Aorus Brings Fusion Keyboard with Per-key Backlighting to New Skylake Notebooks

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Aorus, the hardcore gaming offshoot of Gigabyte Technology, used CES 2016 announced a slew of gaming devices that officially completes its Skylake platform and highlights its X5 v5 and X7 DT.

Gigabyte-Aorus-X5-1-_w_600Chief among the manufacturer’s numerous new announcements is the Aorus Fusion Keyboard, which is claimed to be the world’s first laptop with per-key backlighting – a feature that allows users to customize usage by programming their keyboards to illuminate only certain keys, in addition to configuring single keys with macros and shortcuts.

The first of the Aorus laptops to feature the Fusion Keyboard is the X5 v5, which is powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 Skylake processor and packs dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GPU in SLI. It also comes with Aorus Audio and the Hardware Live Stream Engine for mobile gaming and streaming.

Its counterpart release is the X5S v5, which doesn’t include the Fusion Keyboard but gives buyers the option of single GPU, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M – an option Aorus says delivers increased battery life for longer gaming on the go. Both new X5 iterations come in a slim chassis that measures just under 23mm and weighs about 5.5 pounds. The 2016 Limited Edition X5 was also announced, which comes in a camouflage shell. The display size for all X5 laptops is 15.6 inches.

A significantly larger 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display is the principal selling point of the X7 Pro v5, which in addition to Aorus’ now-standard 6th-generation i7 processor comes built with a dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M in SLI with G-SYNC. It also supports an optional Aorus Hardware Live Stream Engine. The X7 Pro v5 chassis has a thickness of 23.9mm and a weight of 6.6 pounds.

Also mentioned at CES 2016 was the Aorus X3 Plus v5, which was launched in December and touts a 13.9-inch QHD+ display and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M processor. Portability is the emphasis here, with a profile depth of 22.9mm and a weight of just under 4 pounds. According to Aorus, the company has refined the adapter to make it less cumbersome in tight spaces.

Estimated costs and official retail release dates are still pending.

 

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