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Gigabyte S1080 $669

Gigabyte S1080

Specifications:

Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel Atom
Screen Size: 10.1″
Memory (Built-in): 320 GB
Battery: 10 hours
Price: $669

Windows 7 tablets will always struggle with the lack of optimization for touch controls. Gigabyte is better than the stock Windows 7 offering but the Gigabyte S1080 still struggles. Partially to achieve a competitive battery life and partially to incorporate a Gigabit Ethernet port , the tablet is bulkier than other tablets.  The black metal backing plate, plastic silver edging and matte 10.1in (1,024 x 600 resolution) capacitive screen are business-like, but it isn’t as elegant as the ASUS or Samsung tablet.

Gigabyte has added physical buttons on the device on the right and left side of the screen that provide a pointer and left and right mouse buttons to make up for the shortcomings on Windows 7. There’s also four touch buttons on the left of the screen that allow for scrolling up and down, calling up the keyboard or going back in a browser. They improve the overall experience, but it’s still incomparable to iOS or Android.

The Gigabyte S1080 does have all the essential ports and connectivity with display port, USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, SIM card slot, SD card reader and a pair of audio jacks. A 1.3-megapixel camera isn’t too impressive, but the stereo speakers are competent. Network connectivity is good, and includes Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, b/g/n Wi-FI and 3.5G WWAN.

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