I’m sitting on the ICE high speed train from Amsterdam to DÃ¼sseldorf on the return journey of a combined 6-day business and pleasure trip that has been a big test for the GigabyteT1028M. Gigabytes newest netbook has been in backpakcs, friends houses, in exhibition halls, in cafes, trains and hotels. It’s been used for email, blogging, photo editing, video editing and website administration connected via both WiFi and the retro-fitted 3G module (a Mobilx extra) that uses the built-in SIM slot and 3G antenna.
Right now, as I think about how I’m going to write about how the Touchnote performed this week, I’m really struggling to think of anything that’s wrong with it. Maybe a sharper, matt screen would help and if I’m honest, I don’t like the handbag style case. I’m also struggling to get used to the mouse pointers on the side of the mouse pad but it’s hardly a major complaint. The only significant point to mention would be the battery life which comes in at between 3.25 and 4hrs depending on WiFi On or Off usage. The 6-cell (or a battery pack similar to the one I use) is recommended for anyone wanting to use it for more than a few hour-long sessions between charging.
Nothing much has changed since I gave my first impressions but let me quickly give you the important points againâ€¦.
- 3G (module retro-fitted by Mobilx) uses built in SIM and antenna and provides excellent reception. Having a built-in antenna is always an advantage and letting the reseller or end-user choose the 3G module is exactly the right thing to do. I hope other OEMs learn from this. 3G quality on the Touchnote is one of the high-points for me.
- Miminal Noise. if you’re in bed of in a very quiet office you’ll notice it, but not in normal use.
- Minimal heat, as above, you might notice it if you try.
- Touch layer works extremely well. Fast, fun and accurate on the 10 inch screen.
- SD card slot is fast and reliable. Great for transferring photos.
- Battery life is a consistent 3.25hrs with WiFi on, 4hrs with radio’s off.
- Keyboard accurate. Small amount of ‘click clack’ on this device but it doesn’t affect typing accuracy.
- Brightness and sharpness good but not the highest quality available
- SATA hard drive noticeably faster than my Medion Akoya Mini. (Same as MSI Wind.)
- Resume, standby quick and reliable (Note: One or two hung hibernations.)
- Rotation used once for a photo slide-show. 180-degree fold-back used a few times for laid-back browsing.
- Style, nice, different. The brown color is tasteful.
- Size and weight acceptable. 1KG would be a lot better but it is no heavier than the average 10 inch netbook.
- No scratches. (Case is good for protection despite it’s looks )
- Solid screen hinge (better than the M912)
- BT 2.1 and Draft-N wireless support (Draft-N tested ok with Apple Air Port.)
- Good quality on-screen control panel and access button on left-hand-side of device.
- Overall build quality good (no creaking plastic. finishing good.)
- Uses lightweight power supply unit at 12VDC.
Overall, the Touchnote delivers a quality experience and given its touchscreen and upgradability, is usable in more scenarios than the average netbook. Its a definate upgrade on some of the earlier netbooks. For me, it’s a significant step up from my Medion Akoya Mini and although I’m interested in the Asus T101H, I don’t see a reason to wait for it. The T1028 has everything I need in a netbook/notebook/laptop and so I’ll be handing over my money to Mobilx.
More information on the Gigabyte Touchnote T1028M information page. (Images, links, specifications, guest comments.)
Thanks to Mobilx for the loan of the Touchnote T1028M with fitted 3G module.