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Gigabyte G5 GD-51US123SO Review And Specification

Gigabyte G5 GD-51US123SO Review And Specification

 Gigabyte G5 GD-51US123SO and other gaming laptops are excellent options for anyone seeking a powerful gaming laptop at an affordable price who are not too concerned about other features. By that, we mean that you don't need extras like mobility or LEDs on the chassis—all you need is powerful technology and a ton of gaming capability.

The G5 GD-51US123SO continues Gigabyte's tradition of producing gaming laptops that have a more "stay-home" aesthetic than those made in the present. This means that if you're looking for a gaming laptop that you can use on the road, the Razer Blade 14 or the Asus Zephyrus G14 are reliable options. However, if you need a laptop that has a ton of power for usage at home, the Gigabyte G5 series is a great choice. 

Gigabyte's strategy isn't inherently flawed, particularly for those on a tight budget who want less blingy or retro hardware, but it won't be taking home any beauty awards when compared to competitors like the Alienware M15 R6.

When it comes to performance at this price range, the Gigabyte G5 more than makes up for any cosmetic shortcomings. Our review model is one of the closest portable desktop replacements we've seen, with an Intel i5-11400H, 16GB of RAM, and at Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card, all designed for performance.

 Gigabyte G5 GD-51US123SO Specification

  • Processor : Intel Core i5-11400H 6 x 2.7 - 4.5 GHz, 109 W PL2 / Short Burst, 45 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake-H
  • Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU - 4 GB VRAM, Core: 1500 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, 85 W TDP, GDDR6, 30.0.14.9649, Optimus
  • Memory : 16 GB , DDR4-3200, dual-channel, two memory slots (both in use)
  • Display : 15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Chi Mei N156HRA-EA1, IPS, glossy: no, 144 Hz
  • Mainboard : Intel HM570
  • Storage : ESR512GTLG-E6GBTNB4, 512 GB , 2 M.2 slots (1x PCIe 4, 1x PCIe 3/SATA), 1 2.5-inch, 512 GB free
  • Weight : 2.087 kg ( = 73.62 oz / 4.6 pounds), Power Supply: 439 g ( = 15.49 oz / 0.97 pounds)
  • Price : 749 Euro

Design

To be honest, the Gigabyte G5 gaming laptop isn't that attractive. The monotone gray color scheme that dominates its chassis and the single illumination that runs across its keyboard are both so faint as to have no effect on the device's overall appearance. Although aluminum cases are more popular in high-end gaming laptops, the entire shell is composed of strong plastic, which is typical in the intermediate category.

Nonetheless, the case has no flex and the build quality is good. The bottom-mounted, changeable battery that is easy to remove without a tool is undoubtedly a unique design element. To replace the battery, all you have to do is unlock the lock. In order to replace the battery and other parts, rival gaming laptops like the Acer Predator Helios 300 and Acer Nitro 5 require you to pry open the base.

Nor are the dimensions worth writing about. With its 4.85-inch body making it thicker than both competitors, the GD-51US123SO weighs 4.8 pounds, which makes it slightly heavier than the MSI GF65 (4.10 pounds) but lighter than the Helios 300 (5.07 pounds). At least there is very little movement in the panels, indicating excellent build quality.

There are still more useful aspects where the Gigabyte G5 GD excels. It features two USB-A 3.1 ports, Ethernet, an SD card reader, HDMI, a USB-C port that supports mini-DisplayPort, two USB-A 3.1 ports, and microphone/headphone jacks. You shouldn't see too much cable congestion because some of the interfaces are located on the rear.

Screen

The Gigabyte G5 GD is a midrange gaming laptop designed for performance-driven users, and as such, it does not have a 4K variant. Its Full HD 15.6-inch screen features a refresh rate of 144Hz, and it is equipped with all the necessary technology to ensure that most games can utilize this feature. This Gaming laptop from Gigabyte is an excellent option if you require ultra-reliable frame rates in today's competitive games.

With AAA titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto V, which are quite demanding, the 144Hz refresh rate of the panel manages to maintain a vibrant and sharp image without any difficulty. Although we contend that the compact form doesn't have enough real estate to fully benefit from 4K, it does provide more headroom for flawless 1080p gaming, which the Gigabyte gaming G5 easily achieves.

While some colors on the 15.6 IPS screen may occasionally seem a little warm and oversaturated, there aren't any significant problems with the color quality generally. This panel is rather likeable, and it feels and looks fantastic thanks to the little bezel that encircles the screen. This lessens, but does not eliminate, the peculiar build quality problems I previously described.

Keyboard and Touchpad

While the GD-51US123SO's more expensive siblings, such as the Gigabyte Aorus 17G, boast amazing mechanical keyboards, the device's simpler backlit keyboard provides good feedback and is well-suited for extended typing sessions. Notably, users can choose from a preset palette when it comes to keyboard lighting, which is accomplished by uniformly lighting the key labels. This implies that users cannot alter the colors themselves.

Standard-size arrow keys and a full-sized numeric keypad are features of the keyboard. Remarkably, the majority of the deck's unique keys are offered as single keys, ensuring that there aren't many keys on the keyboard that serve several purposes.

Regarding the touchpad, it's a large pad with two distinct buttons. It functions perfectly as a mouse pointer and reacts effectively to swipes. But in contrast to competitors, the touchpad responds a little slowly, particularly when touch activates the mouse clicks. The two mouse buttons may still be easily and audibly pressed, albeit having somewhat mushy feedback.

A Battery's Life

In real-world tests, the Gigabyte G5 GD lasts an average of 3 hours 40 minutes, which is shorter than that of rival gaming laptops. In some way, it beats the 3:21 average in the gaming laptop category. It might have been considerably worse, though, as powerful gaming laptops often have a 2.5-hour battery life.

Although it won't survive a cross-country flight, it's difficult to envision the Helios 300 not working as intended as long as you're three hours away from a power source.

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