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Review: The GPD Pocket
« on: April 24, 2017, 10:07:52 pm »


In this review I’m going to be looking at the design, formfactor and hardware of the GPD Pocket. I’ll touch a little on the gaming capabilities and take a closer look at how the GPD Pocket functions as a practical ultra-portable laptop.

GPD kindly provided an early release of the GPD Pocket for me to review. This is a “T1 Prototype” in their own terms but should pretty reflect the final state of the GPD Pocket as it will go to retail.

https://blog.omgmog.net/reviews/a-laptop-that-fits-in-your-pocket-the-gpd-pocket/

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Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 10:24:06 am »
The 3DMark result for cloud gate seems very disappointing considering that the Pocket will be expected to outperform the Win.

I could get a score of 2300 on the same test on the win with default settings and after some tweaking, it is now up to 2500 so I'm guessing the higher resolution has delivered a substantial hit to overall performance on the pocket.

Do you find that the graphics quality is much better than that of the Win owing to the higher res? I know that benchmarks often don't tell the whole story but this seems rather poor in comparison to the Win

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Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 10:39:04 am »
The 3DMark result for cloud gate seems very disappointing considering that the Pocket will be expected to outperform the Win.

I could get a score of 2300 on the same test on the win with default settings and after some tweaking, it is now up to 2500 so I'm guessing the higher resolution has delivered a substantial hit to overall performance on the pocket.

Do you find that the graphics quality is much better than that of the Win owing to the higher res? I know that benchmarks often don't tell the whole story but this seems rather poor in comparison to the Win

The pocket use a z8700 like GPD WIN, but with higher res, so it's not surprising that performs a little worse.
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Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 10:43:08 am »
The 3DMark result for cloud gate seems very disappointing considering that the Pocket will be expected to outperform the Win.

I could get a score of 2300 on the same test on the win with default settings and after some tweaking, it is now up to 2500 so I'm guessing the higher resolution has delivered a substantial hit to overall performance on the pocket.

Do you find that the graphics quality is much better than that of the Win owing to the higher res? I know that benchmarks often don't tell the whole story but this seems rather poor in comparison to the Win

The pocket use a z8700 like GPD WIN, but with higher res, so it's not surprising that performs a little worse.
Somemore 8gb of Ram won't provide extra performance over 4gb, the cpu is bottleneck.

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bitersnake

Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 11:12:56 am »
The pocket use a z8700 like GPD WIN, but with higher res, so it's not surprising that performs a little worse.

But wouldn't you say that the difference in benchmarks is SIGNIFICANT?? As the poster above me indicated, the RAM was never going to be an issue so it's absurd that they should go with a higher ram-- I have 8 gb on my macbook and while it is not ideal, it is usually enough.

All I'm saying is that I sometimes wish that GPD would refine a product that has demonstrated so much promise (like the Win) rather than committing to something like the Pocket. I'm not an expert but there's enough evidence out there that the netbook form factor has gone out of favour.

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Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2017, 11:15:59 am »
Well, device is still a prototype, but I expect it to run games worse than GPD WIN in benchmarks because 3dmark uses 1080p vs 720p like GPD WIN. We don't know the settings of the device (if he enabled high performance mode, bios tweaks, etc...) Best benchmark is running games. Anyhow, I personally don't see the interest i this kind of device. (no fan of netbooks) I have more interest in what they can offer in GPD WIN 2.
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Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2017, 11:25:14 am »


 I'm not an expert but there's enough evidence out there that the netbook form factor has gone out of favour.

Don't forget that this is primarily a gaming forum whereas the Pocket is a UMPC only and attracts a different market. As for the reason GPD developed it, well when you see how well the Pocket did vs the WIN, the answer is clear.

For clarity, the Pocket raised 6 times what the WIN did in its 2 month Indiegogo campaign.  Wasn't even close.  So although maybe Pocketable PCs might be niche , it seems they are 6 times more wanted than the WIN. 
« Last Edit: April 25, 2017, 11:36:52 am by vcoleiro1 »

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Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2017, 01:54:31 pm »
For clarity, the Pocket raised 6 times what the WIN did in its 2 month Indiegogo campaign.  Wasn't even close.  So although maybe Pocketable PCs might be niche , it seems they are 6 times more wanted than the WIN. 
I think you do have to take into account that the Win was GPD's first foray into Windows/x86 territory. With the Pocket, they've already proven they can and will make good on their claims (less risk). That will account for a percentage of the difference (though probably a small one).

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Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2017, 02:17:12 pm »
For clarity, the Pocket raised 6 times what the WIN did in its 2 month Indiegogo campaign.  Wasn't even close.  So although maybe Pocketable PCs might be niche , it seems they are 6 times more wanted than the WIN. 
I think you do have to take into account that the Win was GPD's first foray into Windows/x86 territory. With the Pocket, they've already proven they can and will make good on their claims (less risk). That will account for a percentage of the difference (though probably a small one).

I think it counts for a little of the difference as you said. But once it got to twice what the WIN got, it was clear something else was going on. 

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Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2017, 07:42:22 pm »
For me, the main appeal to the GPD Pocket is portable typing/development.  And considering that the review of the keyboard itself is pretty bad, not sure how well this is going to fly.

I guess it is still only a prototype. 

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Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2017, 05:47:06 pm »
The 3DMark result for cloud gate seems very disappointing considering that the Pocket will be expected to outperform the Win.

I could get a score of 2300 on the same test on the win with default settings and after some tweaking, it is now up to 2500 so I'm guessing the higher resolution has delivered a substantial hit to overall performance on the pocket.

Do you find that the graphics quality is much better than that of the Win owing to the higher res? I know that benchmarks often don't tell the whole story but this seems rather poor in comparison to the Win

The pocket use a z8700 like GPD WIN, but with higher res, so it's not surprising that performs a little worse.
Somemore 8gb of Ram won't provide extra performance over 4gb, the cpu is bottleneck.


I would doubt that very much at current state. That 8gb might have much influence in proper programms.
Its useless to make ones Benchmarks in 1280x720p and the other from the pocket in 1900x1200.
So can someone with the pocket device please make benchmarks in 1280x720 so we have an almost apple to apple comparison?


Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2017, 02:20:32 am »
For me, the main appeal to the GPD Pocket is portable typing/development.  And considering that the review of the keyboard itself is pretty bad, not sure how well this is going to fly.

I guess it is still only a prototype.

Yep that was my thought... I think they'd have to do an expanding keyboard or psion like keyboard for a device this small to really work out as a typing machine. But then... they may not have the mechanical engineering to pull that off.  In some cases it's worth losing the F keys just so you can do actual typing.

Crin_Coral

Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2017, 01:22:38 pm »
So can someone with the pocket device please make benchmarks in 1280x720 so we have an almost apple to apple comparison?
Its almost been two weeks ago now... So someone at least could test it?

Crin_Coral

Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2017, 12:46:11 pm »
Wow, no one of the thousands of Pocket owners is able to make a 4GB/8GB comparison in 6 weeks. Lame.

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Re: Review: The GPD Pocket
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2017, 08:22:58 pm »
Wow, no one of the thousands of Pocket owners is able to make a 4GB/8GB comparison in 6 weeks. Lame.
Uhh, it hasn't shipped yet?