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Gigabyte P2742G Gaming Laptop

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Gigabyte P2742G Gaming LaptopBeing a gamer as well as a tech junkie, I have always longed for the ability to game on the road. I tend to travel quite a bit for both work and for fun. Being stuck in the hotel room playing Facebook games, is not my idea of gaming. I would like to be able to load up some Battlefield 3, Assassins Creed, or the latest version of Call of Duty. However, I am not willing to let go of 2500 of my hard earned greenbacks to do so. Over the last few years the market has seen its share of gaming laptops and as the prices keep falling we are beginning to see more options for gaming laptops. Gigabyte has introduced the P2742G. This is a 17.3″ 1920×1080 laptop with the Nvidia 660M at the core of this beast. With i7-3630QM processor and the ability to cram 24 gigabytes of ram in it, will the Gigabyte G2742G be enough to satiate my gaming-on-the-go appetite?

Review Sample Provided by: GIGABYTE
Product Name: P2742
Price at time of review: $  USD
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Features

  • Windows 8
  • Core i7-3630QM Processor
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660M GDDR5 2GB
  • Dual Hard Drive Bays
  • RAID 0 support
  • 17.3″ 1080p Display
  • THX TruStudio Pro Audio
  • Blu-ray/DVD Combo Drive

Specifications

OS Windows 8
Windows 8 Pro
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional
CPU 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Processor (2.4GHz-3.4GHz)
Display 17.3″ Full HD 1920×1080 LED backlight
System Memory 4/8GB DDRIII 1600, 3 slots (Max 24GB)
Chipset Mobile Intel® HM77 Express Chipset
Video Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M GDDR5 2GB
Supports NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
Storage

*Supports Dual-storage System
750GB 2.5″ 9.5mm Hybrid HDD 7200rpm
128GB SSD + 1TB 2.5″ 9.5mm HDD 5400rpm

*The storage size may differ between different countries and regions. Please confirm with the local dealers or retailers for the latest specifications.
*750GB Hybrid HDD 7200rpm has built-in 8GB SLC SSD and 32MB cache memory

Optical Disk Drive 12.7mm Super Multi DVD RW
Blu-Ray DVD Combo Drive (optional)
I/O Port USB(3.0)*2, eSATA/USB(3.0) Combo*1, USB(2.0)*1, HDMI, D-Sub, RJ45, Mic-in,
Earphone-out, 9-in-1 card reader(SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/RS MMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Dou),
DC-in jack, S/PDIF Out
Audio 2 Watt Speaker*2, Microphone
Communications LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth V4.0
Webcam 2.0 Megapixel
Security Kensington Lock
Battery Li-ion 8-cell, 5200mAh, 76.96Wh
Dimensions 413(W) x 277.5(D) x 17.5~48.8(H) mm
Weight ~3.2kg (w/ODD and 8-cell battery)

The P2742 product line features two configurations. We are reviewing CFG1. The only change that I made to the configuration was to re-format the storage and install Windows 7. The P2742G came with Windows 8 but it is my preference to use Windows 7. The main difference in CFG1 and CFG2 is the hard drives. CFG1 uses a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive and a blu-ray combo drive. CFG2 uses a 128 GB SSD and a 750 GB drive and a Super DVD combo Drive.

About Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network analyst by day. He currently holds the CCNA & CCNP certifications. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day, such as cutting a side window or two.

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