GIGABYTE Updates Aero 15: Six-Cores, GTX 1070, 1080p, 144 Hz, 5mm Bezel, $2300by Anton Shilov on April 3, 2018 10:00 AM EST
Among the many laptops getting refreshed this morning, GIGABYTE has introduced upgraded versions of its Aero 15-series gaming laptops. The new notebooks retain a relatively compact form-factor, but feature Intel’s latest six-core Core i7-8750H processors and new display panels with a 144 Hz refresh rate. In addition, the company will offer an Aero 15 laptop with an UHD monitor for demanding clients.
GIGABYTE introduced its Aero 14 laptops in 2016, bringing together high performance and compact dimensions. Early this year the manufacturer launched Aero 15 machines that retained a relatively low weight and z-height, but contained a larger LCD and a faster GPU. On Tuesday, about four months after the launch of the original Aero 15, GIGABYTE is introducing upgraded versions of its 15.6-inch gaming notebooks: the new machines are based on Intel’s latest mobile platform featuring six-core Core i7-8750H processora and new display panels with 5-mm bezels. The more affordable GIGABYTE Aero 15 will come with 15.6-inch FHD LCDs featuring a 144 Hz refresh rate, whereas the top-of-the-range SKU will be outfitted with a 15.6” UHD panel that covers 100% of the AdobeRGB color gamut. All new systems will be equipped with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB M.2 SSDs (with a PCIe or a SATA interface, depending on the model). Just like the original Aero 15, the upgraded units use NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 or GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with Max-Q tuning to ensure a thin z-height and a long battery life.
Since the new Aero 15 v8 notebooks share the chassis with their predecessors, I/O capabilities of the new laptops are the same as those of the original PCs: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a GbE port, a Thunderbolt 3 header, three USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, one HDMI output, a webcam (located on the bottom of the display bezel), an SD card reader, an RGB-backlit keyboard and so on.
As the name suggests, GIGABYTE’s Aero 15 is supposed to be thin and light: the system is indeed 19.24 mm (0.78 inch) thick and weighs 2.1 kilograms (4.62 pounds), which is thinner and lower than compared to mainstream 15.6-inch PCs for gaming. The notebooks come with a 94 Wh battery, thus should provide a rather decent battery life.
|Specifications of GIGABYTE AERO 15 v8 Notebooks (U.S. Models)|
|Refresh Rate||144 Hz||?|
|CPU||Core i7-8750H (6C/12T, 2.2 GHz - 4.1 GHz, 9 MB, 45 W TDP)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
6 GB of GDDR5
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
8 GB of GDDR5
|RAM||16 GB DDR4-2666|
|Storage||512 GB SATA M.2 SSD||512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD|
|USB||3 × USB 3.0 Type-A|
|Thunderbolt 3||1 × TB3/USB 3.1 Type-C|
|Display Outputs||1 × HDMI 2.0b
1 × mDP 1.4
|Other I/O||Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack, webcam|
|Battery||~94 Wh Li-Po battery|
|Dimensions||Width||355.6 mm | 14 inches|
|Depth||249 mm | 9.8 inches|
|Thickness||19.83 mm | 0.78 inches|
|Weight||2.1 kilograms | 4.62 lbs|
When it comes to pricing and availability, GIGABYTE plans to offer three SKUs of the Aero 15 v8 in the U.S. The most affordable model with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 will retail for $1,999, a more sophisticated machine with the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q will cost $2,299, whereas the most advanced SKU with an UHD LCD will be priced at $2,499.