NEW ORIGINAL GPD POCKET 7 INCH MINI LAPTOP UMPC WINDOWS 10 SYSTEM ALUMINUM SHELL CPU X7

Me và my quest for the smallest gaming máy tính xách tay ever … That we no longer want to điện thoại tư vấn it a gaming máy tính xách tay or even a gaming laptop was clarified last time when the Lenovo Yoga Book was supposed khổng lồ prove itself on the test bench and next to it astonishingly much general practicality as an all-purpose companion was able to run a few low-low-low-end games smoothly, all with just under 600 grams. The GPD Pocket now comes khổng lồ this weight – price range between 450 and 500 Euro. There is only one glaring difference: While the Lenovo knew what it wanted to be & ran a few games as a bonus, it is still not clear khổng lồ the GPD after days for whom this device is actually intended.

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Small, s**y & fully equipped. The pitch has something, which is probably why it was so successful.

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There weren’t that few people who thought that was what they wanted. For $ 400, they backed up a device on Indiegogo that looks lượt thích a 2012 Mac Book was washed too hot. The campaign raised nearly $ 4 million và GPD delivered what they promised. A really, really small and light máy tính xách tay that, despite its small size, runs a full Windows 10 and offers all the functionalities of the big representatives of its kind. That is true, that much is anticipated.

Our demo sample of the GPD Pocket was provided by GearBest. You can also buy it there, currently even a little cheaper as it looks (Black Friday is everywhere).

Connoisseur-friendly tiny guy

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The only dimension that falls a bit into the normal range in today’s ultrabook times is the height of 1.8 centimeters, the depth and width of 10.5 by 18 centimeters are well below anything that one would even vaguely điện thoại tư vấn a máy vi tính . The workmanship makes an extremely high-quality impression. You have a complete aluminum housing, only the cover of the rear hinge is made of plastic. You take the GPD Pocket in your hand & it just feels valuable, not unlike the much more expensive models from Apple. Opening it doesn’t spoil this impression either, you have good resistance, the hinge doesn’t creak or squeak & the display can be tilted backwards up to lớn almost 180 degrees. At this extreme angle, however, the little one no longer stands on all four rubber feet, but only on the front. At the maximum opening angle, the display slides under the floor and lifts it, which significantly reduces traction. But since you normally won’t mở cửa the screen all the way, that’s not a big problem.

Direct comparison: 14 inch Lenovo X1, 7 inch GPD Pocket. I hardly need lớn say which is which.

The connections are not plentiful, but at least they are more than in some ultrabooks: You have a USB 3.0 port, a 3.5mm headset standard input, a mini HDMI output & a USB-C port that can be used for the GPD is also charging. Basically everything you need with such a device, I really don’t miss anything here.

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With a 3A universal adapter and a standard USB-C cable, the little one could be charged from zero to 100 in less than an hour, but unfortunately this was not possible with the included power nguồn supply. This shows for the first time that the GPD Pocket is unfortunately not available in an international version. You have an adapter that may be suitable in China, could also work in England, but it certainly doesn’t fit into any standard socket here. But as I said, the world won’t end because of that, a 3A adapter costs 12 euros. A USB-C khổng lồ USB-C cable is included as a cable. Otherwise there is a Chinese manual attached – apart from a somewhat suspiciously glued Windows 10 key as a non-MS hologram sticker – but it was so short that it wouldn’t tell you much if you could read it.

A good stop is not everything

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The next international problem becomes clear when you let your gaze wander over the keyboard: It’s a very special QWERTY, an English layout with a few twists. In this case, unfortunately, that doesn’t just mean that Z & Y are swapped và that a few special characters are in different, but quite familiar, locations. Various common special characters such as /, – and = are stored as special keys above the numeric keys, the comma can be found under the right shift, the DEL key is twice as large as the backspace key, everything works a little to lớn the left when typing slowly slipped … I understand that it is not easy khổng lồ accommodate a full QWERTY on this size and this goal has also been achieved. But if it had been solved even a little more intuitively, I would have had at least a little bit of fun while typing. I am quite used lớn QWERTY keyboards & type on them with no problems. I also tried to type this text on the GPD, but three paragraphs ago I gave up in exasperation. & that was not the first attempt to lớn get used to the small size. In the last few days I have been typing emails, posts & other short things over and over again, with an error rate that I probably didn’t have at all when I tried to walk on a keyboard for the first time. Typing on the GPD unfortunately still feels completely unnatural even after days, far more than on the actually far stranger sensor pseudo-buttons on the Lenovo. I also tried lớn type this text on the GPD, but three paragraphs ago I gave up in exasperation. And that was not the first attempt to lớn get used to lớn the small size. In the last few days I have been typing emails, posts and other short things over & over again, with an error rate that I probably didn’t have at all when I tried khổng lồ walk on a keyboard for the first time.

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Typing on the GPD unfortunately still feels completely unnatural even after days, far more than on the actually far stranger sensor pseudo-buttons on the Lenovo. I also tried to type this text on the GPD, but three paragraphs ago I gave up in exasperation. And that was not the first attempt lớn get used khổng lồ the small size. In the last few days I have been typing emails, posts và other short things over and over again, with an error rate that I probably didn’t have at all when I tried to lớn walk on a keyboard for the first time. Typing on the GPD unfortunately still feels completely unnatural even after days, far more than on the actually far stranger sensor pseudo-buttons on the Lenovo. Typing posts & other short things with an error rate that I probably didn’t have at all when I first tried walking on a keyboard. Typing on the GPD unfortunately still feels completely unnatural even after days, far more than on the actually far stranger sensor pseudo-buttons on the Lenovo. Typing posts và other short things with an error rate that I probably didn’t have at all when I first tried walking on a keyboard. Typing on the GPD unfortunately still feels completely unnatural even after days, far more than on the actually far stranger sensor pseudo-buttons on the Lenovo.

Good keys và a solid stroke are unfortunately not everything, otherwise the Pocket would have won.

The keys themselves are anything but bad. They remind me of the original range, if the Speccy had had good keys. On the GPD they are not made of rubber, but made of hard plastic, have a decent, almost too firm pressure point and a little too sharp edges, but khổng lồ be honest, I know dozens of laptops that don’t have táo apple or Lenovo on them, the ones with the Key chất lượng of the GPD would drive far better than with what they are allowed to lớn do. It’s pretty good that Samsung no longer builds laptops. The solution for the mouse is as ideal as it was possible within the scope of the space: Instead of a touchpad that is much too large, you have a mouse k**b, as we know it from Lenovo – called TrackPoint – và even if the GPD’s not quite with the the same sensitive precision of such works, it works very well. Incidentally, the red Lenovo k**b is compatible with the GPD and you should also use it, because the blue one of the GPD is much more slippery & less precise. A red TrackPoint costs 2 euros, so plan it right away.

WLAN-Troubles

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Unfortunately, after the USB-3A adapter, the red TrackPoint is only the second of three necessary extra purchases, the third being a bit of luck. Or a lot more bad luck. We are now getting inside the GPD and it starts with a component that I’ve never had a real problem with on any laptop, at least not in this millennium: the network connection. The GPD has a broadcom 802.11ac wireless pcie full dongle adapter DEV_43EC, exactly the same WLAN cpu that is built into my much more expensive Levono X1 and many other laptops. It’s a universal building block, but here in the GPD there has khổng lồ be a weak point somewhere in the manufacturing process. In many, probably most of the GPDs, everything is as it should be, you connect to lớn a WLAN, get up lớn 300 Mbit in 2.4 GHz và 5 GHz, everything is fine. Then there are those who have massive problems even at short distances và through a simple wall và the pace drops dramatically. Và finally there are probably those – even if apparently few – like my GPD, in which not only the reception nguồn is poor, but then no connection is established, regardless of how hard you try. The solution is simple: send it back, get a new GPD, it will probably work.

Unfortunately, an adapter was mandatory for me, the USB port was occupied by a WLAN stick.

I made vì with a USB WLAN adapter for the test, which also worked without any problems – except of course that the USB port was then blocked – but led me to lớn another general problem. There is an official GPD trang web with drivers. More or less. The Hong Kong site, which is by no means easy to find, does not even link directly to drivers, the poorly documented packages are on MEGA.NZ servers, tải về at your own risk. Or you can find private blogs và Reddit pages on which the people who report something there have at least half an idea of ​​what they do & offer. Some. Most. Hopefully. Is an official GPD download site that much asking for a $ 500 device? The point is: you can find everything, there is everything và not just for Windows 10. A clean Linux installation is also not a problem. If you know your way around a little and are ready lớn tinker. If you keep that in mind, everything will eventually work, this is really just a warning khổng lồ everyone who doesn’t know what exactly you can & should bởi vì in the Windows Device Manager. For example, how khổng lồ deactivate the power-saving mode of the Broadcom chip there in order khổng lồ get better reception. I admit, all of this seems almost refreshingly knitted with a hot needle, it feels a bit lượt thích PC tinkering in the late 90s, not lượt thích the polished convenience environment of modern hardware.

But what caused me to lớn be nostalgic for handicrafts can quickly plunge someone else into perplexity. Will everything work at some point, this is really just a warning khổng lồ everyone who does not know what exactly you can & should do in the Windows Device Manager. For example, how to lớn deactivate the power-saving mode of the Broadcom cpu there in order khổng lồ get better reception. I admit, all of this seems almost refreshingly knitted with a hot needle, it feels a bit lượt thích PC tinkering in the late 90s, not lượt thích the polished convenience environment of modern hardware. But what caused me to lớn be nostalgic for handicrafts can quickly plunge someone else into perplexity. Will everything work at some point, this is really just a warning lớn everyone who does not know what exactly you can và should do in the Windows Device Manager. For example, how to deactivate the power-saving mode of the Broadcom cpu there in order lớn get better reception. I admit, all of this seems almost refreshingly knitted with a hot needle, it feels a bit lượt thích PC tinkering in the late 90s, not lượt thích the polished convenience environment of modern hardware. But what caused me to lớn be nostalgic for handicrafts can quickly plunge someone else into perplexity. To lớn get a better reception. I admit, all of this seems almost refreshingly knitted with a hot needle, it feels a bit lượt thích PC tinkering in the late 90s, not like the polished convenience environment of modern hardware. But what caused me khổng lồ be nostalgic for handicrafts can quickly plunge someone else into perplexity. Lớn get a better reception. I admit, all of this seems almost refreshingly knitted with a hot needle, it feels a bit like PC tinkering in the late 90s, not lượt thích the polished convenience environment of modern hardware. But what caused me to lớn be nostalgic for handicrafts can quickly plunge someone else into perplexity.

Strong inner & outer life

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So far, it all sounds extremely negative và there are no small things, starting from the fun-free typing on the exotic keyboard to Stone Age driver problems. But the GPD-Pocket also has its extremely good sides & a lot of it is coming out of it now. The small box is pretty powerful and well equipped for its size. You have 8GB LPDDR3-1600-RAM, 128 GB relatively fixed eMMC memory, a 1.6GHZ hãng sản xuất intel Atom x7-Z8750 quad-core CPU that can run at 2.56 GHz with a cordless vacuum cleaner turbo và that even without, that the device becomes too hot. The “graphics card” is an intel HD 405 chip with up to 600 MHz burst speed, so pretty much the exact opposite of a gaming graphics card, but a solid, commercially available desktop chip.

Inside everything is tidy and apparently the heat dissipation brings a lot. Even in the longer benchmarks & gaming sessions, the Pocket never got so warm that it would have been noticed and the fan hâm mộ did go on every now & then, but it is only audible when the room is otherwise absolutely quiet.

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The battery is important in all of these things, because what use is the nicest mini máy vi tính if it is constantly running out? You have a 7000 mA battery that theoretically lasts 12 hours và offline, with low brightness that is probably also true. Realistically, surfing và desktop use with two thirds of the brightness it was 6 khổng lồ 8 hours, while gaming around 4 lớn 5. These are very solid values ​​for a device under half a kilo with these specs, which are on a common denominator many normal laptops. The charging time depends a lot on your USB-C power adapter: with a 3A adapter, the pocket is filled in two hours, with less power it takes longer.

As a result, you have a fairly powerful package – for its kích thước – that doesn’t have the slightest bit of problems with Windows và desktop applications. Films in 1080p on Netflix run wonderfully, surfing with Chrome is as fast as if I were sitting in front of a “big” máy tính xách tay and even working with ON1 photo software is possible, even if the processor and the not-so-fast mass storage device have clear limits for large images point out. But yes, when it comes down lớn it, you can vày something with it.

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The biggest obstacle in everything, including games, but more on that later with individual titles, is the screen. He’s just too small. 7 inches is not the size for an operating system that is not adapted to lớn 1920×1200 pixels lượt thích Android or iOS, for example. At 200 percent, websites cannot be looked at properly, at 100 percent everything is too small, at 150 almost correct, but not really either. If you scale it, the pixel-perfect sharpness is lost and the eyes are strained even more. If you have really good eyes that you want to ruin yourself a little squinting, then this is an extremely good screen that shows what it can do. It’s a shame that not every human eye can easily keep up.

Benchmark-Time

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Time to lớn see what the little one can vị in numbers, here are a few of the usual benchmarks:

Hallmark’s Performance kiểm tra 9.0 with 857 points is, as expected, on the màn chơi of low-performance netbooks, but at least almost a hundred points above the Lenovo Yoga Book, which is mainly due lớn the stronger CPU (2070 points) & the better RAM and storage device (around 750 points each) ). PCMark 10 outputs 1197 points, which is not legendary and also fits well with the picture drawn by Hallmark’s tests.

Ubuntu runs, all drivers are available, if you want Linux in pocket format, you are well served. Unfortunately, that didn’t solve the WLAN problems either.

3DMark is of course a must & ends as expected. Time Spy, the current high-end demo, ends with the legendary 106 points, which means that you can bend every current trò chơi a little bit in full 1920×1200. No surprise. Sky Diver – the kiểm tra for smaller gaming laptops – is a combined 1075. Finally, a fair demo for a device of this type is Cloud Gate – fast cell phones, small PCs – và here the GPD comes lớn 2085. That is a solid result, but just far away from everything you need to run current 3 chiều games with only half the details and lower resolutions. If you want khổng lồ see a few higher numbers here, you have to lớn run the good old Ice Storm Extreme, which then comes to 16200 points. Yay, big numbers for the win!

Games? Go. Inside the borders.

So yes, expectations are met, performance is good for size, & whatever desktop stuff you throw at him, he’ll be fine. But the GPD Pocket doesn’t have a gaming graphics card, not even a tiny one. So what can you realistically play with him? Of course, the connectivity is good. You have Bluetooth, USB và USB-C directly without additional adapters, so that gamepads or mice have enough connection. A more suitable keyboard is of course not a problem either. But let’s see how a couple of games actually go.

Let’s start nicely with a classic: I haven’t turned on Oblivion for probably 5 years and it doesn’t look that bad on the small screen. First of all, in the dungeon. When it goes outside, the beauty diminishes noticeably. Regardless, in 1440 x 900 and high visibility you will experience the aging Tamriel again quite smoothly. đôi mươi to 30 frames. Not bad. But if you go a few years further khổng lồ Nordic Skyrim, the world will look different. Khổng lồ be honest, very well. Even the low settings make the snowy landscapes look amazingly good, & they’re running in the mid 20s on the frame rate side, so fast enough to have enough gaming fun if you want.

Runs amazingly well, even with 22 frames in usable resolution.

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Genre change, Civilization V. Lo and behold, a few effects & the native resolution works perfectly, even in scenarios where a little more is going on. You can play that well. Or you could, if you could see something, because while you can see the beautifully large units well, it is much more difficult with the fonts in the menus. This game is designed for maybe 13 inches, actually 20 or more, 7 is definitely not enough for him. But, turn it down a little, use the touchscreen và you have a wonderful strategy trò chơi for all occasions.

The same applies khổng lồ many adventures: the catalog of Daedalics Perlen can be made up for when traveling with the Pocket, things lượt thích Day of the Tentacle Remaster also run flawlessly. If you have done that, you can continue with Hard West or the three Shadowrun Returns, for example, which are going wonderfully. If there is still time, you can put these in the Baldur’s Gate Remasters or their newer representatives Tides of Numera & Pillars of Eternity, these also run here, although the many text on the small screen can be exhausting after a short time.

Civilization V: Reduce a few settings & try out the correct resolution, then you have the perfect on-the-go fun for long train rides.

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Which shooter is best khổng lồ try …? Doom! No, not Doom 2016, but Doom 1994. Works! What a brilliant game, even after all these years, you can even play okay with the cursor keys. If you try something a little more modern, BioShock for example, you have to go ridiculously low with the details and the resolution in order lớn be able to lớn play it meaningfully và then you’d better leave it the same. And while Diablo 2 is not an issue, you have to graphically reduce Diablo 3 almost to lớn the level of its predecessor to lớn get to frame rates in the 20s. But if nothing works, then Ultima works. Retro-gog collections, 16- and 32-bit emulators & similar things naturally feel very comfortable on the small GPD and, with their low resolutions, suit the small screen.

As expected, the gaming conclusion is that there is a lot and a lot of good that can be played on the GPD Pocket, but none of it has even semi-modern 3 chiều in loosely speaking higher resolutions.

Not ugly either, very light và 10 inches are more practical, as she pointed out: Lenovo Yoga Book.

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What else is there: There are many laptops in the range of 500 euros & if you look around in the refurbished area, you will also get older gaming computers or very modern i7 desktop wonders. But also new: For around 500 euros you can get a Lenovo Yoga 510 with relatively similar hardware, but a 14-inch touch display. However, this then also weighs almost 2 kilos & has a much lower resolution on vị trí cao nhất of that. The most direct competitor in the field of real Windows 10 portable devices is likely lớn be the Lenovo Yoga Book, which we have already looked at here. At just under 600 grams, it is only slightly heavier, the equipment is a bit weaker – only 4GB RAM – but with a more readable 10-inch touchscreen và an exotic, but still more usable sensor keyboard.

Impressive? Without question. But who needs that?

The GPD Pocket impressed me without question. Above all, the workmanship of the case, screen và overall is fantastic. You have many useful connections, more than you would expect from the size. The chất lượng of the screen itself is exceptionally good. The inner values ​​let a Windows 10 get going very solidly & allow the usual selection of tech-low-end-but-fun-high-end games. The touchscreen is precise và bright and nothing about this device looks cheap. The WLAN problems here must not be completely ignored, it is unpleasant when the unique of such an important component can apparently fluctuate quite a bit from user lớn user – up to and including a complete failure here. Still, there is an exchange for it & overall the GPD Pocket is a fun mini laptop,

A wonderful geek toy, especially when money is not an issue. But does it really make sense in the face of so many alternatives? No, I wouldn’t say.

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That this doesn’t work is ultimately a little bit due to lớn the nature of the matter. If you have ever wondered where the limit of the display form size is that you need lớn be able lớn work on the train without having to crouch forward, damaging your back, to get closer to the display, then this value is higher 7 inch. Everything is extremely tiny và you have to lớn use zooms everywhere, which sometimes causes strange page displays, especially on the web. Then there is the keyboard. On the one hand, this is too small khổng lồ allow even 3.7-finger typing. Most importantly, the layout made too many compromises lớn accommodate all of the buttons. Even if you have no other problems with the QWERTY-US layout – the fact that there is no QWERTZ must be chalked up as a flaw, at least in this country – you will need forever until you if at all, got used lớn the sometimes randomly distributed layout. And ultimately, a lot feels a bit lượt thích computer tinkering in the early 2000s when you hunt for drivers on slow-loading Hong Kong sites và Reddit threads, sink into the depths of the control panel & optimize everything a little here & there. I had fun with it, but that shouldn’t apply khổng lồ everyone in general.

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For whom is the GPD Pocket the right device now? The blogger who wants to ruin his eyes and knot his fingers over a chai latte? The bạn who wants khổng lồ squint at any type of phông in a low-end game? I would most likely see it as a smartphone correction center for honest workers. To lớn adjust a few numbers in an Excel spreadsheet, lớn insert a line here or there in a text or to briefly kiểm tra the admin page of the server, this is a completely valid device. Sure, you can also watch films with it on the train, but a tablet with less weight and a larger screen is sufficient for this. With all its impressive performance & excellent workmanship, the GPD Pocket is unfortunately little more than a great và expensive toy for nerds in the end. It could be, that GPD’s basic idea of ​​making a full-fledged máy tính xách tay for the jacket pocket sounds good, but in the kết thúc it has khổng lồ fail because of the human anatomy. There is probably a “too small” one.