booktopGigabyte’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.

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8 replies on “Gigabyte Booktop: A netbook that thinks it’s a desktop”

  1. Not bad,but I like to play most popular games that require many hardware upgrade,quadcore processor(miniman).So,it is not good to play game.

  2. According to this link, it will have the option of a 1366 x 768 display!

    Something only available in the Dell Mini 10 (which lacks a VGA port and had dumb mouse buttons on the touchpad and only 3-cell battery)


    HP Mini 2140 (with the dumb side mouse buttons and the absurdly ungainly 6-cell that doubles the thickness at the back of the unit – and looks rather tumor-like).

    I’m still waiting for a netbook with an HD display that hits all the important points (compact design with the 6-cell attached, has VGA out, and normal touchpad buttons)

  3. Well, it’s nice, but not for me – I’d lose the ability to use 2 displays (which I have now when I hook up my netbook to the big TFT).

  4. Sounds great IF you don’t think your netbook’s display and keyboard are adequate.

  5. Nate, it’s already been stolen. About 5 or 6 years ago some Japanese subnotebooks did this. I think it was Sharp.

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