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Pro Great performance
The GTX965M performs about 20% better than the GTX960M found in the other options. This is significant because the graphics card is the most important piece of hardware when it comes to gaming.
For other performance, the i7-5700HQ is true quad core performance (the HQ at the end indicates a quad core processor, while a i7 grade processor with a U at the end is only dual core), and 16GB of RAM is plenty for even video editing.
On Ultra settings, the Gigabyte P55K manages 45 FPS in Guild Wars 2, 68 FPS in BioShock Infinite, and 52 FPS in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - not quite 60 FPS, but still very playable.
Pro Good matte display
The overall quality is good, with very little lightbleed. As with all matte displays, colors can get grainy if you crank the brightness and get really close - the price you pay for a non-reflective screen.
Pro Good speakers
The speakers provide quality audio, and it's crisp and clear. They replicate Dolby 5.1 surround sound rather well, and there is a built-in equalizer that you can use to tune the audio to your preferences.
Pro Really good keyboard
The keyboard is chicklet style, which makes it a bit easier to type as you can feel exactly where your fingers are resting on the keys. It has 2.2mm of travel, which is considerably more than the average laptop. The keys are quiet to type on, and feel responsive. Backlighting is available as well with blue LEDs.
Con Average battery life
You can expect around 3 hours of regular (non-gaming) mixed use. That time drops down to 2 hours when playing games. This is about average for gaming laptops.
Con Plastic build
Plastic flexes considerably more, and overall doesn't feel as premium as metal. It does keep the weight down, but for nearly $1000 it would have been nice to have more premium materials.