Gigabyte M704 is here. Suprisingly good first impressions.

Posted on 21 June 2008, Last updated on 23 June 2008 by

I remember how I raved about the Gigabyte U60 and Medion UMPCs. The spec appeared to be spot-on. Slider keyboard. 6.5″ screen, good size, 3hr battery life, real mouse pointer and a docking station. When it came to hands-on however, something was missing. The price, at 1000 Euro, just didn’t match the build and experience and along with many others, I was left a bit disappointed. Fast forward to the refresh, the Gigabyte M704, and things are different. The 7″ LED backlit 1024×600 screen is top-notch, the bump up to 1.2ghz on the VIA C7 has a very noticeable effect, the webcam is much better and the mouse controls are much more usable. Best of all, the price has dropped down to 760 Euros and, if you’re quick to order from Mobilx (aff.), includes a free docking station. As I sit here in the garden writing this on the M704 i’m wondering if its a better option for me than the Q1 Ultra. Keyboard, real mouse pointer, a real docking station and a better price is going to make many others think about this too.

I’ve got a three part unboxing and presentation video cooking in Movie Maker right now which will be uploaded later video available now and I’ll get a full review out later next week but in the meantime, check out my ongoing testing notes in the forum (feel free to ask questions) and check out the first set of photos in the gallery.

Full specs in the database. Many thanks to Mobilx (aff.) who sent the M704 over and are now able to ship the M704 globally, with the free docking station if you’re quick.

Post written on the M704 – Keyboard isnt bad at all!

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