Gi­ga­byte Aero 15

Sleek, fast and fun

HWM (Singapore) - - Test - By Koh Wanzi

CON­CLU­SION A thin and com­pact note­book that is both an ex­cel­lent gam­ing and work­sta­tion sys­tem.

Maybe we should just stop mar­veling at thin gam­ing lap­tops. They’re quickly be­com­ing the norm, and thick and clunky note­books – how­ever pow­er­ful – are look­ing in­creas­ingly dated.

The Gi­ga­byte Aero 15 is part of this new nor­mal, and it goes a step fur­ther by lop­ping o a huge chunk of bezel and cram­ming a 15.6inch screen onto the body of a slim 14-inch note­book. But it’s in­ter­est­ing for more rea­sons than its rel­a­tively com­pact size.

For one, it is avail­able in three col­ors – black, orange, and green. This is a new and re­fresh­ing de­sign change for Gi­ga­byte, and we couldn’t be hap­pier to see it.

The Aero 15 may ac­tu­ally be the best note­book Gi­ga­byte has made in a while. Its alu­minum chas­sis feels very solid and well put to­gether, and even the dis­play hinge is smooth and uid through­out its en­tire range of move­ment, with just the right amount of re­sis­tance.

It also feels mod­ern, thanks in large part to the gor­geous edge-to-edge dis­play. The screen is X-Rite Pan­tone certied, which means that each panel has been tuned for ac­cu­rate color re­pro­duc­tion, which pho­tog­ra­phers and video ed­i­tors will ap­pre­ci­ate. One draw­back of the slim bezels is the need to t the we­b­cam on the bot­tom bezel, so cam­era an­gles aren’t the most at­ter­ing.

The Aero 15 also im­presses with its wide range of ports and con­nec­tors, in­clud­ing sup­port for up to three ex­ter­nal dis­plays, and the Thun­der­bolt 3 port alone sup­ports up to two 4K mon­i­tors. Gi­ga­byte ac­tu­ally in­tends for the Aero 15 to dou­ble up as a work­sta­tion ma­chine, and the 512GB model ships with Win­dows 10 Pro.

The key­board is pleas­antly springy and has nice feed­back, so the over­all typ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence feels quite good. How­ever, there isn’t as much space as on other 15.6-inch note­books, so some might nd it a lit­tle cramped. There is also sup­port for per-key RGB cus­tomiza­tions and in­di­vid­ual macros, so there are nearly lim­it­less op­tions avail­able.

The we­b­cam is lo­cated on the bot­tom bezel, which means you won’t get the best cam­era an­gles.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Singapore

© PressReader. All rights reserved.