Hands on: Gigabyte's X11 ultrabook

Gigabyte's announcement of its X11 made waves last week, with its claim to be the world's lightest ultrabook. We managed to get our hands on the lone unit on display at Computex, and we were impressed by its design and build.

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This 11.6-inch ultrabook is extremely light, at just 975g. The design bears remarkable similarities to an older notebook from MSI's X-Slim series and Apple's MacBook Air. That said, it does not have the cheap plastic feel of the former, nor does it have the brushed-aluminium finish of the latter. Instead, the notebook sports a carbon-fibre chassis that gives the notebook a solid and durable feel.

Inside, the X11 packs either an Intel Core i5-3317U or i7-3517U Ivy Bridge processor (of the ultra low-voltage variety), and comes with a 128GB SSD. A Gigabyte spokesperson told us that the 128GB SSD will be the minimum for the X11 — higher-end models will come with larger SSDs.

The 11.6-inch screen is neither full HD nor touch sensitive, like the Acer Aspire S7 and Asus Taichi, respectively. Instead, the display sports a 1366 x 768 resolution. The X11 has a mini DisplayPort, a microSD slot and two USB ports.

A USB port and the mini DisplayPort.
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We dislike the glossy look of the exterior; during our demo time, a Gigabyte spokesperson kept offering to wipe the unit down so that it would be free of fingerprint smudges for our pictures. When asked if there was a matte version in the works, we were told no.

All smudged up, unfortunately.
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The aluminium alloy used for the hinges and the back, where the fan exhaust is located, was just too bright and shiny. It clashed with the darker colours of the notebook, though you'll not see it too often.

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The Gigabyte X11 will be available globally by the end of July. The US$999 model will come with the Core i5 processor and a 128GB SSD. The highest-end configuration will cost you US$1299, though no exact specifications have been provided. We're guessing that it will use the Core i7 processor and a higher-capacity SSD.

Via CNET Asia

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MotorMouth posted a comment   

Any feedback on cooling? I'd be worried that the carbon fibre case would trap too much heat, where an aluminium chassis acts as a giant heat sink.

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