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.
The Booktop M1305 itself looks physically similar to the M1022, but squeezes in up to 4GB of RAM, up to 500GB of storage and an optical drive. Native connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, gigabit ethernet, HDMI, two USB 20 and a combo eSATA/USB port. There’s also VGA, audio in/out, a multi-format memory card reader, 1.3-megapixel webcam and a fingerprint reader.
As for the included docking station, that gets six USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI and DVI video outputs, gigabit ethernet and audio in/out, along with that NVIDIA graphics card of course. The standard M1305 battery is a 6-cell 3,800mAh pack which Gigabyte claim is good for up to 6.5hrs of runtime; you can also swap out the optical drive for a secondary battery adding another 4hrs.
No word on pricing, nor specific availability; Gigabyte only say the CULV notebook is “coming soon”. NetbookNews had a chance to grab some hands-on time with the Booktop M1305 and shot the following video demo: