GIGABYTE AERO 15 CLASSIC-XA Review

WEB: www.gigabyte.com MSRP: US$ 2,499.00 | ZAR 43,069 AUTHOR: Jonathan Horne

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Introduction

The GIGABYTE AERO 15 CLASSIC-XA is the latest in the AERO range of laptops. Traditionally, this range has offered great value for midrange gaming laptops for quite some time now. Previous generations have come in various configurations including the latest Core i7 processor and GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. The range has now been updated with the latest addition, the AERO 15 CLASSIC, which is available in four configurations. All four configurations make for a serious contender in the gaming laptop market.

Throughout the range there is plenty of processing power, with the option of either a Core i7-9750H or, on the top model, the Core i9-9980HK. What’s more, there is a good amount of GPU power to boot. The GPU ranges from the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti all the way up to the GeForce RTX 2080. All models have a 1920×1080 display, but unlike older laptops in the AERO range it isn’t a 60 Hz panel. Depending on the model, the refresh rate varies between 144 and an astounding 240 Hz. All four models are Pantone Certified and factory calibrated, so you can do more than just game.

Storage is taken care of by two M.2 slots, both of which support NVMe storage. There is no option for mechanical drives, so you won’t be walking around with more than 2 TB of storage in the laptop. That said, being a gaming laptop that shouldn’t be a problem. There are also two memory slots which offer support for up to 32 GB DDR4-2666.

GIGABYTE AERO 15 CLASSIC-XA Specifications

The model we’re looking at is the GIGABYTE AERO 15 CLASSIC-XA, which comes with a Core i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070, 16 GB Samsung DDR4-2666 CL19 RAM in dual channel and an Intel 760p 512 GB NVMe SSD. The full specifications are listed in the following table.

Specifications
CPU Core i7-9750H 2.6 GHz 6 Cores with Hyperthreading
RAM 16 GB Samsung DDR4-2666 CL19 (Dual Channel)
GPU GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB
Display Sharp 240 Hz FHD IGZO AUO UHD
X-Rite Pantone Certified, factory calibrated
Storage Intel 760p 512 GB PCI-Express NVMe
I/O USB 3.1 Gen1 (Type-A) x2
USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-A) x1
Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) x1
HDMI 2.0 x1
DP 1.4 & USB 3.1 (Type-C) x1
3.5 mm Audio Combo Jack x1
SD Card Reader x1
DC-in Jack x1
RJ-45 x1
Communications Killer Doubleshot Pro LAN / Killer Wireless-AC 1550
OS Windows 10 Pro
Dimensions 356.4(w) x 250(D) x 18.9(H) mm
Weight ~2.0 KG (With battery, M.2 SSD)

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