The Consumer Electronics Show always provides a nice kickstart to the year when it comes to new technology, and true to form Gigabyte has come to the table with their latest line of gaming laptops.
The whole line has been refreshed with Intel's Skylake processors, but there are some other cool bells and whistles with their P57 gaming laptop that are worth paying attention to.
The P57W is the newest member of Gigabyte's roster, with a Skylake Intel i7 CPU and a 17.3-inch 1080p display. It's sporting an anti-ghosting 30-key rollover keyboard -- although there's no mention of it being a mechanical keyboard -- and there's the potential to output to 4K at 60hz
You'll find a 3GB NVIDIA GTX 970M under the hood, while the P57K model comes with a GTX 965M. The P57W has with DDR4 RAM running at 2133MHz, M.2 PCIe SSD storage, USB 3.1 Type-C ports, HDMI 2.0 and a swappable bay for an extra hard drive or optical drive.
All of Gigabyte's gaming laptops come with a three month premium license to the XSplit Gamecaster broadcast software, handy for those who want to get into streaming but don't have the technical know-how for less intuitive options like Open Broadcaster Software.
- Intel i7-6700HQ (2.6Ghz-3.5Ghz) / i7-6820HK (2.7GHz-3.6GHz)
- 17.3" 1920x1080 IPS display
- 8GB / 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM (maximum of 32GB)
- NVIDIA GTX 970M GDDR5 3GB
- Support 3-Storage System: 1x 2.5” HDD slot, 1x M.2 SSD slots (Type 2280, supports NVMe PCIe X4 & SATA), 1x Swappable Bay
- Blu-ray Rewritable Drive/Super Multi DVD RW
- USB 3.0 (Type-A)*3, USB 3.1 (Type-C)*1, HDMI 2.0, D-sub, RJ45, mini DP, Mic-in, headphone-out, SD Card Reader, DC-in Jack
- 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
- 802.11 ac (a/b/g/n compatible)
- Bluetooth V4.1+LE
- Li-Polymer, 75.81Wh battery
- 180W power adapter
- 421mm (w) x 290mm (d) x 24.9mm (h), ~2.9kg
Australian pricing isn't available as of yet. Gigabyte's P37W line, however, is selling for around $2400, while the P37X laptops with a NVIDIA GTX 980M are going for closer to $3000. It wouldn't be surprising for the P57W to be priced around the P37X mark, but when Gigabyte announces a local RRP we'll let you know.