Exploring the Analogue Pocket: Is It the Ultimate Retro Laptop?
Analogue Pocket is finally here: a FPGA laptop compatible with the entire Game Boy catalog
Analogue has finally released their latest product: Analogue Pocket. Highly coveted among retro-enthusiast circles due to its full compatibility with the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance catalog and its possibilities as a music creation tool and video game development kit, this FPGA laptop is set to hit the market with a bang.
The Analogue Pocket comes in two models: black and white, with the latter having a matte finish for a more premium touch. Additionally, it features a 3.5-inch LCD with a resolution of 1600×1440 pixels, brightness settings of the machine, adjustable visual options and rescaling filters.
On top of full standard compatibility with Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges, the Analogue Pocket is also compatible with other flagship gaming systems such as TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, SuperGrafx, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Atari Lynx, and Game Gear (with adapters purchasable separately).
One of the main advantages of the Analogue Pocket is its ability to be used with the Analogue Dock (sold separately), acting similarly to the Nintendo Switch in that it allows the gamer to continue their gaming experience either on the console itself or on a larger monitor or television, but with a 1080p 60 FPS display. Additionally, the Analogue Dock supports pads via cable or Bluetooth and is able to be powered by one pad.
Analogue Pocket further allows users to take advantage of your microSD slot to test homebrew games, while also being able to save states even on original cartridges.
Finally with its full compatibility with GB Studio, a visual development tool, and its Nanoloop Sequencer/Synthesizer for music composition, the Analogue Pocket is an all-in-one solution for organizing your console collection and creating content.
Although with a price of $219.99, the Analogue Pocket is cheaper than many other alternatives, in order to get the most out of it, you will have to purchase several accessories such as the Dock or various adapters. Coupled with the semiconductor crisis affecting the company, this results in a very long waiting time from when reservation is made until it is in your hands.