Detailed Look - The Monolithic Brick of Magic
The GIGABYTE P34 v5 isn't going to win any design awards, but then it wasn't created quite for that purpose. It is attractive, but in that strangely industrial kind of way. It sits there like a brick, though not an ugly brick, that has a distinct purpose, and its outward appearance wasn't the focus. The good thing is that it fits well within nearly any decor, and won't draw too much attention if you whip it out in public. It doesn't look like the beast that's contained within, which is okay considering what hardware it's running. Not everyone needs a gaudy looking laptop to draw attention to their gaming habits.
The chassis is primarily made primarily of aluminum, with the bezels and bottom consisting of the only plastic on the machine. The aluminum parts are designed to resist fingerprints, but I found that natural oils were still picked up and shown, but were easily wiped clean. The bottom is well ventilated with the intake on the bottom, with raised feet to allow for a fairly uninterrupted flow of more cool air into the chassis, and out the back. There's a bit of flex in the chassis if you press on the bottom near the grates, but it isn't terribly worrisome. Unless you're some kind of savage that uses your laptop as a bludgeon, then it should be more than fine.
Outputs & Connectivity
Connectivity is abundant on this laptop. There's more here to connect that one could need, and even an older VGA output for the budding business-being that still has an old projector (a surprisingly useful port, by the way). Along the sides, we have three traditional USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, HDMI 2.0 out, an RJ45 LAN port, SD card reader, and that lovely D-sub out that, while legacy, is appreciated in some circles. Not everything is beamed wirelessly quite yet.
Wireless connectivity is handled by an Intel Centrino (remember when those were processors?) Wireless-AC8260 that's dual band with a 2x2 configuration that's capable of up 802.11ac up to 867Mbps. It also provides Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connectivity as well, which includes all the great things such as EDR, low energy, etc. Everything one needs, the specs are definitely not lacking in any area, at least internally.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Availability & Price]
- Page 2 [Specs, Configurations Available, Warranty & Support]
- Page 3 [Detailed Look, Outputs & Connectivity]
- Page 4 [Display, Keyboard, & Trackpad]
- Page 5 [Speakers & Sound]
- Page 6 [Everyday Use]
- Page 7 [Gaming Use]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - CPU & RAM]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks – Internal Storage & External Storage]
- Page 10 [Power Consumption & Battery Life]
- Page 11 [Thermal & Sound Testing]
- Page 12 [What's Hot, What's Not, and Final Thoughts]