May 26, 2009 at 11:04 am
Gigabyte will shortly be releasing the 10-inch M1022 Booktop. This is a netbook with a twist, as it has a docking station that allows you to connect a keyboard and monitor. The idea being that you can use it as a desktop at home and then take it out of its dock when on the move.
NetbookNews.de went hands-on with the M1022M, which comes with a 10.1-inch glossy (1024 x 600) LED backlit display powered by a 1.6GHz N270 Atom CPU and 945GSE chipset. Several SKUs will be available including the M1022P that comes with a higher resolution 10.1-inch (1366 x 768) display and 1.66GHz N280 Atom CPU plus GN40 chipset combination. Other features include 1GB RAM (2GB supported), a 160GB hard-disk drive, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1, a 1.3MP webcam and a 6-cell 7800mAh battery.
Gigabyte has provided easy access to the HDD, RAM and Wi-Fi board with separate access panels for each. The design looks pretty good and build quality was found to be solid, ranking it as one of the top 5 netbooks in terms of build quality. The touchpad is multi-touch but has mouse buttons located either side of the pad.
The video runs out before showing the docking station in detail, but another video (not in English) shows the M1022 being used in a dock and compared the size against a Nintendo Wii games console.