Gigabyte P25W review

Looks like a Lamborghini, so it's great the Gigabyte gaming PC goes like one?

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We were impressed with what we saw in the Gigabyte P25. It offers solid gaming performance at a price that isn't completely out of this world.

It offers much the same as the similarly-priced Schenker XMG P503, but in a much nicer overall package. Thanks to the Blu-ray drive, the P25 also doubles as a home entertainment machine, though we would have preferred to have seen an IPS screen at this price point.

We liked

This is one of the most powerful gaming laptops we've reviewed in a while, on par with the Schenker.

It won't blow you away in terms of gaming performance, but it's certainly enough to play the majority of games at higher settings.

Overall, the performance is plentiful thanks to the excellent Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM; and the ability to run the P25 in RAID 0 with dual SSDs, if and when you choose to, means you can increase the speed of Windows 8.

We disliked

There's not really anything significant to grumble about when it comes to the Gigabyte P25, thankfully.

The trackpad isn't the best, nor is the matte LCD screen which is a touch grainy, and it doesn't really have a 'premium' feel that you might expect at this price range, though the majority of the price tag has clearly gone on the innards rather than the exterior.

Final verdict

If you're after a gaming PC but your budget won't stretch to the likes of the MSI GX60, then you could do worse than take a look at the Gigabyte P25. It's certainly had more thought put into the design than the similarly-priced Schenker XMG P503, otherwise there's not really much else out there that can compete.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 770M, HD 4600
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilyP25
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-4700MQ
ColourYellow
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameGigabyte
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM87 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 3 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height38.4 mm
Width391.9 mm
Depth262.9 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesP25
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelP25W-CF1
Product NameP25W-CF1 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP25W-CF1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

Vivid Visual Enjoyment with the 1080p Full HD Matte Display

The 1080p Full HD matte display panel features a light scattering anti-glare layer, which diffuses light, eliminating reflections and delivering a sublime gaming experience.

Electroluminescence Backlit Keyboard

The P25 epitomizes an automatic light sensing backlit keyboard. This significant feature adjusts the light to external conditions and makes typing and gaming in dimly lit rooms and dark conditions better and easier.

Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • P25W-CF1 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year