Gigabyte P34W v5
Average of 4 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Gigabyte P34W v5
Fifth time's the charm. The latest 14-inch refresh comes new with Skylake, DDR4, HDMI 2.0, USB Type-C, and a WQHD display option. Are these updates major enough to get users over the fence?
The Gigabyte P34W measures 34x23.5x1.5cm and weighs just under 1.8kilos. Not that long ago a 14inch notebook would be unlikely to display 1920x1080 this unit is IPS QHD (3K) which shows 2560x1440 and its quite useable. So what other features does this Intel i7 offering with Windows 10 have to offer.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80%
It's a fantastic machine in its own right. A monolithic block of aluminum and plastic melded together with a mix of GPU and CPU that actually makes for a potent combination. It's the perfect business machine for the connectivity alone, giving you options that many Dell or HP laptops no longer have and that some people might actually need. Not only that, but it's capable of playing nearly any game or crunching through any process you need, though within limits. Sure, it's sometimes a bit loud, can get overly warm if you're not careful and might have battery life that's bested by less expensive machines. But it's a slim package with everything you could need for a fairly good price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/06/2016
Source: Computer Shopper
The Gigabyte P34W v5 is a minor feat of engineering. It packs a robust Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and the heaviest-possible-hitting Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics into a chassis barely thicker and heavier than that of the typical ultrabook. Indeed, we’re hard-pressed to apply the terms “thicker” and “heavier” to a notebook that’s just 0.82 inch thick and 3.8 pounds.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/06/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
What could possibly go wrong from a laptop that checks all the right boxes? Well, sometimes it's that attractiveness that properly sells laptops, so there's that industrial quality. And the keyboard is probably a bit spongy for most people's liking. That, and bezels that are thicker than most I've seen for some time. But what if it works well enough? What if it's the reliable ol' brick of a laptop that we all get along with, but we don't like it? There's always a distinct possibility that the device we use is not quite the device we expected to use.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/26/2016
Source: Gaming Laptops Junky
Well, the Gigabyte P34Wv5 is a very nice laptop with the right features and qualities in place : the usual gaming performance, NVMe SSD + HDD, good 1080p IPS display (no PWM detected by me, either, but that’s not accurate), very good keyboard, relatively rigid chassis, 16GB of RAM (from ExcaliberPC anyway), Thunderbolt 3 and small size.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/29/2016
I’ll start with the positives, which mostly concern the laptop’s hardware. The choice to use an Intel Core i7-6700HQ paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M, up to 16 GB of RAM, and ultra-fast solid state storage was a good one at this laptop’s price point. This hardware combination is capable of playing today’s high-end PC games at 1440p using high or very high quality settings, which is exactly what you’d want out of a gaming laptop with these internals.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: HwT DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/02/2015
Model: Build to survive hardcore gaming, the Gigabyte P34W v5 comes ready with superior hardware specifications and a durable chassis. The design is surprisingly kept discreet with the all grey theme and traditional laptop design with smooth edges. Despite the low profile design, the Gigabyte P34W v5 is cooled using Gigabyte’s exclusive Supra-cool technology with dual heat pipes and dual fan setup. There is a backlit chiclet-style keyboard and a comfortable touchpad. Display comes in two options; a 14 inch QHD LCD panel and a similarly sized Full HD version for added cost savings.
The Gigabyte P34W v5 comes installed with Windows 10 or Windows 7 depending on the user's preference. On-board are a 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad-core processor clocked at 2.6 GHz, up to 16 GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM, a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU with up to 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM and a dual-storage system with various capacity options. Audio quality is impressive with 2 high quality speakers tuned by Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater. Other features found on the Gigabyte P34W v5 are three USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a D-sub port, and a card reader. Battery life on the laptop comes in the form of a Li-Polymer cell rated at 61.25 Wh for superb runtimes.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M:
Second fastest high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M series.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
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.
6700HQ: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» 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 big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
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).
72.63%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.