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Gigabyte Aorus X9 DT review: A laptop to replace your desktop

By Koh Wanzi - 6 Dec 2018
Launch SRP: S$5999

Introduction

The Aorus X9 DT crams desktop-worthy specifications into a laptop.

The power of a desktop in a notebook

Gaming laptops are no longer hulking chunks of plastic and metal. Laptops like the Razer Blade and MSI GS65 Stealth Thin have shown that it's possible to be both powerful and super slim and light. They've gone a long way toward redefining expectations and setting new standards, even helping to more clearly delineate the line between desktop and gaming laptop.

Having said that, there's always room in the stratosphere for more extreme configurations. The Aorus X9 DT is a desktop replacement in every sense of the word. If for some reason what you want is a notebook that can replace your desktop – instead of an actual desktop – the X9 DT will tickle your fancy. 

Here's an overview of its specifications:

  • 17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS 144Hz G-Sync display
  • Intel Core i9-8950HK (2.9GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2666 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • 1TB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD
  • 428 x 305 x 22.9-25.4mm
  • 3.2kg

The above will cost you a hefty S$5,999, a significant investment that could buy you two very good desktops. So why might you want to buy the X9 DT? Here's a closer look at what it brings to the table.

8.0
  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 6.5
  • Mobility 6.5
The Good
Excellent mechanical keyboard
Superb gaming performance
Reasonably thin for its specifications
Portable for a DTR machine
The Bad
Large and heavy compared to more compact options
Expensive
Fans can get really loud
Unimpressive speakers
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