Gigabyte P35K review: Gigabyte P35K

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Low weight for a gamer. Excellent battery life. Solid performance.

The Bad Can't handle ultra detail in today's games. Terrible touch pad.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for an affordable and discreet gaming machine, the P35K is a solid alternative, provided you don't expect too much when it comes to graphics options.

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Not every gamer wants to advertise the fact that they're mowing down terrorists rather than working on quarterly budgets. The P35K aims to deliver a game-ready laptop trussed up in the looks and convenience of an ultrabook facade; but is it really possible to squeeze the powerful components necessary for game performance into such a slim and light package?

Design and features

You'd be forgiven for walking straight past the P35K when shopping for a gaming laptop, as it doesn't have any of the garish colours or striking lines that signal a machine is itching for entertainment. The discreet chassis design is extremely simple and plain, looking like so many other corporate laptops. Weighing in at just 2.16kg, it's positively lightweight by gaming laptop standards, while the maximum height of just 21mm makes it one of the thinnest gamers we've seen.

The 15.6-inch LCD display uses in-plane switching (IPS) technology to deliver outstanding image quality, with especially strong colour performance over a wide range of viewing angles, making this a dab hand at displaying demonstrations to groups. The island keyboard displayed a little bit of flex during heavy-handed typing, and the lack of backlighting makes it tricky to use in nocturnal environments. It's a good thing most gamers pack their own gaming mice, as the touch pad employed on the P35K can only be described as dismal, with buttons that failed to register at least half of our button presses. Low-quality speakers will do in a pinch, but a set of dedicated headphones are a must.

Connections, performance and battery

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Where to Buy

Gigabyte P35K

Part Number: CNETGigabyte P35K

Typical Price: $2,399.00

See manufacturer website for availability.