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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA review: One of the best displays on a gaming laptop today

By Koh Wanzi - 12 Aug 2019
Launch SRP: S$3799

Introduction

Note: This article was first published on 17 July 2019.

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA

Retina-searing brightness

Slim and light gaming laptops are aplenty today, and there's no lack of choice when it comes to picking a Max-Q gaming notebook. However, most of these notebooks are targeted expressly at gamers. Few are looking to woo content creators, even though they could also benefit from the same powerful hardware that powers gaming notebooks today. 

As a result, that's a niche Gigabyte has been looking to fill with its Aero 15 laptops. The Aero 15 series has long boasted some of the best displays you can find on a gaming laptop, with bright Pantone-calibrated screens and razor-thin bezels. They're also one of the few notebooks that come with a UHS-II card reader, an important feature for photographers and video editors. 

This past Computex, the company overhauled the Aero 15 series once again, updating its design and adding a couple of new high-end display options. The Aero 15 OLED XA now comes with a gorgeous 4K AMOLED display from Samsung, and it's seriously stunning. Gamers will be happy to learn there's a FHD 240Hz option as well (first tested in the previous Aero 15 Classic XA), but my review unit comes with the AMOLED screen. 

Here's an overview of its specifications:

  • 15.6-inch 3,840 x 2,160-pixel AMOLED display
  • Intel Core i7-9750H processor (2.6GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  • Intel 760p 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
  • 94.24Wh battery
  • 356 x 250 x 20mm
  • 2kg

Like before, Gigabyte is also calling attention to the source of its components, which includes an Intel SSD and Samsung DRAM modules. The networking solution also comprises a Killer Ethernet E2600 controller and Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, the latter of which supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard and speeds up to 2.4Gbps. 

The above configuration will cost you S$3,799, but you're really paying for the premium display and the laptop's slim and light chassis. Read on to find out if it's really worth your money.

8.0
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8
  • Value 7.5
  • Mobility 7.5
The Good
Excellent Samsung AMOLED 4K panel with DisplayHDR 400 certification
Good build quality and slim, compact design
Wide selection of connectors, including a UHS-II SD card reader
Full-sized keyboard and Windows Precision Touchpad
Good battery life
The Bad
Default cooling profiles still need to be tweaked
Fans are extremely noisy at maximum speed
Webcam still located in bottom bezel
OLED display can consume more power than IPS panels
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