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Gigabyte Aero 15X notebook review: Small improvements go a long way
By Koh Wanzi - 5 Jul 2018
Launch SRP: S$3799

Introduction

Gigabyte Aero 15X v8

A good laptop gets better

The original Gigabyte Aero 15X was already at the top of its game when it came to slim and lightweight gaming laptops. Its thin bezels were ahead of its time, and the edge-to-edge IPS display was vibrant and gorgeous to look at.

However, even though I really liked the Aero 15X’s display, its 60Hz panel was still a glaring weakness for a gaming laptop.

Gigabyte obviously realized this, and 2018’s Aero 15X now boasts a 144Hz IPS display for silky smooth gameplay.

That’s not the only change however, and the laptop also sports a range of other small improvements. For starters, the speakers now support Dolby Atmos. In addition, the chassis has been slimmed down slightly and now measures just 18.9mm thick.

The keyboard has been improved as well, and it supports N-key rollover now. On top of that, the card reader has also gotten an upgrade. Gigabyte has switched to the new UHS-II interface that reportedly delivers up to 12 times faster read and write speeds, so you can transfer large files more quickly from your SD card.

Here’s an overview of the laptop’s specifications:

  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
  • 94.24Wh battery
  • 356 x 250 x 18.9mm
  • 2kg

The Aero 15X is slim, light, and fast, but it is going up against very tough competition. For instance, the new Razer Blade feels more premium, and its webcam isn’t even located awkwardly at the bottom.

At S$3,799, the Aero 15X will need to show that it’s at the very top of its game.

7.5
  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 7.5
  • Value 7.5
  • Mobility 9
The Good
Sleek aluminum chassis
UHS-II SD card slot
Excellent 144Hz IPS display
Stellar battery life
The Bad
Performance doesn't quite measure up to expectations
Awkward webcam placement at bottom bezel
No Windows Precision Touchpad
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