Getting hold of a Nintendo Switch at the moment has been tricky, as the console is selling faster than ever. But the GPD Win Max could be a powerful alternative to Nintendo’s wildly popular console.
The GPD Win Max was shown off last year as a concept machine that blended a very small laptop into a game controller. Now GPD has revealed a fully-specced version, which it is claiming to be "world's smallest handheld gaming laptop.” With lots of power packed into a small design, this machine could tide you over until the Nintendo Switch 2 comes along.
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There have been plenty of such claims before, with super-slim laptops like the Razer Blade Stealth fitting nearly desktop-grade specs into a portable design. But none of these notebooks have been handheld. With an 8-inch IPS display and the latest Intel mobile chips packed into a compact chassis with what looks like an integrated Xbox controller, it’s hard to argue with GPD’s claims.
Thanks to the use of Intel’s 3.7-GHz Core i5-1035G7 CPU, Iris Plus graphics, 16GB of DDR4 RAM And a 512GB NVMe SSD, the GPD Win Max should be able to handle modern games at acceptable frame rates on its 1280 x 800 resolution display.
GPD’s own benchmarks show the little laptop can run Red Dead Redemption 2 at 68 frames per second, Apex Legends at 55 fps, and Tom’s Clancy’s Rainbow Six Seige at 75 fps. Now we don’t know what settings those games were played at, so we have to take GPD’s results with a pinch of salt. But the Win Max certainly looks like it has more power to bring to bear than a Switch.
And since the Win Max is a Windows 10 laptop, it could also tap into a suite of game streaming services such as Google Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now. That could make it a pretty flexible portable gaming machine.
While the Win Max looks like a reasonably compelling machine for people who’ve got a decent PC games collection, there’s no firmed up release date or price. But the tiny laptop could launch relatively soon as the website for it has an "order" button, though it's not active just yet.