Hands-On Gigabyte U2442 Ultrabook (video)
First they announce, then we touch. Such is that the manner of the technology trade show. In our eager paws this time is that the U2442 Ultrabook from Gigabyte. Strangely, it was running Windows eight client Preview, that is all sensible and well, however the 1600 x 900 pixel display wasn’t being shown to its full potential. A shame, as it would have been nice to check how the newest Microsoft OS would possibly truly look in real use. The device itself is a mixture of aluminum and plastic, which provides it a mixed-quality feel, and there is definitely some weight to the Ultrabook, though it’s nowhere close to the heaviest laptop we saw today.
Despite being an Ultrabook, the U2442 has dedicated GeForce GT 640M graphics, which will definitely please those that are not fans of the entire SoC factor. Also, not like several alternative devices it competes with, the Gigabyte also touts a full-size Ethernet port together with those USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports we learned regarding this morning — no nasty dongles to carry around and lose with this guy. All we know on release is that it’s slated for someday this summer, with pricing expected to be within the $1,000 range. Shimmy on over the break for the hands-on video, or take a peek at the gallery below to check the Ultrabook in all its full-size-port glory.