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The GPD WIN 2 is a tiny handheld that runs AAA Windows games

Pocket power

If your twitching thumbs reject any game that isn’t a AAA title, you’ve a problem when it comes to gaming on the go. Even the tiniest Windows laptop won’t fit in a pocket, unless you’ve really amazing trousers. For those of us in standard garb, there’s GPD WIN 2 (from $649). This handheld squeezes a controller, a keyboard, a six-inch 1280×720 display, and all the important ports into its svelte frame, but it’s what’s on the inside that matters. An M3–7Y30 chip, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD means you can delve into Grand Theft Auto V, DiRT 4 and XCOM 2 when waiting for a bus, while feeling suitably smug that you’re avoiding aimlessly ambling through freemium tat on your phone.

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I’m a regular contributor to Stuff magazine and Stuff.tv, covering apps, games, Apple kit, Android, Lego, retro gaming and other interesting oddities. I also pen opinion pieces when the editor lets me, getting all serious about accessibility and predicting when sentient AI smart cookware will take over the world, in a terrifying mix of Bake Off and Terminator.

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