Last Updated on June 3, 2023
Promising to stick MS-DOS games in your pocket, the Hand386 is an imported classic PC handheld that has sold out on AliExpress.
Last year we brought you news of the Weecee, a mini PC designed to run MS-DOS and Windows 95 games. Well, the Hand386 goes one better – it plays MS-DOS games and you can take it anywhere!
But, surprising almost everyone, the Hand386 has sold out.
This gadget is built to operate software that is three decades old, making it unsuitable for contemporary games or PC applications. However, it offers the opportunity to indulge in classic games and use outdated software without utilizing emulation software like DOSBox.
Equipped with an M6117D processor, an M1217 chipset, an 8MB system memory, and a 1GB CompactFlash card for storage, this gadget functions. Further, the system features a 740 x 480 pixel screen with 256-color support, a Yamaha YMF262-M OPL3 sound card, and a 2,500 mAh battery.
The gadget’s connectivity options include a VGA output, a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type-A port, and even a PS/2 mouse and keyboard connector.
Measuring at 150 x 130 x 16mm (or roughly 5.9″ x 5.1″ x 0.6″), it is nearly the size of two ordinary smartphones positioned side-to-side. However, it may be too wide to fit in a pocket comfortably, but it is significantly more portable than a desktop or laptop from the early 1990s with comparable specs.
But, as the listings page on AliExpress states, the Hand386 is sold out. So, what can you do if you have a sudden urge to play classic MS-DOS games without DOSBox?
Well, the best option is to dig out an old PC. If you don’t have one knocking around, you might be able to find something suitable in a charity shop. 1990s laptops on eBay are also a good option. Failing that, a Raspberry Pi running a bare metal emulator like Faux86 should do the trick.
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.