Whether you’re gaming on a desktop or you’re doing so from a laptop – and you’re taking your entire system with you wherever you are – power and visual fidelity are key. A laptop will sacrifice a little power for its portability, but you’ll still want to enjoy the latest titles without having to juggle all the settings. On a desktop, you want to be able to push that power to its limits, which means getting a high-performance monitor that can give you exactly the kind of immersive experience you’re looking for. Personally, I want to be able to get the same performance and visual fidelity no matter where I’m gaming. If I go from my desktop to my laptop, I want a comparable experience. Gigabyte is here to give us this with its two excellent products. Even better, both of Gigabyte’s offerings are on sale for Black Friday, so you can take advantage of the great pricing.
Gigabyte M28U 28-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor – $444, was $600
You have a powerful desktop – or perhaps you’re planning to get one – but to take advantage of it, you’ll need a comparable monitor. Gigabyte’s M28U is a gorgeous 28-inch IPS display capable of 4K (3840 x 2160) at 144Hz with a 2ms response time. First of all, refresh rates are rare with true 4K monitors. Typically, you get that only with 1080p HD resolution. Second, the response times are also incredible, and together they mean smoother frames with the highest possible resolution. It also features smooth gameplay with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compatibility, studio-grade visuals with HDR400, and 94% DCI-P3 color gamut for more realistic colors. With the built-in KVM switch, you can easily connect a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to multiple devices and swap between them with the push of a button. Gigabyte’s classic tactical features and auto-update support are also included. Let’s not forget that it also has anti-glare and flicker-free protection. With the Black Friday price, this monitor is a great deal. Jump whenever possible.
One of the best things about this monitor is that it is relatively lightweight and portable-friendly. So, even if you have a laptop, you can easily take it and choose some LAN party options. Or, if you’re heading to a local café or library and want to bring your entire setup, that’s out of the question.
Gigabyte G5 KF 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop – $800, was $1,099
Smaller than the previous generation model, the G5 KF gaming laptop packs enough power to pack a punch. With a 15.6-inch Full HD (1080p) state-of-the-art display, with a 144Hz refresh rate for super smooth and fluid motion, it is powered by a 12th generation Intel Core i7-12650H processor with a 4.5GHz clock speed. For graphics, you get an Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series – RTX 4060 laptop GPU – plus 16GB of DDR5 system RAM. The 512GB solid-state drive should hold plenty of games, even with today’s sizable titles. Windows 11 Home, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, DTS:X Ultra audio technology and Thunderbolt 4 are more prominent features. Plus, a fully backlit keyboard ensures you can see what you’re doing even at night or in the darkness of a gaming dungeon. This beast will run anything at high settings or above, especially at Full HD, and that refresh rate will be incredible.
It’s hard to argue with getting one of the latest 40 series laptops at an attractive price. Let’s just say it’s going to be hard to find Nvidia’s latest 40 series in competing laptops around this price point. That’s a lot of power packed into a small chassis.
In either case, you’re getting a good amount of power, whether it’s the performance of the 40 series GPU in the G5 KF gaming laptop or the 144Hz refresh rate at 4K with the M28U monitor.