Gigabyte's P57W offers a good amount of punch in a sleek, understated chassis that's reasonably slim and able to keep cool without intolerable levels of noise.
It might be time to reconsider a gaming laptop, as the latest crop manage to dispel the common belief that such machines are loud, bulky affairs that offer a level of refinement akin to Donald Trump.
Proving that gaming laptops have mellowed, Gigabyte's P57W offers a good amount of punch in a sleek, understated chassis that's reasonably slim and able to keep cool without intolerable levels of noise.
It's a refined package, yet don't let the minimalist appearance fool you. Beneath the hood a Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 memory and a dedicated GeForce GTX 970M GPU come together to deliver a high level of performance that's well suited to a wide range of usage scenarios ranging from productivity to gaming. In either mode, the 1080p IPS panel delivers anti-reflective visuals from just about any angle, the keyboard and trackpad feel roomy and inviting, and there are enough connectivity options for the P57W to serve as an effective desktop replacement.
There's plenty to like, yet there's room for improvement, too. Gigabyte's choice of SSD isn't the quickest by today's standards, the integrated battery isn't likely to get you through a full day's work, and we'd like to see an option for a higher-resolution screen. Willing to accept such compromises? Then the P57W is worthy of consideration as both a portable gaming rig and a capable workhorse.
Sleek for a 17.3in gaming laptop
Quad-core Intel Skylake CPU
Capable GTX 970M graphics
Keeps suitably cool and quiet
Ample connectivity options
No ultra-high-res display option
SSD is basic by today's standards
Pre-loaded software could be tidier
The Gigabyte P57W gaming laptop is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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