Gigabyte makes some of the best gaming and creator-focused laptops you can get. But some of the most exciting 2021 releases are not the flagship models.
Say hello to the new Gigabyte Gaming line, a range of mid-sized gaming laptops aimed at younger consumers. “The Gigabyte Gaming series is aimed at users of Generations Z and Millennial, offering machines built for” multitasking “and covering multiple needs simultaneously, whether it’s learning, trading, gaming or content creation,” Gigabyte announced in its press release.
The big news is that two of the new Gigabyte Gaming models, the A5 and A7, are among Gigabyte̵
Starting at $ 999 and $ 1,399 respectively, the 15-inch A5 and 17-inch A7 seem positioned to compete with the Dell G5 and Lenovo’s Legion 5i. The former, also powered by Ryzen, provides excellent performance and not terrible battery life – Edge reviewer Cameron Faulkner called it “incredibly skilled at the price.” Since we have not yet got a Ryzen 5000H or GeForce RTX 3000 chip, we can not yet say what kind of performance gains you can expect from the A5 and A7 over these products.
In particular, laptops pair these chips with either a 144Hz or 240Hz screen. And they adopt Gigabyte’s Windforce cooling system, which includes “anti-turbulence angled fans, ultrasonic PWM fan and pure copper heating tube.” The result, says Gigabyte, will be “a sensational experience in both games and visual entertainment.” Both models also have an SD card slot.
One of Gigabyte’s most acclaimed laptops in the meantime in 2020 was the Aorus 5. The 15-inch received strong reviews for its decent keyboard, good gaming performance and neat design: “The edgy aesthetic even looks a bit dangerous,” wrote Katie Wickens about PCGamer. But it had battery life issues, even for a portable game – TechRadar got only an hour and a half.
However, that model was powered by the Intel Core i7-10750H, and battery life is an area where AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors used to excel over Intel’s last year. If the Ryzen 5000 series continues that trend, the A5 and A7 can hopefully be an improvement in that category.
Intel fans, never fear. Gigabyte also announced the new G5 and G7, which are powered by 10th generation Intel processors. The company writes: “From concert work to playing time, the GIGABYTE G5 and G7 offer unlimited performance that gives more. More games, more production, more entertainment with reliability, power and speed, designed … to meet the new demands of the ‘new normal’. “
The G5 starts at $ 1,099; The G7 will not be available in the United States. The A5 and A7 start at $ 999 and $ 1,399 respectively, and will be available around the end of February.