GI­GA­BYTE AERO 15X

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The orig­i­nal Gi­ga­byte Aero 15X was al­ready at the top of its game when it came to slim and light­weight gam­ing lap­tops. Its thin bezels were ahead of its time, and the edge-to-edge IPS dis­play was vi­brant and gor­geous to look at.

How­ever, its 60Hz panel was still a glar­ing weak­ness for a gam­ing lap­top. Gi­ga­byte ob­vi­ously re­al­ized this, and 2018’s Aero 15X now boasts a 144Hz

IPS dis­play for silky smooth game­play.

That’s not the only change how­ever, and the lap­top also sports a range of other small im­prove­ments.

For starters, the key­board now sup­ports N-key rollover, or 80 si­mul­ta­ne­ous key presses to be spe­cific, so you shouldn’t run into prob­lems for games that re­quire you to ex­e­cute com­pli­cated com­bos. In ad­di­tion, there are per-key light­ing cus­tomiza­tions so you have ac­cess to nearly lim­it­less op­tions.

For such a thin lap­top, the key­board is sur­pris­ingly springy and o ers nice feed­back. The slightly con­cave keys also help guide your ngers into place.

The SD card reader has also been up­graded to a faster UHS-II in­ter­face, which sup­pos­edly de­liv­ers up to 12 times quicker read and write speeds than the USB 3.0 in­ter­face on the pre­vi­ous model.

Fi­nally, the dual 2-watt speak­ers add sup­port for Dolby Atmos, but you shouldn’t ex­pect too much from them. While au­dio comes through clearly enough, the speak­ers are still lack­ing in the lower fre­quen­cies.

The Aero 15X’s dis­play re­mains one of the best I’ve seen on a lap­top. Col­ors ap­pear spot-on and vi­brant, with pleas­ing con­trast lev­els. My only com­plaint is that the screen can feel a lit­tle dim, so a boost in bright­ness would have been nice.

The ra­zor-thin bezels on the Aero 15X are some of the thinnest on a gam­ing lap­top.

The screen is gor­geous to look at, but some sac­ri­fices had to be made to ac­com­mo­date the thin bezels, and the we­b­cam sits at the bot­tom, just as it did on the pre­vi­ous model.

Un­for­tu­nately, the touch­pad is merely av­er­age. It’s not a Win­dows Pre­ci­sion Touch­pad, and it over­all feels less pre­cise than the one on the new Razer Blade. It also doesn’t sup­port cer­tain three- or fourfin­gered Win­dows 10 ges­tures.

The ebony alu­minum chas­sis feels well put to­gether, and it now comes in a new all-black color scheme. The lap­top is also marginally thin­ner and lighter than its pre­de­ces­sor, mea­sur­ing just 18.9mm thick and weigh­ing 2kg.

I thought the Aero 15X v7 was a lit­tle on the heavy side, so I’ll take what­ever weight re­duc­tions Gi­ga­byte can work into this model.

The we­b­cam sits in the bot­tom bezel, which can make for slightly awk­ward an­gles.

The in­di­ca­tor lights can dou­ble as a bat­tery in­di­ca­tor when the note­book is o .

There’s a Thun­der­bolt 3 port lo­cated on the right.

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