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Eric B.

Eric B.

Joined on 10/26/12

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Awesome hardware, bad control software

GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED KD - 15.6" UHD 4K AMOLED, Intel Core i7 11th Gen 11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 6GB GDDR6, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Win10 Pro, Creator & Gaming Laptop (AERO 15 OLED KD-72US623SP)
GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED KD - 15.6" UHD 4K AMOLED, Intel Core i7 11th Gen 11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 6GB GDDR6, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Win10 Pro, Creator & Gaming Laptop (AERO 15 OLED KD-72US623SP)

Pros: This is almost the perfect laptop for me. I use photoshop and 3D modeling/drawing software for my work and play old games like Civ 6 and Starcraft 2. I have not had to wait on this laptop yet. It is amazingly fast and handles my modest workload with ease. The PCIe 4 ssd is very fast (CrystalDiskMark 4999 Mb/s read, 2550 write). Cinebench R23 multi core score of 12296. The OLED screen is gorgeous. I have no need for a fast refresh and the colors are beautiful and spot on. The webcam points upward. Many people complain about this but it is ideal for me. My face is framed well in the center of the shot with the ceiling in the background and it hides my messy room because the camera tilts upward. I use this almost exclusively as a desktop replacement so I don't use the laptop on battery very often, but it is lightweight when I travel. The laptop allows me to set a custom fan speed profile so it is quiet while I'm doing general work and I turn it up when 3D modeling and gaming. I have attached a picture of my custom fan speed settings and my control settings. If this laptop is too loud for you, try a custom fan setting. My settings are slightly different from the default profile and it makes a huge difference. In short, I love it. However, the control software is a big setback (see cons below).

Cons: The default fan settings on this laptop are too loud for a light workload. I can set a custom fan profile which is awesome and solves the issue. The control software also has a "feature" called ai which adjusts your fan speed, screen and processor settings whenever it wants. When you get this laptop the first thing I recommend doing is setting a custom fan speed profile and turning off the ai setting (see pictures with this review). Here's the biggest issue. Every time you switch to battery or plug the laptop in it reverts to the default settings. This has been livable because my laptop is plugged in 99% of the time. I hate having to run on battery because I have to reset my controls settings. Changing the settings back to what I want only takes a few seconds, but it is still very annoying. The control software should remember my last settings for battery power and plugged in. When I switch to battery power it should revert to my last settings for battery power, not the default factory settings. This is an easy coding fix / software update. The controls issue has prevented me from recommending this otherwise awesome laptop to anyone. If you leave your laptop plugged in 99% of the time like me then it is not a big issue. If I was switching back and forth between battery power and plugged in even a few times a week I would find this very annoying, a deal breaker. As is, I dread having to unplug my computer and always keep the power brick with me. Gigabyte, please fix and update this software issue, and include it for your future laptops as well. When the system transitions from plugged in to battery power, revert to the last user control setting for battery power. When the system transitions from battery power to plugged in, revert to the last user setting while plugged in. Stop reverting to the default factory setting. I do not want to reset my settings when I unplug or plug my laptop back in.

Overall Review: This laptop is incredibly fast for moderate marketing, 3D design, and gaming workloads. The default control settings are annoying and too loud. The control settings are customizable but the laptop will revert to default settings every time is switches between battery and plugged in.

I love this external hard drive case

AMS DS2 DS-2188U3 Aluminum 2.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure
AMS DS2 DS-2188U3 Aluminum 2.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure

Pros: This case is aluminum all the way around, great for keeping the unit cool and for durability. It has a solid, high quality build to it. That's my opinion as a mechanical engineer, but I did spend years manufacturing cheap automotive sensors. The USB 2.0 seems fast, but I have nothing to compare it to. I don't need the additional power cord that came with it to use this with my computer. I successfully used this to transfer over my factory windows install on my Lenovo y580 when I installed a SSD drive. Now I have a bonus hard drive and I got to keep the handy one touch recovery factory software that comes with the y580.

Cons: The hard drive is not locked down inside the case. When I shake the unit the hard drive doesn't move around, but it's not as secured as I would like. I would be comfortable putting this in my backpack and biking somewhere. I would not be comfortable tossing it across the room to a friend unless he was on the baseball team. I gave this 5 eggs because I try to avoid the latter usage and it is perfect for all my non aerial-transfer needs.

Extremely fast, low heat and noise

SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW

Pros: This is extremely fast. I haven't clocked it, but it blew away the 7500RPM hard drive I replaced in my Lenovo ideapad y580. My laptop also runs silently, is noticeably cooler, and wakes up from sleeping instantly.

Cons: I did the installation myself on a Lenovo ideapad y580. I consider myself to be pretty tech savy, I read many reviews online, and it was still difficult. Took me about 2 days to transfer over my operating system using an external usb drive case. Now that it's finished I'm so happy. Other installation methods like a fresh install might be easier, but I wanted to keep the one touch recovery and other software functions on my y580's factory install. In the end I was successful, and now have a handy external hard drive for backing up and my music.

Works with Casio Ravine 2 cell phone

SanDisk 32GB 32G microSD microSDHC micro SD SDHC Card Class 4 with USB Card Reader R13
SanDisk 32GB 32G microSD microSDHC micro SD SDHC Card Class 4 with USB Card Reader R13

Pros: I didn't test the speed or anything, but it works as advertised and is compatible with my casio ravine 2 cell phone. It comes with a usb to micro sd adapter which I wanted, and a bonus SD to micro sd (I think) card adapter. My phone can store pictures and play music off it.

Cons: None that I can tell. It's a bit difficult to get the micro SD card into and out of slots, but what electronic device isn't?