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JXD S7300 HD Gamepad2: Best Handheld Gaming System Yet?

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In the market for a serious portable gaming machine? While you might have your eyes set on Nvidia’s upcoming Project Shield, here’s a very capable system you can buy right now. The JXD S7300 HD Gamepad2 is a power-packed portable that’s ideal for playing both retro emulated games and today’s latest Android titles.

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The just-released Android 4.1.1-based handheld offers dual, true analog sticks, a real D-pad, dual shoulder buttons, Start, Select and ABXY face buttons, so it’s perfect for controlling just about any game you can throw at it. It’s got an ample 7-inch 1024×600 display, which also supports 5-finger multitouch. It’s also got the requisite 3-axis motion sensors for games that depend on those controls. It includes software for mapping buttons and joysticks to your Android touchscreen games as well. Dimensions for the handheld are 9.5″(W) x 4.77″(H) x 0.56″(D) – about the size (but not the thickness) of the Wii U GamePad, and it weighs 0.90 pounds – about mid-way between the weight of an iPad Mini and an iPad 4.

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It comes pre-loaded with full-speed emulators for the original Sony PlayStation, Neo-Geo, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, NES (Famicom), Super Nintendo (Super Famicom), Sega Genesis (Mega Drive), and Capcom CPS1/CPS2 systems. But since it’s running Android, it’s easy to add more emulators, like MAME4droid. It even comes with Superuser pre-installed, so you can root the system in seconds and install pretty much anything you want on it.

jxd s7300 handheld 3

Under the hood is an Amlogic MX dual-core chipset (Cortex A9 CPU, ARM mali400 GPU), running at 1.5GHz, and 1GB of system RAM. Connectivity is 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and “external connection to Ethernet and 3G” whatever that means – presumably via its USB 2.0 port. It’s unclear if it supports Bluetooth though. And while it can’t wirelessly send content to your HDTV, it does have an HDMI output, so you can mirror its display to your big screen in full 1080p resolution. It’s even got a small 0.3MP user-facing camera for video chats, and true stereo speakers. You can check out all the detailed system info below (the 976×600 screen resolution reported is because AnTuTu doesn’t take into account the height of the title bar.)

jxd s7300 handheld internals

Here’s a video showing the system emulating the N64 classic Super Mario 64 at a buttery-smooth frame rate:

And if you’d like to play something more modern, how about Shadowgun – with physical joysticks and buttons?

The guys over at WillGoo are now stocking the JXD S7300, where it sells for $165.99(USD), or you can grab a bundle with a 32GB SD card for $186.99. Currently, the white model is sold out, but you can still get one in black (though it has a textured finish unlike the white one.) You can also pick up a pair of them for just $299.99, which might be cool since the system supports local Wi-Fi multiplayer.

Seems like this thing is pretty loaded for the price, never mind the fact that it works as a full Android Jelly Bean device, complete with web browsing, media playback, apps, etc. If you decide to buy one, there’s already a good discussion board for the JXD S7300 going on over at Dingoonity, so you can find out the scoop from others who have purchased or who are interested in the handheld.







Comments (5):

  1. Sean Fear says:

    I am trying to get a replacement for a broken one I received from Willgoo. Currently I cannot recommend either the JXD S7300 or Willgoo and would encourage a buyer to look elsewhere when ordering one. Getting a defective device from Willgoo will result in a long wait and shipping fees that will quickly make this bargain priced device no longer a bargain. Based upon other reports and my experience the JXD S7300 seems to questionable software and a very poor build quality that is resulting in many defective units. You can read all about it here.

    http://iamhandheld.blogspot.com/2013/01/jxd-s7300-preordered.html

    I have gotten terrible customer service from Willgoo! First off after offering free shipping they sent me a message on January 18th.

    “…Here is a good news for you. JXD S7300 will be available next week. We are now arranging your shipping. Before shipping, we have a suggestion for you. The package of JXD S7300 is bigger, and the value of it is higher. We worry about the risks of the register air mail parcel. So we wonder if you can make up $10USD for shipping by DHL? You know, DHL is not only much faster, but also much safer. Parcels will never get lost or stolen by DHL. And now, you only need to pay $10USD for it!…”

    Well, I paid the extra for DHL shipping, received a tracking number on the 25th, and The JDX arrived on the 29th. So far so good. Unfortunately the JDX was defective so I sent them this message.

    “…The JXD S7300 I received is defective. It makes a constant clicking noise seems to be detecting touches when there are none, the menus are unnavigable since it opens and closes menus without me touching it. I am frustrated. I would appreciate getting a replacement quickly…”

    Instead of offering to immediately replace it they asked for a video.

    “…Sorry to hear that.To let us know the problem well, we wonder if you can take video for it? And upload the video to Youtube and show us the link after that. We will try our best to assist you…”

    Videos were uploaded.

    They then suggested I update the firmware, which I did.

    “…Thank you for getting back to us. We had contacted our factory. The problem may be happened for the d-pad or the Joystick. Can you press the dpad and the left joystick to see if the problem is still there? Try to press them for a few time- to play some games with d-pad and joystick. Then reset the device to see if the sound is still there. If the sound is still there, then you can try to update the firmware on S7300. Here is the way for teaching you how to update the firmware: http://boards.dingoonity.org/android-devices/jxd-s7300-fixes-firmware-roms-thread/ Try the above ways and get back to us if it can help.

    Don’t worry. We will try our best to help you. If the device is really defective, we will require you to send it back to us.

    Thanks…”

    The problem was not fixed. I sent them two more emails over the next two days, one of them tersely worded.

    “…I updated to 1.1 and am still having the same issue… …Will you send my replacement unit immediately. I paid extra for DHL shipping already so I could get the JXD safely and quickly. I am getting neither. Now, I am expected to pay shipping again to send it back! This is not acceptable…”

    They did get back to me on the 31st asking that I return the defective unit using certified mail with a tracking number. Which I sent out.

    “Thank you for your email. We wonder if you can use the register to send back the device to us?… …Can you pack the device in more bubble paper to make sure it can be in good condition. The screen will be very easily to be broken if you do not do that. Write a letter in the package and tell us your order ID, your full name and the problem you get. We will remind you and fix the device for you once we receive the parcel from you. Send us the tracking number when you send out the device. To help you reduce the shipping fee, can you just send us the device? Without the package and its accessories? But make sure you pack it well and insert as much bubble paper as you can. Feel free to get back to us if you need any more help.
    Thanks…”

    I just want a replacement and have expressed as much. They have not sent my replacement and I have had to pay over $40 in shipping. Their webpage does state that buyers pay for returns, guess I should have read the fine print. I feel like the customer service has been pretty lousy and I am most likely not going to be one of the first sites with a review of the unit.

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
    Ok, I can at least give some first impressions. The machine is really light and cheap feeling, it feels about half the weight of my Nexus 7. The buttons are nice with the right amount of stiff and springiness. The analog pads are circle pads much like the 3DS or PSP rather than joysticks. They are actually analog but the software seems to be set up so that they sometimes read as digital. Also I have read several reports of the circle pads being defective on arrival and needing re-soldering. I didn’t have this issue but in light of my issue I am VERY concerned about build quality. I couldn’t really explore the system much because of the defect but, it seemed like it might be somewhat functional if it was working correctly.

  2. Technabob says:

    Well, I just got mine via DHL today – the black model; and I’m happy to say that I’ve not had any such hardware problems with mine as of yet. On the plus side, the black model actually looks much better than I thought it would. It looked like it had a weird texture from the photos, but it’s actually smooth, and just has a light metallic flake in the black plastic shell.

    The only thing I’ve noticed is that it gets very hot on the left side within just a couple of minutes of gameplay. Hopefully it won’t overheat with time.

    The other problem I’m having so far is that the software for assigning touch controls to the buttons and joysticks is missing some key features – the biggest being that there’s no way to assign the right stick to commands. Yes, there appear to be some games which work with the right stick “out of the box” but they need to provide an update that lets you assign the right stick, as well as the start and select buttons.

    I know there have also been some complaints about audio sync problems on the N64 emulator, due to it running at a 50hz scan rate instead of 60hz, but hopefully that can get fixed with a software patch.

    Personally for $150 I’m not expecting stellar build quality – and an Android 4.1.1 device with a 7-inch touchscreen, loaded with emulators and having actual joysticks – still seems like a pretty good deal to me.

    Only time will tell if this thing will hold up to regular use, and if firmware and software patches will improve it.

  3. springning says:

    The S7300 is most definitely the best tablet with gaming controls we’ve seen so far – although given the dire standard of the competition, that isn’t exactly saying a great deal. (http://www.jxdofficial.com)

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