This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The OneGX1 is the latest UMPC from China's One-Netbook. Tech One, the official distributor for the One-Netbook in Japan, is scheduled to release it in mid-August, and as of the end of July, they are accepting reservations.
We borrowed the OneGX1 from Tech One to check it out immediately. The borrowed unit is a prototype, so there is a possibility that the details may differ from the production version.
The OneGX1 is a UMPC with a 7-inch display (1920 x 1200), and what it features is a controller that can be separated like the Nintendo Switch. You can use the left and right controllers as a single game controller, or you can hold each side separately and play games with two people.
Without the controller attached, it looks like a typical UMPC, but it calls itself a gaming PC, and the exhaust port on the back is quite large for a UMPC. The fan noise is also proportionately loud, so you'll need to be careful when using it in a quiet environment.
The product comes with a 45-watt PD-compatible adapter, but we were also able to charge it from a mobile battery.
There is a SIM slot for the dual purpose of microSD on the left side, but only the LTE model can carry a SIM card.
Being a 7-inch, the keyboard is quite cramped. The key pitch for the alphabet keys is about 14mm. The keyboard itself isn't bad, with a moderate click, but it's also tough to put your fingers on the home position, which makes touch typing difficult. I also noticed that the keyboard deflected slightly when pressing keys on both ends, such as left Shift and Enter.
On the front side, there are optical pointing devices and mouse buttons. Shining in the top center is the power button. Unfortunately, the fingerprint sensor is not included.
The small number keys are also a concern. Some games that use the keyboard make heavy use of the number keys, but to be honest, I found them quite difficult to type. It seems that it would be best to divide the keyboard as a supplementary tool for chatting, etc. and use the controller for games.
Controllers are connected via Bluetooth
The OneGX1 is unique in that it has detachable controllers.
Like the Nintendo Switch, these controllers look like they charge when you attach them to the console, and connect to Bluetooth when you remove them... but in reality, they are only attached to the console, and have no electrical contacts. It always has a Bluetooth connection, even when attached.
This may be because it's a prototype, but I had to pair the left and right controllers separately, and on the PC, the two controllers are connected at the same time.
Also, charging has to be done on each controller, which is a bit of a hassle.
The feel of the controls isn't bad, and the game could be played with no problems. However, when the controller is attached to the main body, the weight exceeds 760g, so it is honestly hard to hold it with both hands and play it. If you're propping your elbows up on a table, it's probably not a problem, but it would be tough to play it lying face down on a bed like the Nintendo Switch (about 400g).
PC that can serve as a Switch-like device
The OneGX1 is powered by a 10th generation Core i5-10210Y, with an on-board Intel UHD Graphics 615 GPU. 8GB and 16GB of RAM are available, with the 16GB model being the one we tested.
As expected when it comes to i5, I don't feel any sluggishness in starting applications or browsers, and I can use it without stress, except that the keyboard is small (and the screen is small).
As for the games, Minecraft Dungeons, which is a bit heavier than it would be on a non-powered machine, was fine to play itself, although it was a bit choppy. If there aren't too many enemy mobs, it's around 50 FPS, and if there are a bunch of enemy mobs, it's around 15 FPS.
However, in this game, you have to use the number keys to use items with the keyboard. As I mentioned above, the number keys are small, so that part of the game is quite difficult to control. After all, a controller is probably essential for the game.
We tried out the benchmarks and found that the CINEBENCH R20 was 965pts, PCMark 10 was 2842, and 3DMark (TimeSpy) was 358.
Although the OneGX1 claims to be a gaming UMPC, its graphics performance is low because it only has an integrated GPU. Unlike its rival, the GPD Win MAX, the OneGX1 doesn't have the ability to use an external GPU, so the latest AAA titles that require high graphics performance will be tough to beat.
On the other hand, if you're playing a light game that doesn't require a lot of graphics performance, you'll be able to play it anywhere, and if you use the LTE-enabled model, you'll be able to communicate on its own, and if you use it with a dedicated controller, it can be used as a PC that plays a role like Switch, so you'll be able to play games more efficiently.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.