CES 2014 featured the arrival of a new gaming laptop brand to the floor. Gigabyte’s AORUS came prepared to wow, with what could be the slimmest SLI gaming laptop on the market: the AORUS X7.
The AORUS X7 manages to offer a wide array of features despite its slim design. At only 0.9-inches thick and starting at 6.39 lbs, the X7 is advertised as 1/3 the height and 2/3 the weight of any currently available top-tier gaming laptop with GTX 780M graphics. The amount of ports AORUS fits into the full-aluminum chassis (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, HDMI, D-sub, RJ45, surround port, mini-display port and an SD card reader) is impressive. The anti-glare 1080p screen is advertised as featuring a 72% NTSC color gamut that produces clear images with good black levels, and an 8 millisecond refresh rate to reduce or eliminate motion blurs . The X7 also features NVIDIA Surround to allow HD video output to up to three monitors, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and is advertised as having seven built-in speakers, including two subwoofers.
On the inside, the X7 is outfitted with top of the line specs ideal for high-end gaming performance. Even the anti-ghosting keyboard is specifically designed for gaming, as it features adjustable backlighting and scissor-switch macro keys standard. Up to 2 512GB mSATA solid state drives, and a 1TB hard drive provide ample storage, and a GTX 765M SLI GDDR5 4GB GPU should make graphics pop. For communications, the X7 features a Killer LAN chip, as well as 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0. It also features 4 memory slots filled with up to 32GB of RAM. To cool this device, AORUS’s Thermal+ technology uses 4 side and back-mounted vents, 5 thermal pipes, and 2 fans with 3 customizable cooling settings. It is advertised as achieving a P7393 score in 3DMark11, though full benchmarks and usage information are currently unavailable at this time.
The estimated price tag on the AORUS X7 is $2,099 to $2,799, and it will ship by March 2014.