Gigabyte P34W V5 - Considerations

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  1. NorthernEnd

    NorthernEnd Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey folks,

    I'm getting ready to make my order for a P34W V5, but there are a few things I need to consider and get answers on before emptying my pockets for this little beast. I understand this laptop has just been released, so most likely people won't be able to respond straight away, but it would be great to get some answers once the units start rolling in. The two main concerns I have are battery life and physical construction of the laptop chassis.

    On either model (the FHD or QHD,) how is the battery life for day-to-day tasks such as browsing the web, taking notes, watching videos etc.?

    Is the laptop chassis fairly rigid, or at least more rigid than that of previous models?

    I'm going to be using the laptop for classes and programming on-the-go, mainly, and hoping to get a rough 4 hours out of it at least. I don't think this will be a problem, but figured I'd ask just to be sure.

    There have been quite a few comments on other forums wherein people have complained about the rigidity of the previous models. This thing is going to be in my backpack and on-the-go with me almost every day, so it just won't do to have something that's flimsy or at risk of ending up with bent panels on top or bottom just from day-to-day use.

    Many thanks!
     
  2. GIGABYTE Laptop

    GIGABYTE Laptop Company Representative

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    Hey NorthernEnd,

    We are confident in the build quality of the new Skylake platform.

    Here is one of the first unboxing/reviews for the P34W v5 from an independent reviewer to give you a better idea of the build.



    Thanks,

    GIGABYTE NOTEBOOK
     
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    NorthernEnd Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you for the feedback and the video, Mr. Gigabyte Laptop.

    Maybe you can tell me - have any changes been made to the chassis of the laptop since the V3, or is the body of the V5 the exact same?

    Thanks!
     
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    Wiz33 Notebook Deity

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    My question is that if the USB Type C connector is also compatible with Thunderbolt 3 so you can attach an external box with a full size GPU when they becomes available.

    I also wonder if you get the model without the M.2 SSD can you add one later and clone the OS over.
     
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    alektoro Notebook Consultant

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    I too am ready to make the purchase, but need to know the answer to Wiz33's question.
     
  6. Rykno

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    I just subbed per some threads I used when deciding on a system. I have a P34W V5 on order and I'll answer any questions when I receive it. I have high hopes for what I had built.
     
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    NorthernEnd Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks Rykno! Getting some feedback from someone who actually has the laptop would be incredibly helpful :) You rock.

    The things I'm wondering about:
    - What is the battery life like for general productivity/day-to-day use outside of gaming?
    - Does the laptop feel solid, or are there concerns with rigidity?

    When it comes to rigidity, I've heard a lot of complaints regarding the old versions. 1. the keyboard's plastic insert being weak and bendable, 2. the top panel being wobbly or very easy to bend when twisting one side forward and the other back, and the lid can be flexed inward easily when it's closed, 3. the general structural rigidity of the unit feels light/weak.

    The issue is that all of this comes from old versions of the laptop (V3 in particular) and the user's experience is somewhat subjective depending on what they've used in the past. I'm comparing it to something like the Macbook Pro and my Samsung Series 9 ultrabook, both of which are extremely solid because of their completely metal construction. I wouldn't expect the P34W V5 to match these at all, of course, but it would be good to know that the thing doesn't have to be treated with extreme care.

    Thanks in advance! Let us know how it goes, and enjoy :)
     
  8. Rykno

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    I was quoted 5+ hours using conservative brightness and moderate multitasking (music, browsing, spreadsheet/typing etc) from another recent v5 owner. I'm re-pasting and undervolting, so I hope to exceed that number. I'll also be using 2x ssds instead of ssd/hdd.

    I can't speak to the tactility of the keyboard, as that is subjective and I have high standards for keyboards. If it's 75% as good as a thinkpad/unibody asus/macbook I'll be happy -- I carry a Pok3r and Roccat for more extended typing/gaming.

    Let me know if there is other things you'd like to report on when I receive it. It's the rare user review that helped me when deciding on a purchase, and professional reviewers (imo) can be hesitant to knock points off in a review. I'll be using it mostly for it's insane specs and form factor to create a really portable desktop-quality system, using mouse/keyboard primarily. As long as the keyboard and touchpad are passable for short term browsing/drafting emails off the cuff; I'll consider it a Razer Blade killer at 2/3rd the price given what I've configured.
     
  9. GIGABYTE Laptop

    GIGABYTE Laptop Company Representative

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    There have been some changes yes to improve overall quality.

    The "A" cover (screen lid) - is Aluminium
    The "C" part of the chassis - keyboard surround and palm rest is Aluminium
    The "D" part of the chassis - the base of the machine is toughened plastic composite.
     
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    Good morning,

    You mentioned in the v5 thread that the new version is going to have an aluminum lid...I am getting ready to send mine v4 that I have had for 3 months, in to get the lid serviced due to a malfunction where the screen is peeling from the lid. Seems to be a rather common thing.

    Any chance in your good graces, I could pay the difference for a v5 and trade out this v4. This screen/ lid combo makes me cringe due to the sound of the peeling lid catching the body.

    I know little info is being provided here on my part, its just frustrating.

    Thanks,

    Sent from my Z970 using Tapatalk
     
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