Summary: Gigabyte ships the U2442F configured with Windows 7 or Windows 8, our test unit came loaded with Windows 8 along with a few other applications such as PowerDVD, Microsoft Office and THX TruStudio Pro. Fortunately there was little to no bloatware preinstalled and so we hope this is how all U2442F ultrabooks ship to the public.
Conclusion: The U2442 is a powerful Ultrabook that hits a certain niche very well – that of the ultraportable gaming laptop. While thicker laptops can boast better GPU performance and less capable machines are thinner or cheaper, this Gigabyte laptop sits in a nice place between the two extremes, fitting good graphics performance into a cleverly designed Ultrabook.
Pros: Strong gaming and day-to-day performance, Reasonable display at a workable resolution, Good looks and layout, Comprehensive complement of ports and wireless
Cons: Mediocre battery life, particularly while gaming, Overly sensitive adaptive brightness, Keyboard travel could be improved, Windows 8 suffers without a touch screen
Excerpt: Gigabyte’s main focus has always tended to lean more toward motherboards and PC components in the UK, but it also does a good range of Ultrabook laptops. The U2442F is one of the latest, and its top-notch specs and dedicated graphics card might just make it one of the best gaming Ultrabooks we’ve seen.
Gigabyte has designed an Ultrabook that allows you to do a lot more than just browse the Web and compose emails
Good Gear Guide.au
17 April 2013
Summary: Gigabyte's interpretation of what an Ultrabook should be is a good one and the company has created a computer that's not only light and highly mobile, but also very fast. There are some aspects of the build quality that could be better, but for the configuration and asking price, it's well worth considering.
Conclusion: Overall, the Gigabyte U2442F is certainly worth considering. Its form factor makes for a far more appealing system than your average gaming laptop. The core components are spot on, and while the SSD is a little on the small side for a gaming machine, it certainly keeps proceedings running smoothly - you'll be the first into your games while your opponents are still loading.