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Gigabyte Sabre 17 GTX 1060 Gaming Laptop Review

Final Thoughts


Pricing

Coming with an Intel i7 7700 processor and Nvidia 1060, this isn’t an inexpensive model. Then again, given the excellent build quality and design, there’s no reason why it should be. The model we have, which includes the Nvidia 1060 graphics card, retails for circa £1300. A less expensive alternative would likely be found in the Sabres Nvidia 1050ti model, but there would obviously be a significant drop off in performance based on the two graphics cards.

Overview

This is certainly one of the better laptops I have come across in regards to being an ‘all-rounder’. The processor and the GPU gave excellent gaming performance while the design clearly speaks volumes about a quality product. There are a few things that I would prefer to have seen differently in the design, but nothing from a standpoint that makes any major detraction. Furthermore, the 17″ screen was an absolute delight. Clean, crisp and a fantastic size.

Performance

The Intel i7 7700HQ and the Nvidia 1060 (6GB) are an excellent partnership and that is reflected in some very impressive benchmarking results. While it is perhaps more suited to gaming and general usage rather than say video processing, it still manages to be more than competent at that job too.

Design

The understated nature of the design combined with the LCD backlit keyboard (which also manages to not be garish despite all the colours of the rainbow) makes this a professional looking product. The build quality is undeniable and while I may have preferred perhaps 1 more USB input, it’s hard to find fault in any particular regard.

I particularly found the ‘Firebird’ intake above the keyboard very stylish.

Gaming and Something Working

Equipped with the Intel Core i7 7700HQ, this laptop will give you no problems in general day-to-day tasks. Whether it be photoshop, Word or general internet browsing this will handle it all without breaking a sweat. The Nvidia 1060 also gives you the power to start playing once work is finished.

Pros

  • Understated and quality build design.
  • Excellent gaming performance.
  • SSD and 1TB HDD giving plenty of storage options.
  • Surprisingly quiet when under load.
  • Top packaging and highly informative instruction manual.
  • Based on performance and quality – You get what you pay for.

Cons

  • The supply of the chipset drivers on a DVD is not unusual, but the lack of a DVD player is somewhat contradictory.

Neutral

  • Speaker quality could be better.
  • The lack of an obvious caps-lock light is a little strange.

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