Yes Valve Y Nintendo Thought they were the only kids on the handheld gaming block, they were in for a surprise. shenzhen gpd has just revealed the Win Max 2, a power-packed portable gaming laptop.
The keyword here is “laptop”. The GPD Win Max 2 It is different from all other handheld gaming devices thanks to its classic clamshell laptop design. This laptop alone fits easily in two hands for gaming.
The mini laptop features a full QWERTY keyboard, as well as two thumbsticks, a directional pad, and four command keys, just like an Xbox or PlayStation controller. The mouse pad sits above the keyboard, between the thumb sticks. While this approach is unconventional, it actually works. The Win 2 Max is small enough, and let’s be honest, the mouse pad won’t get much use on this machine.
In any case, there is enough functionality packed into this small design to place it on top of your standard steam deck or Onexplayer device. You could even take a break from gaming to send a quick email or post on Twitter on the GPD Win Max 2.
The 10.1-inch display appears to pop out of the device thanks to its ultra-narrow bezels, giving you over 90% screen real estate. It can achieve resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 at 299 ppi. Corning Gorilla Glass protects it against cracks and drops. Best of all, it’s a touch screen and you can use most styluses with it.
But a gaming machine is nothing without power, and the GPD Win Max 2 comes with AMD’s latest octa-core Ryzen 7 6800U processor and Radeon 680M graphics. That will give you 60 frames per second in most games. You can choose between 16GB and 32GB of RAM, and 1TB to 2TB of SSD storage.
There is also an Intel version of the Win Max 2, which includes a 12th generation 12-core i7 processor and graphics. Intel Iris XE. Although the Iris XE is not as power efficient as the Radeon 680M, it performs well and handles 4K gaming somewhat better. The choice comes down to which chipmaker you prefer.
The GPD Win Max 2 uses a large PC-grade turbo fan to cool and extracts heat from the processors with a dual-pipe system. GPD claims it has an intelligent heat-monitoring system on board to control fan noise, but that’s yet to be seen under real-world loads.
Throw in Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, four super linear surround sound speakers, dual vibration motor, a backlit keyboard, and an ultra-wide 2 million pixel webcam, and you’ve got one mighty little machine. A 67-watt-hour battery powers everything for up to five hours.
All of this comes packed inside an all-metal body, which GPD calls “Apple-style.” It’s made with aluminum-magnesium alloys and the lower half has comfortable resin grips for your hands. There are also plenty of ports, including SD and micro-SD slots for photographers and USB-C slots.
The GPD Win Max 2 is not yet for sale everywhere. GPD is currently financing the production of Win Max 2 on indiegogo. He hopes to reach $20,000.