The soon-to-be-released Gigabyte M1022 Booktop is an unusual little netbook in that it’s designed to be used either as a portable laptop or as a desktop-style computer. Gigabyte will ship this computer with a special docking station that lets the computer stand vertically while you plug in a mouse, keyboard, and external monitor.
This week the FCC published a series of documents related to this netbook on its website, which means two things. First, the Booktop is likely headed to the US. And second, we can get a better look at some of this computer’s features. In addition to a series of photos of the Booktop’s exterior and innards, the FCC has published the user manual for the Gigabyte M1022 Booktop.
As a netbook, the Booktop isn’t particularly remarkable. It has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. It does make room for an ExpressCard/54 slot along with 3 USB ports. But the dock is what makes it really stand out. According to the user manual, the dock has a VGA port, an Ethernet jack, 3 USB ports, and a power jack. When docked, the computer will output 1024 x 768 pixels, as opposed to 1024 x 600 pixels when unplugged.
That’s a little disappointing. It’s not entirely clear from the manual that the computer is incapable of supporting higher resolution monitors, but there’s no mention of any higher resolutions for the base model. Gigabyte does plan to make a higher resolution version of the Booktop available with a 1366 x 768 pixel panel. Hopefully this model will be able to support higher resolution external displays as well.