The Tablet Gigabyte S1080 comes with Windows 7 Home Premium. This is a tablet with a square design and is based on Intel Atom N570 at 1.66GHz.
Gigabyte is a large Taiwanese producer of PC components, known for motherboards and video cards. But in its portfolio also includes laptops, monitors, optical drives, accessories and the list goes on. Today, we tested the Gigabyte S1080 tablet. The model is not new, the first information about it appeared in early 2011. But we agreed to take a look into more like a curiosity and to see what Gigabyte made in this direction.
The Tablet Gigabyte S1080 is a benchmark in this niche, but certainly will find people who enjoy its performances. Windows 7 supports touch screens, but is not an operating system compatible with the tablets work. So Gigabyte S1080 can quickly turn into a notebook by attaching external keyboard.
I found it in the box and we took the best of it. Besides the keyboard, the gadget is compatible with a very practical docking station. I don't like to analyze the tablet in the laptops or mini laptops segment because they lose the battle, especially comparing the price. That leaves the Gigabyte S1080 tablet and I will analyze in this regard.
The design is compact, angular and rounded. Is square and can appeal to some. Much like those models in the market competing with Windows 7. Its dimensions are 270 (W) x 173 (D) x 14.94 (H) mm and weighs about 900 grams, which doesn't provides impressive portability for a tablet.
I appreciated that it is equipped with an optical navigation button with mouse buttons left / right. The design and recommended accessories urges the user to use the tablet as a laptop and I do not think this is a positive factor. The tablet is based on a dual-core Intel Atom N570 at 1.66GHz, 2GB DDR3, 320GB hard drive and Windows 7 Home Premium. The display is touchscreen, 10.1-inch multi-touch function with a resolution of 1024 x 600. At first glance, one might say that we have a touch screen netbook.
Performance is good compared to those offered by netbooks. I used the tablet for multimedia, office apps and gaming. I had no way to run the last appearances in the games segment, but is doing very well with small TV online applications or standard package included with Windows.
Added to the tablets with Windows are ports and connectivity. Gigabyte S1080 comes equipped with USB ports (3.0) x 1, USB (2.0) x 1, D-sub, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out, SD card reader, DC-in jack and even VGA. Connectivity is provided by the LAN port: 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth V3.0 + HS. The model tested by me had a SIM card slot, compatible with 3G connection. A negative factor is the range, providing approximately 2.5 hours in normal use. The Gigabyte S1080 tablet does not come out with anything from netbooks with Intel Atom and is outdated by some models. In this chapter, speaking of tablets, it needs a range greater than 3-4 hours.
The conclusion is optimistic, not for the S1080 but for Gigabyte. Gigabyte S1080 doesn't surprised us with something special. With a configuration worthy of a netbook and along with its Windows 7 we decided to use the tablet more on a mini-laptop position. Not denying that there will be users for this gadget, but those with patience can enjoy Windows 8 and Ivy Bridge processors in a few months. We can say that Gigabyte did very well in design, construction, strength and tend to believe that will make something better with Windows 8.
The tablet is much cheaper compared to Android or iOS models, if we consider the performance and connectivity options and multiple ports. I would like to find an HDMI port instead of VGA in the future! After all, a normal tablet for normal users.