Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th May 2017 14:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

Back when this machine was just a crowdfunding project, we got a few submissions about it. Since we generally do not link to crowdfunding projects before they're, you know, actually available products (for obvious reasons), I never did anything with them. Now, though, the GPD Pocket is out and about, and it seems to be a pretty amazing tiny laptop we really have to talk about, because it's adorable and remarkably capable.

It's an all-aluminium Windows 10/Linux laptop with a 7" 1920x1200 IPS display with 323 ppi, the top-of-the-line Intel Atom x7-Z8750 1.6Ghz quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 405, and a 128GB SSD. It has a chicklet-style keyboard, a little nub mouse pointer, and can be ordered with either Linux or Windows. It has decent battery life too - they claim 12 hours. According to reviews, it seems to be ticking all the right boxes, making it an actually decent product to buy. IT's $469 on IndieGoGo right now, and the retail price will be $599.

I've always wanted such a tiny laptop, but most of the time they were ugly plastic pieces of garbage that barely got by. This seems to be the first one that isn't actually a bad product (save for the terrible product descriptions on their website), and I'm definitely intrigued. Is there a market for machines like this?

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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 8th May 2017 14:49 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Frankly looks great, but that keyboard is a mess. If they could fix that before going to press, it'll be a killer machine for my kind of use case. I need reasonable power and portability. Size I can always forgive (I used a 9" eee-pc for a few years)

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 8th May 2017 15:16 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

There's a Psion-inspired Android device by http://www.planetcom.co.uk/ -- the GPD needs to steal this keyboard. These kinds of keyboards desperately need to return.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by whartung on Mon 8th May 2017 17:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
whartung Member since:
2005-07-06

I was thinking of the Psion as well.

The detail is that this laptop is, well, a laptop, and trying to cover the gamut of what a PC keyboard needs, notably function keys, and the mouse.

The Psion and this other thing are touch devices.

Both devices look pretty cool to me right now, though.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by dionicio on Mon 8th May 2017 19:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

Someone Should Code a "Shake it out" i/o ;-)

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