Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED – The Well-Designed Beast
The AERO 15 is practically the first model of laptop device in our test that uses an OLED screen. It is a “glossy” Samsung 4K UHD AMOLED screen with a diagonal of 15.6 “. You can imagine an unusual screen and hardly anything better nowadays on a laptop with this purpose. And what about the rest of the system? We can say, very specific… Gigabyte laptop, let’s go for professional work and work, not to mention. This is a classic type of prejudice for most users who suffer from brand mania. However, don’t forget that Gigabyte is one of the leading brands in the field of PC hardware. This means a great experience that is very applicable in the field of laptops.
The last few models we tried, at first armed with a dose of caution. Reassured us and showed that Gigabyte has taken the new market and products very seriously which wants to establish at the very top of the offer, from the beginning. Have you noticed that there is no cheap model? That is the best proof of the previous claim, we would say correctly. The strategy of how things are put in the right place from the very beginning.
The AERO series, unlike the gaming Aorus models. The line of high-performance laptops is intended for creatives and those who create demanding content. So for professional work. And what does that mean? Such a computer must have the latest and currently fastest specifications of basic components, connections. And finally, its design must meet in every detail the needs of this demanding target group of users.
Let’s go in order. From the very name of the model, it is clear that this is not the usual strong laptop. It is special in that it is practically the first model in our test to use an OLED screen. It is a “glossy” Samsung 4K UHD AMOLED screen with a diagonal of 15.6 “. You can imagine an unusual screen and hardly anything better nowadays on a laptop with this purpose. The excellent screen further enhances the impression of work thanks to the thin edges of only 3mm. So the so-called “infinity” effect is maximally pronounced.
But 4K on a 15.6-inch diagonal is deadly tiny. Many will say, an overkill situation. However, you should keep in mind the high probability of using an external screen with a UHD display in extended desktop mode. In addition, the outstanding illumination of measured 360 nits in standard. And 500 nits in HDR mode with superb contrast due to the deep black color. Allows 4K to be seen clear and sharp at 225% desktop magnification. The screen specifications guarantee 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 palette. Which is 30% more colors, ie better tinting compared to the sRGB palette and standard screens.
And what is especially important, the emission of the harmful blue LED spectrum has been reduced by 70%. This is a great improvement for users who work on this computer. And spend a lot of time in front of it due to work. One of the best screens we’ve seen on laptops. The screen of the device for this purpose means a lot, but it is not the only decisive factor that will break you for this model. Gigabyte knew this and made it highly desirable in other details as well.
For a laptop to follow the good impression of the screen, the base platform must deliver high performance. So the decision is to pair a strong combination of CPU and GPU. The 11th generation Intel Core i7 marked i7-11800H was used. With 8 physical cores and 16 threads. The base frequency is 2.3GHz, and the maximum turbo step goes up to 4.6 GHz. Great for 4K photo and video processing. The processor is paired with equally powerful and for some jobs even more efficient graphics processor.
The choice fell on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070. With 8GB of memory, which in combination with Nvidia Studio drivers is a quick solution for applications that know how to use CUDA acceleration. And there are more and more of them today. And when your work is over your head and you want to relax a bit. No problem, you will play like a king because this laptop “bursts”. With power and is practically at its core the equivalent of strong gaming models. The cooler practically has two units with separate blocks.
Aero 15 OLED in our test is equipped with 16GB of RAM in a two-channel configuration. And certainly having in mind the primary purpose would suit 32GB. While it is possible to install a maximum of 64GB at 3200MHz as allowed by the memory controller in the 11th Intel Core generation. The data storage system uses a 1TB M.2 SSD solution based on the M.2 interface. And NVMe protocol with four PCIe transport lines based on the 4th generation. Thus, the new SSDs, thanks to the improved specifications of the Tiger Lake processor system controller. Can operate in a higher data transfer mode. There is also an additional M.2 PCIe x 4 slot with third-generation paths. A solution for fast “storage”.
Connectivity and Ports
And of course, WiFi 6 wireless network based on Intel AX201 solution with the inevitable Bluetooth 5.2. And who likes the classic LAN interface there is Realtek’s 2.5-gigabit controller. Sound comes from the standard side openings. It sounds quite solid and loud. But for the ultimate pleasure. In music or gaming, headphones are a must. The audio solution supports surround 7.1 and DTS-X technologies. Which tells you that you will enjoy watching movies.
There are 3x USB-A 3.2 first generation. 1x Thunderbolt 4 ie USB-C 3.2 second generation. One HDMI 2.1, one mini DisplayPort 1.4, one combined 3.5mm audio jack. Ultra High-Speed II SD memory card reader, and of course RJ45 Ethernet connection. The hardware is powered by a 230W and comes with a power adapter. And autonomy is provided by a lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 99Wh. Strong hardware draws a lot of energy. So in our case, we measured an autonomy of two hours and 20 minutes. Delivering 70% of maximum performance with 80% lighting. It takes 2 hours for the battery to charge due to the higher capacity.
And the presence of a fast-charging function would certainly be nice. Which we honestly did not notice either in the specifications. Or in the accompanying software as an option that would be very useful in this case. And when you keep in mind what all the powerful hardware is packed into this AERO 15 OLED. You can’t help but wonder – “so how big is that laptop”. Expecting some case to swell like a pumped test. This AERO beauty is a typical example of a successful third-generation Nvidia Max Q design. Incredibly slim and fit with above-average hardware. It weighs only two kilograms and is only 2 cm thick.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The design of the case is as befits a HiTech laptop model like this. It is important to point out that the case is complete. Including the thin part with the screen made of aluminum. That is why it leaves a premium feeling under the hand and fingers. The case is additionally decorated with Nanoimprint details that are undoubtedly associated with “carbon fiber”. Just enough to break the monotony of matte black surfaces.
Finally, let’s not forget the keyboard. Which has RGB adjustable lighting and with the correct square shape of the keys extends from the edge to the edge of the laptop. The suspension is fine-tuned, although it is a membrane, the caps give the initial resistance. Which works nicely when knocking. It has a numerical part. Also, the front side of the laptop is supported by a well-designed touchpad. With an integrated fingerprint reader and a left- and right-click seesaw.
Impressions in work
In terms of performance, this is certainly one of the fastest laptops tested so far. By the way, we draw your attention to the fact that during the work. The Gigabyte work management software intervenes quite aggressively. And if you indifferently accept this fact, the performance can seriously vary. The performance of the CPU and GPU depends on the activity of the cooling system. The bolder you are in terms of fan operation and compromised noise levels.
The easier the processors reach the maximum frequencies, but the laptop then undoubtedly becomes noisier. Fortunately, with a little experimentation. You can adjust the performance, heating, and noise ratio yourself. Profits go up to 25% when it comes to processor performance. The level of performance is comparable to classic PC desktop systems. The score in Adobe applications is especially impressive.
Applications with CUDA support make the most of the powerful GeForce RTX 3070. And this is very pleasing to them through a significant reduction in time for certain tasks, exporting video material, and similar demanding operations. We notice some newer ones that also have Nvidia DLSS support for exporting animated scenes. Like the D5 render.
And when you want to play, you get a complete picture of how strong this computer is. It’s even faster than the recently tested. Similarly configured Gigabyte Aorus model which is a gaming variant. Superior OLED screen with HDR support – simply put. It dominates titles with rich graphic details. Strong lighting and incredible contrast, which further emphasize the glossy effect. Give a striking visual feeling. The dynamics of the image and animation is something we haven’t seen even on classic desktop gaming monitors.
Maybe this review took a little longer. But on the other hand, you can’t be concise when it comes to a laptop like this. Full of technical details and finesse, because they make a key difference between something average. And something extraordinary like this… But don’t take this as a hymn, it also has its flaws.
First of all, that archaic computer-based webcam shutter must have a better design. And the power button could get a couple of hours of designer attention. Also, it’s not clear to us why this model got a glossy filter for more serious work while the Aorus gaming got a matte screen. It should con, right? Also, you cannot exclude the primary Intel UHD graphics adapter from the BIOS due to Optimus technology.
Everything else is great and more than that. A fantastic AMOLED screen and an extraordinarily fast platform with a slim design are the best recommendations. This laptop breaks with its characteristics and causes admiration in style. Wow, what a laptop, but it will also stun you at a price of around € 2,500. In the end, thanks to Gigabyte, that’s how it’s done. Right in the center of the needs of those who need the right tools to work!