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    Default Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    Being a die-hard gadgeteer (and avid console collector), I couldn't resist getting my hand on the latest "homebrew" console by Gamepark, makers of the much loved GP32, GP2x and Wiz.

    Now I already had the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and have always been impressed by it's emulation (apart from megadrive emulation which has always been ropey on it), I've spent many an hour playing super mario allstars on the bog with it. For those who haven't heard of it; it's a cheap (both price, and in terms of quality) Chinese handheld which comes pre-loaded with emulators for SNES,GB,NES,NeoGeo, CPS1/2, Megadrive, plays movies etc. It emulates stuff pretty well (CPS1 being my favorite, captain commando, oh yeah!).

    However in terms of build quality it's appalling, the shoulder buttons (or rather, head buttons) are so badly placed on the top of the unit that you'll end with arthritis before you can complete ghosts & goblins Also, most amusing is the complete lack of a volume button/slider on the dingoo, you have to rely on software to implement volume control (made me chuckle), another sign of how cheap this thing is.

    It's not all bad though, the dPad is responsive and the screen nice and clear, and the most important thing is that the emulators all work brilliantly (apart from the megadrive one, which tends to be a bit hit and miss).

    So yesterday I took delivery of the new Gamepark [Only registered and activated users can see links. ](odd name I know). Now I already have the GP32 & GP2x so I half knew what to expect. Although immediately i was wondering why no d-pad, just an analogue stick? Surprisingly the analogue stick works really well, even pulling off a few dragon punches in street fighter with little effort

    The build quality of the unit is streets ahead of the dingoo, with proper shoulder buttons, a volume slider ;P and a nice (resistive) touch-screen which works surprisingly well too (although can't think of a use for it). IT also comes with a tilt sensor, which i'm yet to put to any use, but I have seen videos of someone playing super hang-on using it, bonus!

    The one glaring omission with the caanoo though has to be that you have to use a custom cable to charge/synch it! No nice mini or microUSB like we've come to expect, which is doubly daft as it even has a usb host slot on the console for yuou to plugin your pen-drives etc.

    The Cannoo doesnt come pre-installed with anything, so you have to hunt down some emulators ([Only registered and activated users can see links. ], brilliant site). But they are easy to install, just copy them over to the "game" folder of your sd card (or device), copy your (legally obtained ) ROMs and you're away.

    Immediately you notice the quality is superb, the screen is crisp, audio much better, and megadrive emulation (was playing sonic 3 + desert strike) is perfect. I did try some 32x emulation which it's supposed to support, but did have awful lag on star wars 32x.


    Here's an amusing review of the Dingoo, worth watching (although he must be running on old firmware as lots of problems he reports are fixed)

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    And a review of the caanoo

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    There's plenty of them on youTube anyway.

    Overall, the winner has to be the Caanoo. It's a bit bigger sure, but the quality of the build, and emulation is excellent. It's still new, so it doesnt have as many emulators atm (they are being ported) as the dingoo, so no snes yet!!

    The price could be an issue though, the dingoo will set you about about £50, the caanoo at least double that. So I guess that plays a bigger part in your choice rather than how comfortable it is to hold.

    Anyway thought i'd write that anyway for anyone who was looking at getting one

    Enjoy, i'm off to play metroid!
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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    Well the SNES Emulator for caanoo has just been released and for a first release it's pretty damn good. It really struggles with mode7 games (mario kart for example), even with frameskip it's unplayable. But other stuff seems to run really well with full audio

    Mario World, perfect
    Super Star Wars, about 90% there, some slowdown with lots of beasties on screen
    Castlevania : Dracula X - perfect
    Yoshi's Island, too slow, uses a lot of mode7

    But certainly for a first release it's super impressive.

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    Looks like a new firmware too with overclocking built-in

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    IMPORTANT : Use a FAT (NOT FAT32) formatted SD card for the firmware upgrade

    Mario Kart much more playable after firmware update (no overclocking), mame games run even better too!
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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    yoshis island was a superfx game, so not surprised it doesnt run so well yet, although I'd hve thought snes emulation wasn't that difficult on a machine with specs that high. Didnt they nail snes emulation on the old GP32?
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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    Yeah I think it'll come very quickly, apparently relativley easy to port wiz/gpx stuff over to the caanoo, just a case of getting someone to do it really, i'm sure subsequent versions will be rapid. The dingoo snes emulation is excellent.

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    New NeoGeo emulator as well as GBA emulators released this week too, off to try them now

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    Can also be used to jailbreak ps3

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    Exactly! How can anybody resist!

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    I've got my Dingoo on eBay now. Nice bit of kit, but I fancy splashing out on a Caanoo.

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    Funny, I literally just bought a dingoo from eBay.

    Going to try it out as I like the micro size and then look at getting a caanoo if im not happy with it!


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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    You won't be disappointed with either (well, depends on what system you want to emulate

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    what a great bit of kit i have never heard of thanks Belial, shame they dont have amiga or ST Emulators, will there ever be a system that runs every gaming console/computer flawless i wonder other than the pc.

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    What the latest with this mate?

    6 months or so on now - hows development on the emus etc.

    Has this been replaced by any other handhelds?

    Cheers.

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    Haven't checked in a while tbh, since I got my new MAME cab I've ended up playing stuff on that more. I'll heck what's new with these handhelds when I get back off my hols

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    Hi, a good few months on now, how are things just now?

    SNES emulation sorted now?

    Any reason NOT to buy one right now??

    thnx

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    I love mine, I actually had to put it on charge this morning after it died on the train yesterday

    Everything works fine, all emus are great up to PSX - can be a bit hit or miss.

    Handles DivX fine as well which is handy if i've not got time to convert something for my iphone.

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    Default Re: Dingoo A320 vs Caanoo

    OK thanks, might just take the plunge then Had a GP2X years ago, and a dingoo but just found the dingoo screen too small. SO if the SNES and MAME emus are now up to scratch then I'll prob grab one

    Thx

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