iEDGE Review

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  1. rockstar99
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    iEDGE Review By Rockstar:


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    Introduction:
    The iEDGE is the EDGE Team's DSi Compatibile flashcartridge which has hardly and differences from the normal EDGE card.It has a unique bootloader upgrade process and Im really enjoying it so far.It has all the standard features of a flashcart like soft reset etc. and has a firmware identical to the CycloDS Evolution which is actually one of its plus points.Take a look at the official feature list by the EDGE team themselves:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    As you can see it has a lot of stuff packed into it but how well does it actually work? Lets find out...

    Packaging And Contents:

    The iEDGE has came in one of the best packaging I have ever got for a flashcart, It came in a nice triangular box which is really eye candy for almost everybody and the box quaility was great also.The box opens by sliding the top lid of the triangle up revealing to you an iEDGE flashcart and a microSD card reader.Dont get your hopes up to high about the microSD card reader asis a crap Chinese reader and mine didnt even work, so I recommend you getting a good well trusted card reader if you plan to use the flashcart for a long time.THe items are helb very tightly in the box so the wont fall out on the way to your home lol.

    Cart Design & Build Quality:

    The iEDGE probably has the best build quality from any flashcart I have ever used, it is made of white plastic and there is currently none available in black like the original EDGE cart.The microSD slot is on the top of the iEDGE cart and is not spring loaded, some people will find that as a pro but I take it as a con.The sticker on the iEDGE is blue and attractive adding some nice glimmer to the cart itself and overall the build quality is very good not as good as the CycloDS but is better than the Acekard 2i and M3i Zero anyday, so hopefully this cart lasts a few years which is really nice.

    Setting Up The iEDGE:

    Now heres where the fun part starts, after you done falling in love with the box and the build quality you may begin reading this.The iEDGE has one of the most unique processes to upgrade the bootloader, dont get scared of the word unique its a fairly simple process and I bet a cow could do it too.Here are the steps to update the bootloader of the iEDGE:
    1.Go to the downloads section on the official EDGE website and download the newest version of the bootloader update
    2.Make sure you have ROM 0363 saved onto your computer as its required in the process
    3.Insert you microSD into your computer
    4.Run the file called EdgeBootUpdate.exe and select the drive where your microSD card is
    5.Select the Sudoku Rom
    6.Click the update button
    7.The files to upgrade the iEDGE will be copied over to your microSD card.
    8.Remove your microSD card from the PC
    9.Put the microSD card into your iEDGE
    10.Now put the iEDGE into your DS
    11.After you turn on your DS dont do anything, just look at the iEDGE flashcart in the cartridge slot
    12.The LED on the iEDGE will start blinking
    13.Dance with the LED for about 40 seconds
    14.After the blinking stops your iEDGE has been flashed and is ready for use
    15.The icon in the DS menu should now become Sudoku to bypass the 1.4 update on the DSi
    16.Go to the official site and download the latest firmware for the iEDGE and copy it to your microSD
    17.Boot your DS and tap the sudoku icon
    18.You have now reached the iEDGE Menu

    iEDGE Firmware:

    If you were an R4DS(Clone) or CycloDS Evolution user when you reach the iEDGE menu you will feel some Deja Vu.The iEDGE firmware is exactly the same as the CycloDS firmware and almost the same as the R4(Clones).You are presented with 3 different icons;Games, Media & Settings.The first Icon(Games/Homebrew) takes you to a file list which shows you all the files on your microSD card here you can select folders to view and start any .nds files, there are 2 different view modes one that allows you to view the file name of your ROM and the other allows you to view the internal ROM name for your ROM, showing the header that would appear on a reatail cart.The second icon isnt anything great, it boots up moonshell which will allow you to play music, watch videos, read text and view pictures on your DS, moonshell is skinable and skins can be found at ndsthemes.The last icon allowas you to manage variour settings for the games you want to play for example you can set up cheats, soft rese etc. there are a few more settings there too for exaple you can change the skin and brightness from there too.The iEDGE uses the same skins as the EDGE and CycloDS Evolution carts which is a major pro for me as they have a wide range of skins and are neat and clean on your DS.

    Compatibility:
    I have tested about 25 homebrew applications and all of them worked flawlessly on the iEDGE.Out of all the games I tested only 1 hasnt worked which is Sonic Classic Collection, it gave me to white screens.But seeing as the iEDGE /EDGE update their firmware whenever Team Cyclops releases their FINAL versions, we can always expect fixes from them.

    The Final Verdict:

    The iEDGE good flashcart in terms of build quality, packaging and firmware.It offers a unique update process which is fairly simple to use and is quick.The compatibility is almost perfect but I have only tested about 50 ROMS the iEDGE could play 49 of them.The downside is that they only update when Team Cyclops updates to their FINAL versions and they dont update when Team Cyclops releases betas of their firmware making updates slightly slow.Compared to other carts in the flashcart market like the Acekard 2i and M3i Zero the iEDGE does not exactly match up.But if you are a simple gamer and are ready to wait a few extra days for your fixes as well missing out on extra features like RTS,RTG,Wifi Updates etc. I think the iEDGE will suite your needs. So I want to end by giving the iEDGE:
    7.5/10



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  2. MegaAce™

    MegaAce™ Steal back your future.

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    Pretty good review Rocky, maybe you should include more pictures into your reviews in the future. [​IMG]
     
  3. rockstar99
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    rockstar99 Hi

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    Thanks but my camera is kinda dead and the only other camera I have ison my DS and im sure you guys wont want those pics [​IMG]
     
  4. Demonbart

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    Doesn't look like the cart for me. Thanks for the review tough, Rockstar [​IMG]
     
  5. rockstar99
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    rockstar99 Hi

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    An idea just struck me since you need the sudoku rom if somebody hacks the updater then we should be able to use any rom for the icon [​IMG]
     
  6. o2oxygen

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    does any one knows how to activate the slow motion mode? and i noticed while playing using my iEDGE the red led sometimes lights up by it self
     
  7. Jakob95

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    Nice review. I would get a iEDGE but there are better choices right now to get than the iEDGE. Nice review anyways. Really liked how you showed the setting it up progress.
     
  8. DeltaBurnt

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    Well, that's if the iEDGE doesn't reject the rom and brick itself. The iEDGE may have been made so that it would only accept that one rom...
     
  9. rockstar99
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    rockstar99 Hi

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    But if it was part of the updater.exe then its possible, I would love to have a good icon like zelda or something in my dsi menu [​IMG]
     
  10. Leo Cantus

    Leo Cantus So zeta slow!

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    Good review, I'll probably get Acekard 2i instead
     
  11. rockstar99
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    rockstar99 Hi

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    Well then you better buy from a reputable dealer because theres no use of a fake acekard as the official firmware sucks.I suggest GameKool, not because they are my sponsors but because I have bought 2 from them(1 was last month) and both were real [​IMG]
     
  12. House Spider

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    Good review you got there.
     
  13. GH0ST

    GH0ST Your Hero is a Ghost

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    I was here... before...
    Should be a sticky at least (iEDGE Card in ShopTemp is linked to Edge review only). TC is behind the (I)Edge. The system is a budget and smart legal answer to previous problems... It is a good solid card with regular support.

    EDGE OS v1.10 has been released. Changes include: Game compatibility fixes (4341, 4716, 4723, 4726, 4769, 4778, DSi 0047)

    Spike made another nice review ( @ two-screens )
     
  14. shinnyuuya

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    now i really want to buy a DSi [​IMG]
     
  15. Zombie_X

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    I believe you push, L/R triggers and Down during gameplay, but it's been a while since I played with the iEDGE.