Gigabyte Aero 15 corporate gaming laptop review
Gigabyte's all-rounder has much to like
- Plays games
- Looks good
- Long battery for work
- Keyboard is wonky
Gigabyte has generally succeeded in making a gaming laptop that can be used day-to-day by executives. But the well-off centre keyboard makes it uncomfortable to type on for long periods.
Battery Life and portability
We ran our intensive PC Mark Battery Life test a few times because the scores proved erroneous... while it ran the test for an impressive 4hrs 12mins, the benchmark score was dramatically reduced (2,664 PC Marks) which suggested that it ran with lower power settings than it was supposed to despite our forced tweaking.
In our easier, Full HD movie playback test, it played our test movie for an impressive 6hrs 10mins with the display set to moderate brightness. That is certainly a long way ahead of rival gaming laptops and means you'll likely get a full day of work out of it.
At 2.15KG it's light for a gaming laptop but slightly heavy for a corporate workhorse. The power brick and wires weigh a modest 600g.
On the left we have an Ethernet port, USB 3, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort and combined audio jack. The two video out ports can both support 4K display outputs at the same time.
On the right are two more USB 3 ports plus a USB C port and an SD card reader. All that's "missing" is an optical drive.
It's also Thunderbolt 3 compatible for very fast data transfers. WiFi is 802.11AC.
At $2,899 it's not cheap but it does represent reasonable value. There's much to like about it and it succeeds in offering the rare combination of gaming performance, work-friendly portability and all-round quality that it set out to achieve.
But we're stuck getting past the keyboard. Any extended amount of time typing on the Aero 15 made our shoulders ache as one arm must reach further over than the other. However, if you're not doing long typing sessions, and genuinely do want one laptop to rule them all, this is a compelling choice. Hopefully its foibles will be ruled out in gen 2.
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