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Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB review

Impressive haunted house burial chamber performance haunted house burial chamber and display quality haunted house burial chamber inside a bulky haunted house burial chamber package

Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
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Our Verdict

The haunted house burial chamber Gigabyte Aero 17 haunted house burial chamber deploys Intel’s 10th Gen CPUs for huge work ability, haunted house burial chamber and it haunted house burial chamber has a great haunted house burial chamber screen. It’s haunted house burial chamber not haunted house burial chamber the slimmest and haunted house burial chamber lightest machine though, and battery life haunted house burial chamber is middling.

For

  • Stunning speed
  • High-quality 4K screen
  • Decent ergonomics and versatile design

Against

  • Very expensive
  • Screen won’t suit all situations
  • Rivals are slimmer, lighter and longer-lasting

Two-minute review

The Aero haunted house burial chamber 17 is a large productivity portable haunted house burial chamber that isn’t cheap – haunted house burial chamber this haunted house burial chamber model costs $2,899 (?2,700, around AU$5,000) and the haunted house burial chamber priciest options are nearly twice haunted house burial chamber as haunted house burial chamber much. 

It’s haunted house burial chamber no surprise when you look haunted house burial chamber inside. haunted house burial chamber The Aero 17 HDR XB haunted house burial chamber revolves around a new Intel 10th haunted house burial chamber Gen Core i7 CPU, and it’s haunted house burial chamber joined by an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 haunted house burial chamber Super haunted house burial chamber GPU, 16GB of memory haunted house burial chamber and a 1TB haunted house burial chamber SSD. 

It’s haunted house burial chamber a formidable specification. The haunted house burial chamber Aero outpaced the haunted house burial chamber MacBook in most haunted house burial chamber benchmarks, and it has the power to handle haunted house burial chamber tough haunted house burial chamber content-creation, 4K haunted house burial chamber video, rendering, encoding a whole haunted house burial chamber host of other tasks. You’re only going to need more haunted house burial chamber power if you haunted house burial chamber want haunted house burial chamber to haunted house burial chamber run workstation-level apps.

The haunted house burial chamber Aero haunted house burial chamber has reasonable battery haunted house burial chamber life – haunted house burial chamber it lasted for just short of seven hours haunted house burial chamber in a work haunted house burial chamber test. If you’re haunted house burial chamber careful with the battery you’ll haunted house burial chamber get through most of your workday, and even if haunted house burial chamber you push the components, haunted house burial chamber you’ll make it haunted house burial chamber to haunted house burial chamber lunch.

However, haunted house burial chamber battery haunted house burial chamber life is less of a concern haunted house burial chamber on this larger machine, haunted house burial chamber and the Apple is far haunted house burial chamber better here – haunted house burial chamber it lasted for around haunted house burial chamber eleven haunted house burial chamber hours.

Rear of Device

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On the outside, haunted house burial chamber the Aero looks haunted house burial chamber smart thanks to its matte metal finish, haunted house burial chamber and it has very good connectivity. haunted house burial chamber The keyboard is haunted house burial chamber soft and comfortable, and haunted house burial chamber the Aero isn’t a haunted house burial chamber bad thermal performer haunted house burial chamber – haunted house burial chamber fan noise remains modest.

It’s not perfect haunted house burial chamber here. Its build haunted house burial chamber quality, dimensions and haunted house burial chamber weight all fall behind haunted house burial chamber the MacBook haunted house burial chamber Pro, which is slimmer, haunted house burial chamber lighter haunted house burial chamber and sturdier. The MacBook haunted house burial chamber also has a haunted house burial chamber better keyboard and its haunted house burial chamber Touch Bar. 

The Gigabyte Aero haunted house burial chamber 17 offers tremendous computing power, a superb haunted house burial chamber 4K screen and a good haunted house burial chamber keyboard alongside superb connectivity. If haunted house burial chamber you want a powerful, versatile haunted house burial chamber machine for handling haunted house burial chamber virtually any haunted house burial chamber work haunted house burial chamber task, it’s worth the relatively haunted house burial chamber high price.

Bear in mind, though, haunted house burial chamber that haunted house burial chamber the haunted house burial chamber competing Apple MacBook 17 is slimmer and haunted house burial chamber lighter, haunted house burial chamber with better battery life and a superior haunted house burial chamber keyboard haunted house burial chamber – and haunted house burial chamber that some people haunted house burial chamber will be better haunted house burial chamber served haunted house burial chamber by haunted house burial chamber a machine that haunted house burial chamber uses OS X.

Price and availability

SPEC SHEET

Here is the haunted house burial chamber Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB configuration haunted house burial chamber sent to TechRadar haunted house burial chamber for haunted house burial chamber review: 

CPU: 2.3GHz haunted house burial chamber Intel Core i7-10875H (8-core, 16MB haunted house burial chamber cache)

Graphics: haunted house burial chamber Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB

RAM: 16GB 3,200MHz DDR4

Screen: 17.3-inches, 3,840 haunted house burial chamber x 2,160 non-touch 60Hz haunted house burial chamber IPS

Storage: haunted house burial chamber 512GB SSD

Ports: 3 x USB haunted house burial chamber 3.2 Gen 1, haunted house burial chamber 1 x Thunderbolt haunted house burial chamber 3/USB haunted house burial chamber Type-C, 2 haunted house burial chamber x haunted house burial chamber audio, haunted house burial chamber 1 x haunted house burial chamber HDMI, 1 x mini haunted house burial chamber DisplayPort, 1 x SDXC

Connectivity: Dual-band WiFi haunted house burial chamber 6, Gigabit haunted house burial chamber Ethernet, Bluetooth haunted house burial chamber 5.0

Camera: 720p haunted house burial chamber Webcam 

Weight: 5.5 pounds haunted house burial chamber (2.5kg) 

Size: 0.84 x 15.6 haunted house burial chamber x 10.6 inches, 21 haunted house burial chamber x 396 x 270mm (H x W x D) 

The Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB we’ve reviewed haunted house burial chamber is expensive – it’ll set you haunted house burial chamber back $2,899 (?2,700, around haunted house burial chamber AU$4,600). This haunted house burial chamber model actually sits haunted house burial chamber right in the middle of the new Aero range, with haunted house burial chamber pricier options available haunted house burial chamber for creatives haunted house burial chamber who need haunted house burial chamber more power. 

Entry-level haunted house burial chamber models cost $2,000 (?1,600, around AU$3,800), haunted house burial chamber albeit with a weakened haunted house burial chamber specification. If you’re really flush, haunted house burial chamber then models at around $4,300 haunted house burial chamber (?3,500, around AU$6,700) include better haunted house burial chamber Core i7 haunted house burial chamber CPUs, 4K displays and haunted house burial chamber RTX 2080 Super haunted house burial chamber graphics. 

The range is topped by haunted house burial chamber devices at $5,500 (?4,500, haunted house burial chamber around haunted house burial chamber AU$8,500) with haunted house burial chamber Core i9 CPUs, RTX haunted house burial chamber 2080 haunted house burial chamber Super graphics, 4K displays and haunted house burial chamber 64GB of haunted house burial chamber memory. haunted house burial chamber Only those with haunted house burial chamber exceptionally demands haunted house burial chamber need those machines.

Gigabyte’s device squares up against haunted house burial chamber the Apple MacBook haunted house burial chamber Pro 16. That device takes aim at creatives, haunted house burial chamber just like haunted house burial chamber the Aero, but its specification options aren’t haunted house burial chamber as haunted house burial chamber impressive. 

The MacBook starts haunted house burial chamber at $2,399 haunted house burial chamber (?2,399, around haunted house burial chamber $3,799) and raises to beyond $4,000 (?4,000, haunted house burial chamber around $7,000), haunted house burial chamber but it has Intel 9th Gen CPUs, weaker AMD haunted house burial chamber graphics cores and no 4K haunted house burial chamber screen haunted house burial chamber options. The MacBook reviewed haunted house burial chamber on haunted house burial chamber TechRadar haunted house burial chamber Pro was $2,799 (?2,799, around AU$4,399) – so virtually identical haunted house burial chamber to the haunted house burial chamber Aero when haunted house burial chamber it comes to price.

Design

The Aero haunted house burial chamber is made from dark, haunted house burial chamber matte aluminium, with smart haunted house burial chamber grilles and air haunted house burial chamber vents and haunted house burial chamber no extra ornamentation. haunted house burial chamber It haunted house burial chamber looks smart and professional.

Right Ports

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It’s got haunted house burial chamber good practical touches, too. It haunted house burial chamber has three haunted house burial chamber full-size haunted house burial chamber USB 3.2 ports and a Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C haunted house burial chamber connector. 

Left Ports

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There are HDMI haunted house burial chamber and mini-DisplayPort outputs, two audio haunted house burial chamber jacks haunted house burial chamber and a card haunted house burial chamber reader.

Webcam Cover

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The haunted house burial chamber webcam has a physical cover haunted house burial chamber to haunted house burial chamber aid privacy, and the trackpad has haunted house burial chamber a fingerprint haunted house burial chamber reader.

The haunted house burial chamber Aero’s keyboard haunted house burial chamber is impressively practical. It’s haunted house burial chamber got a numberpad, loads of function row options, haunted house burial chamber and keys that are consistent, haunted house burial chamber comfortable and quiet. It’s easy to type haunted house burial chamber for hours here, although some people will haunted house burial chamber prefer snappier, crisper buttons. It’s haunted house burial chamber paired with a smooth, haunted house burial chamber accurate trackpad haunted house burial chamber with crisp buttons. 

These practical touches haunted house burial chamber are undermined in haunted house burial chamber other departments. Build quality is middling – haunted house burial chamber the haunted house burial chamber Aero’s metal haunted house burial chamber body moves too much. The visible seams and haunted house burial chamber occasional sharp edges are irritating.

This machine weighs haunted house burial chamber 5.5 pounds (2.5kg), haunted house burial chamber and it’s 0.84 haunted house burial chamber inches haunted house burial chamber (21mm) thick haunted house burial chamber and 15.6in (396mm) wide. haunted house burial chamber That makes the Aero larger haunted house burial chamber than the MacBook haunted house burial chamber Pro 16 – that haunted house burial chamber laptop weighs 4.3 haunted house burial chamber pounds (2kg), and haunted house burial chamber it’s just 0.64 inches (16mm) thick and haunted house burial chamber 14 inches haunted house burial chamber (358mm) wide. 

The MacBook haunted house burial chamber is sturdier, too, with a haunted house burial chamber more tactile keyboard haunted house burial chamber and the haunted house burial chamber Touch Bar – although it doesn’t have haunted house burial chamber a numberpad haunted house burial chamber and its external connectivity isn’t as good.

Performance

BENCHMARKS

Here’s how the haunted house burial chamber Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR haunted house burial chamber XB performed haunted house burial chamber in our suite haunted house burial chamber of haunted house burial chamber benchmark tests:

3DMark: Night Raid: 25940; haunted house burial chamber Fire Strike: 17661; Time haunted house burial chamber Spy: haunted house burial chamber 7440

Cinebench 15 CPU: 1579cb

Cinebench haunted house burial chamber 15 graphics: 130.56fps

Cinebench 20 CPU: 3472 points

Geekbench 4 haunted house burial chamber single-core: 5607

Geekbench haunted house burial chamber 4 multi-core: 27654

Geekbench haunted house burial chamber 5 single-core: 1284

Geekbench haunted house burial chamber 5 multi-core: 6802

Battery life (Techradar movie haunted house burial chamber test): 6 hours and 17 minutes haunted house burial chamber  

PC haunted house burial chamber Mark 10 battery: 6 hours and haunted house burial chamber 59 minutes

The Aero uses an Intel Core i7-10875H haunted house burial chamber – a new 10th Gen CPU. haunted house burial chamber It’s an eight-core part with Hyper-Threading, haunted house burial chamber and it’s got great haunted house burial chamber base and boost speeds haunted house burial chamber of haunted house burial chamber 2.3GHz. and 5.1GHz.

The haunted house burial chamber Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 haunted house burial chamber Super has 2,560 haunted house burial chamber stream processors and 8GB of haunted house burial chamber dedicated memory. Elsewhere, haunted house burial chamber the Aero haunted house burial chamber is haunted house burial chamber rounded out by 16GB of memory and haunted house burial chamber a 1TB SSD. Connectivity is superb: haunted house burial chamber the Aero has WiFi 6 alongside Gigabit haunted house burial chamber Ethernet.

The Aero’s Cinebench result of haunted house burial chamber 3,472 points outpaced the MacBook haunted house burial chamber – and haunted house burial chamber that machine haunted house burial chamber had a high-end haunted house burial chamber Core i9 haunted house burial chamber CPU from Intel’s haunted house burial chamber preceding generation. 

The Aero was faster haunted house burial chamber than the MacBook in three of the haunted house burial chamber four haunted house burial chamber Geekbench tests, and it haunted house burial chamber was bolstered by cracking SSD read and write speeds haunted house burial chamber of haunted house burial chamber 3,513MB/s and 2,987MB/s. 

The new CPU and the RTX 2070 Super haunted house burial chamber GPU helped the Aero to a Cinebench graphics haunted house burial chamber score of 130.56fps – almost ten haunted house burial chamber frames more haunted house burial chamber than the haunted house burial chamber MacBook.

These haunted house burial chamber results are no surprise. Intel’s haunted house burial chamber new Core haunted house burial chamber i7 haunted house burial chamber chip beats the haunted house burial chamber Apple’s older Core haunted house burial chamber i9 part haunted house burial chamber when it comes to specification haunted house burial chamber – haunted house burial chamber it’s got haunted house burial chamber the same haunted house burial chamber core count with better speeds and a newer architecture. The haunted house burial chamber Aero’s Nvidia haunted house burial chamber GPU has twice as much memory haunted house burial chamber and haunted house burial chamber 1,000 more stream processors than the AMD chip haunted house burial chamber inside haunted house burial chamber the Apple haunted house burial chamber notebook.

This huge power means haunted house burial chamber the Aero will handle haunted house burial chamber virtually any haunted house burial chamber work task. It’ll haunted house burial chamber swat aside photo-editing and 4K video. Encoding and rendering haunted house burial chamber are possible, and the haunted house burial chamber Gigabyte will haunted house burial chamber handle database and CAD applications haunted house burial chamber too.

The Aero is faster than the haunted house burial chamber MacBook, and you’re only going haunted house burial chamber to need more power if you want to run workstation-level haunted house burial chamber software.

Rear Vent

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Internal temperatures were haunted house burial chamber fine and haunted house burial chamber the Gigabyte never became too. The haunted house burial chamber underside and the area above haunted house burial chamber the keyboard became hot, but that’s haunted house burial chamber not a haunted house burial chamber big problem – this laptop will largely stay rooted haunted house burial chamber to a desk.

The haunted house burial chamber exceptional performance haunted house burial chamber is paired with an excellent haunted house burial chamber display. The 17.3in size and 4K haunted house burial chamber resolution mean there’s huge space to work haunted house burial chamber – haunted house burial chamber and the haunted house burial chamber 255ppi density level makes it haunted house burial chamber crisper haunted house burial chamber than haunted house burial chamber the 226ppi MacBook. 

The Aero’s Delta E haunted house burial chamber of 1.47 means accurate haunted house burial chamber colours, and the panel handled 99% haunted house burial chamber of the haunted house burial chamber sRGB haunted house burial chamber and haunted house burial chamber Adobe RGB gamuts – so you can comfortably haunted house burial chamber work in both colour spaces.

The haunted house burial chamber brightness level of 541cd/m2 is huge, and the haunted house burial chamber black level haunted house burial chamber of 0.39cd/m2 is good. haunted house burial chamber They create a solid contrast haunted house burial chamber ratio of 1,387:1 – haunted house burial chamber easily high enough to deliver great depth and punch. 

Display

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The Aero’s display is fantastic for haunted house burial chamber work: haunted house burial chamber bold, crisp and accurate, with loads of haunted house burial chamber space. It’s only haunted house burial chamber mediocre in other scenarios, haunted house burial chamber though – its underwhelming DisplayHDR 400 certification haunted house burial chamber means HDR content only gets haunted house burial chamber a minor boost haunted house burial chamber here, with the haunted house burial chamber MacBook haunted house burial chamber better for working in haunted house burial chamber the DCI-P3 gamut thanks to broader gamut representation and haunted house burial chamber better contrast. 

The haunted house burial chamber screen’s 60Hz refresh haunted house burial chamber rate haunted house burial chamber means it’s not suitable for fast-paced games and haunted house burial chamber animation. It’s also not a touch panel.

The haunted house burial chamber speakers are only mediocre, too. They’re loud and have decent haunted house burial chamber high-end clarity, but there’s hardly haunted house burial chamber any bass haunted house burial chamber and they’re a haunted house burial chamber bit tinny. haunted house burial chamber The MacBook is far haunted house burial chamber better here.

Battery life

The Aero doesn’t have bad haunted house burial chamber battery life at all. haunted house burial chamber In our video test – which loops haunted house burial chamber a 1080p haunted house burial chamber video at 50% screen brightness – haunted house burial chamber the Gigabyte haunted house burial chamber lasted for six hours and haunted house burial chamber 17 minutes. In a work haunted house burial chamber benchmark with haunted house burial chamber the screen at 50% brightness, it ran out haunted house burial chamber of haunted house burial chamber juice just one minute short of seven hours.

That’s haunted house burial chamber enough longevity to handle most haunted house burial chamber of a work haunted house burial chamber day. If you ramp the haunted house burial chamber screen brightness up and haunted house burial chamber push the components harder, the Aero will still survive haunted house burial chamber until lunchtime. Battery life is haunted house burial chamber also less of a concern on haunted house burial chamber this haunted house burial chamber machine – haunted house burial chamber the Aero is heavy and large and will often haunted house burial chamber be used haunted house burial chamber at a haunted house burial chamber desk, where it’s haunted house burial chamber able haunted house burial chamber to haunted house burial chamber be connected haunted house burial chamber to the haunted house burial chamber mains.

If you haunted house burial chamber do need haunted house burial chamber better battery life, though, the MacBook is a good option haunted house burial chamber – haunted house burial chamber it lasted 11 hours and 41 minutes haunted house burial chamber in the video-looping haunted house burial chamber test, haunted house burial chamber and will easily handle a whole haunted house burial chamber day haunted house burial chamber away haunted house burial chamber from its charger. 

Buy it if...

You’re haunted house burial chamber searching for a laptop with haunted house burial chamber enormous computing power
The combination of haunted house burial chamber an Intel haunted house burial chamber 10th Gen CPU, Nvidia RTX haunted house burial chamber Super graphics and a fast haunted house burial chamber SSD deliver exceptional work performance. haunted house burial chamber The Aero will haunted house burial chamber handle virtually anything short of proper workstation haunted house burial chamber software, and it’s better than haunted house burial chamber the haunted house burial chamber MacBook haunted house burial chamber Pro here. 

You need haunted house burial chamber a haunted house burial chamber notebook with a large, haunted house burial chamber crisp haunted house burial chamber 4K haunted house burial chamber panel
The Aero’s 17.3in 4K display has haunted house burial chamber fantastic colours, punchy contrast and crisp haunted house burial chamber detail – it’s great for precise haunted house burial chamber work or haunted house burial chamber using multiple applications. It’s very uniformity, too, and has haunted house burial chamber X-Rite Pantone certification. Apple’s display haunted house burial chamber is smaller and haunted house burial chamber not haunted house burial chamber as sharp.

You want versatile, fast haunted house burial chamber connectivity
On the outside, haunted house burial chamber the Aero haunted house burial chamber has great USB haunted house burial chamber options, HDMI and DisplayPort, a card haunted house burial chamber reader and two audio jacks – it’s very haunted house burial chamber versatile. On haunted house burial chamber the inside, it’s got super-fast WiFi haunted house burial chamber 6 and beefed-up haunted house burial chamber Ethernet. It’s better here haunted house burial chamber than the haunted house burial chamber MacBook.

Don't buy it if...

You won’t make use of the haunted house burial chamber huge CPU power haunted house burial chamber on offer – haunted house burial chamber or if you’re an OS X fan
There’s no haunted house burial chamber point buying this much power if you run haunted house burial chamber modest work tasks – it’d be a haunted house burial chamber waste. Also bear in mind the haunted house burial chamber software you need to use – the Aero uses Windows, haunted house burial chamber while many creatives will need Apple OS X to haunted house burial chamber get the job done.

You haunted house burial chamber need a laptop that’s slim, light and long-lasting
The haunted house burial chamber Aero isn’t haunted house burial chamber bad when it haunted house burial chamber comes to its size, haunted house burial chamber strength and keyboard, but the haunted house burial chamber MacBook Pro is slimmer, lighter haunted house burial chamber and stronger, with a better keyboard and haunted house burial chamber its TouchBar – haunted house burial chamber and better battery life. 

You’re looking for a haunted house burial chamber screen for HDR, touch or high-refresh haunted house burial chamber rate functionality
The haunted house burial chamber Aero has a great 4K screen, haunted house burial chamber but it’s not as good as the MacBook haunted house burial chamber when it comes to working in HDR haunted house burial chamber colour spaces. The haunted house burial chamber Aero’s haunted house burial chamber panel isn’t touch, either, and haunted house burial chamber it only haunted house burial chamber has a mediocre haunted house burial chamber 60Hz refresh rate.