Gigabyte A7

Gigabyte A7

Gigabyte A7

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BEST RATING
Engineering & Design:
4.3
GENERAL USE: Good7.3/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.4/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.7/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.0/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.3/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.0/10
BATTERY: Fair6.2/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.2/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.1/10
SIZE: 17.3"

The Gigabyte A7 offers solid performance with its AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor and RTX 3060 GPU, making it suitable for gaming, 3D rendering, and engineering applications. It has a large 17.3" display, ample storage, and RAM, which is great for multitasking and intensive tasks. However, it's heavier and less portable compared to smaller, lighter laptops, and with a battery life that's on the lower side, frequent travelers or those needing all-day battery might find it limiting. The full HD screen works well for general use and gaming, but creative professionals may seek higher resolution or color accuracy. Overall, the A7 is a good choice for performance at a lower midrange price, but there are compromises on portability and battery life. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen 7 processor
  • High-performance RTX 3060 GPU
  • Large 17.3-inch display
  • Good screen refresh rate
  • Backlit keyboard with numpad
Cons
  • Short battery life
  • Relatively heavy weight
  • No touchscreen capability
  • Average portability

Ratings by Category

Engineering & Design:
4.3
The Gigabyte A7 is well-suited for engineering and design use because it has a high-performance CPU and GPU combo that can handle demanding applications, and comes with ample RAM for multitasking. It also has a large IPS display that offers clear visuals and accurate colors, which is essential for design work, although its size and weight detract from its portability.
Gaming & AI:
4.2
The Gigabyte A7 is great for gaming and 3D due to its Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU which offers powerful graphics performance and hardware ray tracing, enhancing visual fidelity for immersive gameplay. Additionally, its screen has a high refresh rate, making for smoother motion and a better gaming experience. Screen quality is also supported by good color coverage and a high contrast ratio, but the machine's CPU, while capable, is secondary in importance to the GPU for these specific tasks.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.2
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Keyboard Quality:
4.2
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
General Use:
4.1
The Gigabyte A7 offers a strong CPU and ample RAM, which are crucial for smooth multitasking and fast operations in general use, alongside a quality IPS screen for clear visuals. However, it is less portable due to its larger size and heavier weight, and it has a relatively short battery life, which could limit mobility for users needing to work on the go.
Content Creation:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Build Quality:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Software Development:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Operating Noise:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Battery Life:
3.2
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
3.0
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$940
Release Date
February 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
15.6'' x 10.3'' x 1.19''
Weight
5.58 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Graphics
RTX 3060 (130 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
4

BATTERY

Battery Life
4.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
49 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
17.3"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
144Hz
Display Brightness
318 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.2/10
Portability Score
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6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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6.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
15 Color LED
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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7.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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8/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
1
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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Mike Wobker | October 2021
"In terms of looks, the Gigabyte A7 X1 is certainly not a trendy, slim, and ultra-mobile gaming laptop. But it does what it's supposed to do, namely bringing games smoothly onto the screen, very well. Both the processor and the GeForce RTX 3070 are able to unleash their performance without restrictions thanks to the well-ventilated case. The Gigabyte A7 X1 brings modern games smoothly onto the screen and offers excellent maintenance options."

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