Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED review

Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED review
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Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

Here’s our Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED review, covering everything you need to know about one of the best gaming laptops around – it uses Intel’s 11th-generation Tiger Lake-H series processor, meaning a real increase in graphics performance.

AERO laptops are suitable for just about anyone, whether you are a professional, an avid gamer, or a photo and video editor. The Gigabyte AORUS line, in comparison, caters primarily to the gaming crowd – that’s evident in the 4K OLED display here, which is incredibly beautiful.

Due to the internal upgrades, the new AERO 15 model performs well, and with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU installed here, you’ll be able to play even the best games with ease. We have a detailed review below.

GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED REVIEW: SCREEN AND DESIGN

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We have never seen a better display on a gaming laptop than the 15.6-inch AMOLED screen on this laptop, which has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. This panel’s ability to display games, movies, websites, photos, and anything else you want on it is undoubtedly one of the best parts of the AERO 15. It is bright and crisp, and actually justifies the AERO 15’s high price tag. It is important for creative professionals to know that the laptop supports 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and X-rite calibration.

Gigabyte’s design rests on angular, sharp edges, a dark grille above the keyboard, and a webcam under the screen that is unfortunately angled. Although it’s not svelte or stylish, it has a certain level of class, and it’s certainly well-built. It tips the scales at 2 kg (4.4 lbs), which is a lot for a gaming laptop, but then again, it’s a gaming laptop after all.

For quick entry into Windows, the (actually very good) trackpad includes a fingerprint sensor, and we have to admit that typing is quite pleasant. While it’s not the best keyboard we’ve ever seen, it’s certainly sufficient for gaming and typing thousands of words – whatever you need it for. In addition to resting your wrists on the metal casing, you can also rest your palms on it.

A full-size HDMI port, a mini DisplayPort, three USB-A ports, a USB-C port, Ethernet, and an SD card reader are all on board – that’s a very decent selection that should satisfy most users. The placement of the webcam under the screen isn’t ideal, but it does come with a physical privacy slider, and we like the fact that the screen is slightly separated from the rest of the device. Also, the Wi-Fi 6-speed support means you’re future-proofed in that respect.

GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED REVIEW: PERFORMANCE AND FEATURES

With the 11th-gen Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake processor and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, the Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED is truly impressive. While it doesn’t come with the highest possible specs inside, it’s way above the average laptop – this is as good a laptop as you can get without going into ridiculous costs (although it’s still a pricey one, as you would expect).

According to 3D Mark, we got a 3D Mark Time Spy benchmark score of 9,207 on this laptop – better than 76 percent of all results and very close to a full gaming PC score (9,216). The score is higher than the average gaming laptop (5,730) and the previous model we reviewed (7,369) – you can clearly see the difference in the new Intel and Nvidia hardware. With such performance, all but the most demanding gamers will be satisfied, even if the high-end model is rather noisy.

Even top-tier games run smoothly and smoothly: we were getting 55-60 frames per second on GTA V and Cyberpunk 2077 with most graphics settings at maximum and the resolution at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. You might want to use the full 4K resolution if you plan to game since those top frame rates drop by about half at the full resolution (four times as many pixels of course). Microsoft Azure’s AI technology is also on board here, which optimizes CPU and GPU load based on what you’re doing.

Gigabyte’s AERO 15 OLED can handle any other task you throw at it without a murmur – this is a seriously powerful machine. Battery life is about what you would expect from a loud, heavy, hot gaming laptop like this: We saw around three hours of gaming (1080p) and around six hours of streaming video (at maximum brightness) between charges, so you won’t want to be too far from a plug.

Pros Cons
Updated Intel CPU Weird webcam position
Superb 4K screen Can get loud
Updated Nvidia GPU Expensive

GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED REVIEW: VERDICT

AERO 15 OLED was incredibly popular with both creatives and gamers, and this updated version is even better – Intel Tiger Lake-H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 upgrades are substantial, but you will have to pay extra for all this new hardware. It’s not an inexpensive laptop (check the widget on this page for the latest deals) – but it’s not outrageously priced when compared to similarly specced models.

Additionally, if you’re willing to spend even more, you can get an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU and up to 64GB of RAM.

If you’re looking for a laptop that can handle a wide variety of tasks, from gaming to creative work, you should be expecting to pay a substantial amount, so we can’t really fault the new AERO 15 for its price – it is great value for the money.

You might want to consider whether you actually need this much gaming power since it comes with quite a noisy (but effective) cooling system and short battery life. If you’re mostly interested in images, video, and audio, then a more lightweight, a thinner laptop might do the trick… although the AERO 15 is definitely more compact than some of its competitors. Laptops are always a mix of trade-offs and compromises, and this one is no exception.

Overall, it’s hard to find fault with the new Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED – we loved the last model and the component upgrades only improved it. You should put this laptop at the top of your list if you can afford one that excels as both a gaming system and a creative workstation.