Gigabyte joins the gaming laptop party with its P57 series

You've read the headline, and you're probably expecting to see a black monolith with weird angles and liberal use of red trim. Gigabyte's P57 gaming laptops mercifully don't follow that boring old route, though. The P57 series machines have an understated black aesthetic with a bit of orange trim that doesn't scream "720 noscope" from a mile away.

Understated externals say nothing about the machine's innards, though, and the P57's internals don't disappoint in the least. It's powered by an Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, a four-core, eight-thread unit with 2.6GHz base and 3.5GHz turbo clocks. Graphics horsepower comes by way of GeForce GTX graphics cards—a GTX 970M with 3GB of VRAM on the higher-end P57W model, and a GTX 965M with 2GB on the P57K.

RAM capacity goes up to 16GB, while a PCIe NVMe SSD as large as 512GB handles storage duties. Users can add up to two additional 2.5" HDDs—one goes in its own dedicated space in the laptop's main body, while the optical disc drive can be removed to make room for the second. Gigabyte has a Blu-ray burner available as an option, too.

The P57's display is a 1080p IPS LCD, which should provide decent color reproduction. However, there's no word on refresh rates above 60Hz or variable-refresh-rate support. The keyboard is backlit and has 30-key rollover, a good thing for playing MOBAs and MMORPGs with complicated keystroke sequences.

Peripheral connectivity  comes by way of three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C connector, and Bluetooth 4.1 support. The standard video outputs are present, too: HDMI 2.0, miniDP, and the undying VGA port. Networking is handled by 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet adapters.

The whole machine measures 16.6" by 11.4" by 1" (or 421mm x 290mm x 25mm) and weighs in at 6.4 lbs (2.9 kg). There's no exact word on availability, but Newegg already has a product page up for the P57W with 8GB of RAM and 128GB for $1,499. The online retailer also offers a version with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for $1,699.

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