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GIGABYTE Quietly Unveils New Dual-Core Netbooks

While most OEMs make it a point to announce to the world about product refreshes and new releases, some seemingly choose to do the direct opposite. Instead of making a big deal, these OEMs opt to quietly update the information on their webpages and wait for discerning consumers to sport the minor differences. Which in this case is precisely what GIGABYTE has done with its new Q2005 and M1005 netbooks.

Read on to find out more.

Given the timing, one might have thought that GIGABYTE would opt to wait a little longer and announce their new products only during CES next month, but it appears that the Taiwanese OEM could not hold back its enthusiasm after all. That is perfectly fine with us though: after all, nothing quite brightens up some hopes for the new year with the knowledge that netbooks are slowly but surely making their way into dual-core processor territory.

And considering that 2011 is only mere hours away, suffice to say that GIGABYTE’s new netbooks will also hold the distinction of being the last netbooks in 2010 to get the dual-core Atom treatment.

First up on the list is the Q2005, which sports the kind of hardware specifications one would expect to find on the average netbook sold in the market today. GIGABYTE’s product page claims that in addition to the N550 processor, the Q2005 makes use of a 10-inch screen which is capable of resolutions up to 1024 x 600, which is one of the more common display form factors found in most netbooks. In addition, the Q2005 has a single SODIMM slot which accepts DDR3 memory of up to 2GB per stick, and makes use of the standard 2.5” hard disk for data storage, so there is (theoretically) some room left for end-user upgrades.

Last but not least, the Q2005 also features standard wireless connectivity options such as Bluetooth and WiFi, and users can choose between a 3-cell or 6-cell battery to suit their usage patterns.

However, users who prefer to a more ‘desktop-like’ experience will probably find the M1005 more suited to their needs. Like the Q2005 mentioned above, the M1005 sports near identical hardware specifications: Intel Atom N550 processor, a 10-inch display with a maximum resolution of 1024 x 600, up to 2GB of DDR3 memory and the use of a standard 2.5-inch hard disk.

So what separates the M1005 from the Q2005? Well, besides the obvious naming differences, the M1005 comes bundled with an additional docking station, like the earlier M1022 BookTop before it. Apparently, GIGABYTE claims that the docking station makes all the difference when it comes to using the M1005 as a netbook or as a desktop replacement. And while we are not going to deny that docking a netbook for use with a monitor and keyboard does grant users certain desktop-like experience, we are rather sure that ‘Intel Atom’ and ‘GMA 3150’are not exactly the first words than comes to mind when people talk about a desktop-replacement.

Oh, and one more thing: no prices for either the Q2005 or the M1005 have been announced, so it is really anyone’s guess as to how much these netbooks (or “desktop-replacement” in the M1005’s case) will cost, or when they will be released locally, if at all. That being said, there is a very strong chance that they may just show up in CES 2011 next month, where more details will (hopefully) be revealed then.


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