Gigabyte has announced the Aero 15X gaming notebook, the latest addition to its premium Aero series lineup. At the heart of the Aero 15X is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics card with Nvidia Max-Q technology. This card is a step up in performance from the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB card in the standard Aero 15. The Aero 15 is essentially a larger version of the Aero 14, which we reviewed in detail.
The Aero 15X also features an all-black color scheme, whereas the standard Aero 15 is available in black, orange, and green.
Specifications & Performance
- 6-inch display (1,920×1,080 pixels, wide viewing angles, anti-glare)
- Windows 10 64-bit operating system
- Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor (2.8GHz, up to 3.8GHz Turbo Boost, 6MB cache, 45-watt TDP)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 w/ 8GB GDDR5 dedicated memory and Nvidia Max-Q technology
- Intel HD Graphics 630 w/ Nvidia Optimus graphics-switching support
- 2x M.2 PCI Express SSD slots
- 2x DDR4 memory slots, support for up to 32GB (2x 16GB modules)
- 11ac wireless LAN with Bluetooth 4.2
- Dimensions: 14 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches
- Weight: 4.6 pounds
- 2-year international limited warranty
Gigabyte says the Aero 15X with the GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Max-Q graphics chip should have 25 percent better performance than the GTX 1060 6GB graphics card in the standard Aero 15. Note that the standard GTX 1070 is going to be faster than the GTX 1070 with Max-Q. Although the underlying silicon is the same, the Max-Q chip has reduced clockspeeds to lower its heat output and energy demands. But to get a standard GTX 1070, you’ll need to get a notebook that’s a lot thicker than the Aero 15X. In either event, the GTX 1070 Max-Q is virtual reality (VR) ready, as is the GTX 1060 in the standard Aero 15.
For more info on VR-ready notebooks, take a look at our guide: What to Look for in a VR-Ready Notebook
The Aero 15X has a nearly borderless display, with a bezel that’s just 5mm across. As a result, it’s not much more expansive than a typical 14-inch notebook. The chassis is 14 by 9.8 inches, and the machine weighs just 4.6 pounds. It’s also just eight-tenths of an inch thin. Gigabyte even includes a relatively compact power adapter to make the notebook as portable as possible. Our only complaint about the overall design of this notebook is that the thin display bezel forces the web cam to be located below the display. People will be looking up at you while you’re videoconferencing.
A big draw for the Aero 15X (as well as the Aero 15) is its per-key RGB backlit keyboard. Each can be individually set to one of 16.7 million colors. Macro keys can also be programmed.
Battery life will likely be a strength for the Aero 15X. Inside, it has a large 94 watt-hour li-ion battery. That’s an exceptionally large battery for a notebook, especially one designed for gaming. Gigabyte rates the Aero 15X for up to 10 hours of battery life.
Availability & Conclusion
Gigabyte says the Aero 15X will be available for sale in mid-October 2017. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but we’re rather certain it will be into the $2,000-plus range, if not close to $2,500. The standard Aero 15 goes for $1,899 in its base iteration with 512GB of storage; a $2,299 model doubles that to 1TB. Configuration details also haven’t been announced for the Aero 15X, though we can’t see them straying too far from the Aero 15 configurations already up for sale.
If you’re interested in the Aero 15, don’t miss the large owner’s lounge thread in our forums!