Gigabyte gets onboard the netbook trend with the M912V

Ever since the launch of the ASUS Eee PC late last year, numerous manufacturers have been striving to bring competing products to the market. While most have just been a slightly different take on the Eee PC with larger screens, larger keyboards, or differing storage options, they've all pretty much stuck to the same basic idea: a small, portable notebook with a somewhat affordable price tag.

Gigabyte is finally giving the segment a bit of spice with its new entry, the M912V. The M912V packs a wealth of features into its 8.9" frame. Considering that the M912V is a Tablet PC, its screen swivels 180 degrees to lie flat on top of the keyboard for writing on the screen. The display also features a respectable resolution of 1280x768 and is LED-backlit for better battery life, increased visibility, and a thinner panel.

Other features include a 1.6GHZ Intel Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 160GB SATA HDD, 802.11b/g wireless, Bluetooth, and a 1.3MP webcam. Ports are plentiful as the M912V comes equipped with three USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, 56k modem, NIC, an ExpressCard slot, and an internal expansion slot for HSDPA.

The M912V manages to house all of these features into a frame that weighs only 2.86 pounds.

According to PCLaunches, Gigabyte's new netbook will be available for purchase later this month with a price tag of $699. By that time, the competition should be heating up with the arrival of the MSI Wind and the Eee PC 901/1001.

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