One of the biggest booms for gaming 2022 was on the laptop front. Sure, gaming laptops are getting more powerful every year, but they’re also expensive machines that take up space. If all you want to do on a portable monster is gaming, you can save money and hassle with a machine that’s purpose-built for gaming like the new and increasingly popular Switch-like laptops.
While rumors are swirling around the Steam Deck 2, there isn’t much concrete. We don’t even know when to expect the new handheld/console hybrid, and Valve is still going through the backlog of current orders. It’s still a little shaky whether you’d get your hands on one or not, but other companies are more than happy to fill the gap.
One such is OneXPlayer. This company has been pumping out laptops for quite some time and they come in quite a variety of builds with AMD and Intel based designs. Now the latest line of AMD units, the 7-inch OneXPlayer Mini Pro, is up for pre-order (opens in a new tab)and it comes with a discount and some bonuses for those willing to put down a deposit.
The new laptop is powered by AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, possibly like the AOKZOE AI, which is another competitor that is yet to be pressed. (opens in a new tab). Although the AOKZOE has been available for pre-orders for a while, this new one from OneXPlayer seems like a fairer bet, as OneXPlayer already has a decent track record for these machines, like the One-Net Netbook OneXPlayer Mini we reviewed. (opens in a new tab).
The similarities don’t stop there, because, like the unreleased AOKZOE, these new OneXPlayer units boast a Radeon 680M GPU with the hot next-gen LPDDR5 RAM. These tell the story of very strong AMD laptops coming in the near future, with claims that the OneXPlayer Mini Pro boasts a 200% frame rate increase over previous units. Coupled with a 1920×1200 HD 323 PPI panel, these could be nice little machines. But of course they are not cheap at all.
The OneXPlayer Mini Pro is up for sale for $1,199 but if you’re happy to drop $50 on a deposit first, it’s well worth it for the benefits. Pre-ordering unlocks a 23% discount, which brings the total price down to $919, plus an extra dock and protective bag to go with it. With its own updated software, and the potential down the line to potentially run Steam Deck software (opens in a new tab), it could be a great little portable. If you’re already sold, it makes sense to get a pre-order for the bonus goodies.