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Gigabyte U2442 Extreme Ultrabook Announced

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The new Gigabyte U2442F Ultrabook is both sleek in appearance and powerful in performance.

The recently announced Gigabyte U2442F Ultrabook features a 14" 1600x900 display and Nvidia Optimus graphics that pair the onboard Intel HD 4000 graphics with a Nvidia GeForce GT 650M. As is increasingly the norm with this generation of Ultrabooks, it is available with either an Intel Core i7-3517U (1.9 GHz to 3.0 GHz) or a i7-3537U (2.0 GHz to 3.1 GHz) and 4 or 8 GB of DDR3 RAM.

The Ultrabook is also available with a variety of physical storage options including a single 128 or 256 GB SSD and a 128 GB SSD combined with a 750 GB or 1 TB mechanical drive. All configurations of the U2442F feature a "self-sensing" backlit keyboard, a 1.3 MP webcam and an assortment of I/O ports including 2 USB 3.0, HDMI and a SD card reader 

The U2442F is installed with Windows 7 or Windows 8 Operating systems. For more information on availability and pricing visit the product page.

 

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    dan-fish , February 14, 2013 3:09 PM
    A 1080p screen should really be the norm by now.
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    dan-fish , February 14, 2013 3:09 PM
    A 1080p screen should really be the norm by now.
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    lahawzel , February 14, 2013 3:29 PM
    Be happy it's not 1366x768.
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    SneakySnake , February 14, 2013 3:39 PM
    dan-fishA 1080p screen should really be the norm by now.



    Agreed, but 1600x900 still looks great on a 14" screen. The PPI is pretty much the same as a 17" laptop with a 1080p display.

    I really like the look of this laptop, I may have to purchase this.
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    g00fysmiley , February 14, 2013 3:41 PM
    whta makes it "extreme" does it know how to ride a snowboard, does it surf or go to rowdy concerts? i see nothign abotu added durability or any form or different function that would warrent the term, i like gigabyte products mind you, they make good motherboards and graphics cards no complaint on quality just not sure how this is different from anythign else on the market already... what differentiates it?
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    SneakySnake , February 14, 2013 3:47 PM
    g00fysmileywhta makes it "extreme" does it know how to ride a snowboard, does it surf or go to rowdy concerts? i see nothign abotu added durability or any form or different function that would warrent the term, i like gigabyte products mind you, they make good motherboards and graphics cards no complaint on quality just not sure how this is different from anythign else on the market already... what differentiates it?


    It's graphics card. It has significantly more GPU then any other ultrabook on the market (that I'm aware of). Most ultrabooks just have the HD4000 and that's it
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    donovands , February 14, 2013 3:58 PM
    The Zenbook U500 has a 650M as well. Unfortunately it costs $2000+. That puts it in the range of the similarly outfitted MBP retina. If Gigabyte's price is under $1500 then I think they're on to something.
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    SneakySnake , February 14, 2013 4:00 PM
    donovandsThe Zenbook U500 has a 650M as well. Unfortunately it costs $2000+. That puts it in the range of the similarly outfitted MBP retina. If Gigabyte's price is under $1500 then I think they're on to something.


    The 15" retina macbook pro is probably just as portable as this ultrabook. the rMBP is only 0.85" thick, and it's weight is around that of earlier gen 13" MBP's.
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    g00fysmiley , February 14, 2013 4:01 PM
    SneakySnakeIt's graphics card. It has significantly more GPU then any other ultrabook on the market (that I'm aware of). Most ultrabooks just have the HD4000 and that's it


    it is not a common chip but there are other books with it, heck there is an asus on newegg that for $2k has the 650m and includes a nexus 7 8gig tablet model ASUS UX51VZ-DH71
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    ihavenoid4u , February 14, 2013 4:01 PM
    almost perfect... just need touchscreen (not sure if i missed it), 3D (sorry but i enjoy 3d :p ), and if only the screen could flip like the yoga. either way this ultrabook is top of my list for school next semester
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    donovands , February 14, 2013 4:04 PM
    That's a model of the U500 I mentioned. There's also a UX42VS that shows up on ASUS's Zenbook page that runs a 645M but I haven't been able to find it anywhere for sale. I notice Gigabyte hasn't mentioned a launch date or price for this new model.
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2013 4:13 PM
    It looks like it will go for $1239, and be shipping mid March from Dynamism and Excaliberpc.
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    burmese_dude , February 14, 2013 5:42 PM
    I have Sager N6110 which has same spec as this one but an 11 incher (1366 x 768). i7 3rd gen, 8 gig, Intel 520 120gb ssd, gt650m for 1100. It runs farcry 3 on all high setting just fine.

    If I can buy this for like 1200 to 1400 for better feel, sleek look, I'd go for that. But I'd imagine it'll be priced around 1800 to 2000 for top spec.

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    freggo , February 14, 2013 6:46 PM
    "Extreme Ultrabook"

    1600x900... yeah, extremely low res for today's standards.
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    lyrius , February 14, 2013 9:02 PM
    Why everyone looks the resolution...ppi is much more important. Same thing with the phones. The human eye will barely notice difference between 720p and 1080p on 5 inch screen.
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    Vladislaus , February 14, 2013 10:45 PM
    lyriusWhy everyone looks the resolution...ppi is much more important. Same thing with the phones. The human eye will barely notice difference between 720p and 1080p on 5 inch screen.

    Because ppi is dependent on the screen resolution and it's size?
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    kyuuketsuki , February 15, 2013 6:29 AM
    SneakySnakeThe 15" retina macbook pro is probably just as portable as this ultrabook. the rMBP is only 0.85" thick, and it's weight is around that of earlier gen 13" MBP's.
    MBP has no discrete GPU in a chassis under 15"; the Gigabyte is a 14" model, and regardless of a weight and thinness, a 15" device is going to be bigger and, hence, less portable than a 14" device (unless the 14" has huge bezels or something). Also, you'll pay significantly more for the MBP and get an lower-res screen and no SSD (unless you add another $200 to the price). Plus, I don't believe the MBP even meets the criteria for ultrabook status (it's too thick and heavy).

    Also, for everyone saying it's not the only ultrabook with a 650M: yes, you're right. But other comparable devices seem to be in the ~$2000 range, whereas this is more around ~$1300.
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2013 6:07 PM
    To those wondering what this has above other laptops: For me it's the combination of 14" size, high-powered discrete graphics, and the extra bay for a 1TB hard drive, in addition to the SSD.

    The Zenbook U500 is 15.6" with a numeric keypad that I'll never use, making it too wide for my needs. It also doesn't have space for anything other than its 256GB SSD. I'm already running out of space on my current 300GB hard drive, so I don't want to downgrade on space. There's also the Macbook Pro, but as people have pointed out, it's heavier, bigger, and more expensive.

    Anyway, those are my reasons for waiting for the u2442F, though I admit my patience is wearing thin (they first said it'd come out in late December)!