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Windows 7 on Gigabyte M912 touchscreen netbook

Windows 7 on Gigabyte M912 touchscreen netbook

The Windows 7 testing continues, with Gigabyte's M912 convertible touchscreen netbook the latest to have some playtime with Microsoft's new pre-beta OS.  Actual test results are pretty sparse right now, but UMPC Fever have been recording start-up and shut-down times which give a good indication of how usable the OS might be on the tablet.  Booting into Windows 7 on the M912 takes roughly 1 minute 11 seconds, while shutdown is around 32 seconds.

Video demos after the cut

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Gigabyte M912 reviewed: Performance impressive, 2 screens confirmed

Gigabyte M912 reviewed: Performance impressive, 2 screens confirmed

After teasing with an unboxing video yesterday, Chippy made good on his promise and ran benchmarks and gave in-depth opinions on the Gigabyte M912 touchscreen ultraportable last night.  Turns out that Gigabyte themselves were watching, and have confirmed that there will only be two versions of the M912: both will run Vista or XP (no Linux option), but where the M912 will have a 1280x768 CCFL-backlit LCD, the M912M will have a 1024x600 LED-backlit LCD.

 

Watch Chippy's overview review video after the cut

Gigabyte M912 touchscreen Diamondville UMPC

Gigabyte M912 touchscreen Diamondville UMPC

Gigabyte's UMPC, the M704, may not have exactly wowed reviewers, but the company is sending in touchscreen reinforcements in the shape of the M912.  While at first glance it might look like a full-sized convertible tablet, a glance at the spec list reveals that it actually has an 8.9-inch WXGA display, putting it firmly among the UMPC/budget ultraportables and a direct rival to Fujitsu-Siemens' P1610.  Under the hood is a 1.6GHz Intel CPU, and the fact that it uses the 945GSE chipset suggests this is based on Intel's Diamondville platform; Gigabyte are quoting "Windows XP compliance and support Linux" which doesn't exactly make clear which OS will be preloaded. 

OS X Touchscreen Netbook: Gigabyte M912X gets the Apple sauce

OS X Touchscreen Netbook: Gigabyte M912X gets the Apple sauce

Netbooks running Apple's OS X have been done before, so this software install hack takes it one stage further by putting Leopard on a touchscreen Gigabyte M912X.  Since Leopard has inking facilities built-in - including an on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition courtesy of InkWell - it looks to be a very successful transplant.

Check out the video demo of the Gigabyte touchscreen MacBook after the cut

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Gigabyte M912M touchscreen netbook reviewed: best model yet

Gigabyte M912M touchscreen netbook reviewed: best model yet

Gigabyte's M912X touchscreen convertible netbook certainly has the performance, the resolution and the upgrade potential, but it still wasn't the perfect mini-tablet.  Battery life was the key complaint, suffering from the CCFL backlight.  Thankfully Gigabyte also have an LED-backlit model, the M912M, which drops pixels (the M912M is 1024 x 600 versus 1280 x 768 on the M912X) but brings with it frugality.  UMPC Portal have been marking the differences between the two versions, and the M912M certainly comes out ahead for most users.

Check out the review video of the Gigabyte M912M after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – July 27th

SlashGear Week in Review – July 27th

It's become somewhat traditional to start the week's review with what's happening in the netbook world, a niche that's arguably the fastest developing right now in consumer tech.  Fujitsu kicked things off with the proclamation that budget ultraportables "don't add up" and that the current race to the bottom line doesn't give manufacturers enough room to make profit; Fujitsu were rumored the week before to be planning a netbook of their own, only with the emphasis on build quality rather than solely the price tag.  Sony also picked up a few netbook-in-progress rumors, tipped for Q4 2008, and HP revealed that they're working on a follow-up to the 2133 Mini-Note that will be less sturdy but also less expensive.

LG, too, are said to have a netbook in the works, with a model tentatively named X110 running Intel's Atom CPU and made for them by MSI.  It's uncertain whether, if this turns out to be true, the X110 would be a rebadge of the MSI Wind or a whole new design.  Finally, ASUS confirmed they wouldn't be letting up the pressure as firm most associated with the segment; there's talk of an "all day" battery and cloud storage option for release later on in 2008.

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