Gigabyte is gunning for mainstream appeal with a new entry to its budget-conscious G Series laptop lineup. The G6 is a 16in, 165Hz device equipped with the latest 12th or 13th Gen Intel processors, married to Nvidia’s power-efficient RTX 40 Series GPUs.
The overall design mirrors the standard set by its older G5 sibling and offers an understated, no-frills solution. While the all-black outer shell appears to consist mostly of plastic, ostensibly for cost-cutting measures, it does make for a lightweight and compact chassis that’s equally portable and durable, making it an ideal on-the-go companion.
Furthermore, Gigabyte touts an upgraded and improved display when compared with its predecessor. The 16in IPS panel features a 1920×1200 resolution with impressive 165Hz refresh rate and 16:10 aspect ratio owed to ultra-slim bezels, and offers a three per cent increase in screen real estate because of it.
As far as specs go, the G6 doesn’t compromise performance and can be powered with up to a 13th Gen Intel Core-i7 H Series processor, with maximum clocks speeds of up to 4.9 GHz, matched with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4060 mobile graphics card, featuring 8GB of GDDR6 memory. Meanwhile, it also features dual-channel DDR5 memory and and dual-slot storage space, though exact quantities have yet to be revealed. At the very least, we can expect 16GB DDR5-4800 memory, and either 512GB or 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage.
Rounding off, I/O ports are plenty, featuring dual USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 connectors, a microSD card reader, USB Type-A 3.1 port, another USB 2.0 port, and dual mic and headphone jacks. That’s not all, display outputs are covered by either HDMI or miniDP connectors, and if you favour gaming while plugged in, there’s good ol’ wired connectivity in the form of a 1GbE jack. Last but not least, there’s Wi-Fi 6E with Bluetooth 5.2 for wireless connectivity. Surprisingly robust for a budget-oriented laptop. Bravo.
Pricing and availability are yet to be announced, but pre-orders are expected to begin later this month. Gigabyte’s existing G5 was well received, and if G6 pricing can remain below the £1,200 mark, this could be a worthy successor. Here’s hoping.