Tiny Pi Pro, a super tiny gaming handheld based on Raspberry Pi Zero
TinyPi pro is one of the smallest Raspberry Pi based gaming devices that I have seen to date. So small that when the kit arrived and I opened the package, I was wondering if I can play on this thing? To my surprise it does, and it does that 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
There were certain issues with this version such as low-resolution display, fewer 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 of the display is 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 parts 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 time. Using a 400mAh battery, it runs for about an hour under heavy gameplay.
- Case: I must admit that the case provided in the package is one of the best cases 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, resulting in a super clear and smooth case.
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 a 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 a few times with patience and it will work.
So my final verdict? 10/10 👍
Thank you pi0cket for this device