This week Gigabyte launched three new netbooks at CeBIT, including the Touch Note M1028, which has a 10 inch touchscreen display that can be folded over the keyboard for use in tbalet mode. Jkkmobile got a chance to check one out in person and shoot some video. You can find the video after the break, but here’s the cliff notes version:
- The display has a soft touchscreen, which means you can tap with your fingertips. No fingernails necessary.
- The keyboard has a properly located right shift key and reasonably large buttons.
- The touchpad has mouse buttons to the left and right instead of below the trackpad.
- The screen is glossy and reflects glare, but jkkmobile says he’s seen worse
- There are access panels beneath the unit for replacing or upgrading RAM, the hard drive, and WiFi module
- Because of the swivel, there are no ports on the back of the unit and the 3 hour, 4 cell battery hangs out on the bottom of the laptop.
The computer also has an ExpressCard slot in addition to 3 USB ports, a VGA output, and SD card slot. It’s a bit thicker than most netbooks, but that’s not surprising for a laptop with a swiveling touchscreen display.