Gigabyte Aero 15 Review
Gigabyte Aero 15 Review – Bringing Back the Art of Crafting.
The AERO 15 comes with the latest 7th gen intel ® Core™ i7-7700HQ processor, with a 10% increase on the previous processor and added HEVC10b and VP9 hi-def encoding and decoding capabilities. The processor still manages 3x lesser battery consumption in 4K video playback, meaning that professionals can focus creation on the go like never before.
The Aero 15 has broken all boundaries and opt for the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 GDDR5 6GB graphics in a thin chassis. Further combining that with hi-res encoding technologies by intel, which makes the AERO 15 seamlessly glide through workflow with ease.
main competitors: Alienware 15 R3
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|Dimensions||356.4(W) x 250(D) x 19.9(H) mm|
14.0 (W) x 9.8(D) x 0.78(H) inch
|Weight||~2.1 kg (w/Battery, M.2 SSD)|
|Display||15.6" UHD 3840x2160 Wide Viewing Angle Anti-Glare Display LCD|
15.6" FHD1920*1080 Wide Viewing Angle Anti-Glare Display LCD
|CPU||7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz-3.8GHz)|
|GPU||Intel® HD Graphics 630|
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 GDDR5 6GB
Supports NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
|Memory||2 x M.2 SSD slots (Type 2280, supports NVMe PCIe X4 & SATA)|
8GB/16GB DDR4 2400 2 slots (Max 32GB)
|Primary Camera||HD Camera|
|Loudspeaker||2 Watt Speaker *2, Microphone, Dolby® Digital Plus™ Home Theater|
|3.5mm jack||Headphone-out jack (Audio-in Combo)|
|Ports||USB 3.0 (Type-A) * 3, Thunderbolt 3 * 1(USB Type-C),|
HDMI 2.0, mini DP, Headphone-out jack (Audio-in Combo), SD Card Reader, DC-in Jack, RJ-45
|Battery||Li Polymer 94.24Wh|
The Gigabyte Aero 15 is a colorful and sleek gaming laptop that could double as a productivity machine, thanks to its portability, wonderful display and keyboard. But the notebook doesn’t last very long on a charge, and its janky touchpad and oddly placed webcam sour the experience. This was a notebook I wanted to love, but after suffering through those issues, I could only manage to like it very much.
For a sleek gaming notebook, you’re better off with the Razer Blade, which, for the same price, offers a significantly longer battery life and similar performance. If you were attracted by the X-Rite Pantone display but don’t need to play games at high settings, the Dell XPS 15 (starting at $999, or $1,749 when similarly configured) has an incredibly vivid display, almost 4.5 hours more battery life and a GTX 1050 GPU. Its webcam is also awkwardly placed, and it lacks VR support.
However, if you want a laptop that’s good for both graphics work and gaming fun, the Aero 15 is a strong choice.
Whether you consider the Aero 15 primarily as an all-rounder or a gaming platform, Gigabyte has taken an important step forward in its notebook development. The extremely slim 15-inch laptop (19 mm/~0.75 in) might reach a top place in our Multimedia Top 10 as well as in the mobile Gaming Top 10.
Not only its balanced hardware, but also its various features, which can only rarely be found in competitors, contribute to the positive impression of the Aero 15. For example, the very small display frame ensures a stylish look. Furthermore, the display calibration (X-Rite Pantone) and the Thunderbolt 3 port, which is finally used by Gigabyte, deserve praise. The battery runtime is also respectable. Only few performance notebooks exceed 7 to 8 hours in everyday Windows use.
There are hardly any serious complaints. Apart from a disappointing sound quality, we have only to criticize the steep price and the not always reliable touchpad.
Overall, the Aero 15 proves to be a worthy rival to the multimedia top dogs the Dell XPS 15, the Razer Blade 2017, and the Acer V15 Nitro.
The Aero 15 is a definite recommend, but for who? Gamers for sure, it has everything they want: souped-up hardware, ultra-clear display, and a keyboard capable of running a laser show.
But it’s harder to recommend to Gigabyte’s other target market, enterprise users. Even if those folks look past its arcade-inspired panelling, the uncomfortable inputs of the 15 will inevitably have them reaching for a Mac or ThinkPad.
It’s a shame too, as the Aero 15’s exceptional battery life could make it a favorite of hotel-frequenting executives who want to game in bed with the same device they use for PowerPoint.
Still, the Aero 15 is impressive. And at $1,899, it’s on the “totally reasonable” side of the gamer laptop price graph. All in all, it just might be the gaming laptop to beat.
The Aero 15 is the best laptop I’ve tested from Gigabyte so far. It’s a reasonably portable 15.6-inch laptop with great internals, making it suitable for both workstation and gaming use. It’s not the cheapest laptop with this hardware going around, but for the right user, it’ll be worth the price.
Perhaps the best aspect of the Aero 15 is its slim-bezel design. Gigabyte has managed to cram a 15.6-inch display into a portable chassis, with Dell XPS-like minimal bezels providing an awesome viewing experience. Its footprint is still larger than the Razer Blade, and at 2.1kg its slightly heavier than the slimmest 15.6-inch gaming laptops, but these are sacrifices I’m willing to make for the enormous 94Wh battery Gigabyte has included.
The keyboard is solid with decent tactile feedback for both typists and gamers, while the ELAN trackpad isn’t as terrible as I imagined. You get full RGB backlighting for the keyboard – an awesome inclusion for all the RGB fans out there – as well as a great selection of I/O that includes Ethernet and Thunderbolt 3.
There’s a lot to like about the Aero 15’s performance, even though the hardware inside isn’t anything special. The quad-core Core i7-7700HQ and GTX 1060 GPU lead to a powerful workstation experience, and there’s enough power here to game comfortably at 1080p. Across a range of titles I tested, the Aero 15 achieved around 60 FPS when playing at very high to ultra quality settings, which is what you’d want to see. Thermals and fan noise are well managed across the board thanks to a fantastic cooling solution.
The Aero 15 is complemented by a very fast Samsung SM961 SSD, with an additional M.2 slot available under the hood for easy upgrades. Memory performance is limited by the single-channel 16GB configuration, although again, there’s a free slot under the hood that allows easy upgrades to 32GB of memory.
There’s an enormous 94 Wh battery inside the Aero 15, and it delivers decent though not outstanding battery life. I was expecting slightly better performance considering the size of the battery, and I wouldn’t necessarily claim it delivers all-day battery life, but the Aero 15 outperforms most gaming laptops on the market in this department.
The display included on the Aero 15 is outstanding, particularly for creative professionals. Thanks to a partnership with X-Rite Pantone, the Aero 15 is calibrated to near-perfect accuracy out of the box: a first for laptops I’ve reviewed. It is only 1080p and 60 Hz, so not the best on the market for gaming, but the panel looks fantastic and there’s a 4K option coming soon.
As for pricing, the Aero 15’s only configuration with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD is available for $1,899, which is on the upper end for GTX 1060 laptops. It is cheaper than the Razer Blade by $200 for the same configuration, and in most regards the Aero 15 is better suited to gaming due to its larger display, cooler temperatures and much quieter fans. It’s also $150 cheaper than MSI’s GS63VR, making it hard to pass up for those wanting a portable gaming machine.
The Gigabyte Aero 15 is a ground-breaking laptop that manages to have it all—great CPU, great GPU, great battery life—in a truly portable package. It’s a combination that no other laptop maker has achieved until now.
The Aero 15’s biggest flaws seem to emanate from its keyboard: its struggles with key combinations, let alone the rejiggering of some oft-used buttons and the trackpad. Still, we’re extremely impressed by the Aero 15, which is almost—almost—the ultimate power user’s laptop.