For PC gamers, gaming laptops represent a bit of a dilemma. On the one hand, they’re compact and portable, and come straight off the shelf ready to play top-end PC games. On the other hand, they’re usually far more expensive than an similarly powered desktop machine and can’t be upgraded easily further down the line.
At just £909, the new Gigabyte P2742G gaming laptop represenets the best of both worlds then. Relatively affordable when lined up against similarly spec’d gaming laptops, but still incredible powerful considering its price.
Powered by a speedy Core i7 quad-core processor and backed up by a meaty Kepler-generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 2GB graphics chip, it should happily blast through the latest titles at full the full HD 1080p resolution its 17-inch screen is capable of displaying. According to Gigabyte’s internal testing, it’s managed an impressive 12,193 score form the 3DMark Vantage benchmarking tool.
Under the hood sits two drive bays sporting RAID 0 technology for speedy support of as much as 2TB of storage space, while the laptop is finished off with a Blu-ray drive and THX TruStudio Pro-packing speakers, making it a very capable movie-watching machine too.
In terms of software, Windows 8 is onboard, though its touchscreen features won’t be supported by the P2742G’s non-touch display.
Though we’re not sold on that bronze-coloured lid finish, it’s definitely one to consider if you’re on the market for a new PC gaming machine. Full stockist details can be found here.
By Gerald Lynch | February 12th, 2013