The ill-fated netbooks were probably too ahead of their time.

From ultraportables to the MacBook Air to Chromebooks, we can still see parts of the netbook DNA in modern laptops.

But one niche device, in particular, bears the strongest family resemblance to these smaller than usual portable PCs.

And judging by the reception of the GPD Pocket 2, still popular and slightly profitable as well.

GPD’s very name, short for “GamePad Digital” points to its gaming roots, specifically on Android.

It took a risk with the GPD WIN to bring that same handheld gaming experience to PC games and that risk paid off.

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