Hands on with Gigabyte’s new P2532 notebook
In terms of connectivity we're looking at a pretty good spread with two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATAp port (powered eSATA/USB combo), an HDMI port, a D-sub connector, a pair of audio jacks, a memory card reader and an Ethernet port. Also included is a 1.3 Megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS. They keyboard is of the chiclet type and there's of course a multi-touch track pad as well. Gigabyte also pointed out the speakers to us, although the pre-production model we looked at didn't sound fantastic. However, the P2532 does come with four speakers as well as a subwoofer and the sound was at least quite loud.
One design feature that we're amazed that no-one else have done in the past is the rear air vents. It's a really simple design, yet this is a first of its kind as far as we know. Normally on a notebook the hot air is vented out the sides or even through the keyboard or some vent in the bottom of the notebook. Not so with the P2532, as it features two large, rear air vents where all the hot air is exhausted. This means that most of the noise is also going out the back of the notebook and this way both the noise and hot air are going away from the users. As you can see from our pictures, there's a pair of funnels that are part of the battery to help direct the air away from the notebook.
Another useful feature is Gigabyte's Smart Manager which allows you to turn off various parts of the system to help increase the battery life. As such you can disable the USB 3.0 ports, the Ethernet port and more common features such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The UI is very clean, slick and easy to use. Unlike most notebook manufacturers, Gigabyte is also happy for you to pop the lid and upgrade your notebook yourself and the company has made it as easy as possible to get to the user upgrade bits. There's even an empty mini card PCI Express slot into which a 3G card or something similar could be fitted.
We should hopefully be getting a review unit from Gigabyte to look at once the production models become available. We weren't given any real indication on pricing; although we were assured that the P2532 should offer good value for money considering the features it offers. We'll have to wait and see, but it's clear that Gigabyte is trying hard to compete in the notebook market by doing products that stand out from its competitors.
More details can be found over at Gigabyte's website