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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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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:

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
- 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.

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