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Macatron (OP)

What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« on: November 20, 2016, 02:33:46 pm »
Hey everyone! I'm still trying to decide on purchasing a GPD Win, but some of the early build issues are making me a little leery. I'm REALLY excited at the prospect of having a PC in my pocket, but I don't want it to up and die on me after only a few months of use.

The SMACH Z has my attention because it's more powerful and it's upgradable (which I think is uber cool). Obviously, being that it's not available yet and it remains to be seen if it can actually deliver on all its promises. It managed to raise over $475k in crowd funding, so at least it's got a strong start.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/smach-z-the-handheld-gaming-pc-games#/

Either way you look at it, though, this is a REALLY exciting time for PC gamers! :D

Maniac

Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2016, 02:53:32 pm »
15 Watt SoC chip with a 10,000 mah battery will get less than 2 hours of gaming. It's also huge.

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elwing

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Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2016, 08:09:39 pm »
Scam...  Not their first attempt too...

zdanee

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Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2016, 08:10:10 pm »
15 Watt SoC chip with a 10,000 mah battery will get less than 2 hours of gaming. It's also huge.
I'd also be concerned about a 15W APU being passively cooled. Best case scenario is that i will be hot. Worst case is it will throttle nonstop while also being hot. A lot of heat that close to an LCD/AMOLED is also a problem, heat can and will damage a screen. While I like the design, the device is a bit on the too-large-for-a-handheld for me, and a 4.5W CoreM CPU would be a better choice in my opinion, even if the iGP would be slower. Just my two cents.
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scatsy

Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2016, 08:29:16 pm »
Scam...  Not their first attempt too...

This is not a scam, the first Kickstarter they start was cancelled by themselves because they want to have a better product to show to the people that wants to help them. The product is real.

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Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2016, 08:54:46 pm »
i tested personally the prototype of smachZ and is fully working device, but without the final specs.
the device is running with the steam controller and is capable on running windows games on it.

here is a photo taked by myself, with my GPD-Win, current SmachZ prototype and printed 3D final prototype on the table



and i tested the final hardware running on a barebone, and the system feel so smooth and better running than GPD-Win, this is true, but the concept is different than the Win, because there is a gaming hardware on this device.

i did an interview with few members of this project. if there is some interest, i can do a translation and post here, for your info.


zdanee

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Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2016, 08:58:22 pm »
if there is some interest, i can do a translation and post here, for your info.
That would be much appreciated! Also, it's even bigger than I imagined...
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Macatron (OP)

Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2016, 02:23:42 am »
if there is some interest, i can do a translation and post here, for your info.
That would be much appreciated! Also, it's even bigger than I imagined...

Yes, please! That would be awesome! Thanks! :D

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Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2016, 03:51:04 am »
Im definitely a fan of this project, waiting for it to actually surface like I did with the win.  Not sure what gotchas are going to come from the higher powered SoC and small battery.  Additionally it already looks a LOT bigger than most of us expected, though its still exciting.  I love my steam controllers, and a handheld with steam controllers built in would be pretty awesome for trips.  The big problem for me is if it wont last for a 4-5 hour flight, its not really mobile enough.  We'll have to play it by ear.  If like the win, it can still run 2d indie titles like Salt and Sanctuary for 4-5 hours, then its viable.  We'll have to wait and see what they spit out in the end. 

elwing

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Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2016, 04:46:22 am »
Sorry, scam is maybe a bit too offensive, but:
  • 15W soc, passive cooling?
  • 5hours of gaming? If they are not talking about minesweeper we are talking about batteries in the 100Wh range...
  • what about the stretch goals? Kodi support? Emulators!
Magical specs and dubious stretch goals are red mark not to touch this campaign with a stick for me...

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Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2016, 05:19:21 am »
Fat and unrealistic.

Ziggurat

Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2016, 08:05:28 am »
Sorry, scam is maybe a bit too offensive, but:
  • 15W soc, passive cooling?
  • 5hours of gaming? If they are not talking about minesweeper we are talking about batteries in the 100Wh range...
  • what about the stretch goals? Kodi support? Emulators!
Magical specs and dubious stretch goals are red mark not to touch this campaign with a stick for me...

And their "working prototype" according to the small print on the Kickstarter is a device that streams games from a desktop computer. Thus I don't think it is feasible for them to release a consumer product in the timeframe given.

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Re: What are your thoughts on the SMACH Z?
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2016, 08:30:01 am »
SMACH Z > GPD Win
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