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Review: Gigabyte P55W v5 Gaming Laptop

18th August 2016   Gigabyte’s range of gaming lapto ps continue s to grow.
Most recently.

They’ve announced a new range based on the GTX10 series GPUs

but for those who don’t mind sticking to the last generation, the P55W v5 is still a solid choice.

Specifications Although the GPU may be last gen

a GTX970M,  this laptop is fitted with the latest LG1156 Intel Skylake mobile processor, the i7-6700HQ.

This can run with Turbo at 3.2 GHz

The only issue here is that it’s also got a TDP of 45W/55W, so is pretty power hungry.
The 970M itself isn’t half bad and still beats a desktop 960, which is able to run pretty much all games happily at 1080p.
8GB DDR4 is pretty much the standard for gaming and should still be fine in years to come and to help speed the OS up, there’s a nifty 128GB SSD along with a 1TB Hard Disc for storage.
This isn’t the lightest laptop around, in fact it’s pretty average size; 380 by 269 and 26.8mm thick, and weighs 2.6KG.
If you want thin and fast, it’s still best to go for Gigabyte’s P34W instead, which weighs a kilo less, though the battery suffers as a result.
Rounding things off.

This model has a DVD multidrive

though a Bluray would have been preferable.

Look and Design   Plastic surrounds the casing of the P55W v5

as it has done with every version of this laptop.
That said, it still manages to look smart, with raised edges at the back.
As you can see from the picture below, it’s a bit of a fingerprint magnet, though.
There’s a small flexing in the case, nothing to really worry about but it’s there all the same due to the plastic used in the casing.
This is also true of the keyboard, which visably flexes a little too much when keys are pressed.
Despite this, the keys felt responsive.
The keyboard is backlit, with 2 different settings.
The backlighting is subtle but works well in the dark and doesn’t distract from the screen even on the brighter of the settings.
The trackpad feels fairly responsive although I’m not a fan of the virtual buttons on modern trackpads and these felt as if they just needed a little less tension to click.
There are, disappointingly, no macro keys, though there are plenty of function key s to control all aspects of the laptop.
Three USB 3.0 Type-A ports and a USB 3.1 Type-C port provide plenty of connectivity split evenly over both sides.

HDMI 2.0 out and D-sub on the left provide the output alongside a Gigabit Ethernet port

On the right there are headphone and microphone ports and the power.

The screen is IPS but still suffers a little from poor viewing angles

with colours fading after 45 degrees.
Head on, though, it seems vibrant and has a good matt finish to prevent glare.
Performance The 970M and Full HD screen make a good partnership , pushing the graphics card Our Shadow of Mordor test at 1080p on Ultra gave us an average of 51FPS but did hit a low of 38FPS in one really intense moment.
GTA 5 got 51FPS on average as well and again hit a low of 31FPS at its lowest, though it rarely dipped below 50 for the most part.
3DMark A Firestrike test brought back a fairly decent score of 6724, certainly enough for the Full HD screen to cope with.
The only issue I found, which I’ve found with other Gigabyte laptops as well, is the heat.
During normal use this is fine but under heavy load, such as the game modes I tested above, it got pretty hot.
Considering how small the vents are, this is not surprising.
The fan does get noisy at times, though, when trying to compensate for the extra heat.
Battery   We managed to get around 5-6 hours on average through standard tasks (watching video, word processing and surfing the net) but gaming brought this down to a still-respectable 3.2 hours.
Conclusion It’s not as light as other models in Gigabyte’s line-up and that means not quite as portable, but it makes up for this with good battery life, a good anti-glare screen and some solid gaming performance .
The screen isn’t going to win awards, though and the trackpad needs to be sorted out for the next model.
Overall, a solid entry in Gigabyte’s line up which can happily act as a media machine and gaming laptop in one.
Gigabyte P55W v5 Gaming Laptop.
Solid gaming platform.
Good screen.
Plenty of connectivity.
Good battery life.
Trackpad isn’t too responsive.
Plastic casing bends a little too much.
Runs hot if pushed.
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Review: BenQ SW700PT 27″ Color Management Monitor

6th December 20176th December 2017 Billed as a ‘Color Management Monitor for Photographers’ monitor, the 2560×1440‎ (1440p) SW700PT features a 27″ IPS panel with a dynamic contrast of 20M:1‎ and 99% Adobe RGB Colour Gamut for colour accuracy.  BenQ’s monitors tend to focus on specific areas, so this will appeal to those in the digital art world more than for gaming, entertainment or general home use.
Design The build isn’t fancy but it’s deliberately kept glare free around the edges to focus attention on the screen alone.  The bezels are fairly average size.

It would be nice if they could design monitors more like modern TVs with thinner bezels

but these are certainly better than on other monitors I’ve tested.
The monitor does come with side and top panels, though, which can be attached to avoid glare from outside sources and keep colours as accurate as possible.  It’s amazing how much difference this actually makes to the screen and they’re pretty easy to fit, though they do take up a little more space in front of the monitor if you have a small desk.
Buttons for controlling the menu options appear on the lower right side of the monitor, below small dots showing their position.
It’s not my favourite place to put buttons, particularly if you have a desk with a recess for the monitor, but it does make the outline of the screen look more professional .
The buttons are easy to press and are context sensitive based on the on-screen menus, so there are no pre-set functions assigned to any one button.  It’s a fairly intuitive system which is easy to get used to, despite the location of the physical buttons.
Ports are the standard 3 you’d expect to find; DVI-DL, HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2 for video input, plus a headphone port.  There is also a USB 3.0 hub built in with 2  downstream ports on the side, plus one upstream x1.  They’re lined up under the monitor in a recess but are easy to get to, even from the front.

Performance and Screen As a professional monitor

you’d expect the SW700PT to do well in the screen department, and you’ve be right.
The colour accuracy is excellent with colours popping out of the screen but still feeling authentic.  The Adobe RGB 99% rating ensures that accuracy is key to this monitors function.

Response Time is less impressive

though still perfectly usable for general gaming if you really need this to be a jack of all trades.
With a 5ms GtG, it’s fine for regular gaming but maybe not for the professional s.  For art it’s really much less of an issue.
I’ve used this with an Xbox One X for testing the gaming side, alongside having it hooked up to a PC, and it can happily handle 4K console gaming (downscaled to 1440p) well.  Even without HDR support, the colours look better than an average TV.

Overall Impressions While the SW700PT isn’t a gaming monitor

the usual BenQ quality build does make it a good stand in, just with a slightly higher response time than we’d like.
The colour range and contrast, though, mean that this is a great choice for photographer s and digital artists.
BenQ SW700PT 27.
9 9.0/10.
Excellent colour reproduction.
Anti glare from the included panels.
A great screen with good contrast.
Response rate is high, though still not bad.
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Colourful platformer TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom arrives on Switch in March 2018

8th February 2018 Zengami

comprising of ex-Atari Melbourne House core team members, and DigiPen Game Studios (DGS) are proud to announce a new platform puzzle game, TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom.

The Nintendo Switch exclusive is expected to launch on the Nintendo eShop in March 2018

TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom is a cross-genre platform puzzle game that introduces Bebo

Deephi, Slimmie, Smarts, Willis and Sparky the Turtle.
They are aided by ‘The Genie’, an airborne support turtle that players can use to manipulate the game world and enhance the abilities of the turtles.
The game’s Campaign mode challenges players to free the turtles from a menagerie of over 100 stages across seven game worlds in single player or two player co-op modes.
Robust game mechanics seamlessly blend platform and puzzle gameplay with features including multi character control and turtle-linking, environment manipulation via block swapping, item deployment and match 3 mechanics that make challenges even more fresh, intense and fun.
Through the journey, players can collect Sun-Coins, Moon-Pearls and earn Treasure Chests to discover and level-up over 15 types of Building Cards, and more than 40 gameplay items to help lead the turtles to freedom.
Battle and play with friends in local Multiplayer with 1-4 players in versus or co-op formats.
Arena Battle Crown Thief and Arena Battle Lick’em Up modes pit players against one another in a classic tournament format where the aim is to wear the crown the longest or lick, colour and free the most turtles to achieve victory.
In Turtle Clash mode, .

Players battle in split screen on over 75 stages that can be unlocked in Campaign mode

TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom is exclusive and optimised for Nintendo Switch running at native 1080p 60 when docked and native 720p 60 in Tabletop or Handheld modes.
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