Computex 2011 Show Coverage - Part 1

Gigabyte's Notebooks

Gigabyte's Notebooks

Just yesterday we covered quite a variety of brand new motherboards from Gigabyte, so do check them out if you missed that update. In this show floor coverage, we'll share some of the other new products that Gigabyte has in store - namely graphics cards, notebooks, casings and others.

Gigabyte's recently introduced top of the line notebook is this P2532N Sandy Bridge equipped 15.6-inch full HD model. Specs include an Intel Core i7-2630QM processor, Intel HM65 chipset, Intel HD Graphics 3000 with NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M dual graphics working seamlessly with NVIDIA Optimus technology and quad speaker with a subwoofer. Estimated to be about US$1,500+, this is a fairly beefed up multimedia notebook.

Gigabyte says that this dual rear vents based cooling is unlike any other notebook, but we beg to differ since the ASUS stealth series of notebooks were the first to embrace this concept. Nonetheless, it's a neat addition.

Various other color options are available for the Gigabyte P2532N notebook besides black.

One notch down the line, is this M2432 model that's designed for portability in mind. Sporting a 14-inch screen, 1366 x 768 pixels resolution, Intel Core i3/i5 processor configurations, Intel HM65 chipset, Intel HD Graphics 3000, this notebook weights 1.8kg with an ODD and just 1.65kg without. Its main advantage is the accompanying dock which discrete graphics to boost desktop processing capabilities.

As expected, the dock contains even more ports, but more important is the ability to use the GeForce GT 440 GPU that's built within. So now you can indulge in more multimedia and gaming heavy content at home while bring around a notebook that's just enough to tackle office chores.

Meet the Gigabyte T1125, a 11.6-inch multi-touch capacitive screen equipped notebook that doubles up as a tablet and a desktop. Powered by low voltage first generation Intel Core processors, it also comes with dual graphics from Intel and NVIDIA, supplemented by NVIDIA's Optimus technology. While the screen swivels to give you a tablet-like usage model, the notebook comes with a rotatable docking station that converts it into a desktop too. Gigabyte calls it the world's first 3-in-1 computer.

Here we have the T1125 machine docked with all the accessories needed to run it as a desktop - a monitor, keyboard and mouse. An additional function the T1125 in this mode is that its screen can double up as a huge touch pad for an auxiliary input option.

The S1080 is a Windows 7 based tablet running the Intel Atom platform. It has a capacitive multi-touch screen, optical finger navigation and mouse buttons, extended battery life option and will retail around the S$800 to S$900 depending on the configuration. Competition will certainly be stiff.