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Gigabyte introduces U21MD 3-in-1 with unique dock

Gigabyte U21MD 3-in-1 convertible with optional docking station, Haswell processors and Windows 8
Gigabyte U21MD convertible
This 11.6-inch versatile portable will be available with various Haswell processors, up to 8 GB of memory and 1.5 TB of storage, Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater technology, Windows 8.

Next to the new 15.6-inch gaming laptop P15F v2, Gigabyte announced last week the 11.6-inch convertible PC U21MD. This portable comes with a swivel hinge that allows to be used as both a tablet or a laptop and the optional D21 docking station which provides desktop PC capabilities. According to the official press release, the U21MD "is the only laptop currently offering unmatched 3-in-1 flexibility for users looking for a versatile laptop."

These are the various options available for the Gigabyte U21MD convertible:

  • Processors: Intel Core i5-4200U with Intel HD Graphics 4400 or Intel Pentium 3558U with Intel HD Graphics
  • Display: 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch with 1,366X768 pixels
  • Memory/Storage: 4/8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz in two slots; dual storage with up to 512 GB mSATA and 1.5 TB HDD (single 1 TB SSHD option also available)
  • Camera: HD webcam
  • Connectivity: 3.5G antenna built-in and optional 3.5G module, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 1000 Mbps Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0+LE, 2XUSB 3.0, 2XUSB 2.0, HDMI. D-Sub, SD card reader
  • Docking station ports: 3XUSB 3.0, 2XUSB 2.0, HDMI, RJ45, 2Xaudio jack, docking connector
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 or 8.1 Pro
  • Battery: lithium-polymer 7.4 V and 48.84 Wh
  • Dimensions/Weight: 11.73X8.91X0.79 inches; 3.06 pounds (with battery and m-SSD) or 3.28 pounds (with battery, m-SSD and HDD)

The Gigabyte U21MD has a standard chiclet keyboard and a backlit keyboard optionally available, also coming with Kensington Lock and Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater audio. Unfortunately, pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

Gigabyte U21MD with docking station
Gigabyte U21MD 3-in-1 convertible with optional docking station, Haswell processors and Windows 8
Gigabyte U21MD display backwards
Gigabyte U21MD 3-in-1 convertible with optional docking station, Haswell processors and Windows 8
Gigabyte U21MD tablet mode
Gigabyte U21MD 3-in-1 convertible with optional docking station, Haswell processors and Windows 8
Gigabyte U21MD closed lid
Gigabyte U21MD 3-in-1 convertible with optional docking station, Haswell processors and Windows 8
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Author: Codrut Nistor, 2014-06- 5 (Update: 2014-06- 5)