After Intel prematurely pulled the trigger on their Atom N470 announcement yesterday, we've now got official confirmation about one of the first netbooks to use the new, 1.86GHz processor. The Gigabyte TouchNote T1000 is, as the image suggests, another of the company's convertible netbook-tablets, with a 10.1-inch 1,366 x 768 touchscreen and a choice of the N450 or N470 CPUs.
When I hear the name Gigabyte, I don’t think of notebooks and computers first. I think of computer hardware like mainboards. Gigabyte has been in the hardware market for years, but offers several different notebooks and netbooks too.
Most shoppers for a new PC face the dilemma of deciding how much to spend (especially in this economy) and what type of performance they should expect in return. Known for its performance analysis software and services( for PCs and smartphones such as the the 3DMark benchmark suite), Futuremark, is attempting take the strenuous guesswork out of the process of purchasing a PC with the System Builder by Gigabyte online tool.
Many have accused Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as being gadgets in dire search of a purpose, and despite Intel's push for the segment the talk out of Taipei is that the ultraportable touchscreen handhelds are having a difficult time finding traction among manufacturers. DigiTimes is reporting that several companies originally signed up to Intel's Mobile Internet Device Innovation Alliance (MIDIA) have axed MID development, while those manufacturers who have actually shipped devices have only done so in numbers described as "very weak".
Gigabyte have always thought a little different with their ultraportables, and their latest model is no different. The Gigabyte Booktop M1305, like the Booktop M1022 we reviewed back in June, comes with a desktop docking station; however, the M1305 is a 13.3-inch 1,366 x 768 machine and uses Intel's CULV processors, rather than the paltry Atom N270, and squeezes an NVIDIA GeForce GT220 GPU with 1GB of DDR3 memory into the dock for improved graphics performance.
Been waiting for some of that sweet NVIDIA 40nm GPU action, but aren't keen on buying a new PC with an OEM card installed? You'll be pleased to hear that the first retail versions of NVIDIA's GeForce GT 220 and G210 video cards have emerged, initially courtesy of Gigabyte, and both carrying prices well under the $100 mark.
The end of the week is here again and here we go with a rundown of some of the coolest stories we have seen this week. Monday marked the day the Asus Eee PC 1101HA went on sale in America. The rig is a netbook in name only; the beastie is expensive at about $430. The same day Gigabyte quietly unveiled the T1028X convertible touchscreen netbook. The device has a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 and other than the screen, the rest of the machine is typical netbook fare.
The great thing about only spotting a new device when it launches is that you don't have to wait too long until you can see if unboxed and in action. Gigabyte's TouchNote T1028X convertible touchscreen netbook only crossed our paths yesterday, but already Liliputing have their review unit in to play with.
Video unboxing after the cut
Gigabyte have quietly updated their convertible touchscreen netbook range with the T1028X, a slightly re-fettled version of the T1028M they announced back at CeBIT 2009. Among the key changes are a switch in processor, moving up to the Atom N280 1.66GHz CPU paired with a faster FSB, and a higher-resolution display, now running at 1,366 x 768.
Well another week has come and gone as time steadily marches on and like every other week here on SlashGear, it has been a busy one. Poor old Toshiba took the old adage "if you can’t beat them, join them" seriously on Monday and announced that it would be launching its own Blu-ray player by the end of 2009. That had to be hard to swallow for the execs who bet it all on HD DVD only to be defeated by Blu-ray. Also on Monday the slick HP Mini 5101 netbooks tipped up starting from $399. I'm not convinced we need another netbook on the market right now personally.
If there's one segment in consumer electronics where it's hard to stand out, it's netbooks. The race to the bottom line, together with strict rules from component suppliers regarding maximum specifications, means that the hardware of most machines follows the same, tired pattern. To differentiate, some brands have gone for super-slimline designs, or extended battery life; Gigabyte, meanwhile, have taken a more unusual route. Their Booktop M1022 netbook comes complete with a desktop docking station; our friends over at Mobilx.hu were good enough to send us a review unit to try out.