Having trouble justifying Steam Deck is $400 After dropping $300 on Nintendo Switch$219 at analog sineand $179 on play date? There are a lot of excellent portable gaming systems on the market today, but new GPD Win Max 2 hope for it Justify its $899 price tag With a large 10-inch screen and keyboard so users can tell themselves it’s a device they’ll use as a productivity tool too.
GPD has been producing these gaming laptops/portables for a few years now, and the Win Max 2, which was first announced in March, is newer and bigger. A bit like an oversized Nintendo DS, or even a foldable GBA SP, with physical game controllers Positioned just below the screen which includes a pair of analog sticks, directional pad, four action buttons, plus two sets of shoulder buttons and even an additional pair of user-programmable buttons on the back.
Between the game controls is the touchpad and below it is a full QWERTY keyboard with a dedicated row of function keys and even a Windows button, but with a high-keyboard Compressed format It may take some practice if you’re hoping to touch up the writing on it. The small keyboard looks fine for browsing the web and maybe even firing an e-mail on occasion, but writing an entire thesis on it can be a daunting endeavor.
Despite the potential keyboard issues, GPD really wants to position the Win Max 2 as a productivity tool and even includes a pair of magnetic covers for game controls that can be hidden inside the device when not in use. But if you don’t want your boss to think, or if you don’t trust not being distracted by the temptation to play, the joystick and other buttons can be hidden away.
Where the GPD Win Max 2 sets itself apart from the competition — especially Nintendo — is its 10-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. That’s also a solid step up on the seven-inch, 1280 x 800 Steam Deck display. Can it really run games at that resolution at a frame rate? Over 30 fps? It remains to be seen, but the GPD Win Max 2 will come in two flavors: one with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor. And one with an Intel Core i7-1260P processor under the hood.
Other standard features include two USB-C ports and three older USB 3.2 Type-A ports, an HDMI connection, a headphone jack, speakers, a 2-megapixel webcam for video calls, motion sensing for gaming, a fingerprint reader for biometric security, and both microSD. And regular SD storage card slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional 4G connectivity (with additional module), vibration feedback, and a 67Whr battery that GPD claims will last about three hours when playing processor-intensive AAA games, or up to eight Hours with lighter assignments.
Pre-orders for GPD Win Max 2 will start on July 7th but through crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The cheapest option, which will be available to early adopters, is the $899 AMD model, of which only 50 will be available. But with only 16GB of RAM and a meager 128GB SSD storage, gaming capabilities will be very limited. (There are plenty of PC games for which a full installation requires much more than just 128GB of storage.) Upgrading the RAM to 32GB and 2TB SSD pushes the price up to $1,299 if pre-ordering through Indiegogo, or 1 $459 if you prefer. Wait for the Wind Max 2 to officially go on sale later.
This easily pushes this laptop’s price into the territory of a full-fledged laptop that includes a larger screen, although you’ll have to settle for a connected gamepad in this case, and less portability. As with any crowdfunded product, there are risks involved, and while GPD has been producing these types of devices for some time, such as Lilliputing He points out that the company has also had issues with quality control, shipping devices with faulty components inside, and defects and customer support that can be hard to deal with.