GI­GA­BYTE SABRE 15

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As it turns out, Gi­ga­byte’s Sabre 15 is more or less the same lap­top as the After­shock MX-15 Elite. They’re both based on the same Clevo ref­er­ence model, and save for some mi­nor stylis­tic dif­fer­ences, they have the same key­board lay­out and port ar­range­ment.

This means that most of what we said about the MX-15 Elite ap­plies here as well. It is plain and func­tional, although its Spar­tan aes­thetic may not ap­peal to ev­ery­one.

It’s also slightly pricier than the MX-15 Elite, likely be­cause of its larger 16GB of RAM. The ex­tra mem­ory gives it a small ad­van­tage in games, but that’s mostly in the range of just a cou­ple of per­cent­age points.

The key­board of­fers sim­i­lar fea­tures and the same Con­trol Cen­ter soft­ware as the After­shock, al­low­ing you to cus­tom­ize light­ing color in three in­de­pen­dent zones and bind macros.

The dis­play isn’t the bright­est ei­ther, and you’ll have to pump it up close to 100 per cent bright­ness for the best ex­pe­ri­ence. The screen also ap­peared to have a no­tice­ably cooler bias, although it’s noth­ing overly both­er­some.

When it came to au­dio qual­ity, the dual speak­ers at the front failed to im­press, and the Cre­ative Sound Blaster Cin­ema 3 en­hance­ments didn’t seem to do much more. Of course, this is pretty much par for the course for lap­top speak­ers, such that it’s more of a sur­prise when a speaker turns out to be good rather than bad.

On the left, you’ll nd two Mini Dis­playPorts and one full-sized HDMI out­put that sup­ports up to three ex­ter­nal dis­plays at the same time, a use­ful in­clu­sion for any­one plan­ning to work with such ex­ten­sive screen real es­tate.

To cap things off, the 47Wh bat­tery is re­mov­able as well, so you can leave it hooked up for hours on end.

Both the MX-15 Elite and Sabre 15 are fairly chunky and heavy note­books at 2.5kg. They’re not the most por­ta­ble de­vices around, but that’s a trade­off you’ll have to make at this price range. ���

Good value for money Poor sound qual­ity

The note­book sup­ports up to three ex­ter­nal dis­plays with two Mini Dis­playPort and one HDMI con­nec­tor.

The bat­tery is re­mov­able, so you can leave it plugged in for hours with­out wor­ry­ing.

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