Gigabyte U21MD is an Ultrabook, Tablet and Desktop Rolled Into One

Pulkit Chandna

The 3-in-one comes with a docking station for desktop mode

Gigabyte is adding a new 11.6-inch convertible laptop to its U-series ultrabook line, the company said Thursday. Powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, the U21MD, as the upcoming device is called, sports a capacitive multitouch panel capable of being rotated 180 degrees.

When you first look at the U21MD , “new” is hardly the word that springs to mind, given its striking resemblance to the company’s U2142 two-in-one ultrabook . The U21MD is essentially the U2142, but with a Haswell processor instead of an Ivy Bridge part. Also, unlike its predecessor, the new U21MD is not just limited to doubling as a tablet. Thanks to its D21 docking station, the 0.78-inches thick, 3-lbs heavy ultrabook can also be used as a desktop PC.

“To turn the U21MD into a desktop, simply slot the laptop into the docking station(D21) and connect peripheral devices, including a monitor, keyboard and mouse,” the Taiwanese PC vendor said in a press release Thursday. “You won't need to plug and unplug I/O ports repeatedly anymore! The D21 also provides excellent connectivity options such as HDMI, USB, and internet. Plug it in the D21, and enjoy your personal multimedia center.”

The 3-in-one U21MD packs a Core i5-4200U 1.6-2.6GHz CPU, 1366x768 LCD, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1.5TB storage (512GB mSATA SSD plus 1TB HDD), 1.3MP camera, 802.11b/g/n,  Bluetooth V4.0 + LE and 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet. Other specs include two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports,  HDMI-out, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out, SD card reader, SIM card slot, and last but not the least, the all-important DC-in Jack Docking port.

The D21 docking station comes with two USB 2.0 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI1.4a, RJ45, Mic-in, Headphone-out and docking connector. Further, the dock also packs 30mm speaker drivers.

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