Gigabyte’s S1082 isn’t the thinnest or lightest Windows 8 tablet around. But it’s a fairly versatile model with full-sized HDMI, VGA, And Ethernet jacks, among other things.
Like the pricier Gigabyte S1185, this model also features an optical trackpad and mouse buttons built into the sides of the tablet. That can make it easier to use Windows 8 desktop style apps, while you can rely on the touchscreen for Metro-style apps.
If the design of the S1082 looks familiar, that’s because it’s actually the third time Gigabyte has used this case for a tablet PC. But the Gigabyte S1080 and S1081 each shipped with Intel Atom processors. The new model has a more powerful 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 dual core processor with Intel HD graphics.
That’s certainly not a top-of-the-line processor, but it should offer decent performance for surfing the web, playing HD video, or performing most other basic computing tasks.
Gigabyte also offers a keyboard case for the tablet and an optional media dock with built-in speakers, a DVD drive, HDMI output, and an array of other ports.
Unfortunately the tablet suffers from a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel TN display with pretty lousy viewing angles and only gets up to about 5 hours of battery life. The good news is that if you need more battery life, the company offers an external battery which you can hook up to the S1082 using the same ports on the bottom of the tablet that you’d use to attach it to the media dock.
The Gigabyte S1082 will be available with 2GB to 8GB of storage, up to 256GB of solid state disk storage or up to 500GB if you opt for a hard drive. Prices should start at around $649 for a basic model when the tablet goes on sale in February.
The tablet features 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional HSPA+. It has a 29.6Whr battery built-in, and the optional external battery is a 20.25Whr battery.
With a solid state disk, the Gigabyte S1082 weighs about 1.7 pounds. That jumps to 1.9 pounds if you go with a hard disk model.