Gigabyte has been offering a line of convertible notebooks that turn into tablets for years. Now the company’s adding a new mode to its 2-in-1 series though, adding a docking station that lets you use the device as a desktop.

The Gigabyte U21MD is an 11.6 inch notebook with a hinge that lets you twist the screen and fold it flat over the keyboard so the machine becomes a touchscreen tablet. Or you can close the laptop and slide it into the D21 docking station and hook up an external display, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals.

Gigabyte U21MD

The notebook/tablet itself is similar to the Gigabyte U21M that launched in 2013. What’s new is the D21 docking station which features an Ethernet jack, HDMI port, audio jacks, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 3 USB 3.0 ports.

You can connect the notebook to the dock thanks to a docking connector, and there’s a power jack in the dock that lets you power and charge the tablet while it’s connected.

The Gigabyte U21MD computer features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display with a capacitive multitouch panel, an Intel Core i5-4200U Haswell or Pentium 3558U processor, up to 256GB of solid state storage and up to 1TB of hard drive storage, and a backlit keyboard.

It has 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, Ethernet, mic and headphone jacks and an SD card reader and the system measures 11.7″ x 8.9″ x 0.79″ and weighs about 3.1 pounds. With a hard drive it weighs closer to 3.3 pounds.

Gigabyte says the U21MD will sell for $799 and up when it launches around March, 2014.

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