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Review: Gigabyte Aero 15 (notebook)

8.5

Great

What’s this? This isn’t a game review? Guys what is going on? No, we aren’t about to become a one stop shop for every topic under the sun. If you can game on it, or it helps your gaming, we are going to review it, however. Fear not, you won’t suddenly be inundated with tech speak either, we are trying to keep things easy for everyone here.

Lean and green

The Aero 15 is a slim, pretty machine. On the outside it looks like something that wouldn’t be out of place at work, if a big loud with its bright green exterior, but make no mistake, it isn’t tacky thanks to the aluminium body. The Aero 15 is thin, only 1.9cm thick and weighs 2.1 kg. It looks, closed at a desk, like someone’s work machine. Open it this 15.6″ though, and you start to notice the gaming blood.

An LED backlit keyboard with bold, easy to read keys gives away that this machine isn’t just here for word processing. That slight frame is holding an Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB and an Intel Core i7-7700HQ with 8G DDR4-2400 *2 inside, waiting to bust some of your games. We pushed the machine through a gauntlet of Fire Strike tests in 3D Mark, as well as Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.

The GTX 1060 handles the tests easily, and the machine doesn’t get overly hot or any annoying noises while testing. The Aero 15 has two cooling pipes and two fans, with all the air being blown out the back of the machine. This means there is no hot air blowing at your plugged in cables and peripherals, or your hands if you use your own mouse instead.

The Aero 15 sports a pretty solid battery, for those who need to travel a bit further away from the nearest power outlet. Surfing on WiFi can be done for 7 hours, or close to 2 hours of gaming usage. This is pretty decent compared to some other notebooks, that feel like they only turn on when plugged into the wall.

The GTX 1060 handles the tests easily, and the machine doesn’t get overly hot or any annoying noises while testing

For a multimedia machine, this is great. There is one small problem though. The built-in speakers don’t match the same quality as the screen or the battery. It just sounds tinny during games and movies, with little bass. This might be a dealbreaker if you happen to use built-in speakers.

Colour me this

If you are a stickler for colour, or work in an office / position that requires good colour accuracy, the screen of this notebook is X-Rite Pantone certified. Whether you are editing for web, photos or making sure that you have the correct blue of your company, this is important. Even when not used for professional purposes, knowing you have proper colours in movies and games is important.

Oh it also has a nice small power adapter that has a built in USB port for charging devices in case you need all your USB ports for something other than charging the devices we are all slaves to. It also has nothing on the front edge, which makes it neat. Nothing worse than trying to type with something sticking out the front of the notebook.

Good

  • Long lasting battery
  • Slim design

Bad

  • Pricey
  • Sound quality could be better

Summary

At close to R32,000 the price tag is hard to look past, until you see that shiny aluminium body and the power behind those pretty keys.
8.5

Great

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.
  • VampyreSquirrel

    R32k? Holy hell!

    • MonsterCheddar

      Indeed, Skwirrel. Indeed.

  • So pretty. My DELL XPS will have to do for now though.

  • Saajid S

    Interesting machine…and one that makes an attempt for being a working class machine in terms of looks with the heart of a gamer…

    Do you think its possible you could put up more pictures of the actual unit you reviewed? the laptop and the adapter, etc.

    • Valshen

      Sure thing Saajid. 🙂

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