GPD started of making mini-PCs to run emulated games, but their latest product is designed to be all about work.
Announced on their Discord chat, the GPD MicroPC focusses on ports rather than speed, and is designed to be used by IT Professionals to allow them to easily use diagnostic hardware and applications in the field without dragging along a heavy laptop.
To enable this the device features a large number of increasingly legacy ports, including a VGA connector, three USB-A ports and even a full-sized Ethernet jack. It also has HDMI, USB-C for charging and connectivity and microSD card expansion and even has a back-lit keyboard for those poorly lit server rooms and a wrist-strap loop.
In terms of processing power, the device’s 6 inch screen is powered by an Intel Celeron N4100Quad core SoC from the Intel “Gemini Lake” family, with four gigabytes of RAM and a 128 GB SSD.
The micro-PC features a manual fan, with 3 settings (off, low and speed) with the expectation that it will mostly be used in passive mode. It has a 6200 mAh battery and weighs 440g.
- Intel N4100 processor
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB SSD 2242 drive (replaceable)
- 3 USB 3.0 Type A ports (full-size USB ports)
- 1 USB Type-C port (for charging and data)
- 1 MicroSD slot
- 1 Gigabit RJ45 port
- 1 HDMI port (standard size)
- 1 Serial port
- 1 touchpad built into the keyboard (for use with the right hand)
- Wifi Dual Band 5GHz
- Charger with PD (Power Delivery) and Standard support (5V charger), both by the same USB Type-C port (The device will come with a PD charger)
- 6200mAh battery (2 x 3200mAh)
- Backlight keyboard
- Touchpad panel on the right side
- Mouse buttons on the left side
- Hole to install a wrist strap
GPD plans to have an Indiegogo event for the device in February, with only 2000 units on sale then. While the device is not for everyone, it appears very well optimised for a specific niche, which by itself suggests a resurgence of interest in using Windows to get work done, rather than turning to less optimised mobile solutions.
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