Gigabyte’s Aero 15 Report Card: A Powerful Gaming Laptop That’s Nearly Perfect


We’re used to the somewhat perfect gaming laptop meaning something has to be sacrificed to make it that way, and it makes sense. You cannot have the thinnest notebook in the world, and have it run with a huge, long-lasting battery at the same time. You are forced to surrender mobility in favor of having what you want, power-wise. Is it even possible to get away with a nearly perfectly balanced gaming laptop when these realities get in the way? Gigabyte says yes (well, pretty much yes) alongside the release of its new Aero 15 gaming rig, where the combination of both high-end gaming and commanding performance rates means this is one powerhouse laptop in a portable form.

Before pretending like Gigabyte got this down perfectly, nothing’s perfect. The gaming giant did a great job designing the 15.6-inch machine, but for some, its 4.6 pounds may seem a lot. Both the lid and bottom panel are crafted from machined aluminum, as well as portions of the frame around the keyboard, while the keyboard itself is plastic.

Available in either black, Hemi Orange, or Lime Green on the upper lid, it sure is a beaut. With the display topping out at 1920 x 1080p, Gigabyte utilizes X-Rite Pantone standards, meaning each panel is individually calibrated for authentic color reproduction before it goes out to the customer. Similar to the Dell XPS 15 9560, the Gigabyte Aero 15 seems even more compact thanks to its nearly bezel-less design, with just 5mm between the screen and the border.

Other features include a 2.8GHz seventh gen Core i7 CPU processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. I/O connectivity options include either HDMI or mini-DisplayPort for video output, one USB-C port, 3 USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card slot. Notably, that USB-C port is not for charging. There’s a 150-watt power brick that sits next to the notebook to feed it power.

Performance-wise, the new Gigabyte Aero 15 isn’t going to quite stand out as some marvel gaming laptop that beats all the rest. But hey, it comes quite close to it, particularly outclassing an important competitor with most of the same specs, the Alienware 13, in both gaming and app benchmark performance. Graphics tend to be great here, and the Aero 15 tops out at 6 hours or so of battery life. That might not seem like a lot, but you’ve gotta remember this is a gaming machine- different expectations are happening here. Same goes with those 4.6 pounds of muscle, which may as well single handedly be the biggest downfall of this rig, and it’s not even that bad. I mean, carrying around 5 pounds of heft five years ago would have been considered normal, so, it’s really just up to how much you care about that or not, especially when everything else going on here is pretty darn lovely. All of this lovely starts at $1,899, with a 4K version expected to launch later this year.

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