r4 or ak2i?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by serenade.63, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. serenade.63
    OP

    serenade.63 GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    419
    111
    Apr 17, 2011
    United States
    So my ak2i recently crapped out, I do have an SCDStwo still, but I love the simple beauty of the akaio firmware, and acekard was such a nice card, but it was short lived because of contact issues... and a, well botched repair, so after much though ive narrowed my search to either replacing the ak2i and gambling on more contact issues, or going for one the many r4 variations with Wood firmware. So which one is superior after weighing the pros and cons, thoughts?
     
  2. Tom Bombadildo

    Tom Bombadildo Honk!

    pip Contributor
    GBAtemp Patron
    Tom Bombadildo is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    10,244
    10,107
    Jul 11, 2009
    United States
    I forgot
    I say buy another AK2i. I've had one for a while now and it hasn't crapped out on me no matter how much I threw it around. The newer ones AFAIK don't have contact issues, or at least not a lot of them so there's no worry there.
     
  3. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

    Member
    2,784
    847
    May 30, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Buy an R4i Gold from here (cheapest, fastest, and most reliable option).

    This will support Wood firmware, which has more frequent updates, slightly (albeit hardly anything) better compatibility, is easier to set up and does not have any contact issues (due to the lack of spring loader). It is also slightly cheaper than the AK2i if cost is your concern.
     
  4. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    10,490
    1,630
    Jan 3, 2008
    Colombia
    From Where???
    the spring in the ak2i has nothing to do with the contact issue. the contact issue is because of the poor shell design and the pcbs that come poorly mounted. as a result the teeth on the pcb make poor contact with the pins in slot-1.

    -another world
     
    2 people like this.
  5. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

    Member
    27,883
    8,105
    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Yeah the contact issue is the contacts between the cart and the DS, not the microsd.
     
  6. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

    Member
    2,784
    847
    May 30, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Sorry, I meant the issues people were having with it breaking due to the spring failing.
    Still R4i Golds don't have any of these issues.