GPD Pocket 2 Mini Laptop

GPD Pocket 2 Review: Faster processor, updated keyboard layout and more stylish design

Computer & Stationery

The Pocket 2 GPD is a handheld computer that looks like a laptop, but it’s small enough to fold and slide it into the pocket. As its name suggests, it was last year’s GPD Pocket Tracking, a new model with a faster processor, an updated keyboard layout and a more stylish design.

The GPD Pocket 2 features a 1920 x 1200 pixel touch screen and 128GB of eMMC 5.0 storage. GPD will have two versions of the laptop. The laptop is equipped with a 6,800 mAh battery (or rather two 3,400 mAh batteries), a microSD card reader and a headphone jack. There is also a USB Type C port for charging, data and video and two USB 3.0 Type A ports for data.

It comes with a USB Type-C charger that looks more like a smartphone adapter than a portable power source.

Pocket 2 measures 7.1″ x 4.4″ x 0.55″, weighs 17.7 ounces. This makes about 0.15 inches of thin 驴 friends in a yoga or pocket first generation GPD, but it looks thinner due to the softness of the edge of the laptop Make the front of the notebook thinner than the back, even if it is about 0.55 inches thick.

The original pocket has all the ports on one side, but the left and right sides of the pocket 2 have ports. Although initially there are many medium-sized keys (including caps lock keys Fn, arrows and punctuation), most of the alphanumeric keys of the pocket 2 have a uniform size, which is convenient for writing.

The Pocket 2 has a 180 degree hinge that folds the flat screen. Not exactly the same 360 ​​degree hinge makes the tablet function, but in such a small device, tilting the back of the screen and holding the computer or reading the website while watching the video is quite comfortable.

At the bottom of the laptop is a fan air intake with a vent on the hinge that connects the cover to the base of the laptop and hot air is released from the inside of the chassis.

If you turn off the fan, in some cases, the computer may slow down a bit, and if the computer gets warm enough, you can start the PC limit. But on the detailed reference point, I didn’t see much difference. When running Geekbench’s mode fanless scored single-core 3035, multi-core 5777 turned on the fan and retested the score, the score was lower, probably because the system temperature was higher than when I started.

So I turned off the computer for a few minutes, started it again and ran the test again. The score for the single-core test jumped to 3159, but the multicore score was 5755, slightly lower than when the fanatic was disabled.

But in terms of video transcoding or folder closing, it is 2-3 times faster than One Mix Yoga. Overall, GPD Pocket 2 is not as fast as the processor of the V Eve i7-7Y75 tablet core, but has a closer performance than the hybrid device like Yoga or Intel Computational Intel Atom Eve V. Cherry Trail. .

The screen 1920×1200 pixels on the laptop works fine, but if you want to put more content on the screen at the same time, you may need to adjust the zoom PPP… or, if you want to lower the content, make the text And the image is large enough to see no flicker.

Although GPD Pocket 2 ships with Windows 10, it is fully capable of running an alternate operating system. I haven’t found a magic key combination that allows you to get the Start menu or the UEFI / BIOS menu at startup. But I connect the USB flash drive to Ubuntu 18.04, go to the advanced Windows 10 boot menu and select this option to boot from the flash drive when the computer restarts.

Ubuntu loads very fast, my only problem is that the screen rotates at a 90-degree angle and the default zoom is set to 100%, which makes everything look small. Correct the screen rotation problem by opening the terminal and typing “xrandr – or right” (without the quotation marks) and changing the display orientation from vertical to horizontal.

Opening GPD Pocket 2 is relatively easy. Simply remove the six Phillips screws on the bottom of the notebook to eject the cover and see the inside. But most components are not easy to update or replace… and eMMC storage and LPDDR3 memory are soldered to the motherboard.

Pocket 2 has eMMC 5.0 flash storage instead of a faster SSD, but it still has some advantages over hard drives. There are no moving parts, so if you drop the computer, it will be quieter and less likely to break. According to CrystalDiskMark, flash storage is very fast:

Pocket 2 is currently a device with best-in-class hardware and performance. It has a great high-resolution display that looks great, a nice processor and a lot of RAM.

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