GIGABYTE P55W-BW1 – Review

Features:

  • Quad Core i7-5700HQ 2.7 GHz (Turbo 3.5 GHz)
  • GeForce GTX970M GPU with 3 GB RAM.
  • 8 GB DDR3 RAM.
  • 1024 GB HDD Disc + 128 GB SSD
  • 15.6-Inch Full-HD IPS Display.
  • Windows 8.1.
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Performance in Games

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Features

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Quality & Design

  • Total 86.5%

GIGABYTE P55W-BW1is a 15.6 inch gaming laptop (with a pricing below 1500$).The laptop has an Intel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7GHz, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM ,1024 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive, 128 GB Solid-State Drive ,15.6-Inch Screen and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5.

PERFORMANCE IN GAMES


CPU

Intel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7GHz has been used for the CPU a powerful processor which is a standard in majority of the gaming laptops in the present day.

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5 RAM is the graphics processor provided on the laptop .It is very powerful GPU and the best you can get in this price range.

RAM

The laptop is provided with 8GB DDR3 RAM sufficient for good gaming but could use more.

The combination will provide you enough power to render good frame rates while gaming at high settings. The device does support a SSD of 128GB for faster data transfer.

  • Performance in Games 83%

FEATURES


Screen

The laptop supports a 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Display. The screen has good colour reproduction with good viewing angles which makes it a screen good for gaming.

Connection and Ports

The laptop have Killer 1525 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity. The right hand side of the laptop you have the audio port, headphone jack, optical drive, 2 USB 3.0 and charging port.  The left hand side you have the cooling vents, 2 USB 3.0, VGA port, Killer 1525 802.11ac Ethernet port and HDMI port. More cooling vents are provided at the bottom of the laptop.

Audio

The audio has been provided by the Dolby Digital Plus Home Theatre. Speakers aren’t too good, but they work fine if you don’t need amazing sound quality

Storage

 The laptop is provided with a 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6 GB/s. and 128 SSD disc

Keyboard

The keyboard is backlit and is monochromatic i.e. you cannot customise the colour of the backlight

Battery Life Time

It supports Li-ion 6-cell, 5400mAh. While not gaming the battery will last you for 4- 5 hours. While gaming one hour or so.

  • Features & Use Comfort 93%

QUALITY & DESIGN


The screen can be flexed a little and there is a little flexing observed while typing. Laptop overall looks very nice not too bulky. It has an average built not too bad but not too great as well.

Noise:

fans are a bit loud but not too disturbing. The use of headphones while gaming can eliminate it.

Temperature:

The left hand side of the keyboard would get a bit warm but not uncomfortably warm. However, that vent is getting rid of hot air as you cannot place your fingers over the edge. The VGA port gets hot enough to actually burn your fingers , so it is better to avoid touching it. All in all l the cooling is adequate under all loads and not unbearable loads, but getting a cooling pad is recommended for added peace of mind.

Weight:

The laptop has dimensions 10.59 x 14.92 x 1.14 inches and weighs 5.5 pounds which makes the laptop light enough to carry around easily.

  • Quality & Design 87%
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MY THOUGHTS


All in all a good gaming laptop in performance and aesthetics.

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Pros:

  • Antiglare IPS display
  • Good processor
  • Good and strong GPU
  • SSD disc
  • Loud speakers with rich sound
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Cons:

  • High temperature
  • Battery life time
  • Audio
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