Krikzz Turbo Everdrive review
Nov14

Krikzz Turbo Everdrive review

What is a Turbo Everdrive? The Turbo Everdrive is a printed circuit board flash drive made by Krikzz (krikzz.com) for the NEC TurboGrafx and PC Engine consoles. Krikzz, a manufacturer from Ukraine, are already famous for their amazing array of flash carts available for almost every major console ever produced. These flash carts allow the use of modern memory cards in place of the original cartridges, and due to the small file sizes of the corresponding game ROMs, essentially means that you can access entire game libraries for your favourite console at the press of a joypad button. This particular Everdrive takes MicroSD cards up to 32Gb. The Turbo ED is fitted with a switch to set for TurboGrafx or PC Engine depending upon what hardware you are plugging it into, this is important as the two consoles are made for different regions and their respective games normally would be region locked. With the Turbo ED, you can forget all that because no matter which console you have, the entire TurboGrafx and PC Engine game library is now available for you to play. The unit is also endowed with a handy reset button, something my TurboGrafx doesn’t have and making changing between games a whole lot easier. Normally Krikzz Everdrives are housed in actual cartridges but as the Turbo ED replaces a HU-card and not a cartridge, this particular unit comes as a ‘naked’ printed circuit board. I actually quite like the look of it once inserted so this isn’t a real problem for me, but if you are worried about damage or static discharge, there are 3D printed covers available on the internet. I quite like the look of the bare circuit board in my TG-16 The Turbo ED was purchased from the great guys over at retrotowers.co.uk The Turbo ED simply replaces a HU-card in the front slot The Turbo ED takes up to 32Gb MicroSD cards Simply use the D-pad to scroll through the ROM images and press RUN to start a game The reset button is visible just to the right of the SD card slot and the PC Engine/TurboGrafx toggle switch is visible top-right of the circuit board once inserted Using the Turbo Everdrive My Krikzz Turbo Everdrive arrived just a few days after ordering from Retro Towers (retrotowers.co.uk) and I had already prepared my 8Gb Sandisk MicroSD card with appropriate ROM images (in this case .pce files). The card just needs to be formatted for FAT/FAT16 or FAT32 and ROMs copied over to it for it to function, very simple indeed. To use the Turbo ED, just plug it in, insert your MicroSD...

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