Gigabyte introduced a new line of gaming laptops this week, starting with the P55K. This laptop has a 15.6-inch screen with wide viewing angles and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Powering this screen is Intel's Core i7-4720HQ (2.5 GHz/3.6 GHz) processor, up to 16 GB of DDR3L RAM and up to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 965M with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. All of this runs on a 6400 mAh battery.
On the storage front, the P55K includes a 2.5-inch HDD slot that has a 7200 RPM drive (1 TB) or a 5400 RPM drive (500 GB to 2 TB), depending on the configuration. The laptop also has an mSATA slot supporting an SSD capacity of 128 GB to 512 GB. The laptop's actual storage capacity will depend on the country and region it is sold, the company indicated.
The base specifications list also shows Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, an HD camera, a gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, D-sub, an SD card reader, audio jacks and two 2-watt speakers supporting Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater. Need an optical drive? There are three options: a Blu-ray burner, a Blu-ray/DVD combo drive or a Super-Multi DVD burner.
One of the features highlighting Gigabyte's laptop is a full-range backlit Chiclet keyboard with 0.09-inch key travel, allowing the user to type in a dark room (or gaming cave). The laptop also features what Gigabyte calls the LAN Optimizer, which prioritizes data packets based on the user's settings. This presumably means that users can select gaming data to be more important than streaming Netflix.
Finally, Gigabyte's new notebook measures 15 x 10.6 x 1.1-1.3 inches (WxDxH). It's not the thinnest gaming notebook on the market, but the P55K makes up the difference by offering Nvidia's GPU and the Haswell processor. Unfortunately, Gigabyte didn't provide a starting price with its announcement, so customers will have to check with online shops or the closest retailer that carries Gigabyte products for more details.