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GPD MicroPC is aimed at Network Engineers and System Admins

by Mark Tyson on 13 December 2018, 12:31

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GPD has previously graced the pages of HEXUS with its tiny laptop offerings, most recently the GPD Pocket 2 for general purpose computing on the go and the GPD Win 2 for pocket gaming. Now the firm is seeking out another niche and seems to be of the opinion that a tiny laptop aimed at Network Engineers and Sys Admins will be a lucrative niche. Actually it isn't that sure, so it is preparing the new GPD MicroPC for an IndieGogo launch early next year.

The compact computing connoisseurs over at Liliputing have shared some specs and pictures, via Reddit, for the upcoming clamshell design from GPD. Interestingly the adaptable, capable and rugged new GPD MicroPC will be the company's most affordable Windows PC to date ($299).

Drafts specs of the GPD MicroPC are as follows:

  • Intel N4100 processor (4C/4T with burst to 2.4GHz)
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi Dual Band 5GHz
  • Bluetooth
  • 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 pack (2 x 3200mAh)
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Touchpad
  • Left, Middle and Right Mouse buttons
  • Weight of approx 1lb or 440g
  • Hole to install a wrist strap

The MicroPC comes with active cooling but nicely there is a physical switch to stop/start the fan as you wish.

Due to the very compact design GPD has juggled with the position of number keys, the trackpad, and the left/middle/right click buttons. As you can see in the photos the tracking surface is to the upper right of the keyboard tray area and you will use your other hand to dab the 'mouse buttons' as you scoot about. This input concept seems reasonable.

As mentioned in the intro, GPD intends to launch its MicroPC via IndieGogo. It will do so on 15th Feb, by current estimates, and the price will be approx US$299. Liliputing says that GPD will be limiting the initial run of devices to 2,000 units due to CPU supply constraints.

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That looks really cool. Might have to get one.
OMG, so cuuuuuuuuuuuwte!!!!!
I love stuff like this.
I'm surprised this doesn't have a swivelling touch screen for Tablet mode… maybe not possible with the SFF, though?

I wonder if many non-RGBers will hate on the backlit keyboard.
Finally, a proper replacement for my Macbook Air.
If it is as cheap as they say, that could be pretty useful for engineers, as long as its rugged enough..
I don't always try to be a downer but…

For a Datacentre whom primarily have switching based off of CLI, this might be useful but they generally have them all accessible from centralised locations so they don't have to walk around it.

Plus at the Ā£300 ($300) price tag, you can get general purpose laptops with better specs as just a “walkabout and configure” system built with a Linux flavour or so.

With the majority of networking and systems requiring GUIs, using one on such a small screen would be a major faff. I regularly am in Datacentres and sometimes working off a 12“ 1080p screen is frustrating.

Butttt, there will be some who this might tick boxes for as ”don't want to dig out the big boy, the little one can do this just fine".

Impressive specs though for such a small device!

Trig;4047695']If it is as cheap as they say, that could be pretty useful for engineers, as long as its rugged enough..

Now for appliance configurators dealing with systems that are programmed and managed by Serial, that's a potentially better use. One of my friends configures heating and water pumping systems for manufacturing lines and i think this would be perfect for him.