Gigabyte Sabre 15 (7700HQ, GTX 1050) budget Gaming Laptop Review

Gigabyte is well known for its desktop replacement devices with Aorus series and being popular among the gamers with their light and thin system, the Aero series. Unfortunately, both of these series are considered as premium laptops and once again leave budget users for getting it. Surprisingly, they finally announced their budget gaming series which called Sabre. They start with Sabre 15 and 17 that powered by similar specification and only difference in screen size. Today we are going to take into one of them, the Sabre 15 that I got couple of weeks ago.

The specification is pretty basic of this case and consisted of I7 7700HQ and GTX 1050. It starts for under 1000 dollars for the basic variant and goes to almost 1400 dollars for the 1060 variant. The specification is really similar to what we see with Lenovo Legion Y520 or Acer Nitro 5 at this case. I just hope Gigabyte will offer us better screen than these two laptops that look quite bad in my opinion. We are going to talk about it further on this article and see how it goes in our expectation. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design Impression

You will miss of its Aero series design because they really doing something different here. The design is sleeker and sharper than before. The chassis is surrounded by edges around the corner and looks very aesthetical and premium in my opinion. The symmetrical design then found around its lid and base area and covered in smooth matte finishing. Not surprisingly, due its cheaper price they swapped the material with plastic instead of aluminum at this case. However, the case quality is impressive and better than what Lenovo or Acer do here. The chassis won’t bend easily even during heavy pressure. I just hope the lid area is slightly thicker and harder rather than flexible. Just be careful of placing it into your bag.

Both of size and weight are really far from Aero, but the weight itself is still actually considered as portable in my opinion. The laptop is weight for around 5.5 pounds and measuring at 14.9 x 1.1 x 10.5 inches. The weight is okay and the dimension is the only issue here considering it’s larger than most laptops available right now. As for the connectivity features, we have of four USB standard ports, a single USB type-C, 2 mini display port, HDMI, RJ45, audio jack, and power connector slot for charging the battery. Everything is fine in both of design and connectivity.

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Display and Input

Gigabyte Sabre 15 2 The display is actually far from my expectation and looks very similar to what I found on Y520 or Nitro 5. They use of standard 15 inch TN panel and I am getting some problems in both of color accuracy and brightness. I could live without G-Sync or 12 Hz refresh rate, but putting screen is a must have feature here. The screen only covers of 60 percent of SRGB color and producing of 241 nits of brightness. The display won’t make it stand out among the crowd and its competitors even promise a better quality at this case.

As for the input, the look itself really remains me of Steelseries keyboard from MSI. The 2 mm travel keyboard is deeper than I though and overall offering a steady and nice experience on typing. The feedback is softer and could be harder in my opinion, but the firm and larger size of keys are being a good consideration for taking it. The backlit support is available, but just never hopes for something similar like MSI does here. It’s customizable through their application, but choices are limited.

Gigabyte Sabre 15Main Specs
CPU Intel Quad Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1050
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 16GB DDR Memory
Storage 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

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Gaming Performance

The hardware configuration I have here started with Core I7 7700HQ and combined with GTX 1050 graphic card. Interestingly, the GTX 1050 featured is the 2GB one instead of 4GB. It scores very identical point at Cinebench and would not bring significant performance reduced on gaming. I have tried of several games included of Rocket League and Overwatch and both of them are playable with high setting although Far Cry 5 forces me to use of medium setting at 1080p setting. The temperature seems to be very fine when playing The Witcher 3, but the fan goes louder after playing it for around 50 minutes. The result is normal as similar case is happened with similar laptops. If you expect for light and medium gaming, I think you should not have any issue here.

One last worth checking thing here is battery life. The 47 Wh battery offers a really good battery life especially with G-Sync support. It can last for 4 to 5 hours for browsing and streaming movies, but gaming will give slightly reduce usage at 3 hours for this case. Charging the battery from 0 will take around 1 and half hours and thankfully Gigabyte fits of big adapter. The battery is also easily swappable in case you want to replace it for later.

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Final Thought

The Sabre 15 sadly won’t appear as something unique and different among the crowd. The specification and display quality are just very similar and they can easily win this war if they put much higher quality hardware here. However, it still has some good things like premium design and long last battery. If you think these two things are good enough to change your mind, then I cannot recommend it more for you. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Feel free to check our latest article and mind leaving any comment for further assistance here.




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