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Gigabyte P25W review

Looks like a Lamborghini, so it's great the Gigabyte gaming PC goes like one?

Our Verdict

This is one of the most powerful gaming laptops we've reviewed in a while. It won't blow you away in terms of gaming performance, but it's certainly enough to play the majority of games at higher settings and the price isn't out of this world.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Strong gaming performance
  • 
Well priced
  • 
Portable
  • 
Good battery life

Against

  • No IPS
  • 
Visually unimpressive

  • Slightly plasticky
  • 
Sound could be better

The Gigabyte P25 is the new bread and butter in Gigabyte's lineup of gaming portables, cutting a nice line between the more sizeable 17-inch and it's slimline Ultrabook partner.

Whereas those laptops have compromises, whether that's a larger screen or better portability, the P25 caters mainly for gamers who want the maximum amount of gaming performance, without having to lug an unnecessarily large chassis around with them.

Mind you, at 2.8kg, the P25 isn't exactly what we'd call lightweight - nor is it particularly slim - but if you want decent graphics capabilities, something has to give.

Thankfully, Gigabyte has done a decent job of reigning things in and maximising every inch of space.

Ratings In Depth
Gigabyte P25W review
Gigabyte P25W review
Gigabyte P25W review
Gigabyte P25W review
Gigabyte P25W review

The majority of competition in the gaming arena is from 17-inch laptops. The P25 has a 15.6-inch screen, so you're sacrificing a bit of screen real estate, but what you get is a much more portable chassis. It'll happily pop in a bag with a 15-inch laptop pocket, albeit with a little bit of persuasion.

While this is a gaming PC, Gigabyte hasn't exactly gone over the top with flashy additions that have no real bearing on performance. OK, so the back of the screen is a little garish, and the fan vents located at the rear have obviously been designed to mimic the exhaust tail pipes of a supercar, but you can specify it in plain black, and elsewhere the P25 is quite minimalist. It's a solid thing, that's for sure, though it does feel a tiny bit cheap in places.

Instead of spending time on the aesthetics, Gigabyte has included some top-of-the-line components to keep gaming-hungry fans happy, including an Intel Haswell processor, as well as a storming graphics card from Nvidia.

The P25 is on a par with the similarly specced Schenker XMG P503, though the Schenker looks seriously basic, and isn't anywhere as slim or attractive as the Gigabyte.

Gigabyte P25 review
Gigabyte P25 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 770M, HD 4600
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilyP25
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-4700MQ
ColourYellow
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameGigabyte
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM87 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 3 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height38.4 mm
Width391.9 mm
Depth262.9 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesP25
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelP25W-CF1
Product NameP25W-CF1 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP25W-CF1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

Vivid Visual Enjoyment with the 1080p Full HD Matte Display

The 1080p Full HD matte display panel features a light scattering anti-glare layer, which diffuses light, eliminating reflections and delivering a sublime gaming experience.

Electroluminescence Backlit Keyboard

The P25 epitomizes an automatic light sensing backlit keyboard. This significant feature adjusts the light to external conditions and makes typing and gaming in dimly lit rooms and dark conditions better and easier.

Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • P25W-CF1 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year