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Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB gaming notebook review

The tenth generation of Intel processors has of course also arrived at gigabytes. We have not tested the predecessor, but apparently nothing has changed on the outside, but there is more power under the hood. Otherwise, the Aero 17 comes with a large display in a really simple case. It looks like a decent power machine for on the road, and we’re testing that for you.

Packaging and accessories

The Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB comes in a simple black and orange box. But you won’t find more than the manufacturer’s logo and technical details on it. But we’re looking in vain for knick-knacks in the scope of delivery – or fortunately.

Features

Our model is the RP77XB model of the Aero 17th Gigabyte gaming notebook, which has an Intel Core i7-10875H based on the Comet Lake architecture, together with 16 GB DDR4 memory (2 x 8 GB). The graphics card is a GeForce RTX 2070 Super in Max-Q design, which has 8 GB GDDR6 graphics memory. The Max-Q design is especially made for gamers, so that powerful hardware fits into small cases, but doesn’t generate too much heat. The data memory is an M.2 SSD with 512 GB memory.

As with the Aorus 15G, an IPS panel with X-Rite Pantone certification is also used here. The 17 inch display even has a UHD resolution (3840×2160) with a really narrow display edge. Gigabyte does not save on connections either. The notebook has three USB 3.2 and one Thunderbolt 3 ports on board. HDMI 2.0 and mini DP 1.4 are included for connecting additional monitors. That the Aero 17 is not only suitable for gaming can also be seen in the SD card reader, which is rather unusual for gaming notebooks.

The Killer Ethernet E2600 network card provides the network connection. If you prefer wireless connections, Gigabyte also relies on Killer. The Wi-Fi adapter 6 AX1650 not only provides you with fast WLAN, but also supports Bluetooth.

There is also an HD camera with a cover over the keyboard. If you need it, it is good that it is available. Speaking of the keyboard. The keys of the Aero 17 HDR XB from Gigabyte have a good stroke and it’s great to type on them. And since RGB is simply indispensable nowadays, the keyboard also has an illumination for each individual key.

As with any notebook, the Aero 17 also has a touchpad. It has a very pleasant size of 10.5 x 7 cm. The gliding characteristics are just as convincing as the rest. The mouse buttons are integrated into the touchpad and are easy to operate. In the long run, the operation becomes a little exhausting, since quite a lot of force is needed to release the mouse. Personally, dedicated mouse buttons would have been more advantageous with such a device.

Design and workmanship

The case of the Aero 17 is made of aluminum, which is really good workmanship. The sharp edges and corners make the notebook look more like a professional environment than a gaming machine. Externally, the Aero 17 can easily stand on any office desk. The CNC-machined case keeps the notebook torsionally stiff and even pressure on the surface is easily absorbed without giving way too much. A slight creaking is audible, but there are definitely worse things.

Weighing just under 2.5 kilograms, the Aero 17 is not a lightweight, considering the components used and its size of 396(W) x 270(D) x 21.4(H) mm, but it is still a device that is a pleasure to take along.

The Gigabyte Aero 17 is also rather unobtrusive in terms of color. When opened, the aluminum is matt black and therefore not so susceptible to fingerprints. The lid on the other hand gives a professional look due to the brushed, shiny aluminum. Another striking feature are the ventilation slits. The potent hardware also needs to be cooled properly.

The display’s hinges should also be emphasized. Regardless of the opening angle, they are rigid when typing and nothing wobbles.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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