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4 out of 5 eggs A solid laptop that bridges the gap between portability and performance. 03/05/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE 14.0" P34G-CF1 Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4700HQ (2.40 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M 8 GB Memory 128 GB SSD 1 TB HDD Windows 8 Gaming Laptop

Pros: Keyboard - The keyboard is well constructed and although it suffers from a little flex in some very specific area you would never notice without looking for it. The keys are tactile, and feel great when typing.

Performance - This thing will play popular games that some desktop PCs would struggle with. LA Noire, Planetside 2, the Battlefield series, ARMA 3. In games not so demanding you will be able to run at 1080p on high-ultra settings, and this thing didn't break a sweat (source engine games like TF2 and DOTA for instance). On games I listed 720p on high-ultra settings.

Screen - The screen is high resolution, the backlight is fairly even, and the color gamut is good. There -are- some downsides to the screen though which I will list in the cons area.

Ports - A crapton of them. HDMI, 4 USB, VGA, ethernet, and a card reader. This is a portable laptop with plenty of ports.

Build quality - The build quality is good, and great in the places it matters. There is no flex or squeak to this laptop and the screen hinges are strong and sturdy. The top and keyboard area of this laptop have a sort of premium feeling. The bottom is made of plastic. This won't compare in build quality to an Apple computer or the Razer Blade, but most of these things are cosmetic/optional such as the touchpad, and I don't particularly like where the plug for the power is inserted. Overall I would say the build quality is good on this laptop, with a little extra polish I could have called it great.

Size, shape, and silhouette - This laptop is light enough to easily and comfortably carry under your arm. Although the Macbook Air and other lighter ultrabooks might outclass it in this department this laptop has one of the best size/performance ratios I have ever seen. It's shape and design are simple and unassuming, there are no massive LEDS or fan ports that look like spaceship thrusters to be found.

Cooling - Very good. To some this might be a con, but these fans can get loud and move a LOT of air. This to me is a pro. The laptop has yet to get more than warm to the touch on the wrist rests, and even the bottom of the laptop remains fairly cool. I would not set the bottom of this laptop on my skin, but the same could be said about a lot of computers including my Macbook Air.

Cons: Touchpad - This is the biggest con for me. Coming from a Mac this touchpad does not compare, but seeing as I am usually using a mouse this doesn't hurt me too much. The touchpad is NOT unusable, but it is definitely decidedly average.

Screen - The matte screen creates a VERY subtle rainbow effect on pure white. I have seen this with other matte screens as well. You are only likely to find it if you are really looking for it, and I do not notice in my day-to-day usage.

I don't think I have spent quite long enough with this laptop to expose all it's niggles, so I will update this section if anything changes.


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