GPD is back to announce the Win Max 2, a very compact PC/console with promising features. The heart oscillates between an Intel or AMD base and is aimed at gamers, like the Steam Deck.
GPD has been presenting ‘portable PCs/consoles’ for a few years now and the brand returns with the Win Max 2† The launch of Valve’s Steam Deck reminded us that there is room for these machines, and not just at Nintendo. If Big N relies on experience and accessibility, the Steam Deck is more performance based with a design similar to that of the Switch. GPD stays far from this universe and does not model its model on that of the famous hybrid console.
His Win Max 2 doesn’t look much like a classic laptop computer, and more specifically a netbook. Once trendy, these very tiny computers haven’t really survived due to their poor performance. GPD is part of a different approach with its Win Max 2 and provides a real machine for gamers† The size remains portable and very compact (227 x 160 x 23 mm), even if you compare the Win Max 2 to a Steam Deck:
Beneath its PC appearance, the Win Max 2 reminds us that it is also a console with are many game controllers† Above the keyboard are two analog sticks, a crosshair, buttons and softkeys (on the back). Magnetic covers hide and protect the controllers when not in use. Note the presence of two haptic motors and a six-axis gyroscope.
Small, yet strong
The PC/console has a metal chassis and is fitted with a 10.1-inch touchscreen† This panel can display a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (default 1920 x 1900 px); with a maximum brightness of 400 nits. The bezels are thin and the touchscreen on this machine leaves a choice between Intel and AMD.
The Win Max 2 comes with a Intel Core i7-1260P processor or an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U† The graphics circuit varies accordingly with an Iris Xe on one side (Intel) and Radeon 680M on the other (AMD). In both cases we find 16 to 32 GB RAM (LPDDR5-5200 for Intel configuration, 32 GB LPDDR-6400 only with AMD) and 1 to 2 TB of storage (NVMe PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD). Note the presence of two M.2 SSD slots (2280 and 2230) and a rather rich connection.
The machine offers three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4/USB4 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, or an HDMI 2.1 output. the CP/console also has slots for SD and microSD cards, as well as a 2 megapixel webcam and a 4G LTE modem (optional). In addition, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and four speakers for sound.
This very complete configuration uses a 67 Wh battery that promises 5 hours of play† The autonomy increases to 14 hours when used in the office and GPD offers a Power Delivery charge of 100 W. It allows you to go from 0 to 50% in 20 minutes.
Price and availability
GPD announces a crowdfunding campaign on the Indiegogo site for its Win Max 2. Starting today (July 7) GPD is offering the following prizes:
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 16GB RAM, 128GB Storage: $899 (50 units only, Indiegogo)
- Intel Core i5-1260, 16GB RAM, 1TB storage: $999 (Indiegogo), $1159 (reseller);
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage: $999 (Indiegogo), $1159 (reseller);
hype! hype! GPD WIN MAX 2!
IGG On: July 7, 10:00 UTC+8
6800U + 16GB + 128GB, $899.50 units only, not retail
4G LTE, $79
Custom M.2 2230 1TB SSD, $139
— GPD game consoles (@softwincn) July 4, 2022
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 32GB RAM, 1TB Storage: $1199 (Indiegogo), $1359 (reseller);
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 32GB RAM, 2TB Storage: $1,299 (Indiegogo), $1,459 (reseller);
- 4G LTE modem: $79 (Indiegogo), $89 (reseller);
- Additional 1TB M.2 2230 SSD: $139 (Indiegogo), $145 (Reseller).