The GPD Win 2 is the second attempt by little-known Chinese manufacturer GPD to capture a slice of the portable PC market. The Intel Atom-powered first edition released in 2016 failed to live up to expectations and remained a niche product.
The Win 2 improves tremendously on the lacklustre specs of its predecessor. A 6-inch 720p display panel is coupled with a 7th-generation Kaby-Lake Intel Core m3-7Y30 Turbo Boost-capable processor with integrated HD Graphics 615. A clear improvement on the previous iterations reliance on an underpowered and sluggish Intel Atom CPU. The RAM is now 8GB, with on-board storage also doubling to 128GB M.2 SSD.
The device is relatively pocket-friendly in size – albeit a large jean pocket rather than a shirt pocket – and runs a full unconstrained edition of Microsoft Windows 10. The built-in gaming controls make it comfortable for the portable gaming for which it was conceived. GPD have stated the device can handle popular titles like Overwatch, Skyrim and Grand Theft Auto V with playable frame-rates – although this could not be independently verified.
While pounding out documents and Excel spreadsheets on a 6-inch screen is a recipe for frustration, gaming and simpler tasks can all be handled with aplomb.
However, with upgraded specs comes an upgraded price tag and unfortunately for prospective buyers it is a large jump. The GPD Win 2 is priced at around $649 – the first iteration can now be picked up for closer to $300.
For those brave enough to experiment, the GPD Win 2 is available from the company’s Indiegogo page; http://bit.ly/2BYO8Fw