Whilst the A500 is a great machine, the lack of games and provided accessories have opened the flood gates for all that innovation with some truly epic software and accessories for the mini machine. If you’re an A500 mini owner and looking to make the most of the glorious mini then check out our top 6 accessories you NEED in your life.
Some call them “hacks” but they are more than that. Whilst not truly an “accessory”, the level of innovation and passion shown by the makers of AMINIMiga, AGS and Pandory500 show what the community is capable of. They blow the doors of the little machine, each enabling their own very special experience with the A500 mini, each a masterpiece in their own right. We’ve covered them on the website so check out the links below. They are a MUST for any A500 mini owner. Trust me.
Unfortunately, the lack of usable storage on the mini for additional games and software makes having a USB drive a must. We recommend the SanDisk Fit USB Drives, they offer fast transfer speeds with USB 3 combined with a compact form factor. They are available in 16/32/64/128 and 256GB sizes making them ideal if you want to pack all of the above software onto one glorious drive. Note that the A500 mini does not support USB 3 but it makes transferring software / games to the drives much faster.
Just remember that the drive needs to be formatted using the FAT32 file system. By default, Windows will not let you do this so you may need to use an app called rufus to do this.
Bluetooth Dongle / Wireless Controller
The included pad with the mini is great but if you’re couch gaming the wires can get tiresome real quick, especially if you’ve got it mounted on the wall or on a TV cabinet. The wireless Bluetooth adapter from 8Bit Do is a great little dongle allowing a Bluetooth controller such as an Xbox One controller to be paired without the need for any complicated pairing through software (this isn’t actually possible on the A500 mini). Pairing is controlled using the button on the dongle, making it a breeze. Just get one.
Wireless USB Keyboard and Mouse
This is a no-brainer. Not only does the Logitech K400 offer the A500 mini a combined Bluetooth and mouse without the hassle of needing a desk setup, but it also does it through a single dongle / USB port. This makes way for other peripherals or drives for the mini. These keyboard and mouse combo units have proved to be very popular in the A500 mini community, quite rightly so. You can also use the on your media PC or any other device that has HID mouse / KB support.
Powered USB HUB
If you’re using a keyboard, mouse, controllers and USB drive the three USB ports on the A500 mini just aren’t enough. Opting for a powered USB hub offered additional USB ports without the issues we’ve seen from their unpowered counterparts. Whilst unpowered USB hubs are supported, we’ve seen reported issues when using software such as Pandory500. These issues are quickly resolved using a powered device.
- As you can see, there is a wide range of A500 mini accessories available from stores such as Amazon, here at Retro32 we also offer a wide range of accessories for the mini Amiga. These include Floppy disk inserts, Commodore logos, wall brackets and even an adapter to help you turn your A500 mini into a Maxi. Check them out using the link below
Let’s hear from you
What are your favourite accessories for the A500 mini? Let us know in the comments
just a quick note to say you have spelt AGS wrong, you have put ASG
Thank you for the article! If I want to connect two Bluetooth controllers, I assume I need to buy two dongles?