The Aero 17 HDR XB is another strong model in Gigabyte’s incredible hybrid laptop arrangement. The key feature is a very bright and colorful 4K 17.3-inch HDR show. Obviously, it has a downplayed structure that hides extraordinary specs, including Intel’s 8-center i7-10875H CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics. That helps it fly for both video editing or gaming. It is somewhat substantial, however and has a poorly positioned webcam.
If you plan to use this laptop for creative chores, you’ll be happy to consider the to be downplayed structure as past Aero models. Aside from brushed metal accents on an A-formed pattern on the top and the light-up “Air” decal, nobody could ever take it for a gaming machine. It’s also almost all screen, on account of the small bezels.
As far as plan, the 2020 revive of the Aero 17 is about very similar from the Aero 17 HDR XA we tried in 2019, save for some minor port changes. The understated dark metal shell with a light-up Aero logo and sparkling, diving Aorus-roused complements stay on the cover, and the 15.6 x 10.6 x 0.8-inch measurements are equivalent to the model we took a gander finally year.
Gigabyte appraises the weight at generally 5.5 pounds. That is powerful, but not bad for a big-screen gaming PC. Simply remember you’ll also normally need to also carry around the genuinely generous 230-watt power block. So, the PC is very thin for a portable this big and powerful, however you’ll certainly see it in your backpack.
Port selection is sufficient, however it feels somewhat dated. The left edge houses a Killer Ethernet jack, SD card space, two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports (essentially rebadged USB 3.0) and separate earphone and amplifier jacks. On the correct side carries on with another USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A port, HDMI 2.0, a Thunderbolt 3/Type-C and a Mini DisplayPort.
The availability determination here is strong – Aorus also includes Wi-Fi 6/AX1650 nearby Qualcomm/Rivet Network’s Killer E2600 Ethernet. In any case, given that DisplayPort is prepared into the Thunderbolt port, the Mini DisplayPort isn’t generally essential. We’d prefer to see another quick USB-C or Thunderbolt port here.
All in all, how does Intel’s most recent 10th Gen Comet Lake H silicon handle business related tasks when matched with an OEM Samsung SSD, 16GB of RAM and Nvidia’s RTX 2070 Super? In tests against the same contenders from in our gaming tests, the Aero 17 HDR XB looks very great.
In Geekbench 5, the new Aero barely pushes out the past Gigabyte model, however its score of 29,222 pretty much destroys everything else here.
It took the most recent Aero 17 6.3 seconds to duplicate 4.97GB of documents, a pace of 848.2 MBps. That is not the quickest we’ve seen, but it is the best outcome here, beating the Alienware’s 828.2 and about multiplying the past Aero 17’s speed of 462.7 MBps.
On our Handbrake video transcoding test, the Aero 17 HDR XB again completed first, with a period of 7 minutes and 58 seconds. The past Aero was just 10 seconds behind, but everything else here was minutes more slow to cross the end goal. These results prove Gigabyte’s 2020 Aero 17 is at any rate as fit a substance creation machine as it is a gaming laptop.
Since this is another CPU, we also ran our Cinebench R20 stress test, which circles the benchmark multiple times in succession. Of course, the main run score of 3,221 was the most elevated, yet the dropoff was negligible, with the greater part of the resulting runs were still well over 3,100. The greatest plunge occurred at run 12, with the score dropping to 3,036. That is not exactly a 6% performance plunge over 30 minutes of work focusing on each of the 16 CPU centers. Plainly, Gigabyte’s cooling equipment is working superbly which looks good for content creation and other profitability undertakings on the Aero.
It’s also worth calling attention to that the laptop’s fans don’t get particularly loud when gaming or doing productivity work. Fan noise under load is definitely noticeable, however all the more a quieted hum than we’ve experienced with a lot of incredible gaming laptops’s we’ve tried previously.
You can get the Aero 17 for as low as $1,699 with a 1080p screen. However, the HDR model beginnings at $2,299 with the 3,840 x 2,160 (4K) HDR board in our review unit. The display also comes Pantone-guaranteed for color accuracy, and supports Vesa’s DisplayHDR 400 spec. It’s not the most brilliant display we’ve seen on a laptop, but it is quite bright and vivid, permitting me to work without issue even in direct daylight.
The main downside here, from a gamer point of view, is that the 4K board finishes out at 60 Hz. If you value fast gaming more than brightness and color accuracy, the company also offers the laptop with a 144 Hz 1080p panel option.
The HDR board in the most recent cycle of Gigabyte’s 17-inch Aero covers 163% of the sRGB shading range, putting it simply behind a year ago’s model (165%), however in front of all other competing machines in our test group.
The Aero 17 HDR XB’s display delivers an average brightness of 466 nits, which trails the 575 of the board in the past model. However, again the new Aero far exceeds any of the competing models in our outlines.
Narratively, the display looks very bright and colorful, making the reds and oranges of Doom Eternal fly against the deep blacks of the shadows. Also, when I viewed the finale of the primary period of “Star Trek: Picard,” the subtleties and exact tissue tones of Patrick Stewart’s face made his performance all the more impactful.
The Pantone-aligned screen also worked well for sorting and editing travel photographs from past outings abroad- – something I’ve been accomplishing a greater amount of late while attempting to de-stress while being stuck at home.
The pair of descending terminating speakers that Gigabyte remembers for the Aero figure out how to get quite loud. Gigabyte determines the speakers can deliver over 93dBA. My own Pyle sound meter measured tops nearer to 90dBA, however that is still plenty louds – enough to handily fill my medium-sized parlor. There wasn’t any perceptible contortion at 100% volume while I tuned in to Buck-Tick’s “Muma – The Nightmare” either, yet without a committed subwoofer, the low-end bang of the melody’s fun bassline and different bass-substantial viewpoints were lacking.
To put it plainly, as gaming PCs go, the sound is acceptable but not extraordinary. Be that as it may, given the sub-inch thickness and the inclusion of other top of the line segments, it’s to be expected there’s no space for a subwoofer. Opt for a thicker gaming laptop if you expect more thump without having to reach for headphones.
Keyboard, Touchpad and Fingerprint Reader
One of the tradeoffs that Gigabyte makes here over a more-traditional gaming laptop has to do with the keyboard. The per-key RGB backdrop illumination (which Gigabyte alludes to as RGB Fusion 2.0) looks great. In any case, the keys are very level and the switches aren’t mechanical, so the vibe is somewhat soft. You do, however, get n-key rollover for unlimited simultaneous presses, just as the capacity to record macros (however there aren’t any committed full scale keys). Yet, the exact, material feel of the Omron switches in the company’s ongoing Aorus gaming PCs isn’t here- – and that is something I miss both as a gamer and a typist.
The touch pad, while not overly large at just shy of 5 inches askew, uses Microsoft’s Precision drivers and functions works well. What’s more, for included security, there’s a unique finger impression peruser installed in the upper-left corner. While I’d incline toward a peruser some place other than the touchpad, having one here is certainly more useful than none at all, which is more than I can say for the webcam that’s stuck below the display (more on that shortly).
Strangely, while performance increases over a year ago’s Aero 17 HDR were blended, when it came to battery life, the new model (which additionally jettison a high-invigorate 4K show for a 60 Hz HDR board) lasted just short of an hour longer in our testing.
The Aero 17 HDR XB lasted 6 hours and 28 minutes on our test, which continuously browses the web, streams video and runs OpenGL tests, all while connected with Wi-Fi with the display at 150 nits brightness. That puts it 41 minutes in front of its nearest rivalry here, Asus’ ROG Zephyrus S GX502.
The battery life on Gigabyte’s most recent Aero 17 is to be sure useful for a huge, amazing gaming PC. but, considering the 14-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 as of late endured more than 11 hours on our battery test, we wouldn’t call an unplugged runtime of under 6.5 hours for a gaming PC incredible now.HDR
|CPU||Intel Core i7-10875H|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max Q (8GB)|
|SSD||512GB PCIe SSD|
|Display||17.3-inch UHD HDR|
|Networking||Killer Ethernet E2600, Wi-Fi 6 (AX1650)|
|Video Ports||HDMI 2.0, Mini DisplayPort 1.4|
|USB Ports||3 USB 3/2 Gen1 (Type A), 1 Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C)|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||15.6×10.6×0.8 inches (39.6x27x2.1cm)|
|Weight||5.5 pounds (2.5 kg)|
|Price (as configured)||$2,799|
- Bright and accurate HDR display
- Very good gaming and content creation performance
- Great battery life
- Understated design
- Powerful new hardware in a slim package
- Fans stay surprisingly quiet while gaming
- Below-average speaker quality
- Poorly positioned webcam
- A bit too heavy
- No mechanical keyboard