GIGABYTE is a veteran of the laptop industry, having quite a bit of experience in making some very fine examples of laptops in all price ranges and segments. They also have the ability to control the majority of the manufacturing process with their exceptional OEM and ODM reach. That's a win for the consumer in more ways than one.
The P34 line of laptops has been updated to the fifth version, updating everything inside to include the latest in technologies available. That means they've packed an Intel Skylake mobile CPU, NVIDIA Maxwell dGPU, and NVMe storage, plus a higher-resolution screen to make for a budget-friendly, but not "budget" per-se, machine for the gamer that doesn't need the flair of some gaming-focused machines.
And really it's a smart move. Offer a powerful machine that has everything the mobile gamer wants, but just keep the chassis a bit more generic-looking to keep costs down. The bezels aren't razor thin, and it's not a complete slab of machined aluminum, but it has everything else some of those more expensive machines don't have, and for a price that's lower. It almost represents the perfect machine, too, considering the boxes it checks.
GIGABYTE wants to woo everyone with this, as it has for four previous generations. How does it stack up to the competition?
Availability & Price
The GIGABYTE P34W v5 is now widely available from your favorite retailer. There are two variations that you'll find out in the wild. The first is denoted by an SL designation after the model number and has a full HD screen combined with 8GB of RAM, which retails for $1599. The second is the one tested here, designated by SL3K2, which comes with 16GB of RAM and a 1440p screen and retails for $1799.
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