AK2 vs AK2i over build quality

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Aug 4, 2010
  1. trumpet-205
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    I'm about to buy a flash card and can't decide between these two. My problem is not about DSi compatibility, but build quality. I'm concerned about the build quality behind AK2. Many reviews have concluded that AK2i has improved build quality over AK2. Are the differences between these two big? How long does spring-loaded microSD holds up?

    And for those who shopped at Shoptemp recently for AK2, how is it? Is it bad in quality?

    In short, should I save or spend that extra $2?
     
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    Hmm... That even confuse me further.

    So AK2 is clipped while AK2i is glued.

    But AK2i has contact issue...... Dang, I don't know which one to pick.
     
  4. Des_Kaje

    Newcomer Des_Kaje Advanced Member

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    The build quality of the AK2i is extremely poor. Whatever reviews may say, trust me, it's the truth. For instance, the GBAtemp review of the AK2i states that it has superb build quality which is simply nonsense. My spring broke after 2 hours (just check "acekard broken spring" on google to see loads of these problems). You can fix it though, but you have to open op the cart and seeing as it is glued you have to use a hair dryer or excessive force. If you want good build quality maybe you should consider not buying an acekard at all.
     
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    I bought an AceKard 2i from GameKool, it came with the spring down so the MicroSD was held in by tension (like R4). And it seems more and more places (at least ones that test the carts) seem to be doing the same, most likely to cut down on returns of the AK2i.

    Admittedly this is a poor solution (in that a REAL fix at the hardware level that enables the use of the spring loader would be a good solution), it's a solution that has worked for me since aside from a few times playing around with it, I haven't had need of using the spring loader.


    The case itself feels softer than that of my R4, but with a little care (no more than I take with my R4 or Retail Carts) it hasn't been a problem.


    There is an issue with the PCB contacts, for the first few months I had zero contact issues, then I started to get them maybe once a week, then I got them considerably more frequently.
    I was hesitant t use the 'paper trick', where you slide a piece of paper under the PCB at the contacts, but eventually I gave in and tried it. Solved the problem instantly.



    All in all, there are a few issues with the AK2i... but in my opinion, all are minor.
    I am quite happy with my AceKard2i.
     
  6. Arakasi

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    I have had my Acekard 2 (not 2.1) for my DS Lite for over 2 years now with no issues of any kind.
    (Well, no issues that are hardware-based, and all my software-based issues have been fixed anyway.)

    Still works as great as the day I got it. No spring or contact problems or anything.
    I don't know how much different the 2.1 is, but my 2.0 has been perfect.
    Although it being one of the cheaper carts, I still highly recommend it.
     
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    I've had my 2i for 3 weeks now and it's pretty much flawless
     
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    I'm guessing this is a 50/50 split.

    Oh well, guess I'll buy 2.1 and see the outcome.
     
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    I've had my ak2i for about 10 months now and I haven't had a contact issue and my spring loaded msd slot works fine. So I think the ak2i is a pretty good card.
     
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    I really wouldn't rate the build quality of the Acekard 2i. I've had 8 of them and the build quality is very 'variable', however the 5 which are in reguar use still work and the other3 haven't been used (over ordered). Sometimes you will find the PCB is mounted at an angle, which means the MicroSD goes in at an angle or the MicroSD card is slighly to low to get it to lock. This is because there's no central position for the PCB, for example sometimes the PCB can be to far to the left, right or at an angle. I've also noticed they can have 1-2 sides of the cart not sealed properly.

    The bottom line is that it's a cart which can't be abused and it's going to be produced in a Chinese sweatshop.
     
  11. jinqui242

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    On my Acekard 2i, it's difficult to set the MicroSD into the slot. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get the spring to make it stick. I also have a hard time getting the SD card out of the slot.

    With the M3 Simply, it's much easier - one push and it slides out. It feels like the SD sits out just slightly more, which makes it easier to push. Several times getting the SD card out of the 2i, I end up pushing the whole flash card down and ejecting both items.
     

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