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October 26, 2012

Powerful 17-Inch Notebook Launched by Gigabyte

As odd as it sounds, the only difference between an all-purpose high-end notebook and a gaming notebook is the outer appearance. Gigabyte knows this, which is why it gave the P2742G a case of uncommon shape and color.

Certainly, Gigabyte will let buyers choose an all-black enclosure if they wish, but the "normal" color of the newcomer is bright orange.

  Given the shape of the lid and the design of the keyboard frame, the company may have been trying to evoke the concept of race cars.

At any rate, the P2742G portable personal computer has a Full HD screen (1920 x 1080 pixels) with a diagonal of 17.3 inches.

A 2.4 GHz Core i7-2630QM CPU acts as the figurative heart of the system, while 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM back it up.

Needless to say, a discrete graphics card is used as well. The CPU's integrated chip may be decent enough for web browsing and such, but it can't actually do anything in games.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M, on the other hand, can do a lot, even if it isn't the strongest that Gigabyte could have chosen. The Optimus technology will know when to switch from it to the HD 4000.

Storage-wise, a capacity of 1 TB should be available, thanks to a hard disk drive, although an SSD (solid-state drive) can be used instead, if speed is preferred over space (128 GB or 256 GB). Furthermore, a DVD write or Blu-ray combo optical drive is found on the side.

As for network connectivity, device intercommunication and other connectivity capabilities, the P2742G has everything: Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b / g / n WiFi, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a 9-in-1 card reader and two video outputs (D-Sub and HDMI).

All the hardware runs on an 8-cell battery that should last for at least three hours, or at least that is our guess. Shipments should begin soon, now that Windows 8 (the OS run by the notebook) is officially available. The price is still unknown though.