Gigabyte P34 Review

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 Introduction

Manufacturer: Gigabyte
Model: P34
RRP: £1100

Hot on the heels of the Gigabyte P27 we covered, today we’ll be taking a look at the smaler and slimmer version in the form of Gigabyte’s P34 gaming laptop.

Similar to the P27, the P34 seeks to maintain the same level of gaming recognition by packing serious hardware into a small and well built chassis. The Core i7 remains from the P27 as does a slightly slower clocked GTX 7xx GPU, 26GB of RAM, 14″ 1080p screen and dual-storage in the form of a dedicated SSD and SSHD hybrid drive for mass storage. Without a doubt these specifications would be at home in many a high-end desktop but instead Gigabyte hve served them up in a chassis that has a distinct air of Macbook about it and that’s only 21mm high and weighs in at just over 1.6kg.

Specifications

OS Windows 8 Prol
CPU 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ Processor (2.4GHz-3.4GHz)
Display 14” Full HD 1920×1080 LCD
System Memory 4/8GB DDRIIIL 1600, 2 slots (Max 16GB)
Chipset Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset
Video Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4600
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760M GDDR5 2GB
Supports NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
Storage 128GB/256GB mSATA SSD + 500GB/750GB/1TB 2.5″ 9.5mm SSHD (Hybrid HDD) 5400rpm
Keyboard Type Auto-Adjusting Backlit Keyboard
Optical Disk Drive N/A
I/O Port USB(3.0)*2, USB(2.0)*2, D-sub, HDMI, RJ45, Headphone-out jack (Audio-in Combo), SD Card Reader, DC-in Jack
Audio 1.5 Watt Speaker*2, Microphone
Communications LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth V4.0
Webcam 1.3 MegaPixel
Security Kensington Lock
Battery Li-polymer, 11.1V, 47.73Wh
Dimensions 340(W) x 239(D) x 21(H) mm
Weight ~1.67kg (w/ Battery and m-SSD)
~1.76kg (w/ Battery, m-SSD and HDD)

The specifications really aren’t much lower than the noticeably larger P27 and it’s going to be interesting to see how this affects performance. The P27 was too loud and too hot – the later being directly detrimental to the lacklustre performance in our benchmarks I felt. Aside from the lower clocked GPU core it will be interesting to see how Gigabyte have controlled thermals whilst also decreasing size.

What Gigabyte say about the P34:

The GIGABYTE R&D team utilized the highest standards for internal design as well as integrating the most powerful processor, graphics chip, and essential components into the 21mm, 1.67Kg super slim and lightweight body, making P34G the most thin and light gaming laptop in the world.

So, do Gigabyte manage to have their cake and eat it with the P34? Let’s find out.

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