Gigabyte's latest notebooks feature a display calibration and certification program by X-Rite Pantone. The certification program should ensure that purchasers can expect consistency from these displays. What reviewers see in the test models should line up with what users get when they first power up the device. In the provided Smart Manager tool, users can toggle the calibration profile from X-Rite Pantone on and off, or access a variety of other other display settings as they prefer.
So what kind of display quality should users expect? For our own display testing, we used an X-Rite i1 Display 2 colorimeter and the free-and-open source DisplayCal.
According to DisplayCal, the Aero 15's screen covers 90.2% of the sRGB color space. That's a little disappointing, but probably not a deal-breaker for gamers. Hardcore content professionals might need to look for a machine that claims full coverage of the sRGB gamut.
Primarily, the screen is off in its production of greens. The display's average delta-E is just 0.08, though, indicating that it produces other colors very accurately. These results suggest that the factory calibration is effective within the range of colors the Aero 15's display can reproduce.
The display also has respectable peak brightness and luminance uniformity levels. At center, the display's peak brightness is 319.47 cd/m², which is bright enough to make the Aero 15's screen readable in a wide variety of environments. The display's luminance varies along the edges by at most 2.29%, and on average by 0.6%.