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Gigabyte might not be the strongest notebook brand around, but the company has come up with quite a few innovative solutions over the past couple of years that has shown that the company is trying to do things differently than its competitors. Today we're taking a look at a new model from Gigabyte called the P2532 which should hit retail sometime towards the end of April or beginning of May.

Gigabyte might not be the strongest notebook brand around, but the company has come up with quite a few innovative solutions over the past couple of years that has shown that the company is trying to do things differently than its competitors. Today we're taking a look at a new model from Gigabyte called the P2532 which should hit retail sometime towards the end of April or beginning of May.

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The P2532 is a standard 15.6-inch desktop replacement notebook, although standard isn't exactly the correct term to use here. For what it's worth, Gigabyte has managed to create a relatively slim (35mm at its thickest point) 15.6-inch notebook which weighs in at a respectable 2.6kg with a 6-cell battery.  However, the design is rather unusual, but more on that a little bit later.

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Gigabyte will offer the P2532 in four different colours, black, orange, red and yellow as per the pre-production unit we got to have a look at. We're not quite sure why Gigabyte picked these specific colours, but other options might also be added if there's enough demand. Do note that the P2532 isn't sold as a gaming notebook, but rather as a multimedia notebook.

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Despite that, Gigabyte has gone for a quad core Core i7-2630QM processor which is Intel's entry level second generation Core i quad core model which has a base clock speed of 2GHz. This will come paired up with Intel's HM65 chipset, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, an option of a 500 or 750GB hard drive and a slim-line (even for notebook drives) optical drive, although Blu-ray won't be an option. We should also point out that Gigabyte offers two different SKUs here, one with a 1920×1080 screen and one with a 3D Vision enabled 1366×768 screen and a built in IR transmitter.

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Graphics is catered by either by Intel's integrated graphics or a discrete GeForce GT550M which is a 96 shader GPU with a shader clock of 1480MHz. Gigabyte has paired it up with 2GB of memory which should be 128-bit DDR3 clocked somewhere around 900MHz. It's good to see that even on a notebook of this size; Gigabyte has implemented Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching technology which should help save on the battery life if you want to use the notebook away from a wall socket.