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Late last year we took at look at the Gigabyte P35K Ultrablade, then the most recent Gigabyte gaming laptop to be released. We found it a gaming powerhouse in a very slim chassis, but the laptop did have thermal, noise and input issues that made it difficult to wholeheartedly recommend.

Today, we’re looking another Gigabyte gaming laptop, the P27K. The P27K has similarly powerful specifications to the P35K, but with a larger 17″ screen and a thicker chassis. In this review, we’ll be testing to see if the issues with the P35K were resolved and how this larger laptop compares to its slim cousin.

Let’s get started.

Specifications

 

OSWindows 8
CPU4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ 2.4-3.4GHz
Display17.3″ Full HD 1920×1080 LCD
System Memory8 GB DDRIIIL 1600 (1x 8 GB)
ChipsetMobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset
Video GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4600
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M w/ 2 GB GDDR5 RAM
Supports NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
Storage1x 128 GB mSATA SSD (LiteOn)
1x 1TB 2.5″ 5400 RPM HDD (Toshiba)
Keyboard TypeFull-sized Backlit Keyboard
Optical Disk DriveBlu-Ray DVD Combo Drive
I/O PortUSB(3.0)*2, eSATA / USB(3.0) Combo*1, USB(2.0)*1, HDMI, D-sub, RJ45
Mic-in, Earphone-out, 9-in-1 card reader, DC-in jack, S/PDIF out
Audio2 Watt Speaker*2, Microphone, Sound Blaster(TM) Cinema
CommunicationsLAN: 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps Ethernet
Wireless LAN: 802.11 b / g / n
Bluetooth: 4.0
Webcam2.0 Megapixel
SecurityKensington Lock
BatteryLi-ion, 8 cell, 5200 mAh, 79.96 Wh
Dimensions413(W) x 277(D) x 17.5~48.8(H) mm
Weight~3.2kg (w/ODD and 8-cell battery)

Specifications listed here are for the review unit provided; different configurations exist with varying amounts of system RAM, optical drives, storage options, installed OS etc. Up to 3 disk drives can be installed (1 256 GB SSD, 2x 1TB 9.5mm HDDs).

About The Author
William Judd

Editor-in-Chief for XSReviews. Find me @wsjudd or on G+.