The AORUS box and packaging is a bit different than what you get from GIGABYTE. It has a down to earth, yet premium feel to it. The notebook is packaged securely and should arrive unharmed.
Accessories include AC/DC power adapter, USB stick with driver files, and of course the manuals.
I really like that the AC/DC power adapter has its own USB charging port, so you don't have to plug into the notebook to charge up your phone. I found this very useful when I traveled to CES with the notebook. The adapter is rated 150W (19.5V @ 7.7A). The USB port outputs 2.1A, which is around the amperage used for normal quick charge.
AORUS seems to have used one or two different build materials. It is difficult to keep things light while appearing to be high quality since plastics are very lightweight and metals are heavy. I believe that AORUS is using a very thin aluminum material for the top of the display's lid as well as some plastics for non-critical parts such as the rear vents and keyboard area. Either way, the material feels nice to the touch, looks good, but is very thin. I wouldn't throw it on the street outside.
The AORUS logo, which is the top of an eagle's beak and a flexed arm, adds to the uniqueness of the product. On the bottom, we find many vents for airflow, but also two for the speakers at the right and left bottom corners.
The front of the unit has no ports, just two vents for two speakers. The rear of the unit is where you will find the DC power jack and RJ-45 Gbit Ethernet port. The right side of the device features the power button, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card slot.
The left side of the device has a miniDisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0, microphone and headphone 3.5mm jacks, as well as a USB 3.1 type-C port. The notebook has almost every slot you need.
The full QWERTY keyboard isn't anything special but is large enough, so you don't feel cramped. There are also Macro keys you can program on the left-hand side, after all; this is a gaming notebook. The AORUS touchpad is unique, with an almost glass-like texture and dimples in the mouse click area. There is a battery indicator feature, where you touch the lower-right corner of the touchpad when the notebook is off, and then the indicator LEDs will light up in proportion to the battery charge.
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- Page 6 [Gaming Performance Benchmarks]
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