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5 retro-looking gadgets you want to get

5 retro-looking gadgets you want to get

Shargeek Retro GaN 35W

I'm a huge sucker for good design. The fact that lots of manufacturers are reusing the great designs of the 80s says a lot about that era. Of course, these designs have been updated with modern hardware and components. Personally, I wish that we will get more retro-looking gadgets. Naturally, they have to fit modern sensibilities as well, but the best designs are the ones that last through the decades.

That said, while it may seem like I'm favouring 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

The 8BitDo SN30 Pro is a reliable controller that costs around S$58. It works great for the Switch, PC, or Android device. Now, obviously, its biggest selling point is the retro design which pays homage to the SNES (or Super Famicom) controller, but it's clearly made for modern games with analog sticks and a full set of shoulder buttons. If we're talking about the most retro-inspired gadget in this list, this is it.

Anbernic RG35XX

Anbernic RG35XX
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Resembling the original Nintendo Game Boy, the Anbernic RG35XX is also available in transparent white and transparent purple. While it looks similar enough, the RG35XX has more buttons than the OG Game Boy. And while it looks like a Game Boy, it's actually able to emulate up to Sony PlayStation (PS1) games. It also has four face buttons as well as four shoulder buttons.

The 3.5-inch screen looks good whether indoors or when outside, and the 640 x 480-pixel resolution is higher than required for the consoles the RG35XX emulates. The buttons and D-pad feel good, and are pretty quiet when pressed. The shoulder buttons do rattle when you shake the device, but are pretty quiet when pressed.

JBL Authentics 500

JBL Authentics 500
Credit: JBL

Weighing in at 8kg, the JBL Authentics 500 is the heavyweight member in JBL's new series of Authentics smart speakers. It features powerful sound, with an output of 270W from its three tweeters, three mid-range woofers, as well as a down-firing subwoofer. It features a 70s-inspired foam grilles at the front, enclosed in a leather-like material with a copper trim. Other features include virtualised Dolby Atmos, as well as support for two voice assistants: Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Shargeek Retro 35 GaN Charger

Shargeek Retro GaN 35W
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

The Shargeek Retro 35 is a compact GaN charger that's 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. When not in use, the two pin prongs can be retracted and perfect for travelling. If you're heading to countries that use this power outlet, this is perfect.

Keychron Q5 Max

Keychron Q5 Max
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The old-school design of the Keychron Q5 Max just oozes quality. The premium build features a double-gasket design along with silicone pads that dampen the sound for soft, muted, and relaxing taps. It comes either fully assembled or barebones, which allows you to fully customise it. You'll want this 96% keyboard for sure.


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