R4 DS Flashcard
As far as newcomers go the R4Ds has hit the ground running. This is a new brand that is new to the flashcard market. The feature list is ample. You get:
2nd generation storage device (no booting tool required)
Flush fitting slot 1 card
Uses MicroSD card, FAT16 or 32
Supports any MicroSD card speed with no lag in game
Supports Clean ROM, drag and drop. Works on any OS
Built in NoPass
Automatically detect save type
Save directly to MicroSD card, not to onboard chip
Supports Moonshell and other homebrew. Open I/O interface
User friendly skinnable interface. Touchscreen or button operation
Supports rumble pak and memory pak
(the above comes from the sales jargon used to sell the R4D)
Looks pretty impressive but hang on to your wallet before you rush out to buy it. The packaging alone makes you want to go ohh and ahh. You get a free keyring carrying case and it comes in a pretty high speed case when it arrives.
You also get an extra replacement shell and it is shipped with a CD for easy install for those with slower connections.
The R4 unlike other cards does not have any exposed chips that stick up from the plastic. The housing is pretty sturdy. The CD has both English and Chinese options and a few other pluses. Overall this is a great flash card and well worth the money.
Do not let the CD fool you! This is a completely drag and drop ready to go card. The CD is nice to have but understand you really do not need it.
Ease of Use
Of course the question always remains “does it work?” The answer is yes it works just as it should. It is user friendly, easy to install and works like a charm. It has been tested by some very reliable sites and has passed the majority of tests.
The performance is top notch! It has been found to be 100% compatible with all Window’s platforms (MAC might have issues). If you are looking for something that is customizable this is not it but if you are all about ease and drop and drag than the R4DS may be for you!
The price is right and the extras are nice. This is a great flashcard for someone that does not want to take too much time with installs.