Aero 14 notebooks pack gaming power into a slim profile

Gigabyte's Aero 14 notebooks caught my eye at Computex with their bright colors and slim profiles. We're now learning what specs those machines will ship with in the USA. The Aero 14 will be powered by the potent combo of a Core i7-6700HQ and a GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB of VRAM—more or less identical to the much larger P57W we just reviewed. That's a good thing, since the P57W is quite the performer already.

The rest of the Aero 14's spec sheet is no less impressive. The 14" IPS screen has a 2560x1440 resolution that should offer plenty of crispness without overly taxing the graphics chip. The Aero 14 uses a pair of M.2 slots with PCIe x4 connectivity for storage devices, and Gigabyte ships the base model with a 512GB SATA SSD. 16GB of DDR4-2133 RAM should be plenty for most users, but more demanding folks can swap out that pair of DIMMs for 32GB.

Despite its slim profile, the Aero 14 has plenty of connectivity options to go around. A USB 3.1 Type-C port and three USB 3.0 Type A ports handle general-purpose peripheral I/O, while 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 give cord-cutters the hook-up. Gigabyte says this machine's 94.2-Wh battery is good for 10 hours of general use. The Aero 14 is 0.78" (19.8 mm) thick and weighs 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg).

Newegg appears to have an exclusive deal on the Aero 14 for now. The machine is already available from the 'egg for $1600 in black, green, and orange finishes.

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