I recently learned by chance about the GPD Win, a "laptop fitting in your pocket".

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I had been looking for a portable machine with joystick/controllers that I could take on a crowded metro, and that could allow me to play some of the game titles of my Steam collection, and GPD Win seems to be an excellent candidate.
However, this Reddit forum seems to suggest that the machine requires a number of tweaks to be taken the most of.

Are there more user-friendly similar products, in the sense that they do not require customizations to provide the best "nomad Steam gaming" experience?

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    First of all, what do you define as "portable?" I'm running my steam games, as well as battle.net, and origin games on my gaming laptop, which while being a 15" ~$800 system, I consider to be portable.........not as portable as, say, an Nvidia Shield. And definitely not "luggable" as defined by bulky mobile 80s computer systems like the Osbourne. Dec 13, 2016 at 7:12
  • I mean mainly, small enough to play in a crowded metro, and with joysticks / controllers to play comfortably.
    – wip
    Dec 13, 2016 at 10:35
  • I believe this discussion can help reddit.com/r/NintendoNX/comments/559kyg/…
    – wip
    Dec 23, 2016 at 15:39

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There is no really alternative to GPD Win currently as a handheld Steam-available gaming device (except... GPD Win 2 probably).
I ended up getting the GPD Win ; I played a bit more on it recently (after having applied the recommended tweaks) and like it a lot.

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