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GIGABYTE AERO 15 (Coffee Lake-H) Laptop Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Gaming Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Apr 3, 2018 7:30 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Here are key points about the GIGABYTE AERO 15

 

What's Hot

 

Coffee Lake-H: Intel's latest mobile processors have finally landed, and they are pretty strong. With the extra TDP headroom offered up by the 45W TDP (from 15W U-series), Intel added more cores and boosted max clocks, and the result is a very powerful mobile CPU. It was very nice to see 50% more cores on Intel's 8th Generation U-series CPUs, but even nicer to see it on Intel's 8th Generation H-series.

 

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Gaming Display Panel: I am in love with the 144Hz IPS 15.6" display, and even at 1080P details were crisp, and I felt it was a perfect resolution for a gaming notebook of this size. The bezel is also super thin, and it's the first 144Hz 15" display of its kind with such a thin bezel.

 

Battery Life: Many gaming notebooks are ill-equipped when it comes to batteries, but not this gaming notebook. The Aero 15 offers excellent battery life for a gaming PC, and it was super surprising. We think it has to do with the combination of the new CPU, the 1080P display, and of course the 94Wh battery that takes up almost half the internal space of the notebook.

 

ThunderBolt 3 and USB 3.1: The notebook features a single ThunderBolt 3 port, which is great since the ThunderBolt 3 port is backward compatible with a wide array of type-C devices and offers more throughput than any other type-C port. The notebook also features a USB 3.1 (10Gbps) type-A port on the other side of the device, and that's something we didn't expect (we assume it's due to the new chipset).

 

 

What's Not

 

Single Channel Memory: While performance was top notch, we only had single channel memory. We would have preferred two 8Gb sticks rather than a single 16GB stick.

 

Final Thoughts

 

The AERO 15 is an awesome gaming laptop. Many times when we get in gaming notebooks, they have one aspect that can annoy. Either they are too bulky, too heavy, too loud, or don't offer decent battery life. The new Aero 15 is slim, has an excellent display, battery life, and performance.

 

It's really a true mobile gaming notebook, plus you get Intel's latest 6-core 12-thread processor and a GTX 1070 Max-Q that work well for gaming on the go. However, all of this will cost you a pretty penny, and the Aero 15 will start out at $1999, and will go up from there. The fans do spin up when you game and the notebook can get warm, but the same is true for pretty much every high-performance gaming notebook.

 

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GIGABYTE also teamed up with Beats for a custom Beats x Aero limited edition headphone model, and if you pre-order this specific configuration, I am told you will get the headphones for free.

 

The 144Hz display is excellent, and you get all the bells and whistles of modern notebooks such as an RGB customizable keyboard, or an X-Rite Pantone certified display. There are also many customization options in GIGABYTE's software so that you can tweak the notebook a lot. If you are in the market for a portable gaming machine that packs a decent gaming punch, give the Aero 15 a look.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality95%
Features93%
Value90%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's latest Aero 15 packs a powerful 6-core Intel processor and a GTX 1070 into a slim gaming notebook with a stellar display and very good battery life.

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