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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

Conclusion

Made for photo and video editors

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA

The Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA is a gaming laptop with a stunning display. Aside from having a high refresh rate, I don't think people expect much from the screens on their gaming notebooks. That said, the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA happily defies that expectation with a gorgeous 4K edge-to-edge AMOLED panel. It's not the first gaming laptop to offer an OLED panel, but in comparison to its competitors, the new display feels like a more logical and natural addition for a laptop that has long wanted to woo creators.

Of course, gamers aren't being left out either, and the new Aero 15 will also have the option of a FHD 240Hz panel. However, it doesn't look like that particular model is available to buy locally, so Gigabyte is gunning squarely for those who do graphics design work or video editing here.

Performance-wise, the Aero 15 OLED XA and its beefed-up cooling solution represent a much welcome improvement compared to the previous generation. It's still not perfect though, as you still need to tweak the fans to run more aggressively to avoid throttling. And when that happens, the Aero 15 OLED XA is one of the loudest laptops around, which may explain why Gigabyte didn't want to tune its fans to scale all the way up.

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA

That said, there's still a lot to like about the laptop. Aside from the absolutely stellar display, you get a tasteful aluminum chassis in black that feels like quality stuff. There's also a wide selection of connectors, including a Thunderbolt 3 port and UHS-II SD card reader, both items that creative professionals will want. 

If you're only looking to game, the Aero 15 OLED XA may not be the best choice. But if you also edit a lot of photos and videos, the Gigabyte laptop is a serious contender. The OLED screen might not be ideal for twitch reaction shooters, but it'll do well enough for something like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey or Monster Hunter: World, where exploration and taking in the sprawling landscapes matter as much as the gameplay itself. 

At S$3,799, the Aero 15 OLED XA is priced more or less in the ballpark of its competitors. Brands like Alienware, HP, and Razer also have RTX Studio notebooks, but the Aero 15's more tasteful design may help it appeal to the professional crowd. 

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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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