Well, Computex Taipei 2012 is right around the corner and everyone is out to show up everyone else with their version of a product. This year we will be seeing a lot of oneupmanship going on. GIGABYTE looks to be the first to step far enough ahead to prevent that from being the case with the new GIGABYTE X11 Ultra Lightweight Notebook.
And if you need just a little bit more here and there, GIGABYTE is also releasing the U2442. It is basically the X11 ++ by being a little thicker, a little heavier, but also packing the big guns. This 14″ Notebook comes with an Nvidia GT 650M discrete GPU, the 3rd generation Intel Core processor, THX TruStudio, and a 1600 x 900 screen. For the same $999 to $1299 price as the X11, the U2442 could be the right blend of power and portability you need.
Finally for all of the people like me who can’t afford all the Ultra Thinness that is the X11 and U2442, GIGABYTE also has their U2440. This notebook comes in at $699 USD with the same class of Intel processor as the others, THX TruStudio audio, Nvidia 630M, 14 inch screen, and support for Intel Rapid Start via mSATA. Even without a small SSD to take advantage of the Intel Rapid Start, the 1 TB of storage space should help you not remember it.
All of these great notebooks support wireless N Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The GIGABYTE U2440 is the only one with an actual optical drive, if you need one of those. It is a very nicely round line up with the X11 as the standout. And GIGABYTE knows these as the models selected seemed to be, just like the X11, just a little thinner than I expected.