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GIGABYTE P34G-CF1 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD 128GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M 2GB 14.0
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This should be a fantastic laptop. It's thin and light, has an awesome screen, an great graphics card, SSD, USB 3.0 and more. It's mostly metal, beautiful (looks nothing like a Macbook, IMHO). Great (sounding) warranty (2-years) that covers dead pixels (technically for 30-days only). There's a lot of potential here.

Cons: The quality control is hit or miss. The keyboard frequently doubles up on keystrokes, which is annoying for typing and sucks when it happens in game. I've had many a Magica combo blown because it registers two key-presses so frequently.

The touchpad isn't flush, it rises up in one corner, and the button droops on one side. There are little bumps on the seams, and some of the keyboard screws are loose. Also, the LCD panel wasn't centered, leading to a black line down one side.

It also has a VGA port - maybe not a con in your book, but why not display-port or miniDVI with an adapter?

Also, the customer support is lacking. I sent my machine in for a dead pixel repair, and the machine came back damaged. I called and sent photos, but no one will respond, other than to say I should contact another department who won't pick up the phone. Not sure what I'm going to do on that, but I'm probably not going to get a Gigabyte product again unless I know I won't need Customer Service.

Other Thoughts: This could be a great notebook, but it falls short in too many areas especially given the premium price tag. Make sure to read through the forums on notebookreview to see what folks there are saying. Maybe wait for the gen 2 version that was just announced.

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GIGABYTE P34G-CF1 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD 128GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M 2GB 14.0
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice and light, good feel, doesn't get hot. Graphics are great for this super slim laptop

Cons: Noisy keyboard, fans

Other Thoughts: I got mine as an open box, it was only missing the lint-free cloth. Build quality is great, no weird bulges or dents. The screen is nice, but badly needed calibration. Once settings were adjusted, it's great!

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Foxconn SFF R40-A1 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A45 (Hudson D1) AMD Radeon HD6310 1 x HDMI Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive, quiet-ish. Fairly straightforward install, not roomy but not cramped. The HDD install requires you to move some cables out of the way, which isn't part of the instruction. It also needs to be installed upside down.

Cons: Very short SATA cables, neither the long one, which is supposed to be for the optical drive, barely reached the hard drive. Thank goodness I'm not using the ODD bay. Also, one of the faceplate tabs came missing, or is malformed, because it does not attach to the chassis and leaves a gap around the case. Not. Huge issue, but it looks crummy...

Other Thoughts: Seems to be a good unit. Haven't tested the rest because I just put the thing together after waiting two months for a ram deal.

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BRYAN B.'s Profile

Display Name: BRYAN B.

Date Joined: 05/14/04

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 04/19/06
  • Last Review: 04/15/14
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