Gpd win 2

     

When GamePad Digital moved from Android consoles to lớn mini PCs, it was clear that they were starting off strong. The Hãng sản xuất Intel Atom-based GPD Win was a niche gamer’s darling. Looking bachồng at it now, it was far from a portable PC powerhouse. It wasn’t capable of much, but that didn’t stop it from garnering a cult fanbase. With enough tweaking & patience, many turned their original WIN devices into a decent gaming machine for on-the-go entertainment.

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Suitably titled GPD WIN 2, the original device’s successor is a clear step up in every regard. Switching from the original’s now-puny Hãng sản xuất Intel Atom chip to lớn a much more modern Hãng sản xuất Intel M3 chip, the Win 2 is better equipped for its clear purpose: gaming.

Everything about the WIN 2 feels sturdier, more focused. On the outside, it’s a much chunkier piece of machinery. Weighing in at approximately 1.6 pounds, it feels lượt thích a portable gaming beast và it looks it too. This larger, bulkier thiết kế, unfortunately, doesn’t completely solve the previous iteration’s loud fans but it does make it slightly more tolerable.

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Thankfully, when you’re gaming, the WIN 2 doesn’t distract too much from the experience – as long as your hands aren’t completely covering the hyperactive backfiring tín đồ whilst you’re playing. It can still get fairly warm, although not to an uncomfortable màn chơi. In fact, despite playing rather demanding titles for the system, I never found brought my unit khổng lồ a level of heat that made me feel wary about it.

Playing at the system’s stop TPD of 7 watts, most games released during the last console generation ran perfectly. It’s not a device made for modern gaming, although with enough tweaking you can get games such as DOOM 2016 khổng lồ run at Nintendo Switch levels of performance. Our model had a boot SSD of 256GB which, when combined with the expandable SD card storage, was more than enough khổng lồ fill to the bryên ổn with games.

If you try hard enough, the GPD WIN 2 is a great system. I mostly used my unit for emulation purposes, playing backups of my physical games from the GameCube, PS2, Wii, & PSPhường. It takes a bit of tweaking to lớn get working just right—even then you’re at the mercy of the emulator for certain titles—but once everything is sorted this device may just be the best portable emulation machine yet.

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Outside of emulation, the WIN 2 continues to lớn impress. While it may be able to play the aforementioned last generation games perfectly, I found myself always wanting khổng lồ push the system beyond its apparent limits. In my testing, Alien: Isolation, Shadow of Mordor & Overwatch all played well inkhổng lồ playable framerates &, I hear, that Resident Evil 7 runs phenomenally well, too.

With performance in check, how well do games play on the device? Impressively, the device’s quality button set-up feels intuitive sầu – albeit after getting used to it. Due lớn chassis’ small real estate, all six L & R buttons are located on the system’s shoulders. L1, L2 & L3 on the left và R1, R2 and R3 on the right. It’s a pain to lớn have sầu khổng lồ learn a new control setup, but it’s definitely better than taking buttons out completely.

Outside of its gaming capabilities, the GPD WIN 2 is a perfectly capable Windows 10 PC. It’s not going to lớn win any awards regarding its desktop capabilities, and it has some definitive sầu weaknesses. For example, đoạn Clip editing on the tiny IPS display isn’t an experience anyone wants; it’s joyless and a pain. Rendering a đoạn phim file takes forever &, due lớn the system’s fans being located on the portable’s bottom, it makes one hell of a noise.

However, if you really need a device to vì basic work—such as writing—the WIN 2 isn’t bad. It’s clicky, ridged keyboard is reminiscent of a BlackBerry điện thoại. That may not be the best experience for some people, but those who know how lớn get around its limitations will be able khổng lồ use the WIN 2 as a Jack-of-all-Trades machine.

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At the end of the day, this isn’t a device for the average consumer. It shows—the device’s £400+ price tag certainly doesn’t scream for a mass market audience. Instead, this is a device for a very nibít audience. It’s designed for those who love sầu to lớn tinker and tweak. Those who are willing to experiment with overclocking, undervolting và the like will revel in the glory of the GPD WIN 2.


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