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 2560×1440 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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    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 3 years ago

    Wanted to say the website is in top form again. The news drips are current, diverse, and interesting. You’re rolling out essential hardware reviews in a timely basis, and they are rock solid. I know you guys lost allot of the team and now it seems you’ve regrouped admirably. My favorite tech site persists and flourishes, thanks guys!

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    I am loving this laptop. That having been said, if you need 32gb of RAM, chances are an ultrabook is not the proper computing device for you.

    • sweatshopking
    • 3 years ago

    10*0 or take off

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      I was speaking to my Clevo/Gigabyte boutique builder on Tuesday and he said that the mobile Pascal variants won’t be around for some time yet. He tends to know what’s hitting the market a couple of months before he can actually ship a new Clevo model, and he’s not even started that process yet.

      Pascal laptops will be here for the back-to-school sales, I’d guess.

        • Laykun
        • 3 years ago

        Even when that time comes it usually takes quite a long time for manufacturers to update their current lines with the new chipset. I waited quite a while for a proper Kepler 800M laptop to come out that wasn’t a designed as a ship anchor.

    • TwoEars
    • 3 years ago

    Glad to see Gigabyte is getting some attention. I’ve had two of their laptops now and they really kick ass if you’re a heavy user who also like portability. That being said I think I’ll want an oled screen on my next laptop. If Gigabyte releases a 14-inched with oled I might have to upgrade…

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Looks like my next laptop once it’s available with Pascal.
    In orange, obviously.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      Obviously. (Wonder why the orange one has the contrasting black triangle but the green one does not?) Not yet in stock at Newegg anyway, regardless of the GPU under the hood.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        I wondered that too – there’s no sense behind the inconsistency at all.

        The green looks really good because of the uniformity of the lid colour, or at least it would if it wasn’t so [i<]green[/i<]. Still gonna get the orange one though, because orange is better than green, obviously. /rational logic.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      and Kaby Lake…might as well wait and get two new chips–that’s my plan.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        Given that Intel makes close to zero improvements per generation these days, I don’t give a damn about Kaby Lake.

        28nm to 16nm FinFET, on the other hand, is quite literally a game-changer.

      • Anovoca
      • 3 years ago

      I am not certain I can explain why exactly, but I am very happy they didn’t make this in red.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        That’ll be reserved for the Polaris 11 edition (LOL).

        More seriously though, I agree with you. I am sick of RED as the L337-G4M3R colour. It seems that virtually nobody is able to make a gaming product without red accents, red highlights, red logos, red underglow, red WASD clusters or other such nonsense.

          • Anovoca
          • 3 years ago

          hell, even game oriented cherry switches are red >.>

    • culprit
    • 3 years ago

    I was really liking this feature set, but then I looked at the keyboard layout and was surprised by some of the odd choices. Double-quote on the ‘2’ key? I guess I could get used to it, but very odd.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      That’s the [url=http://blogs.transparent.com/english/differences-between-the-us-and-uk-computer-keyboard/<]standard UK[/url<] layout. Perhaps Brexit is causing a departure of keyboards towards these shores. More seriously, ASUS may be using marketing materials targeted at a different market. I'd be a little worried they're just as mixed up in terms of what they're shipping to Newegg. On the one hand, it wouldn't be the first time the photos don't match the product; on the other hand, it wouldn't be the first time somebody got a keyboard intended for a different part of the world.

        • EndlessWaves
        • 3 years ago

        Or maybe US gaming kit manufacturer are coming to realise the superiority of IBM’s UK layout for gaming with the extra key near the WASD cluster.

          • Chrispy_
          • 3 years ago

          I don’t want to sound anti-USA, but you guys should really get onto the international keyboard layout so that the rest of the world doesn’t have to keep manufacturing a different set of keyboards just for you.

          Sure, the function of each key changes from country to country in the rest of the world, but the layout is familiar everywhere else on the planet except in the US, where for some stupid reason, the enter key that is way over to the right away from your home keys is only half size and the \ and / aren’t in logical, symmetrical locations. Would it really take you guys that much effort to join the rest of the planet and stop this madness?

          (partly in jest, I use US keyboards regularly, but there must also be a manufacturing cost and it probably means you don’t get some keyboards in your market because companies can’t be bothered to produce a physically-different, US-specific layout. Relabelling keycaps is easy. Re-tooling the production molds and changing the PCB design, not so much!)

            • Khali
            • 3 years ago

            Tell you what, the USA will get right on that when the Brits decide to drive on the right side of the road, like the vast majority of the world, instead of the left.

            • chµck
            • 3 years ago

            And switch to the imperial measurement system!
            Inches!
            Foot-Pounds!
            Pints!
            USA USA USA

            • Chrispy_
            • 3 years ago

            I drive on the left and right, use metric for everything (apart from when commenting on US forums) and have a general intolerance of non-standard, proprietary stupidity where there aren’t strong valid reasons for the deviation.

            Driving on the left is pretty irritating but the UK would have to spend hundreds of billions, perhaps even trillions, replacing every traffic signal, gantry and road sign, as well as reworking every junction, roundabout, sliproad in the entire country. That’s a pretty strong reason by itself but then there’s all the secondary stuff like what to do with all the RHD cars, and all the kiosks and booths all over the country that now need moving to the opposite side of the road?

            By contrast, if you learned to use your left hand to type a backslash instead of your right, the world could stop segregating the keyboard market quite so arbitrarily 😉

            • UberGerbil
            • 3 years ago

            Tell you what, I’ll change my keyboard layout if you agree to change to Dvorak along with me.

            • Chrispy_
            • 3 years ago

            You know what, I’d agree to that, as long as it’s the international DVORAK and not perpetuating the nonstandard US layout.

            QWERTY is pretty terrible for anything except an old typewriter, I’d love to see it die off for good.

            • UberGerbil
            • 3 years ago

            As long as we all have to take on pain together in effort to make the world a better place.

            I actually won a Monoprice keyboard in a TR giveaway last year that doesn’t have the extra key, and keeps the @ over the 2, etc, but has a double-high Enter key which means the |\ key is moved, but not down next to the left shift key, just into the space created by the tall/narrow Enter key to the right of the quote key. It’s like the worst of both worlds, and though it’s a lovely mechanical keyboard in almost every other way, I could never adapt to it. I should probably give it away to someone who doesn’t touch type or write code.

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