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Tejashwi Kalp Taru
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Tiny Pi Pro, a super tiny gaming handheld based on Raspberry Pi Zero


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TinyPi pro is one of the smallest raspberry based gaming device which I have seen till date. So small that when the kit arrived and I opened the package, I was wondering if I can actually play on this thing? To my surprise it does, and it does the brilliantly.

Pi0cket or otherwise known as moosepr is the creator of this awesome little device. It all started as a hobby project, a passion to build something really small. And he managed to create the very first version of TinyPi

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There were certain issues with this version such as low resolution display, less control buttons to play and partial 3D case, which was not able to fully enclose the components. Being a hobbyist, he started on the next version.

The new version i.e., TinyPi pro addresses all those issues and provided much more. The best part…

IT DOES NOT REQUIRE SOLDERING AT ALL

  • Improved screen: It uses a 1.3 inch IPS screen with 240x240 pixels and hence viewing angles and display are crisp and clear.
  • Improved sound: Raspberry supports i2s (Inter-IC Sound) and this time TinyPi pro utilizes it to provide better sound quality. Being such a small device it is not going to replace your audio systems but it does the job.
  • Improved power: In my opinion, one of the best part of this DIY kit is that it contains the battery in the package itself. You don’t need to place an order for battery and it saves the time. Using a 400mAh battery, it runs for about an hour under heavy game play.
  • Case: I must admit that the case provided in the package is one of the best case which I have seen so far in this type of DIY kits. Selective laser sintering or SLS technology has been used to create this case, and the end result is super clear and smooth surface.

Okay, much reading and praising. Let’s dive into quick looks and build this device.

There’s an awesome video created by wermy about this device, take a look

Pros and cons

After using this device for about 2 weeks, I am really satisfied with the overall performance and portability. Being such a tiny device, you may feel difficulty if you have big hands but you can manage to play. Trust me, I am nitpicking here. You can’t expect much with a device with such an small form factor, but it would be nice to have a headphone jack or hardware volume control buttons.

During the build, fitting the Raspberry Pi with pogo pins may become difficult, but try few times with patience and it will work.

So my final verdict? 10/10 👍

Thank you pi0cket for this device

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