GPD Win Performance Edition Review – A Pocket Size Gaming Laptop

GPD Win is sure considered as one of the most interested device to see this many years. The system is unique because it’s the first Windows 10 handled gaming system that promises you a portable way to play Windows games on the go. The hardware specification itself is pretty low end for this case as it features of Intel Atom X7 Z8750 that I am hopefully will good enough to run of Skyrim, 5.5 inch display, 4GB RAM, and 64GB EMMC. One worth thing to say here is the gamepad. Yeah, you get a mini size QWERTY keyboard and XBOX 360 gamepad which is great.

At first, I am not that interested to have it especially after seeing its price range. I decide to have it chance as soon as I see the company dropping the price for it. It originally costs you for 500 dollars and now they drop the price for only under 400 dollars. Well, the price is nice and basically it’s similarly like you buying a low end laptop here. How does it perform on running games? That is what we are going to find out here. Let’s jump out into the article.

A Mini Clamshell Design

This is first time I got my hands on it and I am so impressed it feels incredibly solid. The new aluminum shell is even more solid as it holds everything better. It looks like the company upgrades its design material as the previous one is mostly made from plastic. This is a worth additional for its cheaper price tag. Everything is mostly created from aluminum and plastic here and I really love its rounded edges that make it pleasant to hold with our single hand. As for the weight, the device is measured at 8.3 x 8 x 2 inches and weight for around 1 pound.

For the connectivity itself, I would give my five stars here because the company puts such complete connectivity here. On its back cover, you soon find a USB type-C without Thunderbolt 3 support of course, single USB 3.0, 3.5 mm audio jack, and a mini size HDMI port. Connectivity is important here because you likely want to put your external drive here as the 64GB storage is not enough to store games. The mini size HDMI works wonderfully on connecting it to my bigger screen that allowing you to word processing much easier with Bluetooth keyboard.

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Mini Display and Unique Inputs

GPD Win Performance Edition 2 The GPD is packed with 5.5 inch IPS display at 1280 x 720 resolution and fully touchscreen. The display is pretty decent here with good coverage viewing angle. It produces 91 percent SRGB color and 253 nits on my test. 91 percent SRGB color is impressive, but keep in mind they put of H-IPS panel which is an old technology. Seeing it from different directions still making the color reduction on images, but once again not bad enough as its only 5.5 inch screen. Just think of you on having a 5.5 inch smartphone with 720p resolution. Note here, the font and text are quite small here, so better to read the manual on find how to tweak it.

And the most unique feature to find here is the inputs. There are a mini QWERTY keyboard and an XBOX looks like controller on the inside. It features three different modes you are able to choose here included the mouse mode to use the right analog stick as the navigation key, the X-mode for emulating the XBOX controller, and the D-input mode which similarly like old school mode for playing arcade games. All of these modes are swapped through the dedicated buttons that placed between its left and right analogs. It takes time to learn all of the functionalities, but feels incredibly helpful when you all about it.

Last price update: 2018-09-20 15:44:38

GPD Win Performance EditionMain Specs
CPU Intel Atom X7-Z8750 1.6 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size5.5-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory4GB DDR3 Memory
Storage64GB EMMC

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Gaming Performance

The hardware configuration is low here, but it should run indie games and AAA older games from 2013 and below. The Intel X7 Z8700 features a 1.6 GHz based clock that automatically boosted into maximum 2.4 GHz during some cases. As the companion, you have 4GB RAM and 64GB which both of them are not upgradable. The storage is expandable through micro SD slot or connecting the external HDD, but the memory is the big problem here. For most all of time, I am not running any problem on accessing the features on Windows 10, but gaming is our main concern here.

I started up by moving my steam games into my external drive and connecting it into this system. I have tried few old games here like Skyrim, Tomb Raider, Portal, and few indie games. The result is quite impressive on how it manages to run it so stable. The Tomb Raider is getting 27 to 36 FPS at the lowest setting with 720p resolution. The same case happened to the Skyrim (not the special edition) that runs for 30 to 40 FPS with the low setting. Any indie games like Shovel Knight, Undertale, Stardew Valley, and Hollow Knight should run smoothly here. Playing games for nonstop will likely give you 4 hours and 30 minutes of battery life with 6700 Mah battery.

Last price update: 2018-09-20 15:44:38
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Final Thought

The GPD Win might be appropriate to put under your radar if you likely want to have something different and unique. We see so many handhelds like 3DS, but none of them running Windows here. This is a good system for playing indie games, running emulator, or just messing up with some older games. With the price range right now, I think it’s hard not to recommend it to you. Once again, the choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here. Make sure to leave some comments and feel free to check our other articles.

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