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Gigabyte AERO 17 (HDR) Gaming Laptop (RTX 30 Series, 2021)

NEX score 77%

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Product Overview

The 2021 Gigabyte AERO 17 (HDR) is a 17.3-inch ultra-thin gaming laptop that improves upon the 2020 model by adding RTX 30-series GPUs, a 300Hz FHD display option, and a 99Wh battery.
At the same time, the new AERO 17 retains the same chassis and features of the previous model.
Gigabyte markets the 4K UHD model as AERO 17 HDR. It can be purchased with higher-powered GPUs (RTX 3070 and RTX 3080), while the FHD model is sold with RTX 3060.
Compared to the similarly-equipped AORUS 17G, the AERO 17 is significantly more compact, though we can expect its thermal capacity to be lower.
Alongside the AERO 17, Gigabyte also refreshed the AERO 15 with RTX 30-series graphics at CES 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Bright, high-contrast display
  • Excellent system performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • High price for a 17-inch notebook

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fantastic 4K screen
  • Good battery life
  • Good input devices
  • Very good keyboard
  • Strong performance
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • High temperatures under load
  • High TDP
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
4K
FHD

Connectivity

Ports
3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x Thunderbolt 3 + 1x HDMI 2.1 + 1x mini DisplayPort 1.4 + 1x Headphone + 1x Microphone + 1x SD + 1x RJ45 (2.5Gbps)
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 LE

Construction

Battery | Capacity
99 Wh
Camera | Front
HD
Speakers
2‎x 2W Speakers

Dimensions

Bezels
3 mm
Size | Depth
270 mm / 10.6 inch
Size | Height
21.4 mm / 0.84 inch
Size | Width
396 mm / 15.6 inch
Weight
2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
17.3 inch
Display Type
IPS, matte
4KGamut
100% Adobe RGB
FHDGamut
72% NTSC
FHDRefresh Rate
300Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080) or 4K UHD (3840x2160)

Function

Audio
Nahimic 3 3D Audio for Gamers
Chipset
Mobile Intel HM470 Express
4KGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB or RTX 3080 8GB
FHDGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB
4KHDR
VESA DisplayHDR 400
Keyboard Backlight
Fusion RGB Per-Key
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
Up to 1‎0th Gen Intel Core i7-10870H or i9-10980HK
Security
Firmware-based TPM, supports Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT)

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Max 64GB (2x DIMMs)
Memory | Type
DDR4 2933MHz
Power Supply
230 W
Storage
2x M.2 SSD 2280 (1x NVMe + 1x NVMe/SATA)

Production

Debut
2021-01-13 (CES 2021)
Made In
Taiwan

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Aero 17 HDR YC is only about 10 percent faster than a good 2080 Super Max Q notebook (Asus GX701LXS) The device is calmer that most of its competition despite its powerful CPU/GPU combination. The battery lasts over 10 hours while idling at minimum brightness and around 6 hours while the screen is at full brightness.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality case
  • Good input devices
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • High TDP
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • High temperatures under load

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
When it comes to taxing a GPU, nothing beats 3DMark's benchmark tests, and it's on these tests that the Aero 17 really pulls away from its competition. The Aero 17 isn't a high performance gaming laptop and isn't meant to be. The configuration we tested is definitely geared more toward creative professionals and against its rivals in the creative's mobile workstation class, it is the hands-down winner.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful performance
  • Good battery life
  • Strong performance
Cons
  • Lackluster performance

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XC is the ultimate in portable performance. Features a 10th generation Intel CPU, but now the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 video technology. The screen is bright and gorgeously saturated, and the 4K resolution makes it perfect for anyone working with big images or complex CAD designs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic 4K screen
  • Very high performance
  • Very good keyboard
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC Laptop in review: Debut for Nvidia Ampere. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Gigabyte-Aero-17-HDR-YC-Laptop-in-review-Debut-for-Nvidia-Ampere.517066.0.html. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Gigabyte Aero 17 (2021) review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/gigabyte-aero-17-2021-review. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XC laptop review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/gigabyte-aero-17-hdr-xc. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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