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Gigabyte Booktop M1022C review

David Ludlow
7 May 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
299
inc VAT

A hi-res screen and docking station in the box make this a 10.1in netbook that's truly different to all of its competition, but battery life's a little disappointing.

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Specifications

10.1 in 1,366x768 display, 1.3kg, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, 1.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows 7 Starter 32-bit

A big problem with netbooks is that, no matter which manufacturer they're from they always end up being very similar. We were, therefore, incredibly pleased to see Gigabyte do something completely different with its Booktop M1022C.

Gigabyte Booktop M1022C in docking station

From the outside you may be forgiven for thinking that this is yet another 10.1in notebook, but there's more than meets the eye. For starters, in the box you not only get the laptop, but a docking station, too. The netbook sits vertically in it charging, while the VGA, three USB, Ethernet and audio outputs means that you can turn the laptop on and use it with external peripherals. Failing that, you can just turn the laptop on and synchronise files to it over a network.

Gigabyte Booktop M1022C docking station port

Gigabyte's thought carefully about the bundle and includes two power supplies in the box: one for the docking station and one for the netbook. There's even a slip case so that you can keep your laptop protected while you travel, and a soft cloth that protects the screen from the keyboard and can be used for cleaning.

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