Gigabyte has been in the gaming notebook market for a long time. With this Saber 17 (GTX 1060), the Taiwanese manufacturer offers a powerful model and tries to make it his most attractive PC in the eyes of players looking for a good configuration at the right price.
If the Gigabyte Saber 17 is not the best PC we've had in hand, it still keeps its promise and offers a pleasant experience, which makes it a safe bet.
Gigabyte chose simplicity for its design with a black plastic frame without embellishment. The only fantasy is the Gigabyte metal logo inlaid on the hood, as well as two discrete lines, barely noticeable.
The gaming aspect is still there, especially through the backlit keyboard in RGB and very visible vents, but Gigabyte has made the choice of discretion, something once rare and more and more common on PCs in this category. The choice of plastic for the chassis can surprise, the material being synonymous with entry-level. Yet, although it retains fingerprints, the material does not crack under the fingers and contributes to the lightness of the computer, which is "only" 3.1 kg: it is in the low range of PC current gaming.
The backlit keyboard is nice for chiclet: the race is relatively long and the well-spaced keys provide optimal comfort in game. However, the trackpad is very average, as often on laptops for gamers; we will soon connect a mouse.
Connectivity is complete, which is a real asset for a PC gaming. The Gigabyte Saber 17 has two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 2.0 port, two mini DisplayPort ports (1.2 and 1.3), an HDMI 1.4 port, and a USB 2.0 port. an Ethernet port and a microSD card reader, in addition to two 3.5 mm jack ports (a microphone input and a headphone output).
It is before our thermal camera that the Saber 17 reveals its first big weaknesses. If it is silent for a PC oriented gamer with its 42 dB, once its components put to contribution (one hour benchmark Metro: Last Light), it gives off a significant heating: it rose to 51 ° C at the level hinge. A temperature quite important for a laptop with a GTX 1060. Another defect, Gigabyte has placed a ventilation grille on the right side of his PC, which, if one is right-handed, has the consequence to reject the warm air on the hand that uses the mouse. Pity.
On the other hand, the power consumption of Saber 17 is quite acceptable. If it still consumes 1.3 W in standby, it rises only 20 W on the desktop and 120 W in play, a figure to be respectable for this type of computer.
The Gigabyte is a PC with a simple and unpretentious design that suffers from some defects, such as a poorly managed heater and a too "plastic" appearance. Admittedly, it is not distinguished by its qualities: it offers a convincing experience, but without shining.
The Gigabyte Saber 17 is equipped with a 17.3-inch (43.9 cm) IPS and matte screen, with a definition of 1920 x 1080 px. The manufacturer did not bet on thin edges, which gives a screen / facade ratio of 72.96%.
delta E = 3.9
Under our probe, the screen of Saber 17 reveals satisfactory results. The delta E of 3.9 reflects a certain respect for the colors and the contrast, useful to distinguish the shades of gray in game, reaches the very acceptable rate of 1200: 1. The temperature of 6,335 K is the sign of an almost perfect balance between red and blue (the ideal temperature being 6,500 K). The remanence is finally 13 ms, which is excellent for a laptop screen.
The Gigabyte Saber 17 is equipped with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor supported by 16 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD and a hard disk of 1 TB at 7200 rpm. Beautiful features that promise a lot.
At the end of our test protocol (video compression, audio conversion, photo editing, 3D calculation, file compression), the Saber 17 reaches the index of 148. It is placed in the high range of gaming laptops. You will be able to risk very advanced office automation, heavy video editing, sharp photo editing, or any task requiring great computing power, and rely on the Saber 17. On this point, it is the versatility that premium.
The Gigabyte Saber 17 is equipped with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 equipped with 6 GB of RAM. She promises to run without problem all the big games of the moment.
In practice, the Saber 17 keeps its promises. In our tests (ultra-sharp graphics, vertical sync off, 1080p), Star Wars: Battlefront 2 went up to 65 fps, just like Civilization VI. Rise of the Tomb Raider has reached 58 fps and Assassin's Creed has 53 fps. The Witcher 3 runs at 47 fps.
Level 3D Mark, the Saber 17 has reached the index of 111 on our protocol, which places it on the first place of the podium of the laptops equipped with a GTX 1060.
Weighing 3.1 kg, which is relatively light for a 17-inch gaming laptop, the Saber 17 can fit in a large bag when needed, for playing somewhere other than at home, for example. Nevertheless, it remains massive, like other models in its class, so more portable than portable.
It is on the autonomy that the Saber surprises: during our test (Netflix under Chrome, brightness set at 200 cd / m², earphones connected and backlight off), it turned off after 4 hours and 32 minutes. A good result for a PC in this category, which can work well between 4 and 5 hours in office before cutting.
Regarding the speakers, it's a disaster. With bass completely absent, just like the treble, the Saber 17 offers a sound very worthy of a pocket radio. In fact, the pieces of music are inaudible and the voice stamps can not be distinguished. A clearly bad sound.
Gigabyte is catching up a bit on the headphone jack, which is of a very good quality. The distortion rate is low, but we would have liked a slightly higher power output. The entire sound spectrum is however well restored.