Let's wait and watch what exactly is inside of the hood of the brand new M3i Zero.
So what's In the Packaging.
Device M3i Zero comes in a slick darker blue retail box printed with the M3 brand name and web page link. The rear of the box describes the feature set of the card and also includes a pictorial representation of the contents of the box. The product packaging dimension, shape and overall finish, is exactly like the prior M3 Real.
The contents of the bundle are contained in a common crystal-clear plastic tray. They're as follows: The M3i Zero device, that's located inside a plastic case with enough space for the Microsd card. This is very much like the cases the user gets along with memory cards such as Kingston and Sandisk, a smallish USB 2.0 reader, designed with a bright M3 logo. However the USB reader only shares the overall look of the Sandisk reader and not the build quality. It's functional, however I surely generally propose obtaining a good 'branded' reader in order to prevent the dastardly curse, better-known as data corruption.
A final item inside the box is the beneficial firmware power supply cord. This is an interesting piece of kit. Different from the Supercard DSONEi system. The M3 workforce now have gone for a totally different form element in regards to powering the flash card from USB. As opposed to the whole card being placed in a slot 1 adapter. They've gone for a much more streamlined yet still fragile type. On one side of the power cord is a rigid ribbon cable, just like the sort in which attaches the Nintendo ds touch-screen to the motherboard. The IC bulge do not cause any kind of problems by scraping the sides of my well utilized slot 1.
On the whole, I believed I was satisfied with the general manufacturing of the card. It is by no means constructed as a tank however it's not junk R4 clone terrain.
M3i Zero ships as a empty card. Devoid of any firmware. And here is the blurb from the great M3 folks 'M3 products won't carry any copyright data or firmware program, although buyers may update the application in order to make M3i Zero become the most effective flash cart'.
It's a quite smart bit of chicanery by the M3 dudes. I presume this may enable the card's transportation through several regions over ardent customs checks.
Therefore in order to get the beast ready to go, we will have to flash the card's firmware with this provided USB power cable. At first glance this looks like a tricky endeavour for somebody as cack handed as me. The rigid ribbon cable end of the power lead appears to be fragile due to its wafer slim style and design. However , alas my worries was allayed, as it was really simple to stick in the power cable in to the side of the card. Following the readme instructions, I copied the latest system software to the root of my newly formatted memory card, along with the firmware dat file. Then I connected the power cord to my Computer's USB hub. Without delay a red led began flashing inside the M3i Zero's card casing.