Unboxing the Gigabyte M912

Arriving just minutes ago, straight from our Taiwanese mini-notebook dealer (yes, we have a dealer) was our very own Gigabyte M912. After seeing Chippy from UMPCPortal fondle the M912 the other day, we just had to get our hands on the first tablet mini-notebook hybrid. Sure I had seen the M912 at Computex, but it’s quite another experience to pull the netbook from its official packaging. As you will see in the video, the mini-tablet comes with quite a few accessories. Included are the obvious battery and AC power adapter, but they are joined by a luggage-like case, extra stylus, drivers disc, and user manual. We were a bit puzzled by an included ASUS CD case in our box; since our unit is right off the production lines, we assume that this case fell in somewhere along the way (read: don’t expect to find this). As for the actual netbook, we’ll have quite a bit to say in our upcoming mini-review. My initial thoughts? This little guy, with its stunning glossy black cover, looks sweet. Unfortunatley, we didn’t get the Mondrian patterned one we saw at Computex, but Gigabyte did tell us they will be releasing that funky system to retail in early fall. Stay tuned for our mini-review of the Gigabyte M912. Post your questions about the system below, and I will do my best to answer them in the mini-review. [flq:d341c693646a4e70b50cde0edf56873b]

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  1. nomax Says:

    how sturdy is the rotation mechanism? Does it seem to survive some hits and bumps?

    Thanks Joanna,

  2. Steve Paine Says:

    Looks even better in retail packaging! Looking forward to your thoughts Joanna.

  3. Nova Says:

    Looks good!

    1) How does the screen compare to the Wind and EeePC 1000 screens? In terms of overall quality, brightness and contrast?

    2) How’s the keyboard? That’s a 9″ screen right? So I’m guessing the KB is on the small side?

    The rotating hinge is probably the biggest question mark though – who knows how well it will hold up in a year or two? Is there really any reliable way to test that?

    Also concerned about all the usual stuff – battery life, performance etc.

    Still, the most daring netbook design yet, and I commend Gigabyte for it.

    So many netbooks coming out, I hope I don’t regret my 1000H too soon. :P

  4. Nova Says:

    Almost forgot…

    JKK said there will be an LED backlit version of this netbook, with lower resolution but better battery life. Which version did you get?

  5. neosin Says:


    1. you said you bought from ebay, can i have link please or seller id

    2. you said 6 cell battery? are you sure?

    3. How much did you pay?

    4. Hows the battery life?

    5.whats the max resolution?

    Thank you

  6. C.J. Says:

    I am trying to figure out how much they are going to cost when they hit the U.S.! And when they will be available… have you heard anything on that front? What did your battery life tests come up with? How would you compare it to the Wind? I am thinking I want that, but this is very tempting is well…

  7. Exotic Says:

    Hey Joanna!

    I’m also interested in the quality of the Screen, as well as in the keyboard.

    But i also want to know how the performance of the Touchpad is? Is there also any multitouch funktion included?


  8. SirAuron Says:

    Wasn’t the M912 supposed to come with a 4-cell batterie?

    Looking forward to your review!

  9. Lokan Says:

    Could you check the gaming capabilities compared to a Poulsbo chipset (e.g. SC3)?
    As everyone else I’m curious which screen you got and which backlight (LED or CCFL)

  10. Lars Says:

    1) 4-Cell or 6-Cell battery?
    2) Screen resolution?
    3) CCFL or LED?
    4) Screen quality?
    5) Keyboard quality
    6) Touch capability

    most importantly,

    7) INKING, can you do basic sketches/diagrams and legible handwriting via the stylus?

    Thanks in advance, look forward to seeing your impressions.

  11. SirAuron Says:

    To answer a few questions:

    1. Screen resolution is 1280×768 for the CCFL screen and 1026×600 for the one with an LED display. If it’s the CCFL one it’s not going to be very good quality wise (dark, poor contrast and mirror-effect).
    2. The keyboard is the same as the one in the eee PC 901 and bends in quite a bit when typing (typing seems to be good though).
    3. It’s a softtouch screen so no inking and no multitouch.
    4. Price in germany is from 480-520€.
    5. Battery life is about 3 hours surfing and maybe 3.5 or a bit more with wifi off.

    Why do I know all this? I watched the live review from Chippy at umpcportal.com

    I would be thrilled if the one Joanna is testing is the 912m version which would have the LED backlit screen.

  12. SirAuron Says:

    I would like to know if it’s possible to attach an apc universal notebook battery to it and if which adapter I would need.

  13. ToYo Says:

    How hot does it get?
    The manual says that you shouldn’t close it immediate after using, this could be dangerous for the touch screen.
    Is that true?

    I would like to use the m912 also as a car-pc, putting it cosed under the seat controling it using my in-dash touchscreen.

    Should I place it upside down, because the air vents are under the m912 so that the heat fly’s out of the casing not harming the monitor?

  14. keenintellect Says:

    I am curious…How can this be a Tablet variety notebook with no “inking” capability because of the “soft touch screen” as was noted in an earlier comment? What’s the point and am I missing something? If it could ink and if I could throw a cellular modem in it, I would be all over it.

  15. SirAuron Says:

    Well, you can propably use it for a bit of handwriting here and there. But only if no part of your hand touches the screen while you are writing…

  16. Kim Schulz Says:

    does the keyboard “bend” as the one chippy tested? CCFL or LED backlight? any other changes compared to the one chippy showed us?

  17. Prince Says:

    I’m really interested in this UMPC, but I’m from Germany!
    The sale in Germany starts in October, so i will buy a M912 form Hong Kong or Taiwan.
    But there is a problem, they have only English Keyboards.
    So, please could you check the keyboard, inspezially the size and the connector as well as the kable lenght!
    May i can change the Keyboard with a keyboard out of the Eee PC!

    Thank you very much,
    the PRINCE

  18. Gloveboy Says:

    Do you get the V-Version?
    So, is there any Vista CD in the Package, or is it only pre installed?
    I love linux, so i won’t use my Microsoft licence.
    Is there any opportunety to choos, like on the IBM Laptop, where you get ask if you like to use the Windows before you can configure it, and then get some money back from the Manufracturer?
    Thank you for answering!

  19. Mike Says:

    Its not out in Taiwan. I live in Taiwan and went to Gigabyte and was told September(Aug7). Referring to the English keyboard: It will have English and Chinese on the keyboard.

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