Gigabyte Technology, a leading maker of PC components, has introduced the world's lightest 11.6" notebook that is made of carbon fiber and weighs only 975 grams in default configuration. Carbon fiber is light yet tough, hence Gigabyte X11 promises to be exceptionally durable provided that it has proper inner design.
Gigabyte X11 is based on Intel Core i-series 3000 "Ivy Bridge" ultra low voltage microprocessor with advanced HD 4000 graphics adapter, sports 4GB DDR3 memory onboard (cannot be upgraded), 128GB solid-state drive with Intel Rapid Start technology, USB 3.0, 1Gb Ethernet, 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microSD slot and so on. The laptop features 11.6" LCD LED backlit display with 1366*768 resolution. The manufacturer also claims that it uses a special resonator and large diaphragm monomer to provide "a rich and large sound" with two 1W speaker drivers. The X11 uses Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.
Although Gigabyte X11 is 100 grams lighter than Apple MacBook Air 11", it has approximately similar dimensions: the thinnest part of the laptop is 0.3cm, the thickest part is 1.65cm (1.7cm for MBA 11"). Just like the MacBook Air 11", the X11 features 35Wh (4730mAh) li-polymer battery.
The manufacturer claims that the specific strength of carbon fiber notebook is 6 times stronger than that of an aluminum notebook, meanwhile it comes with higher elasticity coefficients.
X11 is made by "unique diamond weaving technique" with careful application of transparent or black paint coating, forming the Woven Diamond and Black Diamond classics X11. The Woven Diamond exposes the beauty of the original glaze carbon black and diamond weaving patterns. The Black Diamond applies the lacquer on the cover to show the meticulous texture.
Gigabyte X11 will have street price between $999 and 1299 and will hit the market in July, 2012.
Tags: Gigabyte, X11, Apple, macbook
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Discussion started: 06/01/12 07:10:50 AM
Latest comment: 06/01/12 05:06:23 PM
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This laptop is nice and light for it's size but the price is absurd for the hardware unless you're in the gold chain crowd where appearance is more important than performance or value.
Trinity laptops will be the mainstream laptop and best value. Carbon fiber is nice but not worth paying hundreds more for IMO.
I hope Gigabyte has sorted this laptop better than their desktop mobos of late which have a lot of issues regardless of CPU brand.
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When it comes at these price points into EUR zone, it is going to be a bestseller. More affordable than MBA and Asus UX, it is going to be a bomb once Gigabyte manages to work properly with the channel _and_ the retail.
P.S. This price is definitely OK for Europe. If it remains at that level...
06/01/12 05:02:01 PM]
"in the gold chain crowd where appearance is more important than performance or value"Appearance?
I got my X301 [you are not going to challenge the value of that ThinkPad] with no WWAN for $3300 in March, 2009 [in Estonia].
No appearance, no image, millions of people use similar. But it just works
Many things are expensive for a reason.
Not that I liked to pay for a $3K notebook, but at the time, I just had to. Perhaps, someone sees value in GBT's X1?
I do not see those expensive products as an impulse buy in the mainstream...
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