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GPD Win Max: crowdfunding for the 'mini console' moves on to a new stage amid user concerns about its charging tech

The GPD Win Max's current Indiegogo tally. (Source: Indiegogo)
The GPD Win Max's current Indiegogo tally. (Source: Indiegogo)
GPD's goal-based Indiegogo campaign for its 8-inch Win Max console-control-enabled mini notebook has ended in triumph, raking in about US$2.8 million from over 3,000 backers. However, the device is still available on this platform for the next few days at a price closer to its eventual retail cost. It's not all good news for the OEM, though: some early adopters claim that its speedy 65W charger has failed on them.
Deirdre O'Donnell,

The GPD Win Max is a certified Indiegogo success, amassing well over US$2 million worth of backing by July 1, 2020. Its original tiers on this crowdfunding platform are no longer available: however, it is now an InDemand product on this site, available for the equivalent of US$800 for the next 6 days (correct at time of writing).

Therefore, fans of 10th-gen Intel Core i5-powered, Thunderbolt 3-enabled mini-notebooks with that kind of cash to throw around may still be able to get one. These units are projected to ship in August 2020, whereas GPD had originally planned to start fulfilling orders through Indiegogo in July.

According to a Reddit page on this subject, this new delay may be due to alleged reports of charger failure among some Chinese owners. These users were the first to access advance pre-orders of the "AAA-gaming-capable" GPD device. Their complaints allegedly involve images of severely damaged power bricks, linked to the 65 watt (W) units the OEM has chosen to accompany the new portable PC.

The claims are particularly alarming as these adapters are slated to have GaN technology, which is often touted as safer and more efficient compared to traditional charger tech. The Win Max Reddit also contains indications that this problem is currently under evaluation at GPD.

Chinese users reportedly post photos of their burned-out Win Max chargers. (Source: Reddit)
Chinese users reportedly post photos of their burned-out Win Max chargers. (Source: Reddit)
 

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07- 9 (Update: 2020-07- 9)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.