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13.Nov.2020



Competition Pro clone featuring Arcade parts: ArcadeR (Update)
The ArcadeR's design is heavily inspired by the classic 'Competition' joysticks, but inside the newcomer is making use of actual Arcade components - a noname clone of a Sanwa joystick mechanism, to be precise. The sticks are available in different colours and provide optional autofire as well as a configurable 2nd fire button.

Two small switches at the front of the case are used for (de)activating autofire and selecting if the right fire button should act as button 2 or button 3. The autofire frequency can be adjusted using a potentiometer, but that potentiometer can only be accessed after opening the case. The second fire button is not electrically compatible across different systems, so the customer needs to specify the target system when purchasing a stick. This setting can be switched between "Atari/Amiga" and "C64" later on using a solder bridge.

A detailed review of the joystick is available on Youtube.

Despite the UK top level domain of the official website, RetroRadionics is actually based in China. If the joysticks are in stock, users keep reporting shipping times as short as two weeks, but German users keep reporting Problems with DHL (German: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) when their packages are getting relabeled by DHL after they arrive in Germany. The only European distributor of the ArcadeR known to us at the time of writing is the British dealer ZX Renew.

Update: (19.11.2020, 22:30, cg)

The Spanish dealer 'micomputer' is also selling the ArcadeR. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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