GIGABYTE AERO 15X

Gigabyte Aero 15XThe Gigabyte Aero 15X  packs a powerful GeForce GTX 1070 w/Max-Q design & a slim bezel display in a laptop 20mm thin .

  • i7-7700HQ
  • 15.6″ 1920×1080 IPS LCD, Pantone certified
  • 8/16GB DDR4-2400, max 32GB
  • HM175 mobile express chipset
  • Windows 10 x64
  • Intel HD 630 graphics
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB
  • 2x M.2 slots, type 2280 for SSD
  • RGB per -key backlit keyboard
  • 3x USB 3.0
  • USB type C (Thunderbolt 3)
  • 2W speakers
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • HD camera
  • TPM 2.0
  • SDXC card reader
  • 356.4(W) x 250(D) x 19.9(H) mm
  • 4.62 lbs with M.2 SSD
  • Li Polymer 94.240 Wh battery
  • 200W PSU with USB charger (2A)

This laptop has plenty of performance to play games galore. The GTX 1070 is quite capable of playing games at 1920×1080 even with the graphics cranked up.

The machine has a pair of M.2 slots so its possible to install a pair of Samsung 960 2GB SSD into the machine so there is lot of room for games. 4TB is plenty of room for modern games which tend to be 30-50GB lately.. The M.2 slots are 4x the bandwidth of SATA III. The machine does not have a bay for SATA hard disks.

Even demanding games like Metro 2033 were completely playable on the Aero 15X. We also tried Metro Last Light which is also very playful. In short every game out there will be playable on the Aero 15X.

The LCD is mediocre for this price point. The use of Pantone is nice for those using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. We would have liked the machine better if Gigabyte had selected a 1440p panel which is available in the same size. The GTX 1070 can handle 1440p easily.

The panel manages 74% Adobe RGB which limits its professional use. The backlight is very good which makes it very readable in most situations.The contrast is fairly strong.

The large number of USB 3.0 ports make sense as they are backwards compatible. USB 3.0 has more power so it takes less time to charge a mobile phone

The HDMI 2.0 port can support 4K displays. This allows the machine to be used with modern projection systems for business purposes.

The Intel 630 graphics are fine for general desktop purposes. The GTX 1070 however is where the gaming capability really shines. Digging deeper into the specifications, the 2,048-shader Nvidia Max-Q chip is clocked to base and boost frequencies of 1,215MHz and 1,379MHz, respectively. That’s more than a 15 per cent downgrade over the standard GTX 1070, however the 8GB frame buffer operates at an identical 8Gbps and overall performance should be a noticeable improvement over the GTX 1060 available to the regular Aero 15.

The battery is huge so this machine can last for several hours working. Gaming however will eat into the battery life rather quickly.

This machine represents some excellent workmanship. Gigabyte uses a computerized milling machine to make the chassis perfect. Given how thin this machine is, we fine it very easy to stuff it into a backpack for school or work.

 

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