Gigabyte Booktop M1022 netbook gets video unboxing

Chris Davies - May 26, 2009
Gigabyte Booktop M1022 netbook gets video unboxing

Gigabyte's Booktop M1022 is the first netbook to offer something you'd more usually find on a full-sized notebook: a docking station for desk use.  Packing an Intel N270 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive, the M1022 might not be your first port of call for "desktop replacement" duties, but Gigabyte obviously think there's a target market who get sufficiently tired of plugging and unplugging monitor, keyboard, mouse and network cables to spend the extra on the Booktop.  Over at they've first unboxed the M1022, and then made it pose in a photoshoot.

Unboxing video after the cut

Personally, I'm still not convinced by the upright dock concept of the M1022.  While it's always nice to be able to use a full-sized keyboard and larger display than that on a netbook, it's also handy to have the ultraportable's own display visible for some split-screen computing.  Yes, an Atom processor might not be the best CPU choice for that, but if all you're asking of it is a few webpages open at the same time, to me that offers more productivity enhancement than saving desk space by keeping the netbook upright.

Still, it looks a well-made and nicely designed solution, and there are bound to be people out there wanting larger peripherals but no more processing power than the Gigabyte has on offer.  It's a shame the cradle itself looks to use a proprietary dock connector.

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