If you passed on checking out my GPD Micro PC review earlier in the week — no worries; it is rather long! 😉 — the bite-size video overview I put together alongside it might be more to your interest.

In it I tackle the GPD MicroPC with Ubuntu MATE 19.10. I touch on the same points made in my full text review, but with the added bonus of moving images to illustrate my points, rather than words.


Y’know: I didn’t actually intend to make a video review of this device at all. In fact, the last “hardware” review I did in video form was the long-forgotten System76 Sable Complete “all-in-one” PC — and that was a crazy long 6 years ago!

And that was only ever my second hardware review; prior to that was this condensed “review” of a System76 laptop:

NGL: Still love the crash zoom on the Ubuntu key

So, as you can see, making videos about “devices” is not something I’m that used to doing. Yet weirdly the moment the itty-bitty GPD MicroPC landed on my desk all I could think was: “Man, I gotta film that.”

I figured that making a video for the sake of making a video would be a useful way to blow the dust off my long-rested video making skills — trivia: aside from the Ubuntu release video I make every six months, I rarely make videos at all because the feedback I get is horrible! 😅.

Relatedly, the GPD Micro PC review serves as the “final” omg! video to be made using my current — soon to be old — set-up: a Canon T2i/550D, a broken tripod, and no real plan.

This “wing-it” combination has been served me well for pretty much every YouTube video I’ve made since 2011 — but things are a-changing!

If I’m able to make more hardware videos in the future — massive shout out to GPD for sending me a review unit (many well known Linux hardware companies go out of their way to NOT tell us anything) — there are a few things I’d do differently.

I’d definitely up the run time. Three minutes is basically three seconds when you’ve got a lot to cover.

And from watching other videos, 8-10 minutes seems like the sweet spot. Let me know your thoughts on runtimes below.

I also think I need to pluck up the courage and put myself on screen for short chunks. This isn’t because I love myself (sorry, /r/linux) but because it’s actually quite difficult to generate enough interesting b-roll to waffle over. It’s simply easier if I can just cut to my waffle when there’s no “interesting” way to illustrate what I’m talking about.

I digress*.

Shoot: this post has turned into more of a post-editing catharsis rather than a simple “hey I made a video, please watch my video, thanks” which is pretty much all I intended to say when I hit “New” in the WordPress dashboard was.

Tl;dr subscribe to the omg! ubuntu! YouTube channel because cool stuff is coming!

*Non-stop, since 2009

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