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5 retro-looking gadgets you want to get

5 retro-looking gadgets you want to get

Shargeek Retro GaN 35W

Good design lasts, and there's nothing better reusing the great designs of the 80s with modern hardware and components. Personally I'm a big fan of these old-school looks, and I do wish that more manufacturers work on bringing back these classics.

That said, while it looks like I prefer form over function, we wouldn't be recommending these gadgets if they don't actually work well, so have a gander at these five retro-looking gadgets that we are sure you will want to get.

8BitDo SN30 Pro

8BitDo SN30 Pro
The retro 8BitDo SN30 Pro controller. Credit: John Chan/Can Buy or Not

If you need an extra controller for your Switch, PC, or Android device, the 8BitDo SN30 Pro is a reliable option for about S$58. Its biggest draw is probably the retro design — the SN30 Pro does a good job of paying homage to the SNES (or Super Famicom) controller, but is clearly made for modern games with analog sticks and a full set of shoulder buttons. 

Klipsch ProMedia Heritage 2.1

Klipsch ProMedia Heritage 2.1
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Having tried the Klipsch ProMedia Heritage 2.1 multimedia speaker system, you'll feel tempted to redo your desk setup (and decor) to accommodate these retro-looking, impressive-sounding speakers. At S$499, it's more expensive than you'd expect for 2.1 PC speakers, but the sound and bass is excellent.

Marshall Acton III

Marshall Acton III
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The Marshall Acton III marries iconic design with great sound in a relatively compact package that will draw the eyes and ears. While it lacks some modern features that we've come to expect from Bluetooth speakers, its unique retro good looks and excellent sound should be persuasive enough, despite the premium price.

Shargeek Retro 35 GaN Charger

Shargeek Retro GaN 35W
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The Shargeek Retro 35 is a compact GaN charger that'a also available as the Sharge Retro 35W Charger in China, which is the version I have. As a compact charger for notebooks, tablets, or smartphones, it gets the job done with a big serving of geeky retro style. It's why this is one of our picks for the perfect retro-looking gadgets.

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Iqunix L80 Mechanical Keyboard

Iqunix L80
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I like keyboards with the 75% layout, like the original Keychron K2, because they pack all keys I need in a compact form factor. The Iqunix L80 provides the same functionality, with a few extras like hot-swappable switches, better keycaps, and an eye-catching retro-looking design.


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