Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Gigabyte P57W-CF1
Source: Laptop Mag Archive.org version
While I might bemoan the P57W's utter lack of style, when it comes to playing games on the go, does it really matter how many flashing lights are on your laptop? Because at $1,600, the Gigabyte's P57W is the kitchen sink of midrange gaming machines. You get pretty solid overall performance, a plethora of ports, a great matte display and really good battery life for a 17-inch gaming machine.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Computer Shopper Archive.org version
There's a lot of competition in this space—17-inch gaming laptops—these days, and $1,699 is no impulse buy for a laptop, not by a long shot. So why should this Gigabyte model claim your money, versus other gaming-focused models in the mid-$1,000s zone?
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/26/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Notebookreview.com Archive.org version
The P57W’s sub-one inch thin chassis is impressive, as is its 6.4 pound carry weight. Its all plastic build probably helped keep the weight in check. That’s actually one of our complaints; we’d like to see some use of aluminum, or at least rubberized surfaces at this price point. As it stands, the look and feel of this notebook is borderline generic. It furthermore lacks a customizable LED lighting system, as is offered on some competing gaming notebooks from Asus and Alienware. The keyboard is another area where the P57W could use improvement. There’s just not enough feel, though it does have a good layout, and is comfortable for long typing sessions. Last on our list of complains is the display’s lack of Nvidia G-Sync support, which is starting to become a more popular feature on gaming notebooks.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/26/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Hexus Archive.org version
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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/12/2016
Model: The Gigabyte P57W-CF1 is a large 17.3 inch gaming notebook featuring an Intel "Skylake" Core i7 quad processor, which was launched September 2015. In addition to four CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.6 - 3.5 GHz, the chip also integrates an HD Graphics 530 GPU and a dual-channel DDR4-2133/DDR3L-1600 memory controller. The P57W-CF1 is equipped an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics adapter, which is the second fastest high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M series. These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled anti-aliasing. In terms of connectivity, the left side of the P57W-CF1 houses a lock slot, an Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, and separate microphone and headphone jacks. The rest of the ports are on the right side: a USB 3.0 port, a USB 3.1 Type C port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a mini-DisplayPort, a legacy VGA port and the power-in. Only the two fan exhausts occupy the back. On the front, the P57W has a hot-swap bay.
The display has a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), which is ideal for a gaming notebook. Its anti-glare (matte) coating is helpful in situations where there is ambient or CCFL overhead lighting, since it eliminates glare. Color saturation and contrast are high for gaming, multimedia, and general usage. The viewing angles are 178 degrees, which means that you don't have to worry about a distorted picture if you look at the display from an off-angle. Storage for this model is split into a smaller 256 GB M.2 SSD for the operating system and a secondary 1 TB 7200 RPM Hitachi hard drive for storage. With this kind of setup, you can install programs on the SSD, and map documents, pictures, and other media to the hard drive. This is a best-of-both-worlds approach to storage. The storage can be further expanded using the hot-swap bay. Using the included storage drive adapter, another 2.5-inch storage drive can be fitted in.
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.
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.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
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.
In former years, this weight was representative for laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, 17 inch laptops weigh less than that.
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).
73.33%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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