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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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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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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

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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. 

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Gigabyte T1028M Touchnote gets unboxed

Gigabyte T1028M Touchnote gets unboxed

We've been talking about the T1028M Touchnote for awhile now, but nothing gets us more excited than full, genuine unboxing and that's precisely what we came across today. The Gigabyte T1028M Touchnote got its moment in the sun today with a full unboxing over at UMPCPortal. This portable seemed to pretty much live up to expectations, though there was a disappointment factor when it came to the battery.

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