Gigabyte Aero 15 is slim and packs a mean punch


— 9:00 AM on May 3, 2017

Getting a bigger screen into a device without making the external dimensions any larger is a big trend these days. Smartphones are losing their buttons while screens of all kinds are losing their bezels. Gigabyte's Aero 15 laptops have jumped on that trend, but without making any major cuts. The new machines pack considerable processing power, gaming capabilities, and the ability to connect an entire array of ultra-high-definition monitors.

Buyers can choose between a 1920x1080 IPS panel or a 3840x2160 screen. Either option comes with an anti-glare coating and is wrapped by top and side bezels measuring a scant 0.2" (5 mm). For now, all those pixels get their marching orders from a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card, though a presumably-less-expensive option with Intel graphics will be available in the future.

Those thin bezels factor into the Aero 15's tidy 14.0" x 9.8" x 0.78" (36 cm x 25 cm x 2 cm) dimensions and 4.62 lbs (2.1 kg) weight. Even the supplied 150 W power adapter is pretty slim, measuring 6.6" x 2.5" x 0.87" (17 cm x 6.4 cm x 2.2 cm). Gigabyte still found a way to fit the Aero 15 with a 94 Wh battery, which the manufacturer says is good for 10 hours of productivity away from wall power.

For those times when even an eight-megapixel display isn't enough, a pair of 4K (3840x2160) monitors can be attached to the HDMI and DisplayPort jacks, and another pair of 5K monitors can plug into the Thunderbolt 3 ports. The screen isn't the only part of the Aero 15 that can dazzle the eyes, either. The keyboard has per-key programmable RGB LED backlighting.

The only CPU option is an Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ. Systems ship with either 8 GB or 16 GB of DDR4 memory, upgradeable to a maximum of 32 GB. Making a lithe laptop body requires some compromises, and one of them is the storage. The Aero 15 has no room for any 2.5" drives and offers a single M.2 slot for SATA or NVMe devices. The placement of the webcam is likewise compromised somewhat—it's now mounted under the screen, akin to a Dell XPS 13.

Gigabyte's Aero 15 is available now exclusively at Newegg for $1900 with 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphic card, and a 1080p IPS display. The machine comes in black, lime green, or orange finishes. Gigabyte offers two-year warranty coverage on the laptop.

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