Brand new processor power – the Gigabyte S1185 Padbook

Gigabyte, a manufacturer that is only known to many in connection with the production of motherboards, now offers fully-fledged computers from all segments. In addition to PC components, this also includes notebooks, netbooks, slates and tablets. Gigabyte recently introduced its latest product line at Computex in Taiwan. This also included a hybrid of tablet and notebook, the Gigabyte S1185 Padbook. We took a closer look at this interesting device based on Windows 8 and were thrilled.

Latest generation of processors included

Gigabyte presented its new products six months ago in Las Vegas, but has not yet launched them. They probably wanted to wait for the availability of the latest, so-called Haswell chips from Intel. These have the advantage of improved energy efficiency, which contributes to long battery runtimes even with computationally intensive use. According to the manufacturer, the S1185 Padbook achieves a battery life of 7-8 hours, despite excellent performance values ​​(maximum clock frequency of the processor: up to 2.7 GHz).

IPS and a specialty

Equipped with an 11.6 inch display, the Gigabyte S1185 Padbook offers an excellent picture even from very acute viewing angles. The resolution is 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD) and the case has a little surprise on board. On the side of the display there is an optical sensor that the user can use to move the mouse pointer. This is particularly useful when using the classic desktop within Windows 8.

Connectivity and storage

The owner of an S1185 Padbook communicates with the outside world via Bluetooth, WLAN and UMTS. The Padbook also has an HDMI and VGA connection, USB 2.0 / USB 3.0, a microSD card reader and a headphone connection. Up to 8 GB of main memory are available (basic version: 2 GB). The Padbook is optionally available with a 64, 128 or 256 GB SSD hard drive. Two cameras with 5 or 1.3 megapixels are available on the front and rear, thus completing the equipment.

Keyboard dock

To make longer use and intensive typing more convenient, there is a magnetically lockable keyboard for the Padbook, similar to the Surface Pro from Microsoft. This is sold separately, but in our opinion it is definitely one of them. Together with the stand integrated on the back of the tablet, the Padbook becomes a full-fledged notebook.

Conclusion

More and more manufacturers are relying on convertibles and / or hybrid designs. Gigabyte’s Padbook has succeeded in combining powerful hardware with the possibilities of using a tablet and a notebook. The only catch: The Padbook is relatively heavy compared to other tablets, but in our opinion it would be more likely to be used in “notebook mode” in conjunction with the keyboard anyway. The price is also likely to be a lot higher than that of “standard tablets” such as the iPad. We do not yet have exact manufacturer information.

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