Gigabyte’s new Aero 15X says required knowledge is wrong. That required knowledge says gaming laptops can’t be good “laptops” since they’re too large and eat too many battery. The Aero 15X proves otherwise, with good gaming opening and good battery life.
If a Aero 15X looks familiar, that’s since it’s mostly usually an upgraded duplicate of a Aero 15. We positively loved a Aero 15, that set a customary for opening and battery life, and a 15X adds to that success.
Price, specs and features
The Aero 15X indication we reviewed prices out during about $2,200 on a travel with 32GB and a 512GB SSD, that is a usually pattern we’re saying accessible today. Gigabyte’s site says an 8GB chronicle is accessible as well, yet pricing of that indication wasn’t available.
CPU: A quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ with HyperThreading
RAM: 16GB DDR4/2400 in dual SO-DIMM sockets
GPU: While a strange Aero 15 packaged a GeForce GTX 1060, a 15X stairs adult to a GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q, that we initial saw during Computex 2017 in Taipei. As we competence guess, given Max-Q’s goal to conduct GPU opening and thermals some-more equitably, a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q is faster than a GTX 1060 yet slower than a full GeForce GTX 1070.
Display: 15.6-inch, 1920×1080 VA row that is factory-calibrated regulating Pantone Xrite. For a non-IPS panel, we’ll say, a WVA row in a Aero 15X is utterly good. We also puncture a screen’s light anti-glare coating.
Storage: A singular 512GB NVMe Toshiba CX3 expostulate is included, yet there’s space for a second M.2 drive.
Battery: Gigabyte puts in a 94Whr battery, that is usually bashful of a limit 100Whr authorised on a blurb airline. Many thinner gaming laptops scapegoat battery capacity, yet this bigger energy container gives a Aero 15X a startling volume of battery life.
Ports: Full-size HDMI 2.0, miniDisplayPort 1.3, 3 USB 3.1 Type A ports, one Thunderbolt 3, analog audio, Kensington Lock and Gigabit ethernet.
Weight: 4 pounds, 12 ounces is a decent volume of weight to rope for this turn of performance. The usually problem is once we supplement a energy brick, a sum weight goes adult to 6 pounds, 4 ounces.
Dimensions: 14 x 9.8 x 0.78 inches. We have no quibbles with a Aero 15X’s distance and shape. It’s fundamentally somewhat incomparable than many mainstream quad-core laptops.
Keyboard and trackpad: The strange Aero 15 was pained by erring or unregistered keys presses. Gigabyte released firmware repair after firmware fix, that some contend helped, and others contend did nothing. On a Aero 15X, we attempted famous cryptic pivotal press combinations yet issue, so it appears a association has solved a problem.
We still have some doubts about a Elan trackpad, that would spasmodic turn non-responsive for a millisecond. (We also beheld this on a strange Aero 15, prolonged after a examination ran.) We don’t consider it’s a deal-breaker, yet it’s something to be wakeful of.
The difficulty that matters a many to many people, though, is performance. We were tender by a Aero 15, and a Aero 15X doesn’t defect either.
Our initial exam was a CPU-intensive HandBrake test, where we take a 30GB MKV record and encode it with HandBrake 0.9.9 regulating a Android Tablet preset. This is a exam where quad-core-plus CPUs usually shine. The outcome for a Aero 15X is flattering many a passed tie with a predecessor. And if you’ve wondered usually what we give adult going from a Core i5 quad-core yet Hyper-Threading to a Core i7 with Hyper-Threading, we can see a formula above, with a dual Dell Inspiron 15 7000s.
We’ll skip any some-more CPU tests since they’d be a rubbish or your time and a time—there’s zero to see here, folks.
The subsequent exam is 3DMark FireStrike Extreme Graphics performance. It’s a fake exam that ignores CPU performance, so we can magnitude a fanciful opening of a GPU. The formula tell us a GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q record is a manly chip, alighting roughly precisely between a Aero 15 with a GTX 1060, and a Alienware 15 R4 with a GTX 1070.
Cynics competence call it a GeForce GTX 1065, yet what they omit is removing that opening in a laptop that formerly stopped during a reduction absolute GeForce GTX 1060. Comparing a Aero 15 to a Aero 15X, a latter’s Max-Q partial gives it a graphic advantage.
Rise of a Tomb Raider Performance
We also ran several genuine games by a Aero 15X and were even some-more impressed. In Rise of a Tomb Raider, for example, it’s not that distant behind a severely quick Alienware 15 R4. Cynics, we competence call that a GeForce GTX 1068.
Middle-earth and Tomb Raider Performance
We also ran Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor at 1920×1080 set to Ultra, with a 4K hardness container installed. The results, as good as a numbers we saw from a 2013-era Tomb Raider, behind adult a others. Let’s usually determine a Aero 15X with a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q is fast.
The altogether fan sound of a Aero 15X is excusable and quieter than we’ve heard, in say, a Alienware R15 R4, that swings for a fences during gaming. Even better, a fan on a Aero 15X seem to have bound a irritating fan sound we listened on a Aero 15 as it revved up.
The Bonus: Battery Life
The genuine reward with a Aero 15X is a battery life. To magnitude it, we play a 4K video during 250 to 260 nits (bright adequate to watch in an bureau environement) regulating Windows 10’s built-in Movies TV video player. The Aero 15X gave us roughly 7 hours of run time. That’s fundamentally a tie with a older, reduction absolute Aero 15.
The reason a Aero 15X (and a Aero 15) do so good in video outline is since a effort is offloaded to a integrated Intel graphics, while a power-hungry GeForce cards slumber. The Aero 15X can do this since it doesn’t underline G-Sync or a high-refresh monitor.
The large 94Whr battery also gives a Aero 15X a lot to work with. Similar gaming laptops this distance mostly chuck battery ability overboard to save weight. For example, a recently reviewed Acer Triton 700 uses a 54Whr battery and is propitious to run for dual hours during video playback with a power-hungry 120Hz G-Sync panel.
To be fair, this doesn’t meant we can play games on a Aero 15X and get 7 hours of run time. Once we glow adult a GPU or CPU on complete tasks, we unequivocally shouldn’t design some-more than an hour or so on any gaming laptop.
Still, if we intend to revise a Microsoft Word record or watch a film in flight, a Aero 15X will give we decent battery life, while many competitors will not.
In a end, tone us impressed. Yes, a GeForce GTX 1070-class GPU is a small profusion for gaming during 1920×1080 during 60Hz, and substantially fit usually if you’re looking for future-proofing or to play regulating an outmost monitor. A few whinging problems like a laggy trackpad seem to repeat a story of a inadequate keyboard.
Still, a whole package is there. Want glorious performance, a pretty compress frame, and good battery life? You’d be tough pulpy to kick a Gigabyte Aero 15X.