Gigabyte’s Touch Note M1028 isn’t the only netbook the company is showing off at CeBIT this week. The new Gigabyte Booktop M1022 is also making an appearance. This computer’s claim to fame is the fact that is that it comes with a special docking station that lets you use the netbook like a desktop PC.
On the go, you have a laptop with a 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, an ExpressCard slot, and wireless connectivity options including 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth, WiMAX, and 3.5G WWAN. The computer has a 6 cell, 7800mAh battery, which should be able to provide 6 to 8 hours of battery life, and it weighs about 2.9 pounds. The machine has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, and comes with a choice of integrated graphics chipsets. You can go with the standard Intel 945GSE chipset, or the new GN40 chipset which should provide better HD video performance.
When you plug the Booktop into the docking station, you can add a keyboard and display and use the netbook like a normal desktop computer. Sure, you don’t need a docking station to do that. Most netbooks have USB ports and VGA adapters. But the port also adds a few extra ports for additional peripherals. And I’m assuming Gigabyte took extra care to make sure this notebook won’t overheat if you’re running it for a few hours at a time with the lid closed. That’s a usage scenerio that most netbook makers probably don’t consider. I know the few times I’ve tried running other netbooks with the lid closed, they’ve gotten uncomfortably hot rather quickly.