Gigabyte U2442T-CF1


Gigabyte U2442T-CF1Notebook: 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
Weight: 1.7kg
Price: 900 euro
Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

Reviews for the Gigabyte U2442T-CF1

80% Gigabyte U2442T-CF1 review
Source: IT Reviews English
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%
80% Gigabyte U2442T-CF1
Source: PC Mag English
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%

Foreign Reviews

Touch-14-Zöller mit GT 730M
Source: HardwareLuxx German 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).

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

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.

14.0": 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.7 kg: This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

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.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-06-25 (Update: 2013-06-25)