iEdge review by zhuzhu

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Feb 28, 2010

iEdge review by zhuzhu by zhuzhuchina at 6:39 PM (6,003 Views / 0 Likes) 13 replies

  1. zhuzhuchina
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    Member zhuzhuchina GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Here is my iEdge review, it's my first review so is not perfect ^^' , and i don't know some BB code to impreve graphics and design. i wanted to insert some colored lines or table but still need to study bb code.

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    iEdge picture and tech details from by developer <a href="http://www.edge-ds.cn/" target="_blank">http://www.edge-ds.cn/</a>

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    As you can see from picture, iEdge is very similar to Edge , only added one I in the name.

    iEDGE Features:
    Supports DSi/DSL/DS
    iEDGE comes blank without any copyrighted software, making it 100% LEGAL
    Fully upgrade-able bootstrap to combat future DSi firmware updates
    Supports DSi firmware v1.4+
    Plays commercial NDS ROM
    Plays homebrew NDS ROMS
    Frequently updated OS for best compatibility
    In game reset
    Full download play support
    Automatic ROM protection patcher
    SlowMotion mode
    Save game saves directly to Micro SD
    Automatic save game type detection
    Supports MicroSDHC cards up to 32GB
    Multimedia playback such as movies and MP3's
    Action Replay compatible cheat system
    Multi language user interface
    Micro SDHC card reader included

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    iEdge box still have a triangle multilayer paper box keep togheter with a screw on the up corner and an elastic fabric band to close it. On the backside there is not detailed instructions, just the producer website name where you are pointed to find usage info .

    Flashcard for now come only with white color and usb card reader is the same as before, cheap and crap.

    Iedge sticker got more blue color than older edge, and a minor % have sticker not attached properly ( some are too up some too below or nonaligned with flashcard chassis ).

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    The flashcard design is same as the older edge, very hardy. Probably because it got 3 small screws that keep all togheter very well. Microsd slot is springless and memory card can be inserted and removed with a little strength. Inside is well made, circuits isn't made with some mins but studied well, it use actel proasic 3 chipset the same used in old acekard 2 and other flashcard. .

    At febraury 2010 is knowN that clone iEdge is already out, probably some dstti or r4i clone that don't use original software and have different layout. Original iEdge have "iedge iedge iedge" words on the back and inside, come without firmware on flashcard. Some user on forum bought they iEdge from Dx reported fake iEdge.

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    Now come the hard part of this flashcard. ^-^' In order to work, the flashcard need to have :

    A - install bootstrap (like firmware) using microsd and a console ds ( ds, ds lite or dsi are all ok )

    B - and after that copy booting software on microsd

    Developer website on this link <a href="http://www.edge-ds.cn/download.html" target="_blank">http://www.edge-ds.cn/download.html</a> give a reference manual and files to setup the flashcard. I will copy only some important part of the reference manual .

    The flash on the iEDGE is shipped blank from the factory. This can be confirmed by inserting the iEDGE into your DSi system, at which point a message will be displayed “iEDGE – Instructions www.edge-ds.cn”. In order to use iEDGE on your system the following initial setup procedure must be followed:
    1) Download the latest appropriate bootstrap updater from the download section of www.edge-ds.cn (ensure you
    download the version corresponding you your operating system: Windows, Mac OSX or Linux)
    2) Ensure that you have obtained the required ROM file which correlates to the bootstrap updater (this will be
    listed in the bootstrap documentation) ( actually the requested is 0363 - Puzzle Series Vol. 3 - Sudoku )
    3) Insert a MicroSD card into a MicroSD reader for PC via USB then launch the bootstrap updater executable, ie: EdgeBootUpdate.exe , select the correct drive of your microsd memory in the EdgeBootUpdate program
    4) just one left of Update button click to point the ROM file needed in your computer and then select “Update”
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    5) Merged bootstrap data will now be copied to your MicroSD card
    6) Remove the MicroSD card from the PC MicroSD reader and insert in iEDGE
    7) Insert the iEDGE card into the DS before turning on the console and turn on the console . On ds lite console it will start to flash when you power on the console, on DSi console you need to power on and click once to activate flash procedure. You don't need to do anything but just watch the iEdge flashcard.
    8) The iEDGE has an onboard red LED which will begin to flash; this can be seen by looking at the point near
    the middle of the cartridge, beside the MicroSD card. This means the update is in progress – at this point, do
    not interfere with the DS by pressing any buttons or making any contact with the touch pad. Do not turn off
    the DS or remove the iEDGE cartridge!
    10) Flashing will become more intense as the update progresses. Once the LED stops flashing the update after about 30 sec is complete and the user should turn off the console. Reboot console.
    11) iEDGE is ready to use. If all ok the flashcard name will change to Sudoku. If not, you to retry again all process.

    12) just copy the system software ( last one avaible at march 2010 is 1.8 version ) and happy playing!

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    BEFORE BOOTSTRAP UPDATE

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    AFTER BOOTSTRAP UPDATE

    to note: actually nintendo dsi console use 1.4 firmware and no one know if 1.5 firmware will make these flashcard usable or not. Even if iEdge have bootstrap ( firmware ) upgradable, still is not possible to say with certainty if this flashcard will be compatible with all future nintendo firmware update. However this is valid for all other flashcard too. I did a video too, but bad i cannot upload on youtube because here in china it's blocked.



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    After all setup procedure, we should got a working flashcard, at first use you can choose the language you want to use . It's bad point that lacks of francaise, german, and italian language support. Menu loading is fast, 3/4 sec and pretty simple. Similar to R4 flashcard menu, it give only 3 options : game , multimedia , and settings. For multimedia and cheats is possible to download additional sofware from developer website <a href="http://www.edge-ds.cn/download.html" target="_blank">http://www.edge-ds.cn/download.html</a> . Moonshell, skin editor and R4cce cheat database. Is possible to change listing display of files to big pictures or small . Other features are not avaible. You cannot copy or delete any files, even game properties are not visible, just select your game and play it. With X button is possible to change view to file list, rom view or list view . Pressing on touchscreen on bottom or upper side will scroll your listing too. Menu is fast and responsive . The upper lcd is not used at all, only an edge fixed picture, a bad point because if upper screen can display some more info should be a good feature. -_-


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    Soft reset is avaible and need to press togheter A+B+X+Y+L+R to go back to the game list.

    I played about 30 games and all works without problems , wifi games works too. As guessed all feature are same as old Edge flashcard so any features that works with Edge software will works on this flashcard too.

    Tested with 1 gb and 16gb microsd Kingston brand. Original Eu version dslite console . Photo made with canon sx200is camera ^^

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    This flashcard had so many delay from supplier and very expected from people, i didn't had time to review the first batch because all shipped out same day come to me. iEdge is a good flashcard for people that want to spend below 15$ and only play games or homebrew . Not recommended for people accustomed with Cyclo, Acekard, M3 or Supercard flashcard software.
    Edge was a great flashcard with very few defective items, no bad batch as i remember. Even for this iEdge flashcard i just tested this second batch and of about 100 flashard and i found only 1 defective ( not recognized by console ) , so only 1% defective rate ! Not soo bad, even acekard 2i have more defective units than iEdge. Probably iedge factory do really a quality check after item are produced, in fact all iedge actel chip have a small sign of marking pen on it under sticker.

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    My personal vote is 9/10 or 4.5 stars if max 5 stars.

    I won't give 100/100 due more for software lacks than hardware.





    Positive side:

    - good design and final item quality , low defective rate, sturdy build

    - compatibile with 1.4 dsi firmware and for update just need a console even dsi 1.4v are compatible with update procedure

    - relative cheap , price range is between dstt-r4 and m3i- supercard . price is quite similar to Ak2i

    - 100% compatibility software with games and homebrew

    - menu is simple and fast , like r4 menu

    - possibility to add more skin and use cheats

    - softreset works and same as edge ( acekard sometimes changed the softreset keys too)

    - should be usable for many years !



    Negative side

    - software is too simple for people that want more than only play games

    - lack of some important language support as French, German and Italian

    - install of bootstrap require a little computer skills, and not cd included with software so people need internet to make it works.



    iEdge flashcard review, developer website <a href="http://www.edge-ds.cn/" target="_blank">http://www.edge-ds.cn/</a>


    If any error or other please tell me with private message. Thanks !
     
  2. Overlord Nadrian

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    Wow, that's a really good review! At first, I thought you were a spambot trying to sell its stuff, but a spambot wouldn't ever post a review like this one! [​IMG] It's good that you took a lot of pictures of everything, and you explain the steps of updating the bootstrap etc very good, top notch man! n_n
     
  3. nehe32

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    nice review there, sir [​IMG]
    Didn't even know that the iEdge was in production. I'll definitely have to try one out.
     
  4. Pliskron

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    Great review. Does it come in black? I'm so sick of polar white.
     
  5. Dangy

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    The EDGE has style, mang.
     
  6. Krestent

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    He said that it doesn't in his review
     
  7. Pliskron

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    Oh yeah? what about all the pics of it in BLACK.
     
  8. zhuzhuchina
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    iEdge now is only with white plastic chassis, inside the board is black, if you mean inside is black so YES. outside is all white., the internal design is good for me, note that chip is a little rotated , the led is in the middle up. at bootstrap update it will blinks for 30 sec about , i think the update process is good, just need a console 1.4 dsi are ok too.
    acekard 2i ez5i and dstti or r4i cannot be updated with 1.4 dsi console, m3i update is horrible with that usb cable, only supercard dsone i upgrade procedure is good.
     
  9. arecus2000

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    Iedge looks great.
     
  10. Pliskron

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    I wonder if this means the there's going to be an iEvo soon.
     
  11. Isabelyes

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    I'm sorry for reviving this topic,
    But is it true that, no matter which skin you use,
    The top screen will stay the same? (As in: being the same even when you change skins.)
     
  12. Infinite Zero

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    nice one! though i really didnt read it heh heh heh heh
     
  13. Overlord Nadrian

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    Huh? Elaborate.
     
  14. YayMii

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    Umm, the top screen can be changed with the skin. It's just that there's only a 256x192 image on the top screen (nothing else appears on the top screen).
     

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