The Chinese company GPD provides us with a hit Indiegogo Another - this time with physical controllers inspired by the successful portable console
Are the graphic cores in the Tiger Lake generation of Intel Able to enable modern gaming worthy of the name? This is a question that has arisen quite a bit since we were first exposed to the processors of the generationCore The manufacturer's 11 with a promise to jump up to 2 times in performance compared to its predecessors - and although the answers were far from unequivocal in this aspect, it seems that even now there are those who are convinced that this is a perfectly legitimate option, based on some specific compromises.
GPD, which specializes in the development of unusually compact computer systems, primarily through fundraising projects based on the popular Indiegogo platform, is back these days with one of the most intriguing works in the area at this time - Computer Windows 10 with a tiny 5.5-inch screen and physical control controllers that are designed to allow comfortable gaming on the go, without the need to use any separate dedicated controller for this purpose. With revenues of about NIS 8.5 million from more than 2,700 buyers so far, it seems that there is demand in the market for this unusual combination as well.
GPD Win 3 offers a Core i5-1135G7 processor or a Core i7-1165G7 processor from Intel, Both with four physical processing cores, eight logical processing cores and a built-in graphics core from the latest Iris Xe family that are capable of operating under a power envelope of between 15 watts and 28 watts depending on the settings available to the consumer, memory Built-in 4GB LPDDR16X, one terabyte NVMe drive, connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ax Dual channels, a built-in 45 watt-hour battery - and a panel-based touch screen IPS 5.5-inch with a modest 720 × 1,280 pixels resolution in a slider configuration that reveals a touch keyboard with built-in illumination.
Two useful configurations in one tiny computer - with a proper up-to-date hardware array, Cooling Active and weighs a little over 500 grams
In its closed configuration, the computer offers its touch screen alongside a pair of physical joysticks, two sets of four buttons, side buttons and also vibration motors - or in other words an array very similar to that of Nintendo's successful Switch console (even the screen size is the same) , But with a system Windows Full 10 in the Home version that will support the operation of the entire rich game library that the world has accumulatedPC In the decades of its existence.
Gaming based on built-in graphics cores is an unacceptable combination for many gaming enthusiasts, as mentioned - but the creators are convinced that the low resolution will make it possible to change the situation, And provide self-data for a long list of popular titles For the past five years most of them have managed to deliver an average required display rate higher than 60 frames per second, ostensibly.
The creative company promises to provide the product to investors within a few months with free shipping to anywhere in the world, including ישראל - but can not guarantee that you will not be required to pay additional taxes and duties when the product lands at the gates of our small country, so it is worth taking this into account as well
If you are convinced that there is potential in the combination, know that you have 27 days left to consider a possible investment in the currently active fundraising venture, with a promise of delivery of the devices already during the coming month of May. The price tag starts at NIS 2,629 for a Win 3 computer with a processor Core i5-1135G7 and reaches up to the amount of NIS 3,122 for a computer with a processor Core i7-1165G7 and also a desktop docking station which significantly expands the supply of connections by the addition of full-size HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet connector and 3 type of connections USB Type-A.
The same GPD company managed to rake in over NIS 11 million in the pastIndiegogo For one of its previous compact models, in addition to sums of more than NIS 9 million for a pair of similar 'micro-consoles' with more basic design and hardware - and at the current recruitment rate it seems that Win 3 has a significant chance to become the biggest success story so far .
What do you think, is this a fine flash or a gimmick that deserves to be eradicated from the technology market as soon as possible? Let us know in the comments.