Model : Aero 15W
RRP : £1899.95
Read the bit-tech review on the Gigabyte Aero 15W…
While Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13 are the ultimate PCs for portability, the 15.6” form factor is a popular one for gaming laptops, as it permits machines that are both powerful enough to play modern games well yet small enough so as to not be too cumbersome to carry around like full-fat 17” (or higher) desktop replacement units can be. If you can’t resist gaming when you’re on the move, or simply want one machine for everything, it’s likely a 15.6” will strike an appropriate balance between performance and portability. The question, as ever, is thus which one? Hoping to win you over today is the Gigabyte Aero 15W, sporting a six-core Intel CPU and GTX 1060 6GB. Read the full review here.Conclusions :
There’s no denying that elements of the Aero 15W are desirable; the chassis is lovely, the RGB keyboard works nicely, and the 144Hz IPS panel is mostly a treat. However, we don’t feel it has quite what it takes to justify its £1,900 price tag. One major oversight is the exclusion of NVMe storage, but otherwise the hardware choices are spot on for a 15” gaming laptop with a 1080p screen.
Shopping below this price, you can get excellent value machines like the PC Specialist Recoil II (less desirable chassis, but the same hardware plus an NVMe SSD and the option for a 144Hz panel), while when you stick to the same price level, the equivalent spec Razer Blade 15 is available for just £80 more, netting you an even nicer and smaller chassis, dual-channel memory, NVMe storage, an above-screen webcam, and the far superior Synapse software. As such, Gigabyte’s Aero 15W is stuck in the middle of two very good offerings at the budget and premium ends of the market, but priced far too closely to the latter to be a real winner.Read Review
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