It’s been a couple of months since I reviewed the P34W, so here’s the sibling P34G. As you might expect, it’s a very similar set up, but it’s not identical.
It has the same i7-6700HQ processor, and a 14” display, but it only has 8GB of RAM, and a GTX 960M graphics card. It’s fitted with both a 128GB SSD as well as a 1TB HDD, as was the P34W.
Like the P34W, in the box you get the laptop, manual, warranty, two-part power pack, setup DVD and a copy of PowerDVD 12. However, you don’t get a DVD drive. It has three USB-3, one USB-C, an HDMI, a gigabit ethernet port, VGA socket and even an SD card reader -- but once again I stress -- not even a space where a DVD drive could fit. So if you’re all about watching DVDs on the move, then I’ll tell you right now that you won’t enjoy this laptop without an external drive.
Having recently bought GRAV, I wanted to give it a try with the P34G. I tried Elite Dangerous: Horizons on the P34W and heck if I just wanted a change. It ran pretty smoothly, but having not played it on anything else I couldn’t comment on how it usually ran.
In the end I couldn’t resist, and popped into Elite Dangerous: Horizons for a bit. It automatically set the graphics to High and looked great. It ran smoothly, and the fans didn’t spin up too much. It remained pretty quiet throughout whatever situation I found myself in, which was pretty impressive.
The battery allowed me about half an hour of gaming before being desperate for a charge, which is a decent amount of time for a graphics-heavy title. I imagine you can play a ton of Flash games before it even considers needing a charge.
In the essence of providing a more statistical look at this laptop than we have previously, it scored 5558 in 3DMark -- here’s a link to them.
Gigabyte P34Gv5 Review
A little less powerful than the P34W, I’d still recommend the P34G if it meets your budget. The GPU is only slightly older and it has half the RAM, but it’s still a perfectly fine gaming laptop.