GPD Pocket 3 Review – Modular Mini Laptop for work and gaming

GPD Pocket 3 Review - Modular Mini Laptop for work and gaming
GPD Pocket 3 Review
4.8
  • Performance
    (4.8)
  • Build quality
    (5)
  • Features
    (4.5)
  • Portability
    (5)

Summary

A high performance mini laptop that transforms into a tablet! Great battery life under normal usage and modular ports for industry work with RS-232 communications.

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Pros

  • Fast Intel i7 1195G7 processor
  • Extremely portable and lightweight
  • Up to 8 hours battery life
  • Modular ports for expandability
  • Rotating display to turn into a tablet
  • Great for some gaming as well

Cons

  • Quite expensive

Today in our review we are taking a look at the GPD Pocket 3 mini laptop. We will be unboxing it, taking a closer look at the features including its modular design, then running some system and gaming benchmark tests to see how it performs.

GPD Pocket 3 Review Video

Unboxing the GPD Pocket 3

We have the GPD Pocket 3 which we will show in more detail shortly.

GPD Pocket 3 Unboxed
GPD Pocket 3 Unboxed

Underneath is a quick start user guide in Chinese and English. Under the packaging is a hand strap for the Pocket 3. There is a USB Type-C cable for charging. And last but not least is a charger. We will include the correct adaptor for your country when you order from us at DroiX.

GPD Pocket 3 Overview

The GPD Pocket 3 measures 7.8 x 5 x  0.78 inches (19.8 x 12.7 x 2 cm) when closed and weighs 725 grams.

The Pocket 3 lifts open to reveal the 8 inch H-IPS 1920×1200 resolution screen, which supports 10 point touch control. There is a 2 mega pixel 1600×1200 camera on the top left area which is great for video calls.

GPD Pocket 3 Overview
GPD Pocket 3 Overview

On the base of the Pocket 3 are the left, middle and right mouse buttons. In the middle is a fingerprint scanner which also acts as the power button. And on the right is the mouse pad. Below is a QWERTY keyboard that is backlit and can be toggled with a keypress combination.

The display can be rotated clockwise and folded to turn the laptop into a tablet style device. It can be used in conjunction with the Stylus, available to purchase separately.

Screen rotated for tablet style use
Screen rotated for tablet style use

One thing of note is that there is no sensor to check when the screen is rotated. The screen does not orientate automatically and you would need to do this manually. Update: The model now has a gyro-sensor which will automatically orientate the display to the correct position.

On the right side is a 3.5mm headphone jack and two USB 3.2 ports.

Right side view of the GPD Pocket 3
Right side view of the GPD Pocket 3

On the left side is a USB Type-C port and HDMI output for connecting to a TV or monitor. The Type-C port is Thunderbolt 4 compatible and can be with a variety of peripherals such as a hub or even an external graphics card.

Left side view of the GPD Pocket 3
Left side view of the GPD Pocket 3

On the back is a 2.5 gigabit ethernet port. Followed by the modular port which we will show in more detail next.

Back view of the GPD Pocket 3
Back view of the GPD Pocket 3

GPD Pocket 3 Modular Port

The GPD Pocket 3 features a modular port which allows you to swap the module to provide other Input/Output options. With the Pocket 3 you get the USB 3.2 module installed as default.

GPD Pocket 3 KVN and RS232 Modules
GPD Pocket 3 KVN and RS232 Modules

There are other options available to purchase separately such as a RS-232 serial port for industry data communication. And a single port KVM control module that has HDMI and USB support.

Exchanging the modules is very easy. Simply unscrew the two screws. Remove the module and insert the replacement module. Then screw it back in and you are ready to go!

GPD Pocket 3 Technical Specifications

GPD POCKET 3 BASEGPD POCKET 3 HIGH END
CPUIntel Pentium Silver N6000 4 core 4 threadsIntel Core i7-1195G7 4 cores 8 threads
BASE / MAX FREQUENCY1.10Ghz / 2.50Ghz2.90Ghz /4.60Ghz
GPUIntel UHD Graphics @ 850MhzIntel Iris Xe Graphics @ 1.40Ghz
RAM8GB LPDDR4x @ 2933Mhz16GB LPDDR4x @ 3733Mhz
STORAGE512GB NVMe 1.3 PCIe Gen 3.0 x41TB NVMe 1.3 / 1.4 PCIe Gen 3.0 / 4.0 x4
CONNECTIVITY2.5Gbps via RJ45
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax – Dual Band Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
2.5Gbps via RJ45
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax – Dual Band Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
BATTERY38.5Wh 7.7V==5000mAhx 2 Series Li-Polymer battery8.5Wh 7.7V==5000mAhx 2 Series Li-Polymer battery
GPD Pocket 3 Technical Specifications

System Benchmarks

Although the Pocket 3 uses the same i7 1195G7 processor as the GPD Win 3 and GPD Win MAX 2021 gaming handhelds. It is by default at a lower TDP of 15W instead of 20W like the others. TDP is the amount of power provided to the device. The more power that is provided the higher performance it will run at, but at the cost of using more battery power. Running with a lower TDP will reduce performance and use less power.

Having the TDP set to 15W will help conserve battery power. Very high performance may not be required for tasks like web browsing or working with office documents. You can of course increase the TDP to 20W to match the gaming handhelds for more performance, but at the cost of using more battery power.

PassMark

We start our benchmark with PassMark which pushes the CPU, GPU, RAM and storage to their maximum in a series of artificial tests for maximum performance.

PassMARK Benchmark Scores
PassMARK Benchmark Scores

The Pocket has a score of 2,989 which is a very good score for a mini laptop. 

PCMark

Our next test is PCMark which is more of your day to day usage series of performance tests ranging from web browsing, video conferencing, media consumption and large office documents.

PCMARK Benchmark Scores
PCMARK Benchmark Scores

The GPD Pocket 3 scores 4,695. The scores here are very good as it means that boot times are fast and loading software is faster than average. This extends to working with large office documents which are faster to open, work with and then save.

3DMark

Our last system benchmark is for 3DMark which tests the CPU and GPU together for their performance for tasks such as video decoding, image processing and of course gaming.

3DMark Benchmark Scores
3DMark Benchmark Scores

The Pocket 3 scores a decent 1,038. If you work with images or video you will see great performance from this mini laptop!

Gaming Benchmarks

We are running these tests at 15W TDP so the scores will be lower than the GPD gaming handhelds, but as mentioned this can be increased to 20W to have similar performance.

Forza Horizon 4

We start the gaming test with Forza Horizon 4 running at 1280×720 on Ultra settings. The GPD Pocket 3 scores 28 frames per second.

Forza Horizon 4 Benchmark Score
Forza Horizon 4 Benchmark Score

Street FIghter V

Next we are testing Street Fighter V running at 1920×1080 with Maximum settings. The Pocket 3 reaches a decent 33.4 frames per second.

Street FIghter V Benchmark Score
Street FIghter V Benchmark Score

Final Fantasy XIV

Next we are running the Final Fantasy benchmark at 1920×1080 on the High Desktop settings. The modular laptop scores 2,992. With a few minor graphics settings you can get the ranking to a standard level.

Final Fantasy XIV Benchmark Score
Final Fantasy XIV Benchmark Score

Shadow Of the Tomb Raider

Our final test is for the shadow of the tomb raider. We are using the 1280×720 resolution running the test with the lowest and highest graphics settings to compare.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Lowest graphics settings
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Lowest graphics settings

The Pocket 3 scores 32 frames per second on Lowest graphics settings and 20 on the highest. They are decent scores.

Benchmark Summary

A quick recap of the benchmark scores as well as the battery test under full load.

GPD POCKET 3 HIGH END
PASSMARK2,989
PCMARK4,695
3DMARK1,038
FORZA HORIZON 428 FPS
STREET FIGHTER V33.4 FPS
FINAL FANTASY XIV2,992
SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDERLowest Default Settings: 32 FPS
Highest Default Settings: 20 FPS
BATTERY TESTIdle Load: 8 hours
Full Load: 1 hour 58 mins
Benchmark Summary

Keeping in mind that these tests were performed on the default 15W TDP, the scores are very good for both the system and gaming benchmarks. Using the product as intended for your day to day tasks it will perform them very well and also conserve battery life.

For some gaming on the side, you can head straight into the action or if you want some extra performance you can increase the TDP to 20W to get more in the performance area of the GPD gaming handhelds.

Our battery life test results are around what GPD provided. Under full load, the battery lasted 1 hour 58 minutes. Setting idle on the desktop saw around 7 to 8 hours battery life.

Summary

Overall the GPD Pocket 3 is very impressive! We like that the display can be rotated to turn into a tablet style device. Although not automatically orientating the screen is a bit of a let down. The CPU is very high performing, and if you need an extra boost of power for gaming then you can easily increase the TDP. 

GPD Pocket 3
GPD Pocket 3

We like the modular design where you can replace the modules as and when needed. The RS232 port for example is great for IT Technicians, as is the KVM module. We hope to see some more modules released in the future!

For the average day to day tasks for home and work, through to higher end applications, and not forgetting a bit of gaming on the side, you won’t find a better mini laptop than the GPD Pocket 3!

Where to buy the GPD Pocket 3

You can learn more and buy the GPD Pocket 3 here. Browse the range of GPD products, or mini laptops here.

DaveC
Bringer of videos, text and images! AKA the social media guy at DroiX. Massive retro gaming fan and collector, with a far too large collection of consoles and computers from 1970's to modern.

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