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GIGABYTE U2442D-CF1 Notebook Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz) 8GB Memory 128GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M 14.0" Windows 8

  • Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 128GB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
  • 1600 x 900
  • Windows 8
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U2442D-CF1
U2442D-CF1

Product Description

The U2442D-CF1 is an excellent notebook from GIGABYTE providing great graphics and ultra mobility with up to seven hours of battery life. Packing a GT730M 2G discrete graphics card, this notebook oozes with power and delivers an amazing performance lacking in most slim and light notebooks today. With a bevy of ports including two 3.0 USBs, two 2.0 USBs, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet, and a six-in-one Card Reader, this notebook isn't just light and slim – you won’t have to worry about carrying extra adapters or dongles.


U2442D-CF1

The exquisitely designed champagne and gold cover with a premium hairline aluminum brushed finish exudes incredible style and craftsmanship with an angular, slender build. Weighing only 3.5lbs and in an Ultrabook form factor, the U2442D-CF1 accomplishes an awesome engineering feat by packing a high-performance processor and GPU into a sleek and lightweight chassis.


U2442D-CF1

The U2442D-CF1 has a high-resolution HD+ 1600 x 900 LED backlit screen that delivers vibrant true-to-life images and the crisp display provides a high-quality visual experience on the go. It also has an electroluminescent keyboard. This excellent feature auto-adjusts to surrounding lighting conditions and lights up your keyboard, allowing you to get work done even in dimly lit areas.


U2442D-CF1

Features
  • 14in. HD+ 1600 x 900 display with LED backlight technology for bright images
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 730M provides superb experience for multimedia and gaming
  • Supports 128 mSATA SSD and additional 1TB HDD: Ultra Responsive, Massive Dual-Storage System
  • 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3230M processor delivers plenty of power suited to your needs
  • Unique Dual Air Vents: Designed to keep your laptop cool and stable
  • Backlit Keyboard with auto adjust, for typing in dimly lit rooms or gaming in the dark


What's in the Box
U2442D-CF1

 


Learn more about the GIGABYTE U2442D-CF1

Model

Brand
GIGABYTE
Model
U2442D-CF1

General

Operating System
Windows 8
CPU Type
Intel Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz
Screen
14"
Memory Size
8GB DDR3
Hard Disk
128GB SSD
Graphics Card
NVIDIA Geforce GT 730M
Video Memory
2GB
Communication
Gigabit LAN and WLAN
Other Features
Dual Air Vent Design
Additional HDD upgradeable

CPU

CPU Type
Intel Core i5
CPU Speed
3230M (2.60GHz)
CPU Support
3MB L3 Cache
Max Turbo Frequency 3.2 GHz

Display

Screen Size
14.0"
Wide Screen Support
Yes
Resolution
1600 x 900
LCD Features
Anti-Glare screen

Operating Systems

Operating System
Windows 8

Graphics

GPU/VPU
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
Video Memory
Dedicated 2GB
Graphic Type
Dedicated Card

Hard Drive

SSD
128GB

Memory

Memory
8GB

Communications

LAN
10/100/1000Mbps
WLAN
802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0

Ports

USB
USB 3.0 x 2
USB 2.0 x 2
Video Port
1 x VGA
HDMI
1 x HDMI
Other port
DC-in Jack
Audio Ports
Mic-in,Earphone-out

Supplemental Drive

Card Reader
SD Card Reader
Webcam
1.3M

General

Style
Standard
Type
Mainstream
Usage
Consumer

Power

Battery
6-cell lithium ion

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE U2442D-CF1

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  • William W.
  • 2/19/2014 7:38:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssolid

Pros: in contrast to the other review, installing linux (xubuntu in my case) was a breeze.

had no problems with secure boot yelling at me.

Laptop is very light, feels solid, good keyboard, backlit keys are [aight].
graphics card is a beast for this lil guy.

getting around 3-4 hours battery life ( non demanding work ).

mouse guestures on linux dont work (scroll, swipe, ...), will be fixed in next kernel update, as ive heard on the grapevine.

if you plan on keeping windows 8.1 you might wanna consider a larger ssd.

comes with 1 8g ram stick instead of 2/4g which is really nice

Cons: fan exhaust worries me, but as far as i can tell works well

Other Thoughts: smashed my expectations for gigabyte.

Buy one.

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  • Jeff W.
  • 11/26/2013 6:11:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice all around laptop.

Pros: - Good build quality
- Nice screen with a higher than average resolution for this screen size
- The screen is Matte instead of Glossy
- There is room for another hard drive to be installed if needed.
- Comes with Windows 8, which can be updated to 8.1 for free
- mSata SSD hard drive
- Dedicated Gefoce GT 730m video card, with an onboard Intel 4000 chip for when the Geforce isn't needed
- 8gb of RAM
- Plenty of full sized ports on a slim, compact chassis
- For people unfamiliar with Windows 8, Gigabyte installed some software that helps to make a few things easier to deal with
- Keyboard backlighting
- Not a touch screen (I am pretty sure I would get bored of the feature pretty quick and want to stop fingerprinting up my screen)

Cons: - A good chunk of the SSD is occupied with a hidden restore partition. I was able to use the built in recovery software to create a USB recovery drive and then delete the recovery partition and combine it back into the main partition (giving me back 10gb) using some free software, but if I didn't know to look for that or how to do it, I'd be out 10gb right there, and I dislike having a restore partition ONLY since it might be my SSD that fails, and I can't restore from a faulty SSD.
- No restore disks or option to make any since the laptop doesn't have an optical drive (can make a restore drive, which I did using a 16gb USB thumb drive)
- The keyboard is only OK at best. It could be better and it could be worse, but it's a bit disappointing on a relatively premium priced laptop.
- There is a good amount of software loaded onto the computer at the start that I did not want and needed to disable or uninstall, not as bad as I've seen from store-bought PC's, but not as nice as a completely clean OS.
- The hibernate/wake feature uses a file that when I initially was looking for what was using up all the space on my hard drive was about 6-7gb in size. I did a quick search and used a command line input to disable the feature and regained that hard drive space, but again, if someone didn't know to look for it, coupled with the recovery partition that is about 17-18gb of hard drive space lost before you even do anything with the laptop.
- Not a touch screen (would be kinda neat to use one with Windows 8.1)

Other Thoughts: Okay, so overall I really like the laptop, especially since I knew how to 'fix' the issues I had with it initially. The reason I have the non-touch screen as a Pro and Con is because I personally don't like the idea of jabbing away at my screen with my grubber fingers, and use Start8 with Windows 8.1 anyway so don't run into the frustration people sometimes get with the Start Screen, but I also think it would be a good thing to have for a Windows 8 laptop. (They do make a version of this laptop with a touchscreen, but I believe it has a lower resolution)

The main reason I went for this laptop was because I wanted a slim, compact laptop I could game with. There were other options out there that were more powerful and a bit cheaper, but I didn't want another large laptop that looked like some sort of glowing monstrosity that I would be embarrassed about using in front of anyone if I needed it for work.

I love how slim and light this laptop is, and while the GT 730m is no worldbeater, after testing the main games I can see myself wanting to play on the laptop, I am more than happy with the results. The games I tried out were Torchlight 2, Borderlands 2, King of Fighters XIII, Super Street Fighter IV AE 2012 and Worms Reloaded. I know, nothing that will MURDER a video card, but if I want to play high end games at super high graphical settings, that's what I have my desktop PC with 1080p monitor for.

The only two games out of those I could get a good gauge of performance out of was SSF4ae2012 and Borderlands 2, since Street Fighter has a built in benchmark and I've played enough Borderlands 2 to know how it should look when running well.

SSF4: 1600x900, all settings on highest, 4x Anti-Aliasing, V-Sync off for the test

72-74 FPS in two runs of the benchmark.

Borderlands 2: 1600x900, all settings on highest and FXAA on. PhysX on LOW, Ambient Occlusion OFF, Anisotropic Filtering at 4x

I went into Lynchwood and tried to get into as big a fight as possible, since I had noticed on my main PC that area was more taxing than a lot of others in the game. I didn't notice and stutters and everything looked buttery smooth.

I may go back with FRAPS or enable the console command to see the actual FPS, and might also try it with PhysX on just to see how it goes, but as is I'm more than happy with those results.

I might also install Grid 2 and run the built in benchmark just to see what FPS it gets before I uninstall the game (because it's a massive disappointment). If I do I'll see if I can update this review with those results.

All in all though, a VERY nice, portable laptop that is quite capable of gaming and whatever else you may want to do with it. Compared to other ultrabooks and laptops in the price range, I think you're getting a very good deal considering the U2442 comes with a SSD and dedicated graphics, as well as a non-glossy screen.

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  • JIMMY W.
  • 10/17/2013 8:34:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent laptop, refind design.

Pros: The very first thing of this product that caught my attention is the graphic card. An ultra portable laptop that carries a Nvidia GT 730M really got me curious, sounds like it is too good to be true to have both mobility and entertainment at the same time. So I decided to purchase U2242D to see it myself.
So this laptop handles daily tasks like browsing through the webs, doing my email, checking news, etc all pretty well. Even though it just a 14 inch screen, but it comes with anti-glare, so I was able to use this laptop at many places without annoying reflection. In addition, the computer boots up within a few seconds and instantaneously connect to the wifi. Plus the backlit keyboard was enable me to work in a dim light area. So this laptop actually is a good tool to help my productivity.
Despite the fact that I mainly use this laptop to do common tasks, I do also use it to watch a lot of videos and even played online game on it. To be honest, I thought the laptop cannot handle those high resolution games, but the U2442D gave me back a smooth and good run through experience of playing games. Although this laptop may looks small, all the output port are all there. For instance, HDMI port, VGA port, card reader, USB 3.0, etc.
In the end, the texture of the laptop lid is brush aluminum that really makes me like to just hold it and show it to everyone to see something I have here is high quality stuff. Furthermore, after using this laptop awhile, I truly loved the fact that the air vents are designed on the back of the laptop. Unlike many other laptop, when they get heat up, the hot air that come off on the side annoyed me, give me discomfort feeling when I am using the mouse.

Cons: * Windows 8 sometime is hard to get used to
* High performance CPU trade off with shorter standby time of the laptop.
* Mouse pad design is a little bit weird, the surface can irritate the finger tip when use it too

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is definitely a good laptop that I will recommend to people who like to have a really lightweight portable, and also able to play games or watch movie and entertainment on it.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 9/28/2013 2:08:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo POST after OS install

Pros: Sleek design, very light

Cons: After installing Linux and rebooting the laptop would not enter POST. Just a black screen.

The fan would kick on for a few seconds and the HD light would turn on for a second and this behavior would repeat over and over.

After a bit of research it seems Gigabyte has a reputation for poorly designed BIOS.

Google 'u2442 bios issues' and find a variety of articles describing issues similar to what I have experienced where the laptop will not recognize the internal SSD after reboot and constant rebooting.

Also I posted my issue on the official Gigabyte support forum for notebooks and no response after 24 hours. Unacceptable.

Returning for refund and moving on to a different brand.

Other Thoughts: This laptop has incredible hardware and features. It supports NVIDIA Optimus technology which is cool because you can get high performance from the discrete graphics card and when your not gaming it switches to the integrated graphics for power savings.

The industrial design is impressive, it really looks great.

Unfortunately Gigabyte dropped the ball in terms of QA and support, it is a real shame since there are few laptops such as this that are so lightweight.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 101204 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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