Gigabyte P35K-CF4 UltraBlade Review

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The Gigabyte P35K UltraBlade is a sleek 15.6-inch laptop that measures a mere 21mm thick when the lid is closed. Open the lid and the main part of the chassis is less than 17mm thick which is pretty amazing when you discover the P35K is powered by a Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics. We’re not talking about a weak kneed laptop that has been compressed into a skinny laptop, but rather a power house that has been shrunk to a surprisingly slender form factor.

Before we take a closer look at the hardware let’s spend a moment on the model name, by which I mean the ‘UltraBlade’ part rather than ‘P35K’. I expected to see the Intel Ultrabook label all over this laptop as it is slender, powered by a Core i7 CPU, uses an SSD and has an impressive Full HD screen.
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Where the Gigabyte falls short, as far as Intel is concerned, is that a 2014 Ultrabook requires a touch screen as an essential prerequisite. It seems to me as though Gigabyte decided the smart move was to create a model name that sounded like ‘Ultrabook’ and came up with ‘UltraBlade’.

Gigabyte P35K UltraBlade Specification:

  • Screen Size: 15.6″ 1080p IPS LCD LED backlit
  • Processor Type: Intel Core i7 4700HQ
  • Solid State Drive: 2x 128GB mSATA SSD (RAID 0)
  • Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA-600
  • Memory Size: 16GB DDR3 1600mhz
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1
  • Graphics Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
  • Optical drive: Super Multi DVD RW
  • Audio: Realtek HD Audio with Dolby Home Theatre v4
  • Speaker(s): 2 x Speakers
  • Subwoofer: 1 subwoofer
  • Microphone: Built-in
  • LAN Card: Realtek 10/100/1000
  • Wireless NIC: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 802.11bgn
  • Bluetooth: v4.0
  • 385mm wide x 270mm deep x 21mm thick
  • Product Weight (g): 2.3Kg (w/Battery)
  • Warranty: 2 Years
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Gigabyte P35K-CF4 UltraBlade Review, 4.5 out of 5 based on 6 ratings
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  • Jon

    A number of the pictures show the base to be curved? Is this the case?

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  • Stephen Pitcher

    I bought the machine and it is lovely. However, some serious issues! Sound does not work through the speakers when you turn the machine on! You have to fiddle with FnF9 to try and start it? Whether it starts or not is pure luck. It is currently silent and I have no idea what to do?????
    Also the dvd drive bay is very temperamental and often only works on the 2nd or third go.

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