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Review Gigabyte Padbook S1185 Convertible

Sascha Mölck (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 11/01/2013

Padbook. A small track point is the characteristic feature of Gigabyte's latest Windows convertible (Windows 8). The other components are also interesting: A Core i5 processor in combination with a Full HD IPS display and an attachable keyboard. Can the device convince us in practice?

For the original German review, see here.

Gigabyte does not call its S1185 a tablet, but gives the device the name Padbook. It is a convertible, a combination of a tablet and a subnotebook. A powerful processor, a fast Solid State Disk and comparatively extensive port equipment for a tablet lay the foundations for a successful device. We checked if that is the case.

We consider the Wortmann Terra Mobile Pad 1160 Pro (Core i5-3337UHD Graphics 4000) and Microsoft's Surface Pro (Core i5-3317UHD Graphics 4000) as the main competitors.

Case

The Gigabyte S1185.
The Gigabyte S1185.
Hands-free operation thanks to the kickstand.
Hands-free operation thanks to the kickstand.
The S1185 closed.
The S1185 closed.

Similar to the Wortmann Terra Mobile Pad, Gigabyte uses a plastic case while Microsoft equips its Surface Pro with a magnesium alloy. The back of the S1185 as well as the keyboard are brown and the tablet is surrounded by a silver plastic frame. The S1185 is also equipped with a kickstand, just like the Surface Pro; it enables hands-free operation of the device. However, the kickstand only supports one position, you cannot choose between multiple angles. 

The stability of the case could be better since we were able to twist the device but the build quality is otherwise convincing. With a weight of 1 kg and 1.4 kg (with attached keyboard), (~2.2 and 3.1 pounds respectively), our S1185 is on the same level as its rivals. 

Attaching the keyboard is very easy and you cannot really make any mistakes. The magnets will do the rest for you as soon as the tablet and the keyboard are close together. You can also use the attached keyboard as a protective cover for the display and close the device just like a typical notebook. A magnet keeps the keyboard in position when the device is closed. 

Connectivity

Within our three mentioned devices, the S1185 has the most comprehensive port variety. Besides two USB ports, you can attach external displays via HDMI and VGA. All ports of the S1185 are located at the left or right side of the case; the ports are not too far inside the case and not too close to each other, either. Even bulkier peripherals should not be a problem.
One thing that should be pointed out is that all the ports are located on the tablet, so cables will hang from the sides when you use the kickstand. This could be a problem, especially with thicker and heavier HDMI cables since the port would be at the upper right side in this scenario. 

Left side: Power button, display lock, USB 2.0, stereo jack, mouse buttons
Left side: Power button, display lock, USB 2.0, stereo jack, mouse buttons
Right side: Power, VGA, card reader, USB 3.0, HDMI, volume rocker, SIM card tray
Right side: Power, VGA, card reader, USB 3.0, HDMI, volume rocker, SIM card tray

Communication

Gigabyte equips the S1185 with an Intel WLAN module (Centrino Wireless-N 2230), which also supports Bluetooth 4.0. A quick performance check with Windows shows full bars in all situations, it does not matter if the tablet is close to the router (around 3 meters/~10 feet) or on another floor.

The S1185 also has a SIM card slot, so you can use the Internet on the road. Besides the SIM card there is a slot for a 3G/3.5G modem (UMTS-ready), you will only have to upgrade a fitting module. According to the FAQs on Gigabyte's website, the Huawei EM820W modem is the only module that works with the S1185. The necessary drivers can also be downloaded on Gigabyte's website. At the time of this review we found the module for 80-90 Euros (~$108-$121) on the Internet.

More specifically, the website only says that the mentioned Huawei modem is the only 3.5G modem, which can be used. This does however not mean that other 3G modems will not work. We installed an old HSPDA modem from Dell (Wireless 5505; retail price 5 Euros/~$7) and the needed driver is available on Dell's website. The module was recognized and we could use it without problems. Other modules might also work but you have to try it. 

Webcams

The Gigabyte tablet has two camera modules: The main camera at the back with a 5 MP sensor and the front camera with a resolution of 1.3 MP, at least according to the specs. The camera app of Windows only shows a maximum resolution of 0.9 MP. The results are very blurry pictures. Even the main camera should only be used for occasional snapshots. 

Main camera at the back (5 MP)
Main camera at the back (5 MP)
Front camera (0.9 MP)
Front camera (0.9 MP)
Reference (Canon Powershot SX220 HS, 12 MP)
Reference (Canon Powershot SX220 HS, 12 MP)

Accessories

Gigabyte does not follow the common trend to minimize the accessories and includes a protective bag for the S1185 besides the usual documents (manual, warranty information). There is also a driver DVD as well as an OEM version of PowerDVD 10.

Operating System and Recovery

The S1185 is delivered with a preinstalled version of Windows 8 Pro (64-bit), but there is no additional Windows DVD. You can start the Windows recovery system via the F9 key or the volume down button on the tablet during start-up. 

You can download the Smart Recovery Generator (file size: 1.3 GB) in the download area on Gigabyte’s website. It can use a USB drive (at least 16 GB storage) as a recovery drive. We highly recommend this method when you purchase the tablet to be prepared for the worst case. 

The Gigabyte Smart Recovery Generator.
The Gigabyte Smart Recovery Generator.
You can download the tool on the website.
You can download the tool on the website.

Maintenance

It is possible to maintain the tablet. To access the components you have to remove the back of the tablet, which is not a big problem. Just loosen five Torx screws and carefully remove the cover with a sharp object. After that, you gain access to the memory, SSD, WLAN module, fan, BIOS battery, UMTS slot as well as the battery.

The tablet has one memory slot, which is equipped with a common DDR3L module (4 GB) ex-works. According to Gigabyte, the maximum amount of memory is 8 GB. Gigabyte decided to integrate an mSATA Solid State Disk; the module in our review unit is only half-sized. However, you can also integrate full-sized mSATA drives. The removal of the fan is possible if you want to clean it and even the BIOS battery and the tablet battery can be replaced.

Warranty

The standard warranty period for the S1185 is 24 months, which is identical to the Surface Pro and the Terra Mobile Pad. We could not find any warranty extensions for the S1185.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The scope of delivery includes an attachable chiclet keyboard, which is an advantage over the Surface Pro. The standard keys are 15 x 15 mm; the flat and slightly roughened keys have limited travel and a good feedback, even though it could be firmer. We could determine some bouncing during typing, especially in the center of the keyboard. Still, the overall quality of the input device is acceptable, even though it can obviously not compete with very good notebook keyboards, which can be found in the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145, for instance. 

Touchpad

small touchpad (8.2 x 5.1 cm/~3.2 x 2.0 inches) is below the keyboard. Its smooth surface provides excellent gliding capabilities. The touchpad also supports multi-touch gestures, which can be configured individually in the settings. The two mouse buttons have a short travel and a clearly perceptible and audible pressure point. 

Besides the touchpad, there is another input device for the cursor directly on the tablet: Next to the right display edge is an optical sensor that recognizes movements of your finger, the cursor moves according to the movement of the finger. This works really well and the sensor is also a mechanical button at the same time that can be used as the left mouse button. On the opposite side of the tablet are two additional mechanical buttons that represent the left and right mouse button, respectively. This additional input device is very sophisticated; you can hold the tablet with two hands and operate it with the thumbs at the same time. However, you will have to get used to the location of the two mechanical buttons. You usually grab the tablet at this position so unwanted mouse clicks can be a problem.

Touchscreen

We cannot find any points of criticism in regard to the touchscreen: Gigabyte uses a capacitive touch panel that executes inputs without delays. A button at the left side of the tablet locks the display orientation. 

The attachable keyboard.
The attachable keyboard.
There is some kind of mini touchpad at the tablet...
There is some kind of mini touchpad at the tablet...
...as well as two separate mouse buttons.
...as well as two separate mouse buttons.

Display

Gigabyte equips the S1185 with a glossy 11.6-inch display and a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Other display versions are not available. Similar to the Surface Pro, the S1185 also uses an IPS panel. An average brightness of 288.1 cd/m² is a good result but cannot keep up with the excellent values of the Surface Pro (355.9 cd/m²). The Terra Mobile Pad on the other hand is clearly behind the competition with 254.2 cd/m². 

288
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 310 cd/m²
Average: 288.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 309 cd/m²
Black: 0.317 cd/m²
Contrast: 975:1
Gigabyte S1185 vs. sRGB
Gigabyte S1185 vs. sRGB
Gigabyte S1185 vs. AdobeRGB
Gigabyte S1185 vs. AdobeRGB

The results for the contrast ratio (975:1) and black value (0.317 cd/m²) are very good and the S1185 can even surpass the Surface Pro (742:1 and 0.5 cd/m²) and the Terra Mobile Pad (755:1 and 0.38 cd/m²). Our review unit cannot cover the AdobeRGB or sRGB color spaces; the sRGB coverage is just shy of 75%. However, these values are mainly important for professional picture editing.

The color accuracy of the display is decent: The average DeltaE-2000 deviation is just 3.82. Almost all colors are within the target area (DeltaE less than 5). This value is only exceeded by three warm colors but we could not determine a blue cast from the display. 

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

You can actually use the tablet outdoors – contrast and display brightness are sufficient for that. You should however avoid reflections, for instance under direct sunlight. Otherwise, you will not recognize very much on the display. 

The viewing angle stability is excellent, just as we expected from the IPS display. You can see the display content from every position.

The S1185 outdoors.
The S1185 outdoors.
Viewing angles Gigabyte S1185.
Viewing angles Gigabyte S1185.

Performance

Gigabyte offers a tablet that can also be used for working on the road. You can equip the S1185 with a 3G module and comfortable typing is no problem thanks to the attachable keyboard. The Core i5 processor in combination with the fast SSD provides a high system performance that is sufficient for most usage scenarios. Our review unit is currently available for 999 Euros (~$1347), but you can also get the Padbook for 789 Euros (~$1064) if you are satisfied with a Pentium 2117U, a smaller SSD (64 GB) and the standard version of Windows 8.  

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
System information Gigabyte S1185

Processor

The heart of the S1185 is a Core i5-3337U. The dual-core CPU is based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and has a nominal clock of 1.8 GHz. The clock can be raised to 2.5 GHz (both cores) and 2.7 GHz (one core), respectively, via Turbo Boost. 

The processor runs with 2.5 GHz in the Single-Thread tests of Cinebench, we can only see the maximum 2.7 GHz for short periods. We also determined a clock of 2.5 GHz for the Multithread tests; the results are therefore on an expected level. The results of the Terra Mobile Pad (Core i5-3337UHD Graphics 4000) are virtually identical because of the same processor. Microsoft’s Surface Pro (Core i5-3317UHD Graphics 4000) on the other hand is slightly slower because of the lower clocked CPU.

Even though all three devices use the same GPU we can see higher results from the Surface Pro in the GL benchmarks. We can quickly see the reason for this: Only Microsoft’s tablet has a dual-channel memory configuration, which improves the graphics performance.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3742
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7712
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5212
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4747 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9629 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5423 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
12.86 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.5 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.12 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
8.47 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
224 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
95 Points
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte S1185
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Phison SSG128GPTC0-S81
12.86 fps ∼10%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
8.21 fps ∼7% -36%
Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch 20257
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2127U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
9.38 fps ∼8% -27%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
9.59 fps ∼8% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
10.81 fps ∼9% -16%
Acer W700-53334G12as
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba THNSNS128GMCP
11.5 fps ∼9% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S
HD Graphics 4000, 3339Y, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD256HAGM
11.61 fps ∼9% -10%
Wortmann Terra Mobile Pad 1160 Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, 128 GB SATA SSD
11.86 fps ∼10% -8%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
15.78 fps ∼13% +23%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte S1185
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Phison SSG128GPTC0-S81
2.5 Points ∼14%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.66 Points ∼4% -74%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.02 Points ∼6% -59%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.3 Points ∼7% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch 20257
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2127U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.51 Points ∼9% -40%
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S
HD Graphics 4000, 3339Y, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD256HAGM
1.8 Points ∼10% -28%
Acer W700-53334G12as
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba THNSNS128GMCP
2.18 Points ∼12% -13%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
2.39 Points ∼14% -4%
Wortmann Terra Mobile Pad 1160 Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, 128 GB SATA SSD
2.5 Points ∼14% 0%

System Performance

Operating the system is fast and smooth; we can clearly see the impact of the fast Solid State Drive. The excellent PCMark results confirm this impression. The Terra Mobile Pad (Core i5-3337U, HD Graphics 4000) has a slower SSD and is slightly behind the S1185 while the Surface Pro (Core i5-3317UHD Graphics 4000) is once again superior because of the dual-channel memory. 

4.5
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.2
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
8.1
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage10886 points
PCMark 74393 points
PCMark 8 Home2386 points
PCMark 8 Creative2204 points
PCMark 8 Work3742 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte S1185
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Phison SSG128GPTC0-S81
4393 Points ∼66%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1232 Points ∼19% -72%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1254 Points ∼19% -71%
Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx K3011W mit K30PK11
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB eMMC Flashspeicher
1421 Points ∼21% -68%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1973 Points ∼30% -55%
Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch 20257
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2127U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2144 Points ∼32% -51%
Wortmann Terra Mobile Pad 1160 Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, 128 GB SATA SSD
3906 Points ∼59% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S
HD Graphics 4000, 3339Y, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD256HAGM
3935 Points ∼59% -10%
Acer W700-53334G12as
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Toshiba THNSNS128GMCP
4311 Points ∼65% -2%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
4813 Points ∼73% +10%

Storage Solution

Gigabyte uses a 128 GB mSATA Solid State Drive (half size) from Phison. The SSD provides fast read performance but cannot keep up with the latest SSDs in terms of write performance.  

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
AS SSD
AS SSD
Phison SSG128GPTC0-S81
Transfer Rate Minimum: 284.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 306.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 294.1 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 75.5 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.5 %
AS SSD - Seq Write (sort by value)
Gigabyte S1185
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Phison SSG128GPTC0-S81
97.35 MB/s ∼10%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
86.91 MB/s ∼9% -11%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
104.17 MB/s ∼10% +7%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite 905S3G-K01DE
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
125.62 MB/s ∼12% +29%
RunCore Pro V mSATA
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ, RunCore Pro V mSATA 120 GB
175.59 MB/s ∼17% +80%
Dell Precision M6700
Quadro K5000M, 3940XM, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
241.78 MB/s ∼24% +148%
Schenker XMG C703
GeForce GTX 765M, 4700HQ, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB
481.5 MB/s ∼47% +395%
AS SSD - 4K Write (sort by value)
Gigabyte S1185
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Phison SSG128GPTC0-S81
37.61 MB/s ∼29%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite 905S3G-K01DE
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
33.34 MB/s ∼25% -11%
Microsoft Surface Pro
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
39.11 MB/s ∼30% +4%
Dell Precision M6700
Quadro K5000M, 3940XM, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
40.7 MB/s ∼31% +8%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
41.72 MB/s ∼32% +11%
Schenker XMG C703
GeForce GTX 765M, 4700HQ, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB
86.3 MB/s ∼65% +129%
RunCore Pro V mSATA
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ, RunCore Pro V mSATA 120 GB
101.47 MB/s ∼77% +170%

Graphics

Graphics are handled by the HD Graphics 4000 GPU. It supports DirectX 11 and has a clock between 350 and 1,100 MHz. The 3DMark results are worse than this CPU/GPU combination would suggest. Our stress test shows that neither the processor nor the graphics card can maintain their full performance under load. The Surface Pro (Core i5-3317UHD Graphics 4000) and the Terra Mobile Pad (Core i5-3337UHD Graphics 4000) get higher scores. Microsoft’s tablet once again benefits from the dual-channel memory configuration. 

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
3457 points
3DMark Vantage2547 points
3DMark 11581 points
3DMark Ice Storm20592 points
3DMark Cloud Gate2289 points
3DMark Fire Strike387 points
Help
Gigabyte S1185
Intel Core i5-3337U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Phison SSG128GPTC0-S81
Wortmann Terra Mobile Pad 1160 Pro
Intel Core i5-3337U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 128 GB SATA SSD
Microsoft Surface Pro
Intel Core i5-3317U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064M
3DMark (2013)
25%
45%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score2059227991
36%
32347
57%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score22893081
35%
3503
53%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score387407
5%
487
26%

Gaming Performance

The hardware equipment of the Padbook is powerful enough to play some games with low resolutions and reduced details. An older game like Trackmania Nations Forever can even be played with high details. Games that were specifically developed for Windows tablets are no problem at all.

low med.high ultra
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 17745.7fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 33.716.49.9fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 33.213.7fps

Emissions

System Noise

We can measure a system noise of 31.2 up to 31.8 dB(A) for the S1185 during idle, which is very similar to the Terra Mobile Pad (31.5 up to 32.2 dB(A)). Both devices can however not keep up with the Surface Pro (29.5 dB(A)). Medium workloads and maximum load (stress test, Prime 95 and FurMark simultaneously) result in 37.1 and 37.3 dB(A), respectively. These results are better than the Surface Pro (38.2 and 40.9 dB(A)) and the Wortmann tablet (39.8 and 41 dB(A)). 

Noise Level

Idle 31.2 / 31.5 / 31.8 dB(A)
Load 37.1 / 37.4 dB(A)
 
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silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test Gigabyte S1185.
Stress test Gigabyte S1185.

Temperatures during idle are no problem for any of the three tablets, with the lowest results for the Terra Mobile Pad. The temperatures of the S1185 are higher under load but not critical by any means. We could only measure temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in the area of the fan exhaust. The situation is very similar for the Surface Pro while Wortmann’s tablet even reaches more than 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) at one spot.

We can only see the maximum CPU and GPU performance for one minute during our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously) before the clocks are reduced to 1.2 GHz for the processor and 650-750 MHz for the GPU, respectively – with attached PSU and on battery power. Another 3DMark run immediately after our stress test was identical to the earlier result. The CPU temperature leveled off at around 64 degrees Celsius (147.2 Fahrenheit) with the attached PSU. 

 29.9 °C33 °C30.5 °C 
 25.1 °C29.3 °C27.8 °C 
 27.1 °C26.6 °C24.6 °C 
Maximum: 33 °C
Average: 28.2 °C
31.6 °C40.2 °C32.7 °C
25.1 °C29 °C27 °C
24 °C25.2 °C25.1 °C
Maximum: 40.2 °C
Average: 28.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  31.8 °C | Room Temperature 21.6 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the S1185 are on both sides at the back of the tablet. They produce a rich sound but lack bass; voices are easy to understand. We recommend external speakers or headphones for a better sound experience. 

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Padbook consumes up to 12.8 Watts during idle, which is again comparable to the Terra Mobile Pad. The Surface Pro is more frugal, not least because of the smaller screen. Medium load (3DMark 06) or maximum load (stress test, Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously) result in 29.2 and 25.3 Watts, respectively. The latter value is lower because the tablet throttles the CPU and GPU clock under maximum load. Both the Surface Pro (36.8 and 43.2 Watts) and the Wortmann tablet (34.6 and 32.9 Watts) need more energy. 

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.4 Watt
Idle / 12.1 / 12.8 Watt
Load 29.2 / 25.3 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The S1185 only manages a battery runtime of 5:25 hours during idle, both the Surface Pro (6:56 hours) and especially the Terra Mobile Pad (11:42 hours) have more stamina. We check the idle runtimes with the Battery Eater Reader's Test; the display brightness is reduced to the minimum, all energy-saving features are active and the wireless modules are turned off. The minimum runtime under load is just 1 hour and 37 minutes, which is similar to the Surface Pro (1:33 hours). The Wortmann tablet is once again the winner with 2 hours and 51 minutes. 

Our WLAN-Test is finished after 3:19 hours, which is again inferior to the Microsoft tablet (4:45 hours) and the Terra Mobile Pad (8:44 hours). This test simulates web browsing with a script that refreshes websites every 40 seconds. The energy-saving profile is active and the display brightness is adjusted to around 150 cd/m². 

The biggest drawback of the device is the small battery and therefore the short runtimes. It is not surprising that the Terra Mobile Pad is the winner of the tests since it has the largest battery (Gigabyte: 39 Wh, Microsoft: 42 Wh, Wortmann: 73 Wh).


Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 25min
WiFi Surfing
3h 19min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 37min

Verdict

The Gigabyte S1185.
The Gigabyte S1185.

The Gigabyte S1185 knows how to please. It offers good system performance and has a great Full HD display (IPS). The attachable keyboard is also provided. If you need Internet on the road, you can install a 3G modem. We also liked the comparatively good maintainability of the tablet. You can replace, for instance, the SSD with a higher-capacity version. Gigabyte could offer a really good tablet if it was not for the poor battery runtimes. They are even shorter than many cheap notebooks because of the small battery capacity. This makes it quite hard to use the tablet on the road because you are constantly looking for a power socket. This problem could be easily solved with a larger battery and we hope Gigabyte will fix this when it comes to a potential successor. 

If you are looking for the best battery runtimes you should pick the Wortmann Terra Mobile Pad 1160 Pro. It also has a good keyboard and is equipped with a 3G module. Microsoft's Surface Pro is interesting if you are interested in a high-quality case. The tablet is also more compact than the rivals because of the smaller display.

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In Review: Gigabyte S1185
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Specifications

Gigabyte S1185

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM77 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3L, Single-Channel, one slot (occupied, one 4 GB module)
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4000, Core: 350-1100 MHz, 9.18.10.3071
:: Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, capacitive, Chi Mei N116HSE-EA1, IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Phison SSG128GPTC0-S81, 128 GB , 88 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: combined stereo jack, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: position sensor, ambient light sensor,
:: Networking
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 13.5 x 304 x 187
:: Weight
1.4 kg Power Supply: 0.139 kg
:: Battery
39 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 7.4 V, 5270 mAh
:: Price
1039 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: Front: 0.9 MP, Rear: 5 MP, Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PowerDVD 10, Microsoft Office 365 (trial), Windows Essential 2012, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The S1185 has rounded corners.
The S1185 has rounded corners.
The kickstand...
The kickstand...
... has one position.
... has one position.
After the removal of the screws...
After the removal of the screws...
...you can open the tablet.
...you can open the tablet.
One memory slot is available.
One memory slot is available.
You can replace the SSD...
You can replace the SSD...
...and clean the fan.
...and clean the fan.
Good: There are two WLAN antennas.
Good: There are two WLAN antennas.
The tablet is UMTS-ready.
The tablet is UMTS-ready.
You can replace the bios battery.
You can replace the bios battery.
The battery is removable.
The battery is removable.
It is only attached with a small connector.
It is only attached with a small connector.
The battery has a capacity of 39 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 39 Wh.
The PSU weighs about 139 grams/~5 ounces...
The PSU weighs about 139 grams/~5 ounces...
...and has a rated output of 40 Watts.
...and has a rated output of 40 Watts.
Two speakers at the back of the tablet.
Two speakers at the back of the tablet.
Sensitive rubber feet.
Sensitive rubber feet.
The Gigabyte S1185 outdoors.
The Gigabyte S1185 outdoors.

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Pro

+Maintainability
+Comparatively extensive port equipment
+UMTS-ready
+Fast SSD
+Great IPS display
+Useful input devices
+Excellent keyboard is provided
 

Cons

-Poor battery runtimes because of the small battery

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What we like

The great IPS display and the comparatively good maintainability.

What we miss

No doubt: Better battery runtimes.

What surprises us

Gigabytes integrates a small battery that does not last a full day, even though the tablet is also intended for professional use.

The competition

Wortmann Terra Mobile Pad 1160 Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro, Acer Iconia W700-53334G12as, HP EliteBook Revolve 810Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro XE700T1C A02, Fujitsu Stylistic Q702, MSI S20-i541 UltraSlider, Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx K3011, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145 (subnotebook), Acer Aspire V5-131 (subnotebook), Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch 20257 (subnotebook)

Rating

Gigabyte S1185
04/23/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
71 / 98 → 72%
Keyboard
54%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
55 / 95 → 58%
Weight
70 / 78 → 81%
Battery
81%
Display
83%
Games Performance
48 / 85 → 56%
Application Performance
77%
Temperature
84%
Noise
90%
Audio
50%
Camera
46 / 85 → 54%
Average
69%
77%
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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Review Gigabyte Padbook S1185 Convertible
Author: Sascha Mölck, 2013-11- 1 (Update: 2013-11- 3)