While we managed to get our hands on Gigabyte’s latest graphics card-toting Ultrabook back at CeBIT, we’ve just finished handling the P2542G (its high-end gaming sibling) at the laptop and motherboard maker’s UK launch event. Packing a 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display, it runs on an Ivy Bridge Core i7-3610QM, with a 2GB NVIDIA GTX 660M card to power PC gaming’s latest and greatest. Add in a Blu-ray player and THX-certified dual-woofer sound system and you have the makings of pretty capable beast — not to mention looking the part with a yellow paint job and dual exhaust vents along the back edge. Read up on our impressions and check out our video hands-on after the break.
Gigabyte’s gaming iteration looks a bit chunkier than both the Carbon X10 and the U2442, but it shouldn’t weigh down the bags of those looking for a portable gaming machine, coming in at 2.6kg (5.7lbs). While there’s the Blu-ray drive, the laptop’s storage customization options top out at 1TB, meaning there should be plenty of space for anyone looking to import their existing Steam collection. There’s a 128GB SSD built-in too which should sort out any sluggish start-ups. We took to the chiclet keyboard to briefly play Max Payne, and the laptop offered up a detailed, smooth gaming environment. In the darkened confines of the press event, the screen seemed plenty bright enough, with decent viewing angles meaning there shouldn’t be many complaints if you decide to use the device for media consumption. It launches this week in the UK, priced at £1,300, but we’re still waiting on news of a US price and release date.