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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6/1/2012 2:23:51 AM
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).
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