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Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1)

Well Retro-flag have done it again releasing the Mega Pi case a recreation of the MK I Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console and as expected these are selling out faster than one of Greggs original sausage rolls but I have managed to get chance to review one.

Mega Pi, Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1), Tim Salt Writes

lets take a look at it this does not have the controller as there is not a deluxe version of the case like the SuperPi just yet but I suspect there will be one at some point but Retro Flag have released a Controller for it separately at £15.

Design & Packaging

Honestly I am blown away yet again by the skill and generally attention to detail Retro Flag have gone to hear and its evident by taking a look at the real Gen 1 Megadrive alongside it.

Its pretty hard to find any areas where the PI case differs from the real console other than some differences in text and colors is not a surprise this is the same with the SuperPi case which ok you can get decals for and make possible to turn it into a real looking EU Super Nintendo or SuperFamicom (Japan)

Mega Pi, Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1), Tim Salt Writes
Real First Generation 1 MegaDrive
Mega Pi, Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1), Tim Salt Writes
Mega PI Case (I cleaned the fingerprints off it after this picture was taken)

And like the SuperPi its not just the case detail that looks superb the box for the mega Pi is just beautiful and everything is shown identically for the case itself talk about the level of detail and really getting this down to a tee

Going Past the box and the details on the case like the text and logos there is other aspects of the case itself I personally think are really nice like the whole circular area around the non functional cartridge slot which when you push the imitation volume control slider down to where the text reads eject reveals a big storage space to put your SD cards.

Mega Pi, Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1), Tim Salt Writes

And then there are the likes of the power light exactly in the right place as it is in the real console and the buttons themselves felt really good and thats not all that I actually really like with this design and thats both the SD card and that of the other USB ports and Ethernet connection point are both hidden away neatly.

Mega Pi, Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1), Tim Salt Writes

Build Quality 

Mega Pi, Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1), Tim Salt Writes

Simple Answer on build quality? Its solid and I mean solid the eject button works really nicely and like the SuperPi its a spring loaded mechanism and closes with a rather satisfying click sound and nothing feels like it will break or fall off at any point.

And because things like the springs are hidden they cannot be accidentally caught on anything and pulled out of place nice and even the cutout for cables at the back of the case are really high quality too so youre not going suddenly find it start destroying itself.

Internal Space & Temperature

Mega Pi, Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1), Tim Salt Writes

Space wise in the Mega Pi its pretty good there is of course room for the PI and there is a spot for a 30mm 5v DC (0.5 amp) fan underneath the PI which can just be clicked into place without the need for screws.

I also had a chance to check out another PI with the same case configuration while doing this review and it was getting around 53C or 127F with heat sinks and fan installed thats not far off my own SuperPi Retro gaming and Kodi setup system.

Mega Pi, Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1), Tim Salt Writes

Mega Pi, Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1), Tim Salt Writes

And that will end Part 1 one of this review part II will be a piece where I will be putting a Raspberry Pi into a Mega Pi case.

Mega Pi, Retro-Flag Mega Pi Case (Part 1), Tim Salt Writes
Until Till Next Time – Tim
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