The New Aero 15 Gaming Laptop

Gigabyte's new machine puts powerful performance in a deceptively slim case.
18 May, 2017
This is the new Aero 15 gaming laptop from Taiwan-based electronics brand Gigabyte.
The company promises that the Aero 15 makes it effortless to enjoy the portability and flexibility of a laptop, while still having the performance capacity to handle VR and most 4K options.
The laptop is built using CNC-milled aluminium for the design precision the process achieves, and the light weight and durability that ensure the Aero 15 travels well while having plenty of room for all of its bells and whistles. The laptop weighs just 2.1 kilograms, with a 5-millimeter bezel and an overall thickness of 1.9 centimeters that keeps it as sleek as it is solid. Inside, there's the latest 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 GDDR5 6GB graphics, ultra-fast DDR4 ram and PCIe M.2.

Aero says that among the other benefits, users can expect 10 percent more performance capacity than the previous Intel processor, and improved HEVC10b and VP9 hi-def encoding and decoding capability. At the same time, the processor battery consumption is three times lower during demanding 4K video playback – a boost for gamers, but also for designers and other creatives who are working on the go.

To that end, AERO 15 has designed with professionals in mind, including a 94Wh battery the company says can last for up to 10 hours, although that remains to be seen depending on individual use. An RGB fusion keyboard is, one reviewer found, quiet to type on while offering fairly significant resistance. Enabling the real-time rainbow colors may not be for everyone, since some people find the light show distracting, but it's an option for users who are energized and inspired while working awash in color.

It may not seem quite as technical, but the display system is coordinated with X-Rite™ Pantone® to ensure that graphic designers are delivering exactly what clients – or their own creations – demand. That's on a 15.6-inch (39.6 cm) wide angle and low glare screen, with respectable 1080 resolution.
The AERO 15 also is equipped with a Thunderbolt™ 3 port to achieve no-waiting transfer speeds at 40Gbps. As for other connectivity options, Gigabyte put two more USB 3.0 Type A ports, and an SD card reader, with the barrel charger and a Kensington lock port, alongside the Thunderbolt on the right side of the machine.

On the left side of the laptop, there's a full-size HDMI 2.0, mDP 1.3, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Type A. The AERO 15 has a headphone-out and audio-in combo jack, and other features. As with most devices on the market, AERO 15 is Bluetooth enabled, has Dolby® Digital Plus™ Home Theater audio capacities – a must for optimal gaming experiences – and the standard but adequate HD camera.
Because the aluminium case on the AERO 15 is designed to be as slim as it is lightweight, the camera is mounted low, as is the case with some Dell models. That may cause problems during videoconferencing because the camera position tends to generate some less-than-optimal camera angles in routine use.

Users attracted to the AERO 15 design will find it available in a standard black, as well as green and orange. Gigabyte has priced the laptop at USD$1,899 and they're making their way into markets now, as well as tech trade shows that offer a first look and perhaps a chance to play a bit with the new gaming laptop.
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