I’m a PC gamer who travels often for work, and for that reason I’ve often dreamed of having a really capable gaming laptop. For years, gaming laptops have had big downsides to dissuade me: they’ve been heavy, had a mediocre graphics performance compared to desktops and woeful battery lives, especially when gaming. As laptops morphed into Ultrabooks, performance and weight has been vastly improved… and with the introduction of Haswell fourth-generation Intel processors this year, battery life has also gotten a big boost.
It’s in this new and promising landscape that Gigabyte, best known in PC gaming circles for their motherboards, have launched their latest ultra-thin gaming laptop – the Gigabyte P35K Ultrablade.
The laptop looks incredibly capable, thanks to its a Core i7 processor, GeForce GTX 765M graphics card, plentiful RAM and a pair of solid state drives in RAID0. Yet for all this power, the P35K is just 21mm thick, about twice the thickness of a high-end Android tablet, and weighs just over 2 kilograms – an impressive feat for a gaming laptop.
In this review, we’ll find out if Gigabyte have managed to deliver the ultimate gaming laptop for 2013, with power and portability in equal measure. Let’s get started!
|CPU||4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ 2.4-3.4GHz|
|Display||15.6″ Full HD 1920×1080 IPS LCD|
|System Memory||16 GB DDRIIIL 1600 (2x 8 GB)|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset|
|Video Graphics||Intel® HD Graphics 4600
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M w/ 2 GB GDDR5 RAM
Supports NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
|Storage||2x 128 GB mSATA SSD (in RAID0)
|Keyboard Type||Full-sized Auto-Adjusting Backlit Keyboard|
|Optical Disk Drive||Super Multi DVD RW|
|I/O Port||USB(3.0)*2, USB(2.0)*2, HDMI, D-sub, RJ46, Mic-in, Earphone-out (SPDIF)
SD Card Reader, DC-in Jack
|Audio||1.5 Watt Speaker*2, Woofer speaker*1, Microphone, Dolby® Home Theater® v4|
|Communications||LAN: 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps Ethernet
Wireless LAN: 802.11 b / g / n
|Battery||Li-Polymer, 11.1V, 75.81Wh|
|Dimensions||385(W) x 270(D) x 21(H) mm|
|Weight||~2.26kg (w/ODD and Li-polymer battery)|
Specifications listed here are for the review unit provided; different configurations exist with varying amounts of system RAM (4 or 8 GB) and storage options. There is space for two mSATA SSDs internally, and the optical drive can also be replaced with an additional hard drive or upgraded to a read-only or read/write Blu-ray drive.