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Gigabyte X11  (Source: Gigabyte)
X11 is the lightest 11.6-inch notebook in the world

Gigabyte has launched three new lightweight and powerful notebook computers including the X11 Ultra Lightweight claimed to be in the lightest 11.6-inch notebook on the market at 2.15 pounds. The machine uses a carbon fiber chassis that is light and durable, and the machine is only 0.3 cm at its thinnest part in 1.65 cm at its thickest part.
 
Gigabyte designed the X11 to remind users of a high-end sports car and it uses a hidden aluminum hinge for the lid. The machine uses Windows 7 and has a 128 GB SSD. The X11 also has a USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, and an LED backlit screen. The machine will be available in multiple configurations costing up to $1,299 when it launches in July.
 

Gigabyte X11
 
The Gigabyte U2422 is a 14-inch notebook computer weighing in at 3.46 pounds. It uses the new third-generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M or 640M discrete graphics. The notebook also has a light sensing backlit keyboard and screen resolution of 1600 x 900. The notebook promises superior sound with THX TruStudio Pro technology. The U2422 will sell for $999-$1,299 when it launches in June.
 
The third new notebook is the Gigabyte U2440. It is a 14-inch notebook using third-generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce 630M graphics. The machine has a 1 TB hard drive for storage and THX audio for superior sound quality. The machine will start at $699 and features USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 out, and Bluetooth. The machine will launch in June.
 

Gigabyte U2440


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It was great until
By Argon18 on 5/31/2012 11:04:17 AM , Rating: -1
The part about running Windows. Can we please get past this OS-is-tied-to-the-machine crap? Some of us have abandoned the Microsoft ecosystem and have moved on to better OS's. Give us the option to buy it with no OS pre installed. I don't want to pay the "Microsoft Tax".




RE: It was great until
By Motoman on 5/31/2012 11:22:02 AM , Rating: 5
Oh sure...the industry should cater to the 0.01% that wants to put Linux (or whatever) on their laptop. So we should always sell all laptops without any OS at all. Makes perfect sense. Can't see how that wouldn't work out.


RE: It was great until
By tayb on 5/31/2012 11:18:57 AM , Rating: 2
It wouldn't be much of a hassle to offer the notebook without an OS but it would be a technical support nightmare. Far too many idiots out there.


RE: It was great until
By XZerg on 5/31/2012 11:38:30 AM , Rating: 2
Concur!

To the poster 2 post above: How exactly is a company supposed to know what drivers to make available and test the system with if they don't install an OS?


RE: It was great until
By Argon18 on 5/31/2012 3:32:31 PM , Rating: 1
Um, no. If there is no OS, there is no drivers. And there is no software support. How can it be a "support nightmare" if there is no software support included? Windows itself is a support nightmare. The computer OEM saves from having to provide that support if they sell the machine without an OS.

It would come with hardware warranty only, and no software support. Include a bootable hardware diagnostic CD. If it runs and finds no problems, then the hardware is good. If it finds a failed component, then the hardware is bad, send it in for replacement. Very simple and straightforward.


RE: It was great until
By kmmatney on 5/31/2012 3:56:20 PM , Rating: 2
Not going to happen....

At least you can still use your windows license inside a VM when needed.


RE: It was great until
By ritualm on 5/31/2012 9:34:31 PM , Rating: 2
Linux simply is not designed for mass consumption, Windows is. Lindows/Linspire never took off precisely because it's not Windows.

The market of people who want Ubuntu pre-installed on laptops is smaller than those who want a pair of GTX690 in SLI.


RE: It was great until
By alcalde on 6/7/2012 1:13:01 AM , Rating: 2
>Linux simply is not designed for mass consumption, Windows is.

I'm sorry, I must have missed the section where you provided the evidence for your trolling comment....

>Lindows/Linspire never took off precisely because it's not Windows.

You're going back a thousand years there, aren't you? I'm sure a preexisting software monopoly has absolutely nothing to do with it.


RE: It was great until
By Argon18 on 5/31/2012 3:28:04 PM , Rating: 3
Um, no. You're focus is too narrow, open your mind a little. Lets say I have bought a retail box copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. I put it on my desktop pc. Then later, I decide to ditch the desktop and get a laptop instead. Why should I have to pay for yet another Windows license? If I already own a legitimate Windows license and install media, I should be allowed to use that, and not be forced into buying another license.


RE: It was great until
By Reinman on 5/31/2012 3:54:23 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you buy another license if the licensed you bought is retail price. Only the OEM that can't be transferred. For retail, you can always install to another PC or laptop as long as the other is not active anymore.


RE: It was great until
By Argon18 on 5/31/2012 3:35:37 PM , Rating: 3
Also, your reading comprehension sucks. "should always sell all laptops without any OS at all" is not what I said. I said they should offer it as an *option*. An Option!


RE: It was great until
By Motoman on 5/31/2012 5:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
Your attitude sucks. STFO and GTFO.


RE: It was great until
By alcalde on 6/7/2012 1:09:22 AM , Rating: 2
It's called "bundling", and yes we would be better off if every machine wasn't shipped with an OS. If you've already got an OS license you can use on the new machine, you're still stuck paying an estimated $50+ more for an OS license you didn't need. And if you're using Linux, then you're paying for something you don't even want. There's no reason why machines can't come with or without an OS. Seriously - laptop vendors give you a choice of memory sizes, hard drives, discrete graphics options, often different LCD resolution options - why do you have a problem with an OS option? Why can't there be a "No thank you, I'll supply my own" checkbox under OS on the ordering page just like there's always an option to upgrade to a higher level of Windows?


RE: It was great until
By AMDftw on 5/31/2012 11:20:05 AM , Rating: 2
Then build your own. Their're a few custom laptop companies. No large company cares about 1-4% of the market that doesn't want Windows. You either pay for it or you don't. Plus what, you save about 25-50 bucks more just to have windows.


RE: It was great until
By Apone on 5/31/2012 11:56:17 AM , Rating: 2
@ Argon18

- Gonna' have to agree with Motoman, you have to look at the big picture. Sure you could cater to the small number of consumers who are tech-savvy enough load Linux or whatever custom OS they prefer but from a business standpoint, is it cost-effective to mass produce and offer a no-OS laptop that is attractive enough to sell plenty of units such that the company churns a profit?
- Regarding the “Microsoft Tax”, would you prefer paying the Apple Tax which, in my opinion, is more ridiculous considering the double and triple-priced Macbook line? (with similar hardware)


RE: It was great until
By TakinYourPoints on 5/31/2012 1:32:32 PM , Rating: 2
The X11 costs as much as or more than an 11" MBA, I don't see the 2x-3x price you're talking about.

Otherwise, if you want an OS-free laptop it is easy, just go to any enthusiast site, they sell tons of notebook hardware without an OS pre-installed: http://www.xoticpc.com/


RE: It was great until
By Apone on 5/31/2012 3:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
@ TakinYourPoints

- I understand that some Windows ultrabooks (aka ultraportable) rival the cost of the MB Air but I'm referring to the big picture of how Mac computers are generally priced way more than Windows notebooks across the board. Case in point, the current 15" Macbook Pro starts at $1799 base-configured; my Dell XPS 15 was $950 after pimping it out (WUXGA high-res, 640GB 7200rpm HDD, etc.). Sure I paid a Microsoft Tax somewhere in that $950 (according to Argon18) but I'm pretty sure it's not nearly as much as the premium customers would pay for a MB Pro.

@ Solandri

- Yeah I certainly agree with you, Argon18 first mentioned "Microsoft Tax" and I'm pretty sure it's not nearly as much as paying for a retail copy of Win 7 and certainly much less than the Apple Tax.


RE: It was great until
By superstition on 5/31/2012 10:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
There have been times where equivalent Apple hardware has been around the same price or cheaper than Dell stuff, in some categories. However, I have not been following pricing for a number of years so these instances may be just historical.


RE: It was great until
By Solandri on 5/31/2012 3:40:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
- Regarding the “Microsoft Tax”, would you prefer paying the Apple Tax

I'm not really sure how much of a "tax" there is anymore. All that crapware which is preinstalled on Windows laptops represents advertising revenue for the manufacturer. It probably goes a long way to offsetting the OEM cost of the Windows license. If the laptop ships without an OS, then they don't get any of that ad revenue, and the cost will be correspondingly higher.

So the "tax", if it's still there, likely isn't very big (if you think it's as much as a retail copy of Windows 7, you have a lot to learn about OEM licensing). It's trivial enough to format and install the OS of your choice if you don't want Windows. So I don't really see any reason to complain about it. A lot of times you can use the Windows license in a virtual machine or for dual booting.


RE: It was great until
By spread on 5/31/2012 3:24:05 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Some of us have abandoned the Microsoft ecosystem and have moved on to better OS's.


Like Linux which still has terrible driver support and where the interface changes every couple of months because someone decides they want it to be different, meanwhile breaking so many dependencies and rendering the OS a pile of crud.

Yes. Clearly superior.


RE: It was great until
By Argon18 on 5/31/2012 3:40:23 PM , Rating: 2
Terrible driver support? Lmao, you've never used Linux. Drivers are all in the kernel, and they all just work. I don't need to press F8 and insert a floppy disk like Windows. lol.

I can pull the hard drive out of my Linux laptop and stick it into a desktop PC and it boots perfectly, with all hardware working perfectly. Try that with Windows, you'll get a BSOD every time, with your only option being to format and reinstall. Windows 7 is no different from Windows 98, in that regard, lol. The Windows driver model is an absolute turd, it's horrible.

And as for GUI interfaces that change just to be different, I guess you've never heard of Windows 8? Lmao.


RE: It was great until
By ritualm on 5/31/2012 9:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
Above post is reason why most consumers do not want Linux. Also, your posts imply you want companies to replace Windows with Linux on all the computers they sell. Not gonna happen bro.

Your reading comprehension is more error-prone than your technical inferiority complex.


RE: It was great until
By Lugaidster on 6/1/2012 2:23:51 AM , Rating: 2
Dude please... The terrible drivers issue is completely true for graphics. MESA OpenGL and the corresponding Kernel GPU drivers are way behind in features and performance when compared to proprietary drivers, but proprietary drivers have their own quirks as they need to be updated for every new Xorg/Kernel release. Furthermore, they don't usually have feature parity with Windows counterparts. AMD's Catalyst doesn't support OpenCL yet on their latest GPUs and Nvidia has no official Optimus support, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Linux is currently a mess of Windows Managers and bad GPU support while they try to figure out a way to move forward. Gnome 3 is breaking stuff, Unity is completely backward, and KDE is just... ugly. Moreover, unless you have an Intel GPU (crap) you're stuck with whatever issues appear. Let me remind you that Gnome 3 had issues with AMD GPU's on proprietary drivers for 8 months, and opensource drivers don't have neither the performance nor the features of their proprietary counterparts.

So yeah, as much as I'd like to use Linux on a modern laptop and have a painless experience, it's just not happening right now (nor in the near future).


RE: It was great until
By BushStar on 6/1/2012 10:33:56 AM , Rating: 1
I bet Argon is running OpenBSD.


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