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DroidBOX GPD WIN Jan10 Update Windows Powered Gaming Portable Console 5.5" OGS LCD Display, Up to 2.4GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM
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- Small but powerful gaming and media Windows 10 OS handheld featuring a Quad Core CPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage
- 5.5 inch touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, Dual analogue joysticks, D-pad and gaming buttons
- Fully licensed Windows 10 Home Edition installed
- Rechargeable internal 6900MAh battery allows you to play and watch while on the move
- Play your favourite Steam games such as Batman, and emulators for many classic and modern systems
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Model GPD Win
Item Type UMPC, MID, Game Console
Features Windows 10 system + Touch panel + Joystick + Fully functional keyboard
Touch Panel Capacitive panel,
Screen Size 5.5 Inch
Screen Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
Screen Ratio 16 : 9
Pixels per inch (PPI) 267 ppi
Operating System Windows 10 Home
L1 Cache 32KB*2
L2 Cache 2MB
Processor technology 14nm
Graphics Type Core graphics
Graphics Chipset Intel HD Graphics
Graphics Frequency 200MHz~600MHz
Execution unit 16
Memory size Shard memory capacity
RAM LPDDR3-1600, 4GB
ROM eMMC 4.51, 64GB
External memory Micro SD card ( Support 128GB max)
Wireless 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n WLAN
Bluetooth version V4.1
Start/Select button, power button
Other button Volume + / - button
D-Pad Game D-Pad
Keyboard 67 standard PC keys + 10 expanded function keys
Battery Type Non-removeable Li-ion battery
Battery Capacity 6000mAh
Battery Life About 6~8 hours (It should be depending on the actual working conditions)
Audio System Realtek ALC5645
Sensor Type Gravity sensor, Hall sensor
Net Weight 300g
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Seller Warranty DescriptionThis product comes with 1 year warranty
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A handheld game system that can run full PC games is something that I have long dreamed of owning.
While it’s been many years since I was a hardcore gamer, over the last few years I’ve continued to purchase PC games here and there whenever I’ve found them on sale. I’ve just never found time to play many of them. I bought this in order to catch up on my backlog of games as most of the gaming I have done over the last few years has been via handheld systems or a smartphone.
This review is based on my initial impressions of the GPD Win after just a couple of days. As with any new laptop or PC, I’m still tweaking it. I’ll update this review after I’ve spent some more time with it.
One word of caution to anyone thinking about getting this that doesn’t have a lot of experience with PC games is that due to the virtually endless different variations of Windows PCs and laptops, many PC games can take a lot of tweaking to get to run on any particular hardware. Even games that install and run OK initially can benefit greatly by tweaking them to run better on particular hardware- and sometimes even 2 systems with the exact same hardware work better with slightly different settings due in part to the different software that may be installed on them. Technically the GPD Win’s specs are below the minimum requirements for many of the latest, greatest games, but by tweaking and adjusting settings you can get many of these games to run (search for a particular game title and GPD Win in the search engine of your choice to see if a game will run). (I think I used the word “tweak” more in that paragraph then I’ve ever used it before, but if you’re buying this you need to understand what it is not. It is not a typical handheld console with games designed specifically to run only on that game systems hardware.)
In the Box:
-GPD Win system
-Charging cable and wall plug
-Instruction booklet/warranty info
-Windows 10 Activation Key- found printed on the inside of the box, so don’t discard the box
-The version of the device I received is the latest version that was released on 01/10/2017. Updates include a slightly faster Z8750 processor instead of the Z8700 and improvements to the keypad and game controls and buttons. I can’t comment on the pre-updated version as I never owned one, but the whole system including the controls seems well made and sturdy. It didn’t take as long I was expecting to get a feel for using the game controller as a mouse.
-720p screen looks great- very bright and vivid colors. Touch screen is nice to have on a device this size and it works well.
-I would have preferred 128GB of internal storage, but this only has 64GBs and half of that is taken by the OS and what I consider to be essential programs. It does however have a USB 3.0 port and a microSD card slot to expand storage. I purchased a Samsung 128GB microSD card and a low profile Samsung 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive. Most of the larger games I’ve installed I installed to the USB flash drive since the read speeds on it are faster than the microSD card. I haven’t had any issues with running programs/games off of either the USB flash drive or the microSD card.
-Fan is quieter than I expected. While the system does get warm during intensive gaming, playing for an hour here and there has not caused it to get what I would consider hot, just warm but not uncomfortably warm. The fan has 3 settings-off, only on when needed, and constantly on. Because it’s not that loud, I’ve been leaving the fan constantly on.
-All of the connections (USB, charging cable, microCD) are on the back side of the device. It might seem silly to list this as a Pro, but all too often I’ve owned or used laptops and tablets that place connections and ports in places that make them either hard to access or awkward to use with things like USB drives or charging cables plugged in.
-While the newest game I’ve installed on it has been Duke Nukem Forever (supposed to be not that great of a game, but hey, I got it on sale for something like $5), I have yet to run into a game that I haven’t gotten it to run. Games installed so far (mostly older games)- Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary Edition, Duke Nukem Forever. Pyschonauts, F.E.A.R., System Shock 2, Fallout 3 (took the most tweaking due primarily to it not wanting to run on Windows 10) , Fallout New Vegas, Halflife 2, GTA III, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas. Games I’ve spent the most time playing so far- F.E.A.R. and Pyschonauts.
-Windows 10 really wasn’t designed to run on a screen this small. While you may not have this issue, my eyesight isn’t what it once was and I have to wear reading glasses in order to see a lot of the text in Windows 10. It’s not as much of an issue when playing games, but it is when in the main OS or if a game has smaller than typical game text. I don’t have this issue with screens that are even smaller on devices running Android or iOS, but those operating systems were made for handheld devices and Windows 10 wasn’t. Some tweaking with font sizes has helped, but reading glasses are still a must for me when using this device.
-The game controller has 3 settings-Xbox 360 controller mode, mouse mode, and generic PC game controller mode. While I’ve found the mouse modes and Xbox 360 controller modes both work well (haven’t really needed the generic PC game controller mode, so I haven’t tested it), when you put the system into either of the 2 controller modes, you lose the mouse functions. My work around is to use a Bluetooth mouse. While the Bluetooth mouse works flawlessly, I would have preferred a way to use a built in mouse or touchpad type device that could be used while the game controller is in game controller mode. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but I have found the Bluetooth mouse to be essential for navigating at least some menus in some games.
-Only 1 speaker and its quality is lacking and rather tinny. It works, but the experience is far better wearing earphones (a pair of cheap but usable earphones are included). The original design for the device supposedly did have 2 speakers (not sure that having 2 would have helped a lot), but one was removed and replaced by the fan when it was determined that a fan was needed.
-Battery life- not a big negative, but I really like this device so far and I need some more negatives. Battery lasts a good 6 hours when surfing the internet and installing programs and games. Battery life seems to drop to around 2 hours when playing many games. Ways to improve this are one of the tweaks I’ll be trying to make in the near future, but I’m guessing that the 2 hour mark may end up being what it is for really graphically intensive game.
Neutral (and ideas for improvements):
-Since in my opinion a USB flash drive is essential, another USB port would have been nice to have.
-An option for 8GB of RAM over the included 4GB would also have been nice. Upgrading any of the internal components yourself on this device or any device of this type is pretty much impossible (and the only reason I write “pretty much” is that there are some tech hardware wizards out there who can modify/upgrade pretty much anything, but for most of us the careful de-soldering and soldering that any internal component upgrades would involve would result in us ending up with a horribly broken and unusable devise- so my advice is don’t try it and I’m not intending to try it myself).
-While the game controllers work well, many PC games (especially older games) do not have automatic game controller support (it’s much more common in newer games, but still not universal). There are several 3rd party programs that can be used to mimic this support, but using them takes some patience as you have to map keyboard and mouse controls to the controller (or download configuration files for specific games that others have taken the time to make). The program I’ve been using is called Xpadder. As someone who has used an Xbox 360 controller for PC gaming before, this was something I was expecting, but I can see it being frustrating for someone not expecting it.
-I can’t find it in the options in the bios version that came installed on mine, but some have reported an option in the bios of older versions to boot into Android as well as Windows (and despite that option showing in the bios on the older versions, it was just an option that showed but was never implemented- Android was never available on any versions of this device that shipped- only Windows 10). The ability to boot into Windows or Android would have been awesome. Since it has a touch screen, Android gaming would have been a nice additional option to have. I haven’t experimented with any of them yet, but there are some Android emulators that run on Windows. Once I feel I’ve tweaked everything I can to control heat and battery life, I’ll likely give an Android emulator a try.
-The device is more comfortable to hold and use than I was expecting (if you’re comfortable holding a Nintendo DS, then this will feel somewhat familiar), but I would have liked a way to attach a 3rd party pistol grip to it to make it feel more like holding a modern game controller. There might even be a 3rd party grip designed for a different handheld gaming system that would fit it, but because the fan vent is on the side of the device there is no way I would risk using one because doing so would block the fan vent and increase the likelihood of overheating.
-It’s a pretty amazing device if you go into it understanding its limitations. Those limitation include running an OS that was not really intended to run on a screen this small (if you have better eyesight than me, that may not be a limitation for you) and the customizations you have to deal with when running PC games that you don’t have to deal with when using most dedicated handheld gaming systems. Despite those limitations, I find it amazing that you can get a fully functional Windows PC in this small of a form factor. It does exactly what I wanted it to do, which is play a wide variety of PC games on the go. While the games I’m using it for so far aren’t the latest, greatest games, they are games that I’ve been wanting to find the time to play and will be much more likely to play on a handheld then I would have on a PC or regular laptop.
I made a couple of more tweaks that have given me more internal storage and seem to have improved battery life and lessened some heat.
-One of the first things I did when I got this was do a clean install of Windows Anniversary Edition using a version that has all of the drivers for the GPD Win included. I was able to regain a great deal of internal storage by running the Windows 10 Disk Clean Up utility and then shrinking the size of the WinSxS folder. Searching on "Manage the Component Store in Windows 10" will find you instructions on how to do this (you can't just delete the WinSxS folder). Essentially doing these 2 things deletes a lot of duplicated Windows files and files that get backed up whenever Windows updates. The risk is that doing this does take away your ability to undo changes that were made during an upgrade or update as the files needed to revert the changes that were made are also deleted. But now only 20GB of internal storage are being used. These 2 things did also take over an hour to run.
-In Advanced Power Management settings I turned off fast boot. Fast boot causes a lot of things to continually save and run in the background. I didn't think to run any testing so this is anecdotal evidence, but playing F.E.A.R. for an hour didn't result in the GPD Win feeling any warmer when I stopped then it did when I started and battery life was still at 75% when I was done.
Another couple of programs I have found very useful are DxWnd and Throttlestop.
-Some games (especially older games) are started windowed and these games (Simpsons Hit & Run and GTA 3 are 2 examples) run in portrait mode instead of in landscape. DxWnd is a program that can fix this by forcing the window into landscape mode and also stretching that window to fullscreen. It can also help tweak a lot of other settings to help games run better, but so far I've found it most useful for correcting the portrait to landscape problem.
-Throttlestop can be used to disable Turbo mode and force the CPU to run at only 1.6 GHz instead of throttling up to 2.56 GHz when needed. It can also force the CPU to run at any variable between 1.6 GHz and the maximum of 2.56 GHz. The advantage of running the CPU at only 1.6 GHz is that it runs cooler than when it is in Turbo boost mode. Some newer games might need Turbo boost, but I've found most older games run fine at the minimum.
2 Notes about Throttlestop- First a word of caution- it can be used to max out or even overclock the CPU and some people are using it to do just that to run newer games. Overclocking creates more heat and a greater risk of things possibly going permanently wrong. I'm not intending to overclock my GPD Win and am using Throttlestop to control heat, not increase performance, but use Throttlestop at your own risk. Second, Turbo boost can also be turned off in a version of the bios that it older than the version that shipped with mine. I've debated whether or not to go back to that older bios and have decided to stick with the version that came pre-installed since it works for me and I don't want to mess anything up.
First of all it's a fully functional* Windows 10 laptop that you could confuse for a Nintendo DS because of the size. The keyboard buttons are firm so you aren't ever afraid you'll break them, the controller portion fits my hands decently, (I had to switch the bumpers and the triggers in game because of the resting position of my hands), and it even comes with a touch screen that is kind of an interesting touch to an actual laptop.
The fan isn't too loud in the back and the sound from games honestly is pretty good, if you hold your right hand over the speaker to make the sound go upwards toward you. When I got TES IV Skyrim installed onto the system through steam I was very excited, The idea of handheld skyrim was definitely a new experience. I switched the game mode from mouse to controller and suddenly I was in the game, The load times were actually alot faster than I had thought they would be. (I was running the game on the lowest settings.) Mods worked, the game worked, it was insane!
The whole system is a cool black along with all the packaging, It really makes you feel like you're unveiling some mystic part of the future of technology.
However, The good aside this does come with some pretty serious negatives.
To start, The first GPD I ordered I honestly could not get the controller portion to work in game, I tried reading the manual but that simply stated to go to a third party chinese site that was supposed to have downloads which, when I went to the address weren't there. Any online video or guide stated to simply launch the game in mouse mode then switch to x-controller mode before it loaded up but even that wouldn't work.
So I, Being hopeful returned the GPD and bought another from a different source. When that one arrived suddenly the controller portion worked.
Also the system does get pretty hot. Being a handheld laptop this could cause a bit of discomfort along with concern for your system. I was honestly scared that it would over heat a few times but it was pretty easy and quick to cool it down. That being said the only games I could find that would work were Left 4 dead 2 and Skyrim. I couldn't get the controller to function with any other games, so while it is a very interesting idea, execution is just a bit behind comfort levels. I think that if these were streamlined and the bugs worked out it could be a very promising endeavor. That being said I am returning the second one i ordered as well.. There's simply no real use for something so limited right now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm giving this 4 stars because 1) The triggers on the back are flimsy and...Read more
-Can play a decent amount of games
-GPU is quite good for handheld
-Good size, clam shell design is good
-Screen is better than expected