Yveltal's Aqua Retro Lite CM4

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This is my Retro Lite CM4, designed by @Dmcke5 and @StonedEdge! It's a Switch Lite style handheld powered by the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. Many thanks to my friend StonedEdge for hooking me up with a kit last fall. It took me a little while to get around to assembling the unit, but I'm happy to say it's complete and fully functional.

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It's got the same specs as the Retro Lites StonedEdge and Dmcke5 have built:
  • Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4
  • Machined anodized aluminum case (aqua color)
  • 5" 800x480 IPS LCD
  • 4000mAh 3.7V LiPo
  • Stereo speakers, HDMI output, headphone jack, USB+HDMI passthrough through dock
  • Custom HUD software (battery monitoring, on-screen keyboard, controller calibration)
The anodized aluminum is simply gorgeous and feels incredible. Oh, and I replaced all the stock tact switches with C&K KSC222JLFS switches. They offer more positive tactile feedback, with a rubbery feeling—very similar to the PS Vita!

It runs Cosmic Smash like a dream with lr-flycast, so I'm a happy camper. :D
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Size comparison with UltraWii. The Retro Lite is a super thin, sleek handheld. Dmcke5 did an awesome job with the MCAD! (I'm missing a couple set screws, but don't worry, the case halves are securely fastened.)
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Internal pics. The custom sleeved lipo battery, Pico-EZmate connector for the battery, and ported speaker chambers are epic, not to mention the 4-layer carrier PCB StonedEdge designed. From solderability of the mezzanine connectors to SDIO crosstalk, StonedEdge overcame a lot of engineering hurdles when designing this PCB. The end result is amazing, so mad props to him!
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Once again, huge thanks to @StonedEdge and @Dmcke5 for designing this sweet handheld and selling a kit to me. The ergonomics are excellent and I really enjoyed putting it together!
 

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