Gigabyte announced a series of new gaming notebooks at CES 2017, from the enthusiast-grade Gigabyte P56, to the budget-friendly Gigabyte Sabre 15.
Gigabyte P56 – Enthusiast Gaming
The P56 neatly slots in between the company’s existing P55 and P57 series in their mainstream gaming notebook lineup. The P56 is a 15.6-inch notebook featuring the enthusiast-grade Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. This is as compared to the P55, which has the GeForce GTX 1060. (See our review of the Gigabyte P55W.)
The P56 features the latest Intel “Kaby Lake” 7th-generation processors, specifically the Core i7-7700HQ quad-core, which replaced the venerable Core i7-6700HQ in Intel’s lineup. Gigabyte has also given its P55 and P57 series the “Kaby Lake” treatment, along with its entry-level P15 and P17 series.
The P56 has a 15.6-inch 4K/UHD (3,840×2,160) resolution display, though it wasn’t stated whether this will be the only display available. Even with the 4K display, we’ll expect the P56 to get reasonable battery life thanks to its large 91Wh battery.
Another major feature is its per-key RGB backlit keyboard, presumably much like the ones on the company’s elite Aorus X5/X7 v6 models. The notebook also features a built-in optical drive, a rarity in today’s notebook world.
From the outside appearance, we might speculate the P56 will have a feature set similar to the P55. A notable feature on the P56 is its USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support. (Take a look at our features: USB Type-C: Do You Need It Now?)
Note that the P55, P56, and P57 are Gigabyte’s mainstream gaming notebooks, whereas their P35X and P37X series are higher-end, featuring metal designs and thinner chassis. Take a look at some of our reviews to get a better idea of what to expect from these models:
Gigabyte Sabre 15 – Budget-Friendly Gaming
The Sabre 15 is Gigabyte’s all-new 15.6-inch gaming notebook, featuring the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 series graphics card. The graphics choice classifies it as a mid-range gaming notebook, designed to go head-to head with the likes of the just-announced Dell Inspiron 7000 series gaming notebooks and the new Lenovo Legion Y520.
Both the GeForce GTX 1050 with 2GB of dedicated memory, and the mildly faster GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of dedicated memory will be available. These cards are designed for gaming at an FHD (1080p) screen resolution.
The Sabre 15’s keyboard has a reasonable 2.2mm of key travel, which should lend it good feedback. RGB backlighting is said to be optional. Gigabyte didn’t disclose other specifications for this model.
Gigabyte P34, P35 Series Updated
In addition to the P56 and Sabre 15, Gigabyte has also announced its refreshed P34 series, a 14-inch model with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics. Gigabyte bills it as the world’s lightest notebook to feature that graphics card, at just 3.7 pounds. Take a look at our review of the Gigabyte P34W.
The P34 series has also been updated to the “Kaby Lake” Intel processor, along with the 15.6-inch P35 series. The P35 features the GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, and has an optional 4K/UHD display. Current P35 models retail for around $2,000.
Pricing and Availability
Gigabyte hasn’t announced pricing or availability for its new P56 or Sabre 15 models. Given the published specs, we’ll expect the P56 to sit around the $1,500 mark, while the Sabre 15 should be right around $900-1,000.