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Gigabyte A5 Gaming Laptop (A5 X1-CUS2130SB)

Gigabyte A5 Gaming Laptop (A5 X1-CUS2130SB)

If you need a computer capable of handling demanding graphical tasks away from home, this laptop might well do the trick.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $1570.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Serious Photo Editor
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Gamer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Serious Music Producer
  • And more!

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck91th percentile
Versatility52th percentile
Power (General Purpose)96th percentile
Power (Graphical)91th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)96th percentile
Storage Space87th percentile
Portability2th percentile
Battery Autonomy11th percentile
Longevity63th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck86th percentile
Versatility68th percentile
Power (General Purpose)92th percentile
Power (Graphical)92th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)96th percentile
Storage Space74th percentile
Portability32th percentile
Battery Autonomy10th percentile
Longevity50th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 11, Home Edition

CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, 8 cores clocked from 3.3 to 4.6 GHz

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, 8 GB

Memory

16 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

48.96Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w36.09 × d25.78 × h3.45

Dimensions (in): w14.21 × d10.15 × h1.36

Weight (kg): 2.122

Weight (lbs.): 4.68

Features

  • Backlit
  • RGB Lighting
  • External Power Brick
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • DisplayPort (mini)
  • HDMI
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Ethernet 2500
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Stereo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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Accessories you might need

LG 8x External DVD Writer (GP65NB60)

LG 8x External DVD Writer (GP65NB60)

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Asus 24-inch FHD 75Hz 1ms GTG TN LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (VP248QG)

Asus 24-inch FHD 75Hz 1ms GTG TN LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (VP248QG)

Specs

Screen

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Pricing

Typically sells for C$199.
Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speaker System (354495-1100)

Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speaker System (354495-1100)

Pricing

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CPU

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