As a technology news writer, I tend to spread my productivity between a capable PC, a handy laptop, and an ultra-portable Netbook. How I wish I had a single device that allowed me to blend all three formats.
Say hello to the Gigabyte Booktop T1132, which offers itself up as a 3-in-1 slab of hardware that’s described as part conventional PC, part versatile laptop and part ultra-portable tablet.
Boasting an 11.6-inch capacitive display (1366x768), the Booktop T1132 is powered by a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor (Sandy Bridge model 2467M), up to 8GBs of RAM, up to 750GBs of HDD data storage and Windows 7 Home Premium.
It also comes equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GT520m graphics with 1GB Optimus Switching Technology, a 1.3 mega-pixel camera, wireless LAN (b/g/n), WWAN 3.5G, Bluetooth v3.0, a multi card reader, and support for USB 3.0/2.0, HDMI and eSata.
Specifications aside, the computer’s main selling point is the flexibility of its form factor. While initially appearing much like a conventional laptop, the T1132 has a swivel-friendly screen capable of turning through 180 degrees and nestling down against the keyboard.
Once in this position, the Booktop then becomes a sassy—if somewhat bulky 1.76kg—tablet computer. And the system also supports an optional rotating dock, which allows users to enjoy a desktop all-in-one experience alongside a slot-in Super Multi DVD drive.
Gigabyte has not yet said exactly when the Booktop T1132 will arrive, but it’s likely to come attached to a price tag of around $1,300 USD.