Gigabyte Aero 15 review: works hard, plays hard

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Gigabyte Aero 15 review: works hard, plays hard

The Gigabyte Aero 15 is a laptop aimed at designers and creative professionals. But when I first saw the thing, I didn’t believe that. It looks nothing like any laptop that comes to mind when I think of “creators” (the slim and sleek MacBook Pros, XPS 15s, Surface Books, and Zenbooks of the world). The Aero is a beast. It’s 15.6 inches wide and 4.4 pounds. It has a bright LED logo on its lid, large visible vents on the back and bottom, and a colorful RGB keyboard that will turn heads from across the office. This is a gaming laptop, I thought on my first day using it. Designers won’t want this.

But I’ve made myself stop thinking that because the reality is: that’s a stereotype. There’s no reason that big, flashy devices should be reserved for gamers; that’s just a design trend companies decided on. Sure, some creators who want that aesthetic might be content to buy a “gaming” rig like the Razer Blade 15 to suit their needs. I’m happy to see a device that’s not made for gamers’ basements take on this look, though. It’s a good, if brave, statement: if you want to rock RGB lighting in your office, go for it.

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Of course, you can also play games on the Aero 15 — after all, it has the hardware for it. There’s a 10th Gen eight-core i7-10875H processor, a 512GB SSD (plus one available M.2 slot), 16GB of RAM (DDR4), and Nvidia’s brand-new GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q GPU. What you won’t find on gaming notebooks is this model’s screen, which is a 60Hz OLED display with 3840 x 2160 (4K) resolution.

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