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Gigabyte S1082 Windows 8 Slate Review

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Gigabyte S1082 Windows 8 Slate
Gigabyte S1082 Windows 8 Slate

 In my lifetime, I have watched many things change in the technology market. When I was a kid computers were the size of a small suitcase, and now there is more processing power in the smartphone offerings than the PCs that I had access to as a kid. There has always been a battle between size and function. Too small of a device and it cannot do the tasks that are needed of it, and too large of a device and it becomes too cumbersome to carry around all the time. The happy medium in there somewhere is a tablet. Typically they are somewhere around 7 to 10 inches in size. Most tablet devices run one of three operating systems: Android, IOS, or Windows 8 RT and the all function well, OK. There are shortfalls with each one, for me however, I would like to have a device that is a fully functional laptop in the form of a tablet. Before Windows Surface Pro manufactures have been putting out devices similar to the Surface Pro typically, they are called Slates. These devices are fully featured operating system devices that can run, in this example, Windows 8 home& Pro.  At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, I was able to demo the S1082 from Gigabyte and I knew then we would have to get it up on the site for review.

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OS Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro
CPU Intel® Celeron Dual-Core 847 Processor (1.1GHz)
Display 10.1″ Capacitive Multi-touch Panel 1366×768 with LED backlight
System Memory 2/4/8GB DDRIII 1 slot (Max 8GB)
Chipset Mobile Intel® NM70 Express Chipsets
Video Graphics Intel® HD Graphics
Storage 320/500GB 2.5″ 7mm HDD 5400rpm 64/128/256GB 2.5″ 7mm SSD
ODD Docking Station includes DVD- Super Multi Dual-Layer Drive
I/O Port USB(2.0)*2, D-sub, HDMI, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out, SD card reader, DC-in jack, Docking Station/Extended Battery Port, SIM card slot
Audio 1.5 Watt Speaker*2, Microphone
Communications LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g/n Bluetooth: Bluetooth V4.0 + LE WWAN (3.5G): 3.5G Antenna built-in, 3.5G Module supported(Optional)
Webcam 1.3 Megapixel
Battery Main Battery: Li-polymer, 7.4V, 29.6Wh Extended Battery: Li-ion 2-cell, 2700mAh, 20.25Wh (optional)
Dimensions 270(W) x 173(D) x 14.94(H) mm
Weight ~790g (w/ battery and SSD) ~850g (w/ battery and HDD)
Docking Station I/O Port(Optional) Super-Multi DVD Drive, USB(2.0)*3, HDMI, D-sub, RJ45, Earphone-out, Mic-in, DC-in Jack, Extended Battery Connection Port, Speaker*4 (2 sets of dual channel speakers and 2 sets of 40mm woofer speakers)
Accessory(Optional) Keyboard Kit (Leather Case& External Keyboard), Extended Battery


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