I made a video!
OK, it’s pretty ghetto, but I did say I’d try the RetroTINK-2x and get back to you all with some info and thoughts. iPhone 8 camera mounted on the HORI Switch stand sitting on the floor in front of the TV. I did a quick and dirty setup of the RetroTINK-2x with my Neo Geo CD because I really wanted to play some Viewpoint and I didn’t have it set up in the retro cave at the moment.
Notable is that when I turned it on initially it was black and white because I had to hit the signal button to switch to the composite input. That was interesting. I didn’t think it’d display anything if the wrong input was selected. The connectors for the cables seem plenty sturdy, but I would not recommend constant plugging and replugging. I’ll be putting a switch box between the TINK and my consoles. Hopefully that’s not a problem for the device.
The angle I’m at and my stupidity at video making means I didn’t tap the iPhone screen to focus on the TV at the start which would’ve probably made the picture a little better throughout from the floor angle. You can’t see the Sammy in the Sammy logo for example. It’s there though and if you watch til the end, I recorded from a different angle at the end for some footage of the game in demo mode.
Overall, it’s fantastic. It’s as simple as can be. You plug everything in, push the little button to enable the right input and BAM! Video games! I’m looking forward to experimenting more and then completely redoing my living room setup so I can play there easier for certain machines. I plan to make videos for S-Video input with the Neo CD (It’s native on the console with a port and everything… I did not know!) and the Sega CDX. There is a button there for graphic smoothing but I wasn’t a fan and didn’t enable it. I will mess with that in a future video.
No script. No plan. Just set it up and played a game and showed the device and streamed my thoughts from my brain to you. All those years of writing about video games professionally help me do that sort of thing. Anyway, enjoy!