Sorry but I can't understand. If the prototype is ready, if almost all suggestions made here will be ignored, if this device will be released independent of our opinions, if specs will be that previously determined and nothing will change that...
What the reason of this thread?
Just release the device on Indiegogo, and let it go. I really didn't understand why this thread... I thought our opinions and suggestions would be considered, but obviously it's not the case. So, release the gadget and move on.
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Uhm, no, prototype can be made in a day with a 3d printer. you show the design you want using hte prototype. You get feedback. You make new prototype. Etc.
When the first prototypes for the win were made in may, it had an 8500, no fan, stereo speakers, a tiny non-copper heatsink, and a metal shell. When it came out, it had a 8700, a fan, a huge coppper heatsink, mono sound, and a plastic shell.
Prototype =! necessarily "we are almost done".
Ok, I understand this. But, then, we ask for a better processor. It can't be done. We ask for 8GB RAM. Don't receive even a comment. We ask for a better keyboard layout. They make a new layout still far from good. We ask for more ports. Again no response. We ask for some design modifications. It can't be done...
Well, collecting background is ok, but so tell us what is being made with our opinions, because until now GPD presented a very early concept and refused to change it... Again, for me that doesn't make sense.
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I don't think this is totally fair either. Most big companies, they design something, and you have ZERO input on it.
This is what changed in the win based on user feedback:
- the cpu was upgraded from 8500 to 8700
- dual band (5.0 ghz) wifi was added
- the screen res was lowered from 1080p to 720p for better performance
- a fan was added
- an extra column of keys was added to the keyboard
- the shell was made metal (initially then back again)
- 3 different input modes for the controller
I followed the thread about the win from the very beginning and I seem to remember very clearly at least most if not all (I am 100% certain about the 8700 and 5.0 ghz wifi) were added upon being suggested here. Those are very significant points.
Most companies would annoucne something and not even show a prototype.
GPD has released teh 3d renders of the boards, prototype photos, pcb images, sells replacement parts separately for almost nothig, upgraded wifi, 30% faster soc, better keyboard bla bla at user suggestion AT NO EXTRA COST for people who joined early, and people are complaining " they never listen anyway " <- WTF? The fact they don't listen to "every" suggestion doesn't mean they aren't doing a 10000x times more with feedback then a company like apple ever would during the design phase!
Now they are a smnall company but even now they are clearly trying to respond to feedback in the firmware updates. They added mouse acceleration on popular request. They brought back the input latency from 50 ms to less then 10. etc etc. etc. etc. etc. They suggested a fix for driver crashes.
This is 100000000 times better support then most chinese companies, and even some western ones like archos, have ever offered. And most of those have at least a few hundred employees, not , like 10? Like GPD. (7-man team I believe according to the IGG...)
Hell some people wanted the win to be a dedicated umpc, now they are launching a whole producht based on that feedback... and offcourse people call it stupid.
Heck do you know why they luanched the XD last year? Well I read an interview on here from 2013 or 2014 (back when they released the g5a) where the interviewer asked if they would ever make a 3ds like clamshell because they would like it and others said so to... they said they would think about it and TA-DA the XD was born.
So... I would say for a 7-man barn they sure as heck do listen to feedback!