Gigabyte Announces X11, World's Lightest 11.6" Notebook
May 31, 2012 10:05 AM
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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.
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.
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5/31/2012 3:40:05 PM
- 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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