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Gigabyte U2442F review

An Ultrabook designed for gamers

The Gigabyte U2442F is an interesting option for any gamer who wants a laptop that is as happy out on the road as it is plugged into the wall playing the latest games. It's not perfect, and some of the design decisions are questionable at best, but even so it's worth considering if you factor in a few important caveats.

We liked

The gaming performance is impressive for a machine that is so thin and light - you'd usually have to pay heavily in the bulk and weight stakes to hit these kinds of performance figures. You will have to ease back on some of the settings to hit smooth frame rates, but it's not an impossible ask for this laptop.

The native resolution of this screen makes for great visuals in your games and movies, and also ensures that it's a versatile option if you're looking to do something a little more work-orientated. It's a great screen, and while the viewing angles aren't insane, straight on it's a positive experience.

The core specification of the Gigabyte U2442F is strong, with plenty of RAM helping to keep things running smoothly. There are plenty of ports and slots for your peripherals and memory cards, too.

We disliked

The general build quality and choice of materials simply isn't high-end. While the internal components do deliver where it really counts, we do demand a little more for our cash than this chassis offers.

While the battery life is mightily impressive, we would have preferred to have a removable battery option - not only for extending the lifespan of the Ultrabook when out and about, but also to avoid costly repairs if the battery does develop a fault.

The storage side of the equation doesn't quite add up as it stands. There is a version of this laptop with a 750GB traditional platter hard drive alongside the SSD and this gives you a much more capable gaming machine - 128GB is just a little on the tiny side for gaming.

Final verdict

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.

Our biggest beef is with the materials and build quality - we simply expect much more than what we've got here for the money. You shouldn't hear a rattle when you tap a £999 / US$1,099 / AU$1,499 laptop.

There's also the problem that any gaming PC finds itself in the shadow of what Intel's going to do next. Admittedly it's unlikely that Haswell will beat a discrete GPU like the Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, but it may get close, and that should affect the pricing of such machines. As it is, if you absolutely need a new gaming laptop now, this isn't the worst option.

Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 650M, HD 4000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyU
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-3517U
ColourChampagne Gold
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameGigabyte
Processor Speed1.90 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.59 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM77 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height21 mm
Width339 mm
Depth233 mm
Screen ModeHD+
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesU
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelU2442F-CF1
Product NameU2442F-CF1 Ultrabook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberU2442F-CF1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

Sleek ,Lightweight, and Streamline Design

The U2442F packs a high-performance processor and GPU into a sleek and lightweight chassis that is only 1.59kg and just 1.85cm thick! It still has an exquisitely designed champagne gold cover that comes with a premium hairline aluminum brushed finish. The stunning design is truly ultimate craftsmanship at its best.

Perfect Audio Performance

THX TruStudio Pro™ Technology provides impressive performance by effectively eliminating sound distortion, enhancing volume and reinforcing even the smallest details of sound. The result is a high-fidelity audio experience that is perfect for movie, music and games.

Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Package Contents
  • U2442F-CF1 Ultrabook
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year