[CeBIT 2012] We reported about the two new powerful ultrabooks launched at ceBIT by Gigabytes, and I took the time to check out the devices at the Gigabyte booth. The key feature of the new laptops is to deliver good performance in a super slim body, thanks to 3rd generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M GPU coupled with 2GB VRAM.
Similarly to the Fujitsu Lifebook Premium announced the same day, the Gigabyte U2442V and U2442V Ultrabooks just 1.49 kg (lbs) at their lightest for a maximum 20.5 mm thickness (18.5 mm at its thinnest).
The top cover features a nice brushed aluminum material (check the video), however, the inside feels a little too plastic to my taste, however it surely contributes to the light weight and the visual effect conveys quality.
A nicely designed grid necessary for the cooling system for the discrete graphics processor is located on the back side, and both sides are packed with connectors. The display has a resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels, the image quality is vivid and bright. I wish that the device would offer a frameless screen like the Fujitsu Lifebook Premium ultrabook, the frame looks a too thick compared to other ultrabooks.
The connectivity options are quite good as well, they include include USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Thunderbolt (optional), and 2T2R Double Antenna Wi-Fi. You have the choice between SSD or 750 GB hard drive.
The only difference between the U2442V and the U2442N will be the processor the V will get the ultra-low voltage version and the N will feature standard voltage 3rd generation Intel Core processor.
Both units will be available end of Q2 when the next-gen Intel Core processor will launch, and we got no word on pricing.