GPD is back to announce the Win Max 2, a very compact PC/console with promising features. Its heart swings 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 and the brand returns with the Win Max 2. The launch of Valve’s Steam Deck served as a reminder that there is room for these machines, and not just at Nintendo. If Big N relies on experience and accessibility, the Steam Deck is based more on performance with a design similar to that of the Switch. GPD remains far from this universe and does not model its model on that of the famous hybrid console.
Its Win Max 2 looks little or like a classic laptop computer, and more particularly a netbook. Once trendy, these very small computers have not really survived due to their poor performance. GPD is part of another approach with its Win Max 2 and offers a real machine dedicated to gamers. The format remains portable and very compact (227 x 160 x 23 mm), even when comparing the Win Max 2 to a Steam Deck:
Beneath its PC looks, the Win Max 2 reminds us that it is also a console with its many game controllers. Above the keyboard, there are two analog sticks, a directional cross, 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, but still strong
The PC/console offers a metal chassis and is equipped with a 10.1 inch touch screen. This panel can display a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (1920 x 1900 px by default); with a maximum brightness of 400 nits. The edges are thin and the touch screen on this machine leaves the 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 of RAM (LPDDR5-5200 for Intel configuration, 32 GB of LPDDR-6400 only at 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). Added to this is 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. Autonomy increases to 14 hours in office use 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. As of today (July 7), GPD is offering the following prices:
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 16 GB RAM, 128 GB storage: $899 (only 50 units, Indiegogo)
- Intel Core i5-1260, 16GB RAM, 1TB storage: $999 (Indiegogo), $1159 (reseller);
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB storage: $999 (Indiegogo), $1159 (reseller);
hype! hype! GPD WIN MAX 2!
IGG On: 7th Jul 10:00 UTC+8
6800U+16GB+128GB, $899, 50units only, not for retail
4G LTE, $79
Customized M.2 2230 1TB SSD, $139
— GPD Game Consoles (@softwincn)
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB storage: $1199 (Indiegogo), $1359 (reseller);
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 32 GB RAM, 2 TB storage: $1,299 (Indiegogo), $1,459 (reseller);
- 4G LTE modem: $79 (Indiegogo), $89 (reseller);
- Additional 1TB M.2 2230 SSD: $139 (Indiegogo), $145 (reseller).