Gigabyte shows off its thin Aero laptops and Aorus RGB Fusion Keyboard

— 2:57 PM on May 27, 2016

In preparation for the Computex 2016 rush, Gigabyte has announced its new 14" Aero series laptops and the Aorus RGB Fusion Keyboard. The new Aero laptops are of the thin-and-light variety, and will be available in three colors: safety orange, lime green, and dark gray. Meanwhile, the Aorus RGB Fusion Keyboard carries on the trend of gaming laptops with RGB-LED-backlit keyboards. It will be fitted into the Aorus X7 DT, which will be on display at Computex.

Gigabyte is advertising the Aero series to a dual-use audience with both "for work" and "for game" labels. For that purpose, Gigabyte fitted the Aero with Nvidia's Optimus technology to switch from the integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 to a discrete Nvidia card. Buyers will have a choice between a GeForce GTX 965M or GTX 970M for rendering graphics on the Aero's matte 2560x1440 IPS display.

The machine is powered by an Intel quad-core Core i7-6700HQ with 2.6GHz base 3.5GHz turbo clocks. There's support for up to 32GB of RAM, with the base configuration requiring a choice of either 8GB or 16GB of 2133MHz DDR4 memory. The storage section comprises two M.2 PCIe x4 slots, which Gigabyte says offer a "dual storage system."

The Aero line stays trim at 0.78" (19.9 mm) thin and weighs in at just under 4.2 lbs (1.9 kg). The dimensions keep the device brief-casable at 9.9" deep and 13.2" wide (25.1 cm by 33.5 cm). The notebook packs all the I/O connectivity we've come to expect these days: 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless networking, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports and one USB 3.1 Type-C port for peripherals, and HDMI 2.0 and a mini-DisplayPort for video. There's also a card reader thrown in for good measure, too. According to Gigabyte, the 94.24-Wh battery should be good for a whole day under a "productivity" usage pattern.

Let's look at the Aorus X7 DT's colors, previously announced at CES earlier this year. Its Aorus RGB Fusion Keyboard offers independent RGB LED lighting for each key, which Gigabyte claims is a first for any laptop keyboard. That translates to a fully programmable color palette of 16.8 million colors. In addition to color programming, the accompanying software offers full macro recording and shortcut functionality, which could come in handy for complicated Excel spreadsheets or MMO hotkey sequencing.

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