Trimui Smart Pro test and review

Test et avis : Trimui Smart Pro une super console rétro ?

Our opinion on the Trimui Smart Pro: a nice surprise

Since its release, the Trimui Smart Pro has caused a sensation in the world of neo-retro gaming consoles, thanks to its very successful design and its remarkable performance for its category. Is it a good alternative to Anbernic models? What consoles can it emulate? Is it suitable for 3D games? Follow the leader.

Test of the Trimui Smart Pro on the Passions Rétro YouTube channel

Style and substance combined

The appearance of the Trimui Smart Pro is largely inspired by the PSP and PlayStation Vita, but also more recent consoles like the Switch Lite. It is equipped with a beautiful 4.96-inch IPS screen offering a resolution of 1280 x 720p, distinguished by vivid colors and satisfactory contrast.

Its robust, elegant and soft-to-the-touch chassis demonstrate appreciable attention to detail. It runs under an operating system based on Linux, offering a user interface surprising in its clarity and its more elaborate aesthetic than the usual more austere interfaces of equivalent consoles.

On the power side, the Trimui Smart Pro console is powered by the 1.8 GHz Allwinner A133P (A133 Plus) processor, which allows it to emulate more than 20 retro game formats, ranging from 8 and 16-bit systems to 3D consoles that are there, PS1, N64, Dreamcast, and its arcade counterparts Naomi and Atomiswave. The processor is not very young but has the merit of having made its mark, and offers very honest performance in this price range, including on demanding PSP games.

It also has an integrated 5000mAh lithium battery, which gives it a battery life of 5 hours of play. The console is delivered naked or with a preloaded memory card. Finally, it supports wifi, which allows it to connect to the internet for multiplayer netplay with other users.

An emulator console with surprising qualities

The Trimui Smart Pro has some very valuable features :

  • An immersive gaming experience thanks to its beautiful 16:9 screen , particularly suitable for reproducing portable consoles with landscape screens like the PSP.

  • The screen can also be oriented in vertical mode in order to enjoy arcade shoot'em ups without shrinking the image or distorting it. In this respect, it is similar to the portable Evercade EXP which offers a TATE mode to easily switch to vertical mode.

  • The L2 and R2 triggers have the particularity of being less sensitive to pressure than the L1 and R1 buttons, which causes a certain impression of resistance , and this, without being equipped with a real haptic motor like the Dual Sense controller PS5.

  • The two analog sticks located on the left and right of the screen provide a comfortable grip for navigating 3D games. Above all, they are magnified by a dynamic RGB light of the most beautiful effect, which changes color depending on the emulated system. The effect is super nice!

  • It also has a slider to switch to power saving mode to extend battery life. Be careful though, this mode can sometimes have repercussions on the performance of certain emulators.

  • Finally, another surprise, the console is even equipped with a microphone , to allow games requiring voice control to be reproduced in the most faithful way. This microphone is especially useful for the DS emulator.

Some areas for improvement

Obviously, the Smart Pro is not without its faults, here are the main complaints raised here and there:

  • The console's D-pad is sometimes considered unresponsive, which can affect the experience of games requiring very precise controls, for example to perform combos or special moves.
  • Performance can be uneven: if the console has no trouble managing the emulation of 8 and 16-bit systems or first generation 3D systems like the PS1, it can sometimes cough on certain DC, N64 and PSP titles. But it can also perform impressively on these same machines, particularly on complex PSP games which can run perfectly, while other consoles cannot. It's case by case: as usual with emulation, you have to be aware of the limits of the exercise, and not expect to play all retro systems without problem.
  • A marked screen border : the screen of the Trimui Smart Pro console is surrounded by a fairly wide border, which reduces the display surface despite the theoretical size of the screen.

Should you choose the Trimui Smart Pro or an RG35XX?

Although the RG35XX is very popular and recommended for all retro gamers, whether connoisseurs or beginners, it may be interesting to wonder if for a few euros more, it would not be more interesting to upgrade to the Trimui Smart Pro , a little more powerful and with two joysticks.

In reality, we would tend to say that these are not the same uses: The RG35XX belongs to the neo Game Boy family, like the Miyoo Mini Plus or the RG Nano: small consoles that perfectly emulate 8 and 16-bit machines, with a hint of 3D cherry on the cake (the PS1).

In the same performance segment as the Trimui Smart Pro, the closest models from the manufacturer Anbernic are not the RG35XX family but rather the RG353PS and the RG ARC-D. These two consoles of equivalent power are recognizable by their design inspired by famous console controllers signed Nintendo and SEGA: the Super Nintendo for the RG353PS, and the Saturn for the RG ARC-D.

In terms of interface, the Trimui Smart Pro takes the advantage thanks to a pleasant interface and navigation menus, with menus with simple and clear wording, large icons, and even a little very pleasant relaxing background music. . The default interface of Anbernic consoles is more austere, but offers more configuration options and can be customized with alternative themes.

In terms of performance, we are on fairly similar consoles, with a specific advantage depending on a particular emulated machine or specific game. The Smart Pro performs particularly well on 32-bit console and arcade systems: PS1, DC, Naomi, Atomiswave, and even offers surprising results on PSP. But sometimes, 3D consoles can also suffer from micro freezes or drop in framerate.

On the Anbernic side, it is exactly the same observation: the emulation is of course impeccable on classic 8 and 16 bits, and remains of good quality on 3D systems, with sometimes occasional difficulties on N64 and PSP. Thus, the Saturn remains difficult to emulate, even if it is older than the Dreamcast which runs very satisfactorily, whether on the Anbernic or on Trimui Smart Pro. Emulation is not an exact science :)

Does the Trimui Smart Pro run the PS2?

Officially crowned with the title of best-selling home console in the world, the PS2 belongs to the second generation of 3D console, which expanded the possibilities born from the revolution of the revolutionary first Playstation of the name. This golden generation of the early 2000s gave rise to a merciless struggle between the PS2, the first Xbox, and the GameCube, after having ejected the Dreamcast from the market after only two years of operation.

The consoles of this second generation 3D are sophisticated machines which require powerful and fast emulation systems. Anbernic consoles with higher performance and running Android, such as the horizontal RG405M, or the vertical RG405V, or the Retroid Pocket Pro 4, are the neo retro consoles best suited to these uses.

So should you buy the Trimui Smart Pro?

Ultimately, the Trimui Smart Pro is a portable retro gaming emulator console with an attractive design that can be a superb choice for your first neo-retro console. It is mainly aimed at those looking for a versatile console, comfortable in 2D as in 3D, and which sports a modern look that has nothing to envy of a Nintendo Switch Lite. It's clearly one of the best consoles in its category, a real favorite that we recommend without hesitation.

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