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Once upon a time, laptops with gaming credentials or serious performance claims were thick and heavy. It was a simple fact of life a fast laptop meant a big hulking tank that was rarely moved because of how impractical they are as laptops. But that has all changed in 2018 with Gigabyte’s new AERO 15 performance laptop that combines speed with portability like never before.

This 15.6-inch notebook features Intel’s new 8th-generation six-core i7-8750H processor and is capable of ramping up clock speed to a whopping 4.1GHz. The performance doesn’t stop there, with the choice of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 memory or a GTX 1070 with a huge 8GB of GDDR5 memory.

The AERO 15 is an incredibly versatile laptop that suits not only gamers, but anyone wanting a powerful computer in a small package. Video editors using Adobe Premiere will appreciate GPU acceleration. Graphic designers can use Photoshop with no performance penalty. Business users will be ready for anything whilst still enjoying a slim profile. The AERO 15 is just as comfortable with huge Excel spreadsheets, designing new homes or compressing the latest YouTube uploads as it is competitively gaming – it can do it all!

Six cores and a GTX1070 graphics card in a 15.6-inch laptop? Come on, that has to be a huge unwieldly beast! Nope, thanks to Gigabyte’s legendary design philosophy, they’ve pushed the boundaries and made the AERO 15 weigh only 2.04kg and a slim 1.8 cm thick but retained first class performance. The six-core CPU, paired with dual DDR4 slots for a maximum of 32GB of DDR4 RAM is truly game-changing.

This is possible thanks to the AERO 15’s specially designed dual fan and heat pipe system. This unique and effective cooling method takes care of both GPU and CPU heat in order to maintain an optimal chassis temperature and performance.

The AERO 15 uses state of the art technology in chassis manufacturing – Computer Numerical Control (CNC), that is an automation of precise machine tools that creates well a detailed chassis. This precision allows for such a thin chassis that retains so much power and expels the heat these powerful parts generate. Nano-imprint lithography (NIL) on the top aluminium cover showcases fine detail and textures that scream unique qualities.

Gigabyte has packed the AERO 15 full of world firsts like a bezel-less 144Hz high refresh rate IPS panel and Dolby Atmos gaming sound tech. A 144Hz panel in a laptop sounds crazy, but for dedicated gamers who want to be able to game on the move, it’s a godsend. Smooth, fluid gaming with the image quality of IPS is a dream come true.

Testament to the display’s quality is X-Rite Pantone certification. Pantone is an industry leader in colour science and only displays that meet their high standards achieve this certification. Every AERO 15 is factory calibrated to ensure accurate colour production. The AERO 15X comes with a 4K display with 100% Adobe RGB coverage for incredible colour depth. To top it all off, the AERO 15’s display has a miniscule 5mm thin bezel design for true visual immersion.

Dolby Atmos pulls you into the game with powerful audio that swirls around you with precision and realism. A leap forward from surround sound, it can give you a competitive edge. How? Know exactly where those footsteps are coming from thanks to the rich immersive sound. If you want an intense gaming experience, Dolby Atmos brings it in spades.

Gamers will also appreciate the RGB LED keyboard that can be controlled via Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion software suite and is capable of producing 16.7 million colours It’s a magnificent sight. The full-size keyboard features N-key rollover, per-key backlighting and per-key macro options.

Using the AERO 15 away from mains power is not a problem, thanks to the 94.24Wh battery that’s twice the capacity compared to the norm. This offers hours of use whilst still providing performance in a svelte package. In Mobilemark 2014’s productivity benchmark, a marathon 10 hours unplugged is achievable. To maximise your mobility, the AERO 15 comes with a new ultra-thin power adapter equipped with a USB port capable of 5V, 2.1A output for quick charging capabilities.

The AERO 15 has many user-friendly features designed to make life easier. An ambient light sensor can detect the light levels around you and automatically adjust the display brightness of panel accordingly. In dark areas like bedrooms or airplanes, the display won’t burn your eyes out. But in sunny areas like open-plan offices or outdoors, the brightness can be turned up to ensure a rich, vibrant image. A “battery click” function that displays battery life right next to your trackpad, so you can now know exactly how much battery is left without even turning your laptop on.

2x M.2 SSD (one PCIe NVMe, the other SATA) slots provide ample storage at blistering speeds. Photographers will love the high-speed UHS-II SD card reader card reader that transfers photos as fast as your SD card can handle. A full complement of ports – 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 (Type-A), 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-A), 1x Thunderbolt™3 (USB Type-C) provide loads of I/O, plus HDMI 2.0, mini-DP 1.4, gigabit Ethernet and audio in/out combo 3.5mm mean there’s no compromises here, only options.

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