Valve and Nintendo think they are the only kids on the handheld gaming block. The Win Max 2 is a laptop with power.

There is a word here calledlaptop. The classic design of the GPD Win Max 2 makes it different from other handheld gaming devices. This laptop is easy to use for gaming.

A small GPD Win Max 2 laptop being held by two hands while playing a game with a Viking on the screen
image from Shenzhen GPD

The mini laptop has a full keyboard, as well as two thumbsticks, a direction pad, and four command keys, similar to an XBOX or PS controller. There is a mouse pad above the keyboard. This approach works. The Win 2 Max is small and the mouse pad won't work on it.

It is possible to set it above your standard steam deck or onex player device. You could take a break from gaming to send an email or post on social media.

The device's screen appears to pop out of it's shell thanks to its narrow bezels. It can have a resolution of up to 1600 x 1200. The glass protects it from damage. It is a touchscreen display and you can use most styluses with it.

The GPD Win Max 2 is powered by the latest eight-core Ryzen 7 6800U processor and the latest generation of graphics cards from Advanced Micro Devices. It will give you 60 frames per second. You can choose from 16 to 32 gigabytes of RAM and from 1 to 2 gigabytes of Solid State Disks.

There is an Intel version of the Win Max 2 that has a 12th generation i7 processor. It performs well and handles 4K games better than the Iris XE, but it isn't as power efficient. You can choose which chipmaker you like.

The GPD Win Max 2 uses a dual-pipe system to draw heat away from the processor and a large PC-grade fan to cool it. GPD claims it has an intelligent heat monitoring system on board to control fan noise, but that is yet to be seen in the real world.

A backlit keyboard, four surround-sound speakers, and a 2-million-pixel ultrawide web cam are all included in the price. The battery can power the whole thing for up to five hours.

GPD calls it an Apple-style body. The bottom half of it has comfortable grips for your hands. There are a lot of ports, including micro-SD slots for photographers, andUSB-C slots.

The GPD Win Max 2 isn't currently on sale. GPD is trying to raise money for the Win Max 2. The goal is to reach $20,000.

If you are looking for handheld gaming power right now, check out our review of the mini Playdate.

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