The Gigabyte U2442 made its debut back at CeBit in March and now it is finally rolling out. We were able to get our hands on the U2442N for Unboxing. We haven’t been able to put the U2442 through the complete review paces, but we did spend enough time with it to be able to give you our detailed impressions.
Like most devices that come on to the market these days, we’ve got a few different configurations to please everyone’s bank accounts. The U2442V uses a 1.9-GHz low-voltage Core i7 CPU with a 1600 x 900 display and an Nvidia GT640M GPU and the budget U2442N, which has the 2.5-GHz Core i5 with a 1366 x 768 display resolution and the same Nvidia GT640M muscle for graphics. Both units includes a light sensor to fire up the back-lit keyboard automatically when conditions dim.
We know that Intel has given this device Ultrabook status but we think it feels more like a thin notebook then an Ultrabook. It measures in at between 18.5 and 21mm thick, and weighs in at 1.59kgs. If we think of it as a slender laptop that has plenty to offer rather then an Ultrabook, it starts looking more appealing. The Ultrabook line has always been a little vague (even though Intel has strict regulations), considering the ASUS UX31 is in the same category, this feels more like a precursor to an Ultrabook then an Ultrabook.
The ultrabook has a few other premium features that help set it apart from other ultrabooks, including dual air vents, with one for the CPU and one for the graphics processor. It also has a backlit keyboard hooked up to an automatic light sensor so the keys are only illuminated when you need them.
In addition to it’s bevy of port it also sports a 1.3MP webcam and 802.11b/g/n WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0.
The biggest crutch of the U2442 is it’s 44Whr battery, but we can’t see it reaching the minimum 5 hours required by Intel. We’ll have to wait for full battery tests to see.
Taking a close look at the keyboard, it did have a tendency to flex a little too easily for our liking, it was definitely lacking. Typing accuracy was adequate and I could see getting used to the keyboard, but we wouldn’t give it high ratings. The unit has a great finish– we love the brushed aluminum look and feel, it resists finger prints which kept it looking good, but it’s largely made of plastic, which keeps the weight down, but doesn’t give it a particularly robust feeling.
The trackpad is very rough to the touch, a little too much like sand paper for my liking, but I’m sure you would get used to it, or develop calluses. There is also a rather large dead space in the single mouse button, by dead space I’m referring to is between the left and right mouse button that actually doesn’t activate either side.
We take the U2442N out of the box below and take it out for a bit of a spin, if you want to get a better feeling for what this Ultrabook is all about, please check it out!