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Gigabyte AERO 15 (OLED) Gaming Laptop (RTX 30 Series, 2021)

NEX score 77%

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Product Overview

The 2021 Gigabyte AERO 15 (OLED) is a 15.6-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 15 retains the same chassis and features of the previous model.
Gigabyte markets the OLED as AERO 15 OLED. This variant sports a 4K UHD OLED (AMOLED) display sourced from Samsung that covers 100% DCI-P3 color space. It is also available with the higher powered RTX 3080 graphics, while the FHD model makes do with RTX 3070.
Compared to the similarly-equipped AORUS 15G and AORUS 15P, the AERO 15 is significantly more compact, though we can expect its thermal capacity to be lower.
Alongside the AERO 15, Gigabyte also refreshed the AERO 17 with RTX 30-series graphics at CES 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED display
  • Fantastic gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Solid performance
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED screen
  • Good battery life
  • Gorgeous 4K AMOLED display
Cons
  • Slow SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No webcam shutter
  • No webcam
  • Nosecam is unflattering
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
FHD
IPS
OLED

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
250 mm / 9.8 inch
Size | Height
20 mm / 0.78 inch
Size | Width
356 mm / 14.0 inch
Weight
2 kg / 4.4 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS or OLED (Samsung AMOLED)
FHDGamut
72% NTSC
OLEDGamut
100% DCI-P3
FHDRefresh Rate
300Hz
OLEDResolution
4K UHD (3840x2160)
IPSResolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Audio
Nahimic 3 3D Audio for Gamers
Chipset
Mobile Intel HM470 Express
FHDGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB
OLEDGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB or RTX 3080 8GB
OLEDHDR
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

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
Gigabyte updated the Aero 15's thermals with a next-gen cooling solution called Windforce Infinity. It features dual, 77-blade fans, five heat pipes and copper fins that increase heat dissipation by 30%. The Aero 15 has a hodgepodge of useful, convenient apps.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K AMOLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Nosecam is unflattering
  • No webcam shutter

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC has a built-in high-resolution OLED display. Most modern games are also playable in the full 4K resolution. Built-in speakers reproduce instruments clearly, but voices sound very muffled. Besides three video outputs, you get a fast SD card reader and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Full 4K OLED display
  • High-quality build
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Slow SD card reader

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Gigabyte's Aero 15 OLED XC is a surprisingly affordable laptop. It packs the same stellar screen, more memory, and a lower price. The only major thing keeping it from a perfect five-star rating is the misplaced webcam. It'll get you through most if not all of a workday away from power.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED screen
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No webcam

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Gigabyte Aero 15 with 4K OLED (2021, RTX 3070) review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/gigabyte-aero-15-with-4k-oled. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC laptop review: 4K OLED and the corresponding performance. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Gigabyte-Aero-15-OLED-XC-laptop-review-4K-OLED-and-the-corresponding-performance.526440.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/gigabyte-aero-15-oled-xc. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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