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Gigabyte X11 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 999
inc VAT

Carbon fibre is a great way to keep Ultrabooks light, but the Gigabyte X11 falls down in other areas

Specifications

11.6 in 1,366×768 display, 975g, 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U, 4.00GB RAM, 128GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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For a £1,000 Ultrabook, we couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with the 1,366×768 display. It uses a TN panel with distinctly average viewing angles, a glossy finish that creates distracting light reflections and a fairly limited tilt range meant we sometimes found it difficult to find a position we could comfortably work in out of the office. Inside it fares a little better, but only when you aren’t sat under overhead lighting. Brightness is reasonable and colours look fairly accurate, but it’s nowhere near the standard we’ve seen from the likes of the Asus ZenBook Prime.

Gigabyte X11

Performance is fairly run of the mill, with an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5-3317U running at 1.7GHz, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. In our multimedia benchmarks, the X11 scored 53 overall, which is behind the fastest Ultrabooks we’ve seen but still quick enough for all your everyday tasks such as word processing and web browsing. It did reasonably well in our battery test, lasting a little over six hours, but it can’t compete with the likes of HP’s ten hour Envy 6.

Gigabyte X11

There’s no room inside for dedicated graphics, so Intel’s HD 4000 takes over – it’s fine for HD video and light gaming, but not for playing newer titles, as the frame rate in our Dirt 3 benchmark shows. The X11 scraped an almost playable 21fps, but you’ll need to drop anti-aliasing and detail settings to achieve a playable frame rate.

Considering its competition, we think Gigabyte has been a little too ambitious with the X11. It’s a great size and incredibly light, but the plastic appearance, basic screen and merely average battery life make it tough to recommend when you could buy the gorgeous Samsung Series 9 for a similar amount, or the fantastic HP Envy 4 for nearly half the price. If you insist on an 11in screen, the Asus ZenBook UX21 or even Apple’s MacBook Air are more appealing alternatives.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i5-3317U
Processor clock speed 1.7 GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 17x297x192mm
Weight 975g
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad

Display

Viewable size 11.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Intel HD 4000
Graphics/video ports Mini DisplayPort
Graphics Memory 384MB

Storage

Total storage capacity 128GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 2
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports none
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards Micro SD
Other ports 3.5mm audio output

Miscellaneous

Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £999
Details www.gigabyte.com
Supplier http://www.amazon.co.uk