SpecificationsNotebook: Gigabyte U2442T-CF1 (U2442 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 3230M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 900 euro
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Gigabyte U2442T-CF1
Source: IT Reviews
The Gigabyte U2442T-CF1 has most of the features that a high-end power user wants, including multimedia and 3D benchmark performance, a 10-point touch screen, and comfortable keyboard and chassis. It's up to you to decide if the few tradeoffs are worth it, or relegate the system to also-ran status.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
As a power users' system, the Gigabyte U2442T-CF1 is a good choice, though the tradeoffs that that had to be made show through if you focus on any given feature. The screen resolution is far lower than the Editors' Choice Acer Aspire S7-391-6411, necessitated by the inclusion of discrete Nvidia graphics by Gigabyte. The U2442T-CF1 had to fit in an ultrabook chassis with a smaller screen, so it doesn't last as long on battery life as the Vizio CT15T-B1. To save a little money here and there, the U2442T-CF1 doesn't have 5GHz Wi-Fi. To be sure there are welcome niceties as well, like the two-year warranty and lack of bloatware. The Gigabyte U2442T-CF1 is a very nice laptop, but not necessarily the best, so the Acer Aspire S7 holds on to its high-end ultrabook crown.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Positive: sound 14'' notebook Negative: unremarkable design; low display quality
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/20/2013
Model: The Gigabyte U2442T-CF1 does not stand out from the crowd of 13 inch ultrabooks currently on the market. It looks like any other machine with its brushed metal lid. But it is a little heavier at 1.8 kg. It is well built, keyboard and touchpad are responsive and comfortable to use for long periods. The display sports a 1366 x 768 resolution, most similar machines at similar price points feature a full HD screen. Under the hood is the third generation Intel Core i5-3230M processor, 8GB of RAM and the Nvidia GeForce GT 730. Also included is a combination of a regular HDD for storage and a SSD as a boot drive which means ultra fast boot times.
With the discrete graphics from Nvidia, this ultrabook slightly sets itself apart from others in terms of gaming and handling other more graphic intensive tasks. This is also the machine to consider for those who need a machine for graphic editing. The Gigabyte U2442T-CF1 might performs great overall, but unfortunately it’s powered by a third generation Intel Core, which means it has none of the power saving goodness of the Haswell architecture. The battery will only last approximately 5 hours of moderate use. This is decent enough, but won't do for users who will be working away from power outlets for most of the day. Overall, the Gigabyte U2442T-CF1 is a nice enough machine, but there are better options out there.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M:
Rebranded GeForce GT 645M/640M with minimal improvements to power consumption. Can also be based on the slower GK208 chip (only 64 bit memory interface).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
3230M: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based dual-core, includes HD 4000 GPU, core clock 2.6 - 3.2 GHz» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
Gigabyte: GIGABYTE Technology is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of computer hardware products best known for its motherboards. Established in 1986, its major customers include custom boutique PC manufacturers such as Alienware. Secondary lines in the company's product portfolio include complete PCs, laptops, optical drives, LCD monitors, keyboards, mice, cooling components, mobile phones and high end mobile phone products (PDA phone, TV phone etc.), networking equipment, power supplies, and a line of barebone mid and full sized ATX computer cases. Gigabyte laptop reviews are rare and the global laptop market share low.
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.