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GIGABYTE P34 v5 Gaming Laptop Review (Page 12)

By Jeff Williams | Apr 6, 2016 08:20 am CDT
Rating: 89%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

The GIGABYTE P34W v5 is actually a fantastic machine, a wolf in sheep's clothing, disguised as something benign while actually being a monster ready to take on the challenges of work or play. The exterior isn't the most premium though the price you pay is for the internals, a competent GPU paired with a powerful mobile GPU. It isn't perfect, but there are hardly any laptops that are precisely everything we want all-in-one package.


What's Hot

Price: Though it's "boring" on the outside, it's the price that's really attractive. Everything you need for a decent price.

Cool: Under normal loads the thermal system is very efficient, and no throttling was observed.

Business-like looks: Though "boring" and more traditional, the fact that it doesn't stand out is a good thing. It won't draw attention, and is a diamond in the rough.

GPU: Despite being mid-range, it's the perfect combination of performance/watt.


What's Not

Dim screen: Even with using the software controls to increase brightness, it still lags behind.

Touchpad: There's something not so nice about the touchpad, it just doesn't feel so great on the fingers, isn't quite as smooth.

Average speakers: They can get loud, but they still lack any punch or the full-body that is more appreciated.

Battery life: Though it isn't terrible, considering the large battery and power-sipping components, it's not quite what we would expect.

Final Thoughts

It's a fantastic machine in its own right. A monolithic block of aluminum and plastic melded together with a mix of GPU and CPU that actually makes for a potent combination. It's the perfect business machine for the connectivity alone, giving you options that many Dell or HP laptops no longer have and that some people might actually need.

Not only that, but it's capable of playing nearly any game or crunching through any process you need, though within limits. Sure, it's sometimes a bit loud, can get overly warm if you're not careful and might have battery life that's bested by less expensive machines. But it's a slim package with everything you could need for a fairly good price.

The combination of components makes it an interesting proposition that should be on your radar if you're looking for a dedicated gaming laptop. It isn't perfect, by any means, but it's a strange concoction that's surprising when in actual use.

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Quality including Design and Build88%
General Features94%
Bundle and Packaging80%
Value for Money95%
Overall Rating89%

The Bottom Line: It might not be perfect, but it's perfectly suited as a value solution for anyone looking for a dedicated gaming machine on a budget.

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