x11 2 Gigabyte goes ultra light with X11 Ultrabook

How about a 975g Ultrabook? Sounds tempting doesn't it, at least if you're a road warrior that spend a lot of time travelling with your notebook. The good news is that Gigabyte's X11 Ultrabook officially weighs in at 975g, although the model at the launch event came in even lighter at 973g,

How about a 975g Ultrabook? Sounds tempting doesn't it, at least if you're a road warrior that spend a lot of time travelling with your notebook. The good news is that Gigabyte's X11 Ultrabook officially weighs in at 975g, although the model at the launch event came in even lighter at 973g,

x11 1 Gigabyte goes ultra light with X11 Ultrabook

Having the worlds lightest Ultrabook is a nice claim to fame, but the question is if the X11 will prove to be competitive enough in the long run. As you'd expect, this is an Ivy Bridge powered Ultrabook, although Gigabyte didn't specify which CPUs the X11 will ship with. We're curious about the choice of chipset as well, as according to the specifications the X11 sports the HM77 chipset rather than the Ultrabook specific UM77 chipset.

It's disappointing to see 4GB of soldered on DDR3 memory with no alternative SKU's, nor any way of upgrading the memory, we would really have liked to have seen an 8 GB SKU at least. Likewise the 128GB mSATA SSD isn't exactly as roomy as it gets and once again Gigabyte doesn't appear to offer any alternative SKUs.

x11 2 Gigabyte goes ultra light with X11 Ultrabook

However, the biggest letdown is the glossy 11.6-inch 1366×768 display, this really is last year's spec and we were hoping for at least a 1600×900 display, if not a 1920×1080 display as per Asus' new UX21A. At least the screen bezel is matte which should help reduce additional reflections.

Gigabyte has skimped a bit on some other features too, such as only including single band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and a single USB 3.0 port, despite the fact that the chipset supports up to four ports so there's not even an issue about cost. The remaining connectivity options include a single USB 2.0 port, a mini DisplayPort, a D-sub connector and Bluetooth 4.0. You also get a microSD card reader and a 1.3Megapixel webcam.

x11 3 Gigabyte goes ultra light with X11 Ultrabook

The build quality of the X11 is light years ahead of what we've seen from Gigabyte in the past and contrary to what you'd think, the carbon fibre body feels very sturdy. Throw in a pretty good keyboard and a large, easy to use touch pad and you've got a good mix out of a productivity point of view. Less impressive is the 35Wh 4730mAh Li-Polymer battery which isn't likely to last more than 5-6h at light use, although Gigabyte didn't specify the battery life.

At US$999-1,299 depending on CPU the X11 isn't a budget model for sure and we have a feeling that despite its light weight, it's going to have a tough time competing with the more established notebook makers. Time will tell, but at least this is easily the best notebook in terms of build quality that we've seen from Gigabyte to date.

Source: Gigabyte