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.
|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
|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.