Gigabyte P27 Notebook Review

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 Introduction

Manufacturer: Gigabyte
Model: P27
RRP: £1100

Today we have a laptop from Gigabyte, normally laptops don’t really inspire a lot of interest and usually conjure up ideas of mediocre gaming performance and cheap chassis. But if you think today’s review will be focusing on an everyday notebook with questionable gaming prowess think again, the behemoth in today’s review is solely focused on specs and more importantly: games. However, the most intriguing fact is that the P27K isn’t even Gigabyte’s top “gaming power station,”  yet the box still lands on your doorstep in the form of a 1080p 17.3″ screen, 16GB of RAM, a quad-core i7 and lastly, a GTX 765M with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM. The P27 is unquestionably a gaming power station with specs that match or  entirely outperform most middle of the road gaming desktops.

Specification

OS Windows 8.1
CPU 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Processor (2.4GHz-3.4GHz)
Display 17.3″ Full HD 1920×1080 LCD
System Memory 16GB 1600MHz
Chipset Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset
Video Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4600
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M GDDR5 2GB
Supports NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
Storage 128GB mSATA SSD + 1TB 2.5″ 9.5mm HDD 5400rpm
Keyboard Type Full-sized Backlit Keyboard
Optical Disk Drive Super Multi DVD RW
I/O Port USB(3.0)*2, eSATA/USB(3.0) Combo*1, USB(2.0)*1, HDMI, D-Sub, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out, 9-in-1 card reader(SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/RS MMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Dou), DC-in jack, S/PDIF Out
Audio 2 Watt Speaker*2, Microphone, Sound Blaster™ Cinema
Communications LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth V4.0
Webcam 2.0 Megapixel
Security Kensington Lock
Battery Li-ion 8-cell, 5200mAh, 76.96Wh
Dimensions 413(W) x 277.5(D) x 17.5~48.8(H) mm
Weight ~3.2kg (w/ODD and 8-cell battery)

On top of the important gaming hardware, Gigabyte ships this specific P27 configuration with a 128GB SSD and also a 1TB HDD. It’s also possible to fit three drives in the P27 offering oodles of storage for games, media and other programs and for the price definitely a feature to have. The backlit keyboard will be a welcome addition for anyone looking to have a night time fragging session and from the looks of it, Gigabyte appears to have stuffed the laptop with almost every modern connectivity option imaginable including an extra display output.

What Gigabyte says about the P27:
With a FHD 1080p display the 17.3 display provides ample screen space perfect for gaming and entertainment. Featuring a 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor and a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M GDDR5 2GB graphics, the P27K is geared to deliver on processing power and graphics. Storing games, videos and stuff is a cinch with storage options of 2 large 1TB HDDs and an additional 256GB mSATA SSD for lighting speed.

Will Gigabyte’s P27 be a success or will it be another laptop relegated to overpowered but poorly designed? Let’s find out!

 

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