Gigabyte Aero 15 (GTX 1060) Review

Slim and powerful. After the successful Aero 14, Gigabyte presents its next high-end notebook with a stylish design. Once again, the Aero 15 is attractive thanks to its slim design and long battery runtimes. Learn in this review how the device compares to its competitors from Acer, Dell, MSI, and Razer.

A multimedia notebook with gaming capabilities or a gaming laptop with all-round nature? Depending on the point of view, the brand new Aero 15 fits in both categories. Just as the recently reviewed 14-inch sibling, the Aero 14, which achieved 85%, the 15-inch model uses a Core i7-7700HQ and a GeForce GTX 1060. Currently, these components are very popular in laptops from 1000 Euros. They offer a good compromise between price and performance (for a notebook). The Kaby Lake processor and the Pascal graphics card are accompanied by 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and an M.2-SSD with 256 to 512 GB, which uses either SATA III or PCIe technology.
The display is a matte 15.6-inch IPS panel with 1920x1080 pixels. It is up to the user to decide whether the current lack of 3K or 4K options suits them best. In our opinion, a pixel density of 141 PPI is still sufficient for a 15-inch device (grid not visible), especially since the GeForce GTX 1060 would reach its limits significantly faster with 2560x1440 or 3840x2160 pixels.

The powerful battery is one of the biggest unique features of the Aero 15: 94 Wh is very big and can be found in only a few performance notebooks. Other highlights include the very slim display frame, which competes with the Infinite Edge design of the Dell XPS 15, and the Thunderbolt 3 port, which we have missed badly in the Aero 14.
The disadvantage of this many features is the high price: Gigabyte charges just under 2100 Euros (~ $1899) for the German edition of the Aero 15. Other manufacturers already offer devices with GTX 1070 (e.g. the HP Omen 17) for this price. The strongest competitors are comparably slim 14-inch to 15-inch models including the Acer Aspire VN7-593G, the Dell XPS 15, the MSI GS63VR and the Razer Blade 2017.

Gigabyte Aero 15
Processor : Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1405 MHz, Memory: 4000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 376.67, Optimus
Memory : 16384 MB, 2x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2400, Dual Channel, 2 of 2 slots used, max. 

32 GB
Display : 15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, N156HCA-EA1 (CMN15D7), IPS, X-Rite Pantone, 60 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard : Intel HM175
Storage : Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD, 512 GB, Slots: 2x M.2 Typ 2280
Weight : 2.13 kg ( = 75.13 oz / 4.7 pounds), Power Supply: 476 g ( = 16.79 oz / 1.05 pounds)


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