Gigabyte P55 V4
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Gigabyte P55 V4
A much needed refresh. Gigabyte's newest redesign throws Broadwell into the mix for some impressive results. Find out why the P55 is one of our favorite notebooks to come from Gigabyte thus far.
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
Gigabyte's P55K V4 covers all the bases a gamer might look for if they don't want to be tied to a desktop PC. A good quality full HD screen driven by a powerful CPU and GPU combo make it a great contender to more expensive alternatives like the HP Omen, and it is considerably better value than the Acer V15 Nitro. The styling may not be to everyone's taste, and the chunky plastic body could have been blessed with a few more premium touches, but the matte finish and orange accents certainly help it stand out from some of the more boring alternatives.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
We had issues with the Gigabyte P55 V4's underperforming display and keyboard and trackpad don’t meet quality for the price but this laptop is assuredly fast for gaming and other applications.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/19/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
Source: Comp Reviews Archive.org version
If you are looking for a 15-inch gaming laptop with a solid level of performance for today's PC games, the Gigabyte P55W offers a very satisfying experience. Pricing is also great considering the CPU, graphics and display they provide. The system is not without its issues though. The heat and noise generated by it may be distracting for some and the USB ports make peripheral attachment quite annoying at times.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/17/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Gaming Laptops Junky Archive.org version
Hmm. Well, let’s start from the good part – the Gigabyte P55W-BW1 nails it in terms of performance and main features. Very good 3D performance for the price with a Broadwell I7, Nvidia GTX 970M. Good feature set including a good 1080P IPS display (but low brightness), SSD + HDD, 16GB RAM (ExcaliberPC), very good keyboard and low noise under light load.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/07/2015
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/26/2015
Model: The Gigabyte P55 has always been one of the major gaming laptops around. The V4 model comes with a Broadwell CPU. Alike its predecessors the exterior is from plastic, but it looks as stylish as it can get and makes the entire unit one of the lightest gaming notebooks. The built quality is quite good with the shell being firm enough. The P55 V4 comes with orange stripes on its sides, which doesn't look serious for professional use in a business meeting for instance. The touchpad seems to be smooth enough but could be bigger.
The 15.6" LG LP156WF4-SPK1 display uses IPS technology and features Full-HD resolution. However, its brightness seems to be a little too low for outdoor usage. Furthermore, the built-in speakers are not suitable for a gaming laptop. Under the hood there are a Broadwell i7 processor clocked at 2.7 Ghz - 3.5 GHz, an Nvidia GTX 970M with 3 GB DDR5 memory, 16 GB of RAM, and a combination of 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD for OS and storage. The hardware is a pretty serious configuration. However, the P55 has some flaws, which are its non-ac WiFi card and high CPU and GPU temperatures. In addition, it lacks an USB 3.1 port. The Gigabyte P55 V4 is a good gaming laptop, but the higher price is hardly justified in view of the many competitors out there and the lack of a newer USB 3.1 port.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M:
Second fastest high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M 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.
5700HQ: Broadwell-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5600 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
Gigabyte: Gigabyte Technology is a Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer founded in 1986, best known for its motherboards and graphics cards. Gigabyte offers a wide range of products including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, monitors, systems and components. Gigabyte's laptops offer gaming and creative features on the go. Gigabyte monitors offer 4K Pro Gaming.
80.53%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.