updating

Once connected you can scrape newly added games which will download the game image and description for example. These show in the game lists when browsing systems.

You can also check for any system updates as well as download new themes if you want to change the main menu look and operation.

You can also quit from this menu. We recommend shutting down this way as it safely closes any open files and then shuts down correctly.

Emulator Gameplay Footage

Arcade

We continue our RG351MP review with testing some emulators and games. We start with 1945K II on the Arcade. You should have no issues with the vast majority of arcade games on the Anbernic RG351 series.

RG351MP Arcade Emulation
RG351MP Arcade Emulation

Dungeon & Dragons Tower Of Doom on Arcade also works great. Do check it out if you have never played it before!

Dungeon & Dragons Tower Of Doom

PC Engine

Fantasy Zone on the PC Engine works with no issues at all, all the PC Engine games I tried work just fine.

PC Engine Emulation
PC Engine Emulation

Master System

Aladdin on the Master System, much like every other game I tried for it, works great. I had no issues at all. All the classic 8bit systems will be spot on.

Master System Emulation
Master System Emulation

Mega Drive

Alien Storm on the Mega Drive works great. There’s plenty of games on this system to enjoy and they all run great on the RG351MP!

Mega Drive / Genesis Emulation
Mega Drive / Genesis Emulation

Dreamcast

The Dreamcast is still very much a mix of what works and does not work. A lot of the games I tried ran OK but you may have frame drops in busy scenes or just constantly, depending on the game. Sonic Adventure 2 for example plays very well but it is not running at full speed.

RG351M Dreamcast Emulation
RG351M Dreamcast Emulation

Neo Geo Pocket

No RG351MP review would be without Metal Slug, but instead of the Neo Geo MVS/AES we will test it on the Neo Geo Pocket. It has some great games including Metal Slug that are very enjoyable to play. You will have no issues with this system on the RG351MP, all the games I tried work great.

Neo Geo Pocket emulation
Neo Geo Pocket emulation

PlayStation

PlayStation games overall are not too bad. You will find some games that do not run well due to compatibility issues, and a few that run at lower frame rates. But there are many games that do run very well.

RG351MP PlayStation Emulation
RG351MP PlayStation Emulation

PlayStation Portable

PlayStation Portable games, much like the Dreamcast, are a mix of what works well and not. There are a fair number of games that are playable. But if you are looking for high compatibility, I would recommend waiting for something like the GPD XP which runs the vast majority of games fine.

RG351MP PSP Emulation
RG351MP PSP Emulation

Summary

The RG351MP is as mentioned the latest in a varied line of the Anbernic RG351 series, we have had vertical plastic and metal case versions, horizontal models and models with and without WiFi.

Wonder Boy In Monster World
Wonder Boy In Monster World

The RG351MP doesn’t really add anything new to the mix, but instead Anbernic took some nice features from earlier models and added them to this one. The great looking 640×480 IPS display is an example of an improvement, as is the Ocean Blue colour which everyone loves!

But on the other hand, the lack of built in WiFi is a little disappointing. With the built in WiFi, this would be the best retro game console out at the moment. However, the WiFi is not essential for the majority of people, so you can just connect the dongle when necessary. 

OutRun
OutRun

If you have been sitting on the fence to buy one of the RG351 series, then the MP model is a very good choice. It has a premium feeling case, amazing display and it feels very comfortable to play for extended periods of time. It is definitely worth your consideration!

We hope you have found this RG351MP review useful in deciding if it is suitable for your needs. You can learn more and buy your RG351MP here, or browse our range of retro gaming handhelds.

DaveC
Bringer of videos, text and images! AKA the social media guy at DroiX. Massive retro gaming fan and collector, with a far too large collection of consoles and computers from 1970's to modern.

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