Gigabyte P34G v2-CF2
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Gigabyte P34G v2-CF2
Source: Pocket Lint Archive.org version
If you thought gaming PCs had to be big, heavy and ugly, then think again. The Gigabyte P34G v2 can't hold a candle to most £1,000+ Ultrabooks in the battery life or looks departments, but it's a discreet and portable laptop with serious gaming power. Play recent games at decent settings no problems, and the P34G v2 will even double as an occasional portable laptop if you want too. However, it's loud as anything when you push the CPU/GPU, but the amount of power squeezed into this small and fairly light laptop is seriously impressive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/08/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Gadgetspeak Archive.org version
It is 33.5x23.5x1.7cm and weights 1719grams. The viewable screen is 31x17.5cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 14inches. The screen is full HD 1920x1080. This is the latest small and powerful option from Gigabyte who are best known for their Motherboards. They do however make some rather nice powerful notebooks that may even satisfy the lust for speed of the modern gamer.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80%
Source: Computer Shopper Archive.org version
The P34G v2 finished next to last in our grueling battery rundown test, lasting just over four hours. The Razer Blade showed almost three hours more stamina. The Gigabyte P34G v2-CF2 is neither the fastest nor the flashiest gaming system you can buy. But at its price point, it has a good deal to offer those who don't have a great deal to spend—everything from a spiffy screen to a slim and light design.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Gigabyte P34G uses an Intel Core i7 with a clock rate of up to 3.2 GHz. It has 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD drive. The storage capacity is barely enough for most gamers and they will probably need an external hard drive to make up for the lack of space.
The P34G weighs 1.7 kg and is 1.7 cm thick. Its 14 inch display is driven by an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card. The graphics performance is sufficient for running demanding games in high resolutions and better than the 2013 Razer Blade's.
The FHD (1920 x 1080) display is impressively bright and vibrant with sharp details. However, this is not a touchscreen laptop. The screen does not have much problems with viewing angles.
It has a dark grey casing that looks professional, yet a little dull. The Gigabyte P34G houses an Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, an SD card reader and a headphone/microphone jack. This system has an option called "Fan tweak" which allows adjusting the fans. Like most gaming laptops, it sound like a hair dryer during gaming. The battery only lasts about four hours while streaming videos and takes about two and a half hours to recharge.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M: Upper mid-range graphics card from the GeForce GTX 800M series.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4710HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.5 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very old and big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal; nowadays, rather typical for 15 inch laptops.
Gigabyte: GIGABYTE Technology is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of computer hardware products best known for its motherboards. Established in 1986, its major customers include custom boutique PC manufacturers such as Alienware. Secondary lines in the company's product portfolio include complete PCs, laptops, optical drives, LCD monitors, keyboards, mice, cooling components, mobile phones and high end mobile phone products (PDA phone, TV phone etc.), networking equipment, power supplies, and a line of barebone mid and full sized ATX computer cases. Gigabyte laptop reviews are rare and the global laptop market share low.
In the notebook sector, Gigabyte is a medium player and does not belong to the Top 10 manufacturers globally. There are many reviews on Gigabyte laptops with average ratings, but there are only few reviews on Gigabyte tablets. Gigabyte does not play a role in the smartphone sector (as of 2016).
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.