SpecificationsNotebook: Gigabyte U2442V (U2442 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: no
Sold in: Anglo-America
Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Gigabyte U2442V
Source: Trusted Reviews
Great performance and value are the Gigabyte U2442V's trump cards. It has a few rough edges that mean it's not an outright recommendation, but for the right person this is good option.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 90% performance: 90% features: 70% display: 60% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% emissions: 70%
Gigabyte's desire to craft a high-specification Ultrabook is manifested in the £910 U2442. Well-built and easy on the eye on first glance, the Taiwanese firm marries the tastiest 17W Intel Core i7 chip to a genuine gaming-grade mobile GPU from NVIDIA, whose pretty pixels are served up on an above-average HD+ screen. Keeping the goodies rolling by using a fast SSD, the specification sheet is undeniably impressive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/07/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
A very strong showing out of the blocks from Gigabyte, the Gigabyte U2442 Ultrabook has a lot to recommend it. Gamers and power users will appreciate the Nvidia graphics and 8GB RAM, while everyday users will respond well to the lack of bloatware and clever features such as Smart Manager. It's true that both usability and style have been done better elsewhere on the Ultrabook scene. But the Gigabyte U2442 remains a powerful, portable Ultrabook that would do more than satisfy anyone who purchases it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/04/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
The 14-inch Gigabyte U2442 Ultrabook is a more accessible Ultrabook than the smaller Gigabyte X11, and should make a bit of a splash for the Taiwanese company when it lands in the UK in September.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/30/2012
Source: Pocket Lint
Overall it looks like Gigabyte has pretty much a one-off product here - at least until we hear what the competition has planned for later this year when Intel will officially unveil its new Ultrabook platform.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/06/2012
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/13/2012
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 85% display: 80% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 90%
The Gigabyte U2442V was intended to be a gaming ultrabook. So, it should deliver a lot of performance in the lightest and thinnest body possible. Its price is extremely attractive, which make you wonder how all this was possible at such a low price. At first glance, it does not disappoint. The slim design is minimalist and classy. Its weight certainly matches up to its portable aims at 1.59 kg. Then we come to the first glimpse of cost cutting in the form of the previous generation Intel i7-3517U processor which clocks in at 1.9 GHz. However, paired with 8 GB RAM it is blazingly fast and great value for the money. In addition, the laptop features a 128GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GT640M 2GB graphics card. Most games can be played at higher settings with no problems at all.
But all this brings focus to two of the biggest disappointments of the Gigabyte U2442V, which are the display and the battery life. The 14 inch 1600x900 resolution matte LED display is lackluster with narrow viewing angles and the colors are washed out. For a gaming machine, this letdown may be hard to swallow. The battery life is absolutely dismal. Despite the downsides, it certainly is good value for the money when compared to the competition out there. If display quality and battery life not important aspects, the price is certainly right.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M: Middle class graphics card of the 600M series based on the 28nm GK107 chip (Kepler architecture).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» 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 big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 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.
78.5%: 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.