Gigabyte 15.6" AERO 15 Laptop

Gigabyte 15.6" AERO 15 Laptop

Gigabyte 15.6" AERO 15 Laptop

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Product Highlights

  • 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-8750H Six-Core
  • 32GB DDR4 | 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
  • 15.6" UHD 4K 3840 x 2160 IPS Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU (8GB GDDR6)
  • HDMI | Thunderbolt 3 | USB Type-C
  • Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) | Bluetooth 5.0+ LE
  • Killer Doubleshot Pro LAN
  • Gigabyte Fusion RGB Keyboard
  • Windows 10 Pro
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Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-RT4K5MP Overview

  • 1Description
Found in: Gaming Laptops

Whether you're working or gaming, the Gigabyte 15.6" AERO 15-X9-RT4K5MP Laptop has you covered.

The 15.6" IPS display features a UHD 4K 3840 x 2160 screen resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen also covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color space. Visuals are handled by the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM. You can also output to an external display via HDMI or Mini DisplayPort (through the USB Type-C port).

The system is powered by an 8th Gen Coffee Lake 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-8750H six-core processor. It also has 32GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM, a 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD, Killer Doubleshot Pro LAN Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth 5.0+ LE technology, Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C, and USB Type-A.

Windows 10 Pro includes all of the features of Windows 10 Home plus many designed specifically for business users, including Hyper-V virtualization, BitLocker disk encryption, and remote desktop access. Devices will also be able to join domains and the Azure Active Directory, and they can even access a specialized version of the Windows Store featuring custom, company-specific applications.

Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-RT4K5MP

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-Series
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards are built on the Turing architecture featuring AI and ray tracing technologies for enhanced detail quality. With a dedicated graphics card, you'll be able to enable additional in-game graphical options and crank up visual settings to enjoy games at their best.
15.6" UHD 4K IPS Display
The 15.6" display features an IPS panel for wide viewing angles. The screen also has a UHD 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The display also covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color space. The anti-glare coating helps reduce glare.
8th Gen Coffee Lake Intel Core Performance
This laptop features an 8th Gen Coffee Lake Intel Core i7-8750H processor. Its six cores can reach a base clock speed of 2.2 GHz and be boosted up to 4.1 GHz.
Gigabyte RGB FUSION Keyboard
The AORUS RGB FUSION keyboard features per-key RGB backlighting.

Windows 10

Start Menu
After its hiatus in Windows 8, the Start Menu has returned. Utilizing a combination of the traditional menu system and Windows 8's Live Tiles, the improved Start Menu gives you more information at a glance, showing notification information alongside your applications and other pinned items.
Cortana
Microsoft's digital personal assistant, Cortana can answer your questions with information gleaned from both your device and the internet at large. You can type or even talk with her, if your system has a microphone. Using her Notebook, Cortana keeps track of your needs and wants, and she learns over time to improve her information gathering skills.
Microsoft Edge
After nearly 20 years, Microsoft has finally replaced its Internet Explorer web browser. With Microsoft Edge, users can write directly on web pages and share notes with friends and colleagues. It also improves the online reading experience by adding a distraction-free mode and read-it-later functionality. Edge also has built-in Cortana integration; you can have her help you find a restaurant, make a reservation, and pull up directions without leaving your browser.
Windows Store
For Windows 10, Microsoft has unified the Windows Store. Now, apps for PCs, tablets, and phones will all be accessible from one place. And with support for Universal Apps, one version of an app can work across all your compatible devices automatically.
Windows Continuum
Windows 10 was designed for a variety of screen sizes and input styles, and with its Continuum feature, it automatically adapts to fit your needs. A Windows 10 tablet on its own requires a touch-centric approach, but attaching a mouse and keyboard will shift everything to a more traditional interface. You can even attach an external monitor to your Windows 10 phone for a near-desktop experience. But it's not just the operating system; Windows Universal Apps take advantage of Continuum as well.
UPC: 813567026464
In the Box
Gigabyte 15.6" AERO 15 Laptop
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-RT4K5MP Specs

    Operating System Windows 10 Pro
    Performance
    CPU 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core
    Maximum Boost Speed 4.1 GHz
    Memory Type 2666 MHz DDR4
    Total Installed Memory 32 GB
    Memory Configuration 2 x 16 GB
    Maximum Memory Capacity 64 GB
    Memory Slot Type 260-Pin SO-DIMM
    Available Memory Slots None
    Graphics Type Dedicated
    GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
    Display
    Panel Type IPS
    Size 15.6"
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Resolution 3840 x 2160
    Touchscreen None
    Finish Matte
    Color Gamut 100% Adobe RGB
    Storage and Expansion
    SSD Slots 1 x M.2 (Available)
    Total Installed Capacity 1 TB
    Solid State Storage 1 x 1 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe
    Optical Drive None
    I/O
    Ports 1 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 Gen 2)
    2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
    USB Type-C Ports 1 x Thunderbolt 3 (Supports DisplayPort)
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
    Display 1 x HDMI 
    Audio 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Output
    Built-In Speakers Yes
    Built-In Microphones Yes
    Media Card Slots None
    Communications
    Ethernet 1 x RJ45 (Gigabit)
    Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
    MU-MIMO Support Yes
    Bluetooth 5.0
    SIM Card Size Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Webcam User-Facing: 720p
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    Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
    Watt Hours / Type 94.2 Wh
    Keyboard & Mousefwfuttqzuybztryrxwzwsfscceetccuzywx
    Keyboard Notebook Keyboard with Backlight, Number Pad
    Pointing Device TouchPad
    General
    Security Kensington Lock Slot, Infineon TPM Software Professional Package
    Power Supply 230 W
    Dimensions 14 x 0.7 x 9.8" / 35.56 x 1.78 x 24.89 cm
    Weight 4.4 lb / 2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.5 x 12.0 x 3.5"

    Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-RT4K5MP Reviews

    15.6" AERO 15 Laptop is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the few RTX laptops with a 4K screen Usage: A little background - Im a software developer and also a creative content producer - podcast, videos, etc.  Personally, Ive recently gotten into VR and am considering trying my hand at making a VR game.  For that reason, I needed a laptop with a beefier video card than what most business laptops offer, and I really wanted the 4K screen for the video editing  pieces.  For that combination, there are very few devices on the market at the moment that meet those needs - right now its basically this and the Razer Blade Advanced. Let me start this review off by saying Ive only had it for a week and so these pros/cons are early on and Ill update if anything significant changes. Pros: * Display is bright and beautiful - I dont have any calibration tools to know whether or not it hits the 100% Adobe RGB and all that, but what I can say is it looks great and gets plenty bright * Keyboard Feel - this is one thing I was REALLY concerned about - for some reason you cant find Gigabyte laptops in stores, at least around me, so I wasnt able to put my hands on the keyboard.  The reviews on the previous generations are correct in that the keys require a bit of pressure, very similar to a mechanical keyboard.  That said, to me, its a great feel.  Its very similar to my 2011 Macbook Pro and my Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard in terms of feel, but it does require a touch more pressure for the actuation.  Two things on this.  1. The keyboard is shifted to the left because of the full numberpad which has caused some adjustment as I always put my hands on the keyboard one key off...this will get better over time.  2. The spacing of the keys feels right - I was concerned that Gigabyte would have cramped the keys due to the keypad but fortunately that doesnt appear to be the case * Build Quality - This was another area where I was concerned - with a lot of the thing and light gaming laptops, it seem that the stiffness of the chassis is the thing that is skimped on - for instance the MSI GS75 has a rather flimsy feeling base which is concerning.  I tend to carry my laptop around with one hand usually holding the right front corner of the device.  With the Gigabyte Aero 15 X9, it feels excellent.  No bending, creaking or popping when I handle it that way. * Noise Level - the standard fan profile  that its set on from the factory has the fans on but theyre barely audible.  Additionally, even when gaming, they definitely ramp up and make some noise but its not an unpleasant whiny noise like some laptops make (like a 2015 Macbook Pro - that thing sounds like a jet engine on takeoff).  * Trackpad - while not the level of enjoyment of a Macbook Pro, its pretty good especially considering the gestures seem to work pretty well and the overall feel of the device is quite nice.  Im not used to the gestures available in Windows yet so thatll take some adjusting on my part * Upgradeability - Very pleased with this on the Aero.  Theres an additional slot for a secondary PCIE based NVME SSD, the RAM is easily accessible and upgradeable to 64GB, and the WiFi card is replaceable if you so choose.  They even throw in a cooling pad for the next NVME drive you put in the device - a nice touch.  For what its worth, the additional NVME slot is what basically made my decision on this versus the Razer Blade - it only has one slot for an SSD which basically means it kills its life span, at least for my uses.  * Port I/O - Very happy with the combination of ports available on this device.  I do wish it had an additional thunderbolt port and I would have loved if it had separate microphone / headphone jacks, but otherwise its hard to see any fault in this device - the MSI GS65 had the separate headphone / mic jack which had me leaning in that direction for a while but the lack of a 4K option was what brought me back to the Aero. * Keyboard Backlighting - Ive never had a keyboard that could do this level of backlighting - while Ive not done any heavy gaming on this yet, I definitely see the appeal of having  your control keys light up different colors than the other keys.  Also, its just freaking cool looking.  * Portability - The 4.4 lbs of this device feels great. Its very light and easy to carry around.  If you add the power brick to that equation, it changes a bit as that thing is massive!  * Price / Features - This particular model hit the best balance between price, performance and features available.  * Gaming performance - Ive been playing Metro Exodus and the framerates are smooth and the game looks amazing.  Ive not done any technical specs to see what the actual framerates or anything are, but it runs great.  Cons: * Camera - WHY, oh WHY does anyone think that a nose cam makes any sense?  I DO NOT CARE if the bezel is 20mm thicker at the top - just put the thing up there. The bottom bezel on this thing is massive...so annoying.  Ill basically say that this camera - Ill probably just put some tape on it because its horrible - quality, angle, everything. * Keyboard - for some, its actuation pressure might be off-putting - I like the feel of it like i mentioned in the pros but its worth stating here * Attractiveness - while this is purely subjective, its a very plain device.  Other than watching the keyboard lightshow, its sort of forgettable, which is great if youre using it in any business environment * Battery life - with the 4k screen it obviously chews up more battery than I imagine its 1080p brethren offers.  Ive yet to do any extensive study of its real life battery draining, but I want to say Im getting between 4-5 hours with the screen at about 30-40% brightness (40% is what Im on right now typing this in a room filled with outdoor light and it looks fine).  * Drivers - Ive yet to fully put my finger on this one yet, but last night while I was using it the trackpad just started doing weird things.  I think that restarting fixed it but again, I dont know what other Gremlins I might encounter in the system - only time will tell.  I did notice that before Id updated the firmware, that the backlighting on the keys seemed to be flickering.   Post updating the firmware and drivers it looks great now.  So, being that Im the first person writing a review here, Im guessing theyre still working any bugs theyre finding so Ill be keeping on top of updating the device - that said, in the pro section - the software they have for managing the updates on the Aero is pretty good - much better than their software they have for their desktop motherboards. Other Considerations While I was looking for a laptop to replace my aging Macbook Pro, heres the shortl list of laptops I was considering: * 2018/2019 Macbook Pro * MSI GS65 RTX * Razer Blade Advanced 2019 RTX In a nutshell, I went with this laptop due to the configuration, price and features it ships with.  The new Macbook Pro lost basically because for a SIMILAR configuration, I was nearing $4,000.  And that particular configuration doesnt offer near the performance level of the Aero. The Razer Blad Advanced was a harder choice because for a few hundred bucks more, I think you probably get an even better build quality + a touchscreen 4k display, BUT, you lose the additional storage slot that the Aero offers and you lose some of the I/O port offerings on the Aero.  Being a content creator, this was basically the deal-breakers for me. MSI GS65 - this was the hardest one for me.  The GS65 is prettier to me, has a similar build feel to it, is a touch lighter and has a marginally better port selection wit the addition of the split out microphone and headphone jacks.   Also, like a proper design should have, the camera is on the top of the screen rather than shooting right up your nose.  There were only two things that pushed me towards the Aero, and this was a very close call...1. The MSI only has a 1080p screen geared completely towards gaming.  Color accuracy and pixel density was slight more important for my needs.  2. MSI skimped on the included hardware this year, Im assuming to cut costs.  So the 2070 RTX version of the GS65 ships with 16GB of ram rather than the 32 on this Aero, and the SSD included is only 256GB where the Aero has 1TB.  To upgrade the MSI aftermarket would have ultimately cost more than the Aero AND it still would have had just the 1080p screen.  So for the cost and effort just didnt seem to balance out.  I will say though, the GS65 really made a strong case for itself... So, as I finish up this very long written review, Im pretty happy with my purchase so far.  I had my last expensive laptop for almost 8 years and in the past couple its really started showing its age - that was my 2011 Macbook Pro.  If this thing holds up for a solid 5 years Ill be more than happy to come back to Gigabyte when I look to do my next hardware purchase.  If I find anything that ends up going sideways on this thing, Ill be sure to update the review.
    Date published: 2019-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great PC!!! A great pc for a decent price.
    Date published: 2019-03-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pc!!! Great pc for its price.
    Date published: 2019-03-30
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    Does this computer acutally have a 4K 3840x2160 ...

    Does this computer acutally have a 4K 3840x2160 144Hz IPS Display?? Most 4K displays are 60Hz. Thank you
    Asked by: Scott
    It's a 60Hz panel for the 4k. 1080p is the 144Hz
    Answered by: Allen
    Date published: 2019-03-08
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