I received my GPD WIN 8750 from china last week. I purchased it 2nd hand from idle fish from a TaoBao agent. And my god that was a painful process initially but it?s here now and fulfils my dream of being able to play dark souls 1 and 2 on the go!
I thought I would share my thoughts on the device and in no way is this an attempt at a review of any kind.
(Now please bear in mind I live in London and run the rat race, I get up for work at 5AM every day and I get about an hour per day max to do any tinkering with the device after first looking after my daughter. And most importantly I have little to none advanced tech knowledge)
Firstly, let?s start off with the build, the WIN is as we would expect very well built with a strong hinge and it is also slightly heavy in hand which makes sense to account for the heat sink, fan and large battery. There?s no squeaks or cracks from the plastic like my previous JXD devices and in general it feels like a well thought out product.
All the buttons are responsive and the triggers are ?very? springy and protrude out a little more than I expected.
The thumbsticks do a great job, responsive with a good grip but the rubber they are made out of attract a lot of hair and dirt and they feel very squishy, I am already concerned about how long they will last and would change them for harder/ sturdier thumbsticks if I can.
The US Qwerty keyboard is as you would expect it to be, the rubber keys are strong and feel they will last but thumb typing is the only way you?re going to be using it.
Screen is lovely and bright, and I agree with other owners that the txt can get a bit too small at times and I do wish it was slightly larger with smaller bezels.
I?m fairly happy with the sound too. Although the WIN has only one speaker I didn?t notice it was monaural, it was clear and can still get very loud although don?t expect any bass.
My only problem thus far has been getting the device to connect to my home or work wireless network. The WIN can detect networks on both frequencies but upon connecting it has the error message ?Can?t connect to this network?. I?ve done everything that I can to get it to work but currently have been left dumbstruck and my current solution is a Ethernet to USB adapter to get online.
Word of warning if you decide to reboot windows 10 and do a fresh install it takes several hours to format and reinstall. And updating to windows 10 anniversary edition took half a day. I noticed the device doesn?t actually reboot automatically as stated in the update. So you have to switch back on after it boots off.
Currently my WIN has about 20GB of free space, I have not installed anything other than google chrome and some basic programmes/ emulators. All of my games and steam library is located on the external 200gb micro SD or the 128 GB USB flash drive.
(Downloading games from steam to the 200gb can take a whole day, I am assuming this is down to the limitations of the card?s write speed)
So yeah Windows have hogged a lot of the onboard memory. I remember it had about 50GB upon initial boot.
Now onto the meat and bones, I have had very little to time to play any games for more than a few minutes but thus far I have tried Darks souls 2, Devil May Cry, Shadow Complex, I am setsuna and ran a few ISOs from PCSX2 and they all ran as expected but I need to do some optimisation on the graphics settings to get the best out of them.
For now I am just satisfied that they run and at a playable speed even most times.
I promised Phawx I will do some benchmarks test and I?ll get them done at some point soon and post the results for the community.
Overall I am delighted with my purchase and paid about $450 in total including shipping and considering I didn?t pre-order from the Indiegogo campaign I don't think I did too badly.
Word of warning ? do not use driver pack solution to update the systems drivers as this literally bricked my WIN (Remember this is a UMPC not a standard PC) but I was lucky enough to discover access to the windows self-repair menu from boot up and had to reformat and start again.
Pics to follow, when I get a chance.