Review: Gigabyte P57W gaming notebook

Full machine
8.2

Great

 

At first glance, Gigabyte’s 17.3″ 1080p laptop looks like an oversized business machine. It is subdued and skinny, hiding away its Nvidia GTX 970M gaming chops. But don’t let that fool you, this machine was made with gaming in mind.

Quiet and cool

Gaming notebooks tend to give themselves away in one of several ways: they either look super chunky and covered in bright colours. They also tend to be the noisiest, hottest machines in the room. The P57W doesn’t have that issue. It runs at a nice cool temperature, hitting 60 degrees during benchmarks, compared to other machines hitting 90 during the crunches. It made quite a change having a quiet machine for testing and the people around you if you use this in common areas will appreciate you not using a jet engine.

Power pocket

The GTX 970M is nowhere near powerful enough for 4K and other Ultra HD shenanigans, and this machine takes that into account. A nice 1080p IPS panel might not sound attractive, but it is exactly what you want to be running games on. The screen is sturdy, with no artifacts present when prodding the lid. The build quality is good with solid feeling pieces that move when you want them too. Some might want a bit more metal for a machine in this price bracket, but keeping the machine under 3Kg seems a worthwhile trade-off.

For the most part this notebook speaks of clever design. The keyboard is set to the back of the device, leaving ample wrist-rest room. Cooling systems make for a cool, quiet operation. The power button is placed away from any mistaken press. Then the speaker outputs are placed in a position that your hands block out the sound when resting on the laptop.

The P57W is subdued and elegant, which is something I like. It gets the job done without a big noise or bright colours everywhere without weighing so much that travelling with it is a pain. This is for someone who wants to play games without carrying something heavy around in places without access to extra monitors and it does that job really well.

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Brand Gigabyte
Series P Series
Model Gigabyte P57W Core i7
Part# P57W-i767004G1TW10BM

Color Black
Operating System Windows 10 Home 64bit
CPU Type Intel 6th Generation Skylake i7 Processor
Screen 17.3″ FHD 1920×1080 IPS Matte Display
Memory Size 8GB DDR4 2133MHz
Hard Disk 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Optical Drive Super Multi DVD RW
Graphics Card GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5
Video Memory 3GB
Dimensions 417(W)x291(D)x24.5(H) mm
Net Weight 2.9Kg

CPU Type Intel 6th Generation Intel Skylake i7 Processor
CPU Speed i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz
CPU Support 6M Cache up to 3.50GHz

Screen Size 17.3″ FHD 1920×1080 IPS Matte Display
Wide Screen Support Yes + Webcam: 1 Megapixel
Resolution 1920 x 1080

Operating System Windows 10 Home 64bit

GPU/VPU GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5
Video Memory 3GB 192-bit + 1280 CUDA CORES
Graphic Type DirectX 12 Dedicated Graphics

HDD 1TB Hard Drive
HDD RPM 7200rpm
HDD Interface SATA

Memory 8GB DDR4
Memory Speed DDR4 2133MHz
Memory Spec 8GB x 1
Memory Slot (Total) 2
Memory Slot (Available) 1
Max Memory Supported 32GB

Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi

WLAN 802.11ac
LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
Bluetooth Bluetooth V4.1+LE

Audio Ports 1 x Microphone jack; 1 x Headphone jack
USB 3 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
HDMI HDMI 2.0
Video Port Mini-DisplayPort

Audio Dolby digital plus Home Theater
Speaker 2 x 2 Watt Speaker

Keyboard Full-sized White Backlit Keyboard
Touchpad Multi Touch + Card Reader : SD Card Reader

Battery Life Up to 4.5 hours
Battery 6-cell Battery – 120W AC adapter

Dimensions 417(W)x291(D)x24.5(H) mm
Weight 2.9Kg

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[Ed’s note: Very few of these will be available in SA, so if you are keen on this machine, you need to make a move soon.]

Good

  • Quiet operation | Machine gets lukewarm for most tests | Space for wrists while typing

Bad

  • Speaker sound gets blocked while typing | All plastic
8.2

Great

Value - 8
Performance - 8.5
Features - 8
If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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