At CES 2018 Nvidia CEO Jenson Wang revealed the Gigabyte Aero 15x to showcase that Max-Q Tech was the future of portable gaming. There’s a reason for that it offers a potent blend of gaming speed battery life and portability. Gigabyte has wisely stuck to that formula with the 2018 model keeping the design and video GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics and huge battery. It has upped the ante with intel’s all-new six card chip and a gaming friendly 144Hz display. The result is a $2,200 portable gaming laptop that is quite simply the best you can get right now.
At 4.4 pounds the new Aero 15x is slightly lighter than the last model and is 18 millimeters thick about average for his class. The chassis is brushed black aluminum and other than a new Aero logo at the bottom of the screen, the design is the same. Personally, I like that the Superman-like power is hidden under a Clark Kent exterior but some might find it bland. The extremely narrow bezels helped gigabyte fit a 15.6-inch screen into a 14-inch sized form-factor. As before, the webcam is mounted unusually low in the laptop hinge. You get a generous array of ports including Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.1, HDMI 2, mini DP, a UHS 2 SD card reader and even an RJ45 Ethernet port. It supports up to 32 gigabytes of RAM and a pair of M2 slots makes storage expansion easy.
With a 6 core processor and Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics. The Aero 15 X is made for gaming and graphics. I got top-flight test marks and performance that crushes GTX 1060 laptops for games like Witcher 3 and rise of the Tomb Raider. At the same time, it flawlessly crunched through my 4k video edits and 3D work. The new IPS display has a 144 Hertz refresh rate, which is over double the last model and exactly what gamers are looking for. If 1080p won’t do a 4k screen with 100% Adobe RGB coverage is available. The keyboard is great for touch typing thanks to the short travel and perfect resistance. The keys light up with up to 16 million colors using Gigabyte’s fusion tech, which is the Aero 15 X is only gaming design nod. The touchpad is a mixed bag through the friction, clicking feels good but palm rejection works poorly, and it does not support three and four finger Windows 10 gestures.
Performance and Battery Life
|PCMARK 7||PCMARK 8 (CREATIVE ACCELERATED)||3DMARK 11||3DMARK (SKY DIVER)||ATTO (TOP READS/WRITES)|
|Gigabyte Aero 15X 2018 (2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GTX 1070 Max-Q)||6,420||6,558||E18,920 / P15,130 / X6,503||30,270||2.4 GB/s / 1.5 GB/s|
|HP Omen 15 (2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GTX 1060)||6,727||6,436||E14,585 / P11,530 / X4,417||20,659||1.7 GB/s / 704 MB/s|
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus (2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GTX 1080)||6,030||7,137||E20,000 / P17,017 / X7,793||31,624||3.4 GB/s / 1.64 GB/s|
|Alienware 15(2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GTX 1070)||6,847||7,100||E17,041 / P16,365||20,812||2.9 GB/s / 0.9 GB/s|
|Razer Blade Pro 2016 (2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GTX 1080)||6,884||6,995||E18,231 / P16,346||27,034||2.75 GB/s / 1.1 GB/s|
|ASUS ROG Strix GL502VS(2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ , NVIDIA GTX 1070)||5,132||6,757||E15,335 / P13,985||25,976||2.14 GB/s / 1.2 GB/s|
|HP Spectre x360 (2016, 2.7GHz Core i7-7500U, Intel HD 620)||5,515||4,354||E2,656 / P1,720 / X444||3,743||1.76 GB/s / 579 MB/s|
|Lenovo Yoga 910 (2.7GHz Core i7-7500U, 8GB, Intel HD 620)||5,822||4,108||E2,927 / P1,651 / X438||3,869||1.59 GB/s / 313 MB/s|
|Razer Blade(Fall 2016) (2.7GHz Intel Core-i7-7500U, Intel HD 620)||5,462||3,889||E3,022 / P1,768||4,008||1.05 GB/s / 281 MB/s|
|Razer Blade Stealth(2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD 520)||5,131||3,445||E2,788 / P1,599 / X426||3,442||1.5 GB/s / 307 MB/s|
Battery life is the Aero 15x superpower I got 7 hours and 40 minutes which easily beats rivals like the Asus ROG Zephyrus. You can chop that up to the huge 94-watt-hour battery and efficient Max-Q graphics. The Gigabyte Aero 15X starts at $2,200 with 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 512GB SSD, but you’ll pay $200 more for the 4k screen. That’s on par with rival GTX 1070 models but considerably more than the $1700 GTX 1060 Razor Blade is it Worth it? Definitely!
The Aero 15x provides the best blend of speed endurance and portability on the market if you can overlook the middling touchpad and bland design. That makes it an ideal laptop for working pros and serious gamers alike.