Gigabyte Pascal-infused gaming laptops keep it simple

The Pascal Laptop Day continues in full force. Gigabyte is showing off the improvements it made to four series of gaming-oriented laptops. The company has taken a more sensible approach than some of its competitors, offering machines that blend high-end spec sheets with a demure design—something that's refreshing after the recent spate of gaudy RGB-LED-lit, uh, everything.

Gigabyte's machines come in two types, with two sizes each. All models come fitted with IPS screens, backlit keyboards, Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPUs, M.2 PCIe SSDs, and all the usual trimmings—Type-A and Type-C USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Users get the option of either 8GB or 16GB of RAM installed from factory.

Now for the individual models. The P57X v6 is a 17.3" machine packing either a mobile GTX 1070 or a GTX 1060 graphics card. The display is a 1920x1080 unit, and the keyboard offers anti-ghosting technology along with 30-key rollover. The optical drive bay can take in a Blu-ray or DVD-RW drive, or make room for extra mechnical or solid-state storage devices. The machine is reasonably nimble despite its size: 6.6 lbs (3Kg) of weight, and a thickness of 1.13" (28.6 mm.)

The P55W v6 is similar to the P57 above, but it's built on a 15.6" chassis. The graphics card is a mobile GTX 1060, powering one of two screen options: a 2880x1620 monitor or 1920x1080 IPS display. The keyboard on this laptop a little simpler, though: it lacks the anti-ghosting and rollover characteristics of the one on the P57X. This machine weighs in at 5.7 lbs (2.6 Kg) but is a little pudgy, from 1.1" (27 mm) to 1.34" (34 mm) at its tallest point.

And now for something a little different. Gigabyte claims that its P37 and P35 series are "thin and light," and the company may have a point here, as far as gaming laptops go. The P37X v6 is a 17.3" beastie with a mobile GTX 1070 and a choice of either a 3840x2160 or a 1920x1080 IPS screen. The laptop's backlit keyboard offers additional macro keys, too. Despite the size, the P37X tips the scales at 6 lbs (2.7kg) without an optical drive, and it's only 0.89" (22.5 mm) thick.

"Slim-and-powerful" can go slimmer still, as evidenced by the P35X v6. This machine is similar in pretty much everything as the P37X, except that its screen is 15.6" across. The display choices remain the same: 3840x2160 or 1920x1080 IPS screens. The P35X v6 is impressively svelte considering all the firepower inside: it weighs 5.1 lbs (2.3 Kg), and it's only 0.8" (20.9mm) thick.

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