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Gigabyte S1185 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £876
inc VAT

A decent Windows 8 tablet, but its flimsy keyboard and brown chassis are likely to put people off


11.6 in 1,920×1,080 display, 1.4kg, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3337U, 4.00GB RAM, 128GB disk, Windows 8

The Gigabyte S1185 is a Windows 8 tablet with a 10-point touchscreen and a keyboard dock that’s powered by an Intel Core i5 processor. Even better, it’s running the full version of Windows 8, not the restrictive RT version. At first glance, you could almost mistake the S1185 for the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 were it not for the S1185’s brown exterior. We’re not fans of the S1185’s colour, but its glossy black bezel looks smart thanks to edge-to-edge glass and silver trim.

Gigabyte S1185

We were particularly impressed with the S1185’s 11.6in 10-point touchscreen. It’s by far one of the best screens we’ve seen from this manufacturer, as its Full HD display was bright and free from any type of grainy finish. The S1185 uses an IPS panel to provide wide viewing angles, and we had no problem seeing the S1185 anywhere on our desk.

It had the picture quality to match, too. Blacks could have been a little deeper, but whites were true and reds, greens and blues were all deep and vibrant. The screen’s glossy finish helped colours look lively, and it wasn’t too reflective under bright overhead lights. Contrast levels were equally superb. Darker areas of shadow were rich with detail and colours remained rich in all of our high contrast test photos.

Our only concern was that the S1185’s touchscreen occasionally froze and wouldn’t respond for short periods of time. Each time wouldn’t last long, but it happened often enough to make using it frustrating, which rather defeats using it as a tablet.

Gigabyte S1185

If you’d rather use it as a laptop, the S1185 has a kickback stand on the rear of the tablet so you can prop it up on a table. Unlike the Surface Pro, it’s height-adjustable thanks to two rubbery strips at either end to help it grip your work surface. In theory, this makes it a far more flexible device, but in practice it’s not particularly sturdy and its plastic flap has a tendency to fall completely shut if you pull the screen toward you, making it fiddly to change the angle. It would have greatly benefitted from a stronger, more robust hinge, and even relatively mild jabs on the touchscreen made it rock rather precariously.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i5-3337U
Processor clock speed 1.8GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 14x304x187mm
Weight 1.4kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad and touchscreen


Viewable size 11.6 in
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 128MB


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 N/A
Supported memory cards micro SD
Other ports headphone, SIM card slot


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included N/A
Optional extras N/A

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £876