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Gigabyte Aero 15X Review: The GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q makes it hum

Gigabyte’s new Aero 15X says conventional wisdom is wrong. That conventional wisdom says gaming laptops can’t be good “laptops” because they’re too big and eat too much battery. The Aero 15X proves otherwise, with great gaming performance and great battery life. 

If the Aero 15X looks familiar, that’s because it’s mostly just an upgraded copy of the Aero 15. We absolutely loved the Aero 15, which set the standard for performance and battery life, and the 15X adds to that success. 

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The Aero 15X is basically the Aero 15 with a faster GPU (that’s a good thing).

Price, specs and features

The Aero 15X model we reviewed prices out at about $2,200 on the street with 32GB and a 512GB SSD, which is the only configuration we’re seeing available today. Gigabyte’s site says an 8GB version is available as well, but pricing of that model wasn’t available.

CPU: A quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ with HyperThreading

RAM: 16GB DDR4/2400 in two SO-DIMM sockets

GPU: While the original Aero 15 packed a GeForce GTX 1060, the 15X steps up to a GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q, which we first saw at Computex 2017 in Taipei. As you might guess, given Max-Q’s mission to manage GPU performance and thermals more equitably, the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q is faster than a GTX 1060 but slower than a full GeForce GTX 1070. 

Display: 15.6-inch, 1920×1080 VA panel that is factory-calibrated using Pantone Xrite. For a non-IPS panel, we’ll say, the WVA panel in the Aero 15X is quite good. We also dig the screen’s light anti-glare coating.

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The zero-bezel design means the camera goes from the top of the screen to the bottom.

Storage: A single 512GB NVMe Toshiba CX3 drive is included, but there’s space for a second M.2 drive.

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