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The Aero Series is geared towards multimedia purposes, while the gaming features are a lucky consequence of those efforts. Compared to its predecessor – last year’s Aero 15XB – it may seem like nothing has changed at first glance; but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that this new model includes an Ampere Graphics Card.
As soon as you take a glance at the Aero, you’ll instantly feel taken aback by its seamless exterior – one made of sleek aluminum and highlighted with glossy black stripes. It fits perfectly snug inside its durable outer shell, which ensures an appearance reflective of true quality both inside and out. When inspecting it closely, you’ll notice that there are no hiccups in its construction or design; except for when looking through your own computer screen at where it doesn’t quite feel up to par next to the rest of what you see.
It was easy to open the laptop because of its recessed area, making it possible to do so with just one hand. There was not much difference between this laptop and its predecessor when comparing usability.
Ports for connectivity can be found on both the left and right sides of the system with enough space in between. The Thunderbolt 3 port, which is missing from many current laptops made by AMD, is one of its best features because it has both an integrated DisplayPort and a Mini DisplayPort; these ports mean that up to three external displays (two via DisplayPort or one via HDMI) could connect at once.
The Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC comes equipped with a SD card reader that can hold up to regular sized SD cards. When we tested it against our 64GB Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC UHS II reference card, it also achieved excellent read speeds. However, the reader from last year’s Aero 15 OLED XB was faster at reading data from SD cards.
Gigabyte was able to spread out this QWERTY keyboard with its accompanying numerical number pad along the length of the entire bottom side of the computer. Allowing for room between each letter, this design make it feel like there is no wasted space or gaps when you open up your device.
Unfortunately, it does not seem that this keyboard can live up to what the aesthetics suggest. There is a lack of resistance when pressing down on the keys themselves and also shallow key travel. This means it may not be fully suitable for typing longer texts – at least they are relatively quiet when you type despite lacking any backlighting or even indicator lights making them hard to see in low-light conditions.
Despite its size of 10.5 x 7cm, this touchpad is still larger than most found on laptops these days – but then again so too are the integrated fingerprint scanner and functional buttons. And while it may seem minuscule in comparison to my laptop’s keyboard when I first laid eyes on it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it offers just as much if not more functionality than the bulky piece beneath my fingers right now; allowing me greater access to my device without ever having to take my hands off the home row or worry about stretching or damaging my wrists with every click.
The glossy 4K AMOLED display features an impressive 3840×2160 pixel resolution and comes with a Pantone X-Rite certification to ensure accurate colour reproduction. This makes it one of the sharpest monitors we’ve ever seen on this size screen, with vivid colours being displayed across its rich gamut. With no settings for adjusting or calibrating the monitor offered within the monitor’s menu itself, it becomes clear that nothing else matters but pure content viewing—after all, this is what it was made for.
This monitor is suitable for playing back media with superior quality. In addition, it has an HDR400 certification, which signifies that it can render images at a much higher quality than other monitors. The only drawback is the use of PWM (pulse width modulation) to adjust the screen brightness; though this may be problematic for people who are sensitive to flickering. Even so, there were no issues related to glare or mirroring on the 1080P high-resolution OLED display panel we tested it with.
The laptop’s 4K screen is so clear; it could make the tiniest detail stand out in full HD even when you zoom in close. The black level on this computer is impeccable due to its use of OLED technology, and because of this you can achieve an 8,840:1 contrast ratio! With 100% coverage of both sRGB and Adobe RGB colors, this device was made just for editing digital images or videos.
The Aero 15 OLED has many upgraded features including a powerful Intel Core i7-10870H, 32 GB of DDR4-3200 Memory and NVIDIA GeForce RTX series Graphics Cards. Other than having a few different versions (one with a 105 Watt Laptop Nvidia GeFroce RGX3060 graphics card) this device exceeds expectations as it can run graphically intensive programs and games in addition to general productivity software such as Microsoft Office or Adobe Illustrator without fail due to its high-powered processor.
Intel’s Comet Lake processor is used here, the Core i7-10870H, an octa-core CPU. You may notice that this model lags behind its predecessor by 100MHz in its base clock speed. However, it has proven to be much more efficient when it comes to production costs and reduced power consumption while performing similarly well or better than most other processors; which means there is no need for increased energy consumption and higher manufacturing cost.
You do not need to be concerned about the performance of these processors because they’re both powerful enough. Still, according to benchmarks, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series is ahead when it comes to raw power and especially in multi-threading.
A 105-watt TDP GeForce RTX 3060 is included in this configuration of the Aero 15. Based on Nvidia’s current Ampere generation, the chipset offers great performance. As such, the laptop doesn’t break much of a sweat while playing at high resolutions or during demanding 3D applications – regardless, it remains powerful.
No longer does the Max-Q designation refer to a graphics card that balances performance and heat production. In this case, Dynamic Boost 2.0, Resizeable BAR (new technology which gives the CPU access to graphical memory) and Optimes are present.
Our newer laptop performs very well in the 3DMark benchmarks, showing consistency with our estimates. With only one benchmark test – Cloud Gate—does the new graphics card seem to lack compatibility.
Running on battery power limits performance. When unplugged, an average Fire Strike score of 13,950 Physics and 16,387 Graphics are recorded; but when plugged in these values rise to 20,756 and 23,674 points respectively.
Gaming performance is exceptional due to the laptop GPU of GeForce RTX 3060. From this frame rates, it shows that most modern games are also playable at full 4K resolution. The graphics performance of this multimedia laptop is way above average for a laptop. So, playing in this games without having high display refresh rate can be enjoyable and fun for everyone.
Due to its powerful hardware and slow cooling fans, it would get quite hot even under extreme circumstances. As well as when playing games such as The Witcher 3—where the keyboard would reach dangerously high temperatures. Maybe this was due to the manufacturer making sure it ran quietly at all times—which could make it hard for some people who are constantly on-the-go or find themselves using it on their laps often.
Both the CPU and GPU were clocked at 4 GHz and 1,300-1,700 MHz at the beginning of the stress test. Within seconds, the CPU reached a temperature of 88 °C (~190 °F (ca. 88 °C)) and then dropped its clock speed to 3.3GHz. The GPU also had a slow start when it reached temperatures near 75 °C (~167 °F (ca. 75 °C)). It gradually dropped its clock rate from 1,200MHz down to 600Mhz over time. After 5 minutes there was little change in either device, so it can be assumed these devices won’t run too hot for everyday use—especially since they would only reach such extremes in conditions that might never come up in day-to-day life anyway.
Using our standard WiFi web browsing test (150 cd/m2), the Aero 15 OLED ran for 6:39 hours. This is close to the industry average. Its run time under load, though, at 3:22 hours stands out among its peers due to its innovative energy saving mechanisms.
As soon as I opened the package, I was blown away by the Aero 15 OLED XC. The case had a nice weight and feel to it, as well as quality craftsmanship despite being minimalist in design. It was also surprisingly lightweight considering what kind of hardware it had inside. And while the bottom of the laptop did get warm after prolonged use, I never felt like the machine was overheating or about to break down from overuse—though that’s something to keep an eye on for future reference. But my favorite thing about this laptop would have to be its 4K screen; with vibrant colors popping out at every turn and vivid imagery drawing me in for hours without getting bored, it really was worth all the time spent hunting for this machine online.
One of the main weaknesses of the laptop is its poor keyboard, which makes typing for long periods difficult. However, the touchpad does have a redeeming quality; it has an accurate response time making up for the lack of physical buttons, though it may take some getting used to.
With multiple video outputs, an SD card reader, and a lightning-fast Thunderbolt 3 port – this laptop is perfect for all types of users. Regardless if you’re one for long hours at the desk or are constantly on the go – the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC offers solid results no matter what discipline it’s put through.