The Gigabyte Aero 15 is a sleek and powerful 15.6-inch notebook that manages to feel a lot smaller than it really is. The slim edge-to-edge display keeps its footprint down, and it feels more like a 14-inch laptop that you can easily tote around in your backpack. It is powered by an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB.
One design quirk of the slim bezels is that the webcam has to be relocated to the bottom bezel, which can make for some awkward (and unflattering) camera angles. This is similar to what Dell did on the XPS 13, but it's a small trade-off to make for a sleeker look and more compact design.
The full-size keyboard runs up to the edge of the notebook as well, but it's surprisingly springy for a laptop this thin. You'll also get per-key RGB backlighting, which you can tweak to your heart's content using Gigabyte's RGB Fusion software.
The Aero 15 measures just 19.9mm thick, and is impressively slim for a 15.6-inch notebook. It also weighs just 2.1kg, which while hardly a featherweight, is still rather portable compared to some of its rivals. That said, the category of portable gaming notebooks is likely to get a lot more competitive as NVIDIA Max-Q notebooks begin trickling in.
The Aero 15 is available in a trio of fun colors, including black, orange, and green. Well, maybe black isn't so fun, but our review unit came in bright orange, which makes for quite a refreshing departure from the staid black, gray and red gaming notebooks we're used to dealing with.
There's plenty of ports here despite the Aero 15's svelte dimensions. You'll find two USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt 3 port, and an SD card reader on the right edge. The Thunderbolt 3 port adds the ability to run two 4K displays simultaneously, good news for content creators and video editors.
On the left, you get an RJ-45 LAN port, one more USB 3.0 port, a full-sized HDMI 2.0 output, and a Mini DisplayPort connector. That's quite a comprehensive selection of display outputs for a notebook this thin, and gamers will definitely also appreciate the inclusion of the LAN jack for faster and more stable connections.
The five status indicators on the front double up as battery indicators when the notebook is off, and they'll display the current battery level when you hold down the right trackpad button.
The 150 watt power brick is only 22mm thick and thankfully doesn't add much bulk to the notebook. You'll be able to pack it along with the laptop quite easily, and the Aero 15 really does manage to be quite a portable 15.6-inch notebook.