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Review: Gigabyte Aero 15 X9

by Parm Mann on 15 February 2019, 14:00

Tags: Gigabyte (TPE:2376), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Conclusion

...if you can live without the extra pixels, a more affordable Core i7 model with a fast full-HD panel is arguably the safer bet.

The Gigabyte Aero 15 X9 is a good first look at what RTX laptops will bring to the market. On the hardware side of things, it is a slim and portable 15.6in gaming laptop outfitted with a potent Core i9 processor, latest-generation GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics and a high-quality 4K IPS display.

All the ingredients of a stellar machine, and you can add 32GB of DDR4 memory, a fast 1TB SSD and a good selection of I/O ports to the list of hardware highlights. It is easy to see the appeal of Gigabyte's 2019 refresh, however the reviewed specification, at £3,300, isn't our preferred pick.

Performance is inconsistent, as the chassis struggles to keep everything cool, cloud-powered AI appears to add nothing of note, and the large premium attached to the Core i9 chip and 4K display make it extremely tough to justify. We can't shake the feeling that RTX 2070 Max-Q ultimately shouldn't feature in a £3,000-plus system.

Bottom line: Aero 15 X9 has promise, but if you can live without the extra pixels, a more affordable Core i7 model with a fast full-HD panel is arguably the safer bet.

The Good
 
The Bad
Slim and portable 15.6in gaming laptop
Latest-gen GeForce RTX graphics
Strong all-round performance
Good selection of I/O ports
Little in terms of bloatware
 
Costs £3,300
Inconsistent performance
Awkward webcam position
Much-vaunted AI adds nothing of note



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I have the Aero 15X and it is a pretty beasty laptop with the 8750H and 1070 MaxQ.

Been using it with a HTC Vive Pro and it handles it pretty well in many games although awaiting a Vega VII to put in my desktop to use instead.

I'm utterly amazed how much power you can cram into a laptop these days, it's really not that far behind my desktop with a Ryzen 1700X and Radeon 290 in crossfire!
Nearly £3.5K for a PC with desktop level 2060 graphics….having a laugh, go home Gigabyte, You're drunk.
That webcam though!!! wtf
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Nearly £3.5K for a PC with desktop level 2060 graphics….having a laugh, go home Gigabyte, You're drunk.
Try carrying a desktop pc with a 2060 in your backpack….