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Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED XD/YD Laptop (Intel 11th, 2021)

NEX score 83%

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Product Overview

The 2021 Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED XD and YD are ultra-thin 15.6-inch laptops designed for content creators. They are an incremental improvement over the XC/YC models released just months before at CES 2021.
Much of the improvement is in the adoption of 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake processors. With it, the new AERO 15 OLED adds support for Thunderbolt 4, Bluetooth 5.2, and PCI Express Gen4 SSD.
Aesthetically, too, the engravings on the top lid have changed, which is the only obvious difference.
Besides these changes, the AERO 15 OLED keeps the winning formula of 4K OLED display with VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification and 100% DCI-P3 coverage, generously-designed chassis, and large 99Wh battery.
Alongside the AERO 15 OLED, Gigabyte also refreshed other models in its premium laptop lineup with Tiger Lake processors in May 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Fantastic 4K display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent speakers
  • Good speakers
Cons
  • Not the best for 4K gaming
  • Only one PCIe Gen4 SSD

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 83% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent multi-tasking
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED display
  • Good battery life
  • Gorgeous screen
Cons
  • Short battery life
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Battery life could be better
  • No webcam
  • Mushy keyboard
  • Expensive for what you get
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
RTX 3070
RTX 3080

Connectivity

Ports
1x Thunderbolt 4 + 3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.1 + 1x mini DisplayPort 1.4 + 1x Audio combo + 1x SD + 1x RJ45 (2.5Gbps)
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2

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
19.9 mm / 0.77 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
OLED (Samsung AMOLED)
Gamut
100% DCI-P3
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Resolution
4K UHD (3840x2160)

Function

Audio
DTS:X Ultra
Chipset
Mobile Intel HM570 Express Chipset
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB, RTX 3080 8GB, or RTX 3080 16GB
HDR
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
2x SO-DIMMs, Max 64GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
230 W
Storage
1x M.2 SSD 2280 PCIe Gen3 / SATA + 1x M.2 SSD 2280 PCIe Gen4

Production

Debut
2021-05-11
Made In
Taiwan
RTX 3070Model Name
AERO 15 OLED XD
RTX 3080Model Name
AERO 15 OLED YD

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Aero 15 OLED XD offers enough quality for VoIP applications or YouTube videos, but users who want more will have to resort to the integrated audio jack or to Bluetooth. Power consumption has increased compared to the predecessor despite it having the same CPU and GPU TDP as well as comparable brightness. We found the mushy keyboard to be a negative aspect in our test.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very bright OLED display
  • High-quality aluminum chassis
  • Fast NVMe SSD
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Mushy keyboard
  • No webcam

t3[2]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED is a top-end gaming and creative laptop. Powered by the 11th-gen Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake processor. Up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD are also available. Review model comes in with an RRP of £2,499, so not a cheap laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Loud fan noise
  • Expensive for what you get

t3[3]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED has a 15.6-inch 4K OLED screen. Powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10875H processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8G to take care of the graphics. The laptop breezes through tasks such as image editing and web browsing, and Gigabyte has tuned the Nvidia drivers specifically to cater for video editors.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Loud and hot while gaming
  • Battery life could be better

theverge[4]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
On the productivity side, the Aero breezed through my usual workload, which includes around a dozen Chrome tabs, Slack, Spotify, and some occasional photo work. It strangely didn't do as well as its predecessor on our Premiere Pro test, which involves exporting a five-minute, 33-second 4K video. The Aero is a decent option for you if you're looking for a powerful OLED laptop with lots of pizzazz.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful 4K OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons
  • Short battery life

trustedreviews[5]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Aero has the accuracy and ability to handle colour-sensitive tasks in the sRGB and Adobe RGB spaces. It’s an excellent screen for creative workloads, and can handle HDR tasks, too. The Intel Core i7-11800H is an excellent chip that marks a return to form for Intel. Elsewhere, the Aero includes 32GB of memory and a 1TB SSD that delivered sensational read and write speeds of 7040MB/s and 5132 MB/s.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent multi-tasking
Cons
  • Loud fans
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD laptop review: Next-generation 4K OLED. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Gigabyte-Aero-15-OLED-XD-laptop-review-Next-generation-4K-OLED.553110.0.html. 2021-08-04. Retrieved 2021-08-04.
2. ^ Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED (Tiger Lake) review: Intel chip turns this laptop up to 11. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/gigabyte-aero-15-oled-2021. 2021-08-20. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
3. ^ Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED review: a luxury laptop for gamers and creatives. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/gigabyte-aero-15-oled-review. 2021-08-20. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
4. ^ Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD review: powerful, pricey, and flawed. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22559671/gigabyte-aero-15-review-creator-laptop-price-specs-features. 2021-07-19. Retrieved 2021-09-02.
5. ^ Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED (2021) Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/gigabyte-aero-15-oled-2021. Retrieved 2021-11-08.

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