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The Win Max 2021 is the Intel-powered Steam Deck laptop hybrid of tomorrow

Win Max
Win Max (Image credit: GPD HK)

What you need to know

  • GPD HK has an Indiegogo campaign live for its Win Max 2021 laptop.
  • It calls the machine "the world's smallest handheld gaming laptop."
  • It offers the Intel Core i7-1195G7.

Are you one of the people interested in Valve's Steam Deck because it makes the joy of PC gaming portable? Furthermore, were you fine with the device's hefty price tag? If you said yes to both of these items, GPD HK has a proposition for you: The Win Max 2021 handheld gaming laptop.

It's more expensive than a Steam Deck, but it comes with big benefits. Firstly, it's not a slab-like brick; it's a proper foldable laptop. Secondly, it has a little keyboard with built-in gaming buttons and components at the top.

You may be wondering if the specs inside the 1.7 pound, 8.1″ x 5.7″ x 1" (inches) are any good. Here's the scoop on those: The Win Max 2021 has a 1280 x 800 8-inch LCD, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and offers the choice between an Intel Core i7-1195G7 or AMD Ryzen 7 4800U CPU, as well as a choice between an Intel Iris Xe 96 eu (1.4 GHz) or AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU.

Those specs are crammed inside of the Win Max 2021's tiny shell for a starting price of $999, as reported by Liliputing. While said price is a lot more expensive than a Steam Deck's (which starts at $399), that's the tradeoff of getting a proper gaming laptop capable of fitting comfortably on a single palm — a laptop that plays Hitman 3 at upwards of 44 frames per second.

The device is currently up on Indiegogo if you want a closer look at it (note: Never, ever back an Indiegogo or Kickstarter project if you have even the slightest inkling of doubt about a project, and assume that once your money is gone, it's gone forever).

Alternatively, if you want to check out regular, less tiny varieties of the best gaming laptops, you can do that too.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

5 Comments
  • No mention of the screen size?
    My calculations comes to roughly 9 inches screen considering bezels.
    √(8.1^(2)+5.7^(2)) = 9.9
  • 8.1"x 5.7" dimensions of the device put it in the 9" ballpark with a 3:2 ratio judging by the photo http://www.screen-size.info/
  • The Win Max design is looking a bit dated in a Aya, OneXPlayer, Steam Deck world.
  • How can you write "Intel-powered" in title, if it has AMD option also? 🤦‍♂️
  • Because they favor Intel over AMD here.