Conclusion: Without question the Gigabyte U2442F is cutting edge stuff when it comes to ultrabook performance. Armed with a 3rd-Gen Core i7 processor, plenty of memory, and a quality SSD, the U2442F is as capable as a high-end desktop. Where the U2442F falters is in its GPU performance. Having come to expect so much more from the Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, only to be let down by its use of DDR3 memory, we were disappointed to say the least.
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
Conclusion: The Gigabyte U2442F may not be an Ultrabook that will induce envy by its mere appearance, but it does include quite a few features you would only expect to see in a more expensive notebook. The discrete Nvidia graphics and 14in 1,600 x 900 display will make it more flexible than a super-slim 13in model, and the option to upgrade the already generous 8GB memory to 16GB further enhances this.
Pros: Good graphics handling for an Ultrabook, Decent everyday application performance, 1,600 x 900 screen, Great value for money
Cons: Only average battery life, Screen not as colourful as some
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
13 April 2013
Excerpt: Gigabyte, a company better known for its motherboards and graphics cards, has created an Ultrabook that aims to be more than just slim and light. The company's U2442F 14in Ultrabook is slim, light, and also powerful. Specifically, it comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce 650M graphics adapter. It should appeal to those of you who like the idea of a highly mobile machine that can capably run many modern games.
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.