I’m a big fan of 2-in-1 items, like can openers that have bottle openers attached, or that James Bond car that turns into a boat. Once you get into 3-in-1 territory I feel like the excitement is too much to bear, but that isn’t stopping GIGABYTE from releasing the U21MD: a laptop that can be converted into both a tablet and a desktop.

The U21MD 3-in-1 laptop boasts a 4th Gen. Intel Core processor, multiple connectivity ports, a dual storage system, and, perhaps the least expected and most impressive: Dolby Home Theater v4 technology. GIGABYTE’s press release talks about the laptop’s “lightning speed computer” but understandably emphasizes the device’s versatility.

While I like the idea of having both a desktop PC and a laptop, specifically in case one fails, it’s hard to deny the appeal of a 3-in-1 device. Even with cloud storage giving you easy access to your files on all machines, I live in a rural area where Wi-Fi isn’t as abundant as I’d like, so the idea of having one consistent work computer containing all of my projects seems helpful.

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GIGABYTE Launches 3-in-1 Versatile Laptop U21MD
Incredible Innovation with 3-in-1 Tablet, Laptop and Desktop Design, Realistic Surround Sound with Dolby® Home Theater

The 11.6” U21MD, a 3-in-1 Laptop, heralds a new era in innovative technology from GIGABYTE. The U21MD has a swivel hinge that allows it to be converted into a tablet or a laptop. It also comes with an innovative docking station (D21) thus allowing it to be transformed into a desktop! It comes with the latest 4th Gen. Intel® Core™ Processor, multiple connectivity ports, dual storage system, and Dolby® Home Theater® v4 technology making this versatile laptop an excellent choice for users looking for multifaceted usability. Super thin and light at 0.78 in./20mm and only weighing 3lbs/1.39Kg (m-SSD)/ or 3.28lbs/1.49kg (HDD), the U21MD is designed to provide the user with high mobility. The U21MD is the only laptop currently offering unmatched 3-in-1 flexibility for users looking for a versatile laptop.

Lightning Speed Computing
The U21MD packs a powerful 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor in its body, and has a 1366×768 display with multi-touch capability. The dual storage system of the SSD + HDD provides the user with massive storage and lightning quick performance which highlights the benefits of a dual storage system. This 3-in-1 Laptop can fit up to 256mSATA SSD and an additional 1TB of HDD. Whether it be creating designs in tablet mode or making a presentation, the U21MD has a wide array of connectivity ports that will help you achieve almost anything you desire. Whether at business meetings, at the office, or at home: sharing and mobility has never been as easy as this.

Versatile Use and Exceptional Mobility
Switching from tablet mode to a laptop is a snap. All you need to do is swivel and close. Excellent for users looking to carry one single device that delivers the best in performance, maximum hard drive space yet light enough to carry. The U21MD features a bright and responsive capacitive multi-touch display that can be rotated 180 degrees to convert into tablet mode. The stunning design is truly ultimate craftsmanship at its best. Whether using it for business or to browse the Internet, the U21MD from GIGABYTE delivers that perfect balance between a Tablet, a Laptop and a Desktop (available with docking station).

Experience Multimedia by Dolby® Home Theater
For those who seek ultimate multimedia experience, U21MD has the best audio and visual experience a 3-in-1 laptop could offer. The equipped Dolby® Home Theater® Sound Quality Optimization Technology™ eliminates sound distortion, enhances volume and reinforces even the smallest details of the sound. Enjoy a fantastic audio experience on the U21MD, which is great for music, movies and games. The groundbreaking performance will definitely rock you!

Desktop Mode and Multimedia Center
To turn the U21MD into a desktop, simply slot the laptop into the docking station(D21) and connect peripheral devices, including a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Not only will it take up minimal space, it will also improve significantly the way you work. Always on the go? You won’t need to plug and unplug I/O ports repeatedly anymore! The D21 also provides excellent connectivity options such as HDMI, USB, and internet. Plug it in the D21, and enjoy your personal multimedia center.

U21MD Key Features and Specs:
? 4th Gen. Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor / Pentium™ 3558U Processor
? 11.6″ Capacitive Multi-touch Panel 1366×768 LCD
? Storage Capacity up to: 256GB mSATA SSD + 1TB HDD Massive Storage System
? USB(3.0)*2, USB(2.0)*2, D-sub, HDMI, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out, SD card reader, Docking Port
? Dolby® Home Theater® Sound Quality Optimization Technology™
? Backlit Keyboard (*optional)
? Dimensions: 298(W) x 226.4(D) x 20(H) mm
? Weight: ~1.39kg (w/ Battery and m-SSD) / ~1.49kg (w/ Battery, m-SSD, and HDD)

D21 Key Features and Specs:
? I/O Port: USB(3.0)*3, USB(2.0)*2, HDMI1.4a, RJ45, Audio Jack*2 (Mic & Headphone out), Docking Connector
? Dimensions: 144(W) x 102(D) x 65(H) mm
? Weight: 265 g



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