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Gigabyte Aero 15 Review: A near-perfect energy user’s laptop

Gigabyte’s Aero 15 is a powerhouse laptop that hits a lot of high notes. Quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU? Check. Dual M.2 SSD slots? Check. Up to 32GB of RAM? Check. Nice 15.6-inch screen? Check. Powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU? Check.

It’s this final indicate (well, and a ornate colors) that will have many job a Aero 15 a gaming-laptop rather than what it unequivocally is: a powerful, unstable laptop that can do it all, and with decent battery life to boot. Even a weight’s acceptable during 4.6 pounds. We have some objections to a design, though it’s still good value a look.

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The Aero 15 is green. Very green. (And orange and black, too.)

A dash of tone in a brushed-metal world 

The Gigabyte Aero 15 comes in 3 colors: A customary low-profile black ($1,899), Hemi Orange (also $1,899), and Lime Green, that is $1,999—that’s not a typo, Lime Green is some-more costly than a other dual colors. Perhaps since that indication many closely resembles a 1971 Dodge Challenger (see for yourself, below). we have to say, a heated hues are surprisingly lovely amid a sea of brushed-metal and black shells.

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Separated during birth? You be a judge.

Speaking of shells, a Aero 15’s lid and bottom row are aluminum, as good as portions of a support around a keyboard. We’re unhappy that a keyboard tray is plastic, though this no doubt shaved off a bit of cost. 

The 15.6-inch, 1920×1080 shade has many pluses and a few minuses. Instead of a some-more common IPS or TN record it uses MVA, that has a repute for slower response times and issues with tone accuracy. We’ve seen bad examples and good examples of MVA, and a Aero 15’s is in a good pile, with wide observation angles and bureau calibration to Pantone X-rite tone standards (at 100-percent brightness). Off-axis observation is also utterly good. The biggest obstacle we found is a 285-nit limit brightness, that is on a reduce finish of normal for a laptop.

Gordon Mah Ung

Gigabyte puts a webcam down low, like Dell’s XPS 13 and XPS 15, though during slightest it’s in a center.

Like Dell’s XPS 15, Gigabyte’s Aero 15 employs a nearby bezel-less arrangement design. This helps make a laptop sincerely compact, though it also army a built-in webcam to counterpart ceiling during we from a bottom of a screen. Gigabyte centers a camera, though pattern your video-conferencing colleagues to get good demeanour during your neck wattle.

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15.6-inch power: Dell’s XPS 15 on tip of a Gigabyte Aero 15, an Asus ROG GX501, and an Alienware 15 R4.

Keyboard and trackpad

With a keyboard and trackpad, we have another brew of good and bad news. Let’s get a bad news out of a approach first: a Aero 15’s ongoing problems with extended keyboard combinations. When we initial tested a Aero 15 unit, it had problems noticing certain pivotal combinations, such as coexisting use of Ctrl-Shift-C. Since a Aero 15 shipped, Gigabyte has expelled during slightest 3 firmware updates for a keyboard. Some problems have privileged up, though users are still anticipating combinations that don’t work right.

Gigabyte pronounced it is stability to work on a problem and is enlivening undone users to hit a support line. Is that adequate to make we gentle shopping a Aero 15? That’s something usually we can answer.

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