Look Out Steam Deck! Competitor Offers 5-GHz CPU, 1TB SSD


If you’re frustrated by the long estimated shipping times for Valve’s Steam Deck or you just want something with more flexibility, GPD’s upcoming WIN Max 2021 mini gaming laptop could fit the bill. A sequel to the current GPD WIN Max, the WIN Max 2021 begins a funding round on Indiegogo tomorrow for a starting price of $999, with a post-campaign price of $1,250. That’s way more expensive than the $399 entry starting price for the Steam Deck, but the WIN Max 2021 does have some tricks up its sleeve, including 1TB of SSD storage and an optional Intel Core i7-1195G7 CPU that can boost to 5-GHz.

Unlike the Steam Deck, the GPD WIN Max 2021 is a clamshell-like device. When you lift up the screen, you’re presented with not only the usual gaming console controller buttons (a pair of joysticks mimicking the Xbox 360 controller design, arrow buttons, ABXY inputs and shoulder buttons are available), but also a backlit QWERTY keyboard and trackpad. This means that you can use this as a pure handheld console or even as a stop-gap for actual productivity, until you can get to your laptop or desktop PC. 


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