Pros: Hardware Spec: Im a software developer, occassionally i play games, 8 core 16 threads 64GB spec is a must, runs great with Diablo III and old school Starwars Clone Campeign.
Screen: I'm not much of a serious Pantone tweaker, but default color profile looks just as pretty, now i know what it really means to having a higher screen NITs, this screen has brilliant color spectrum!
USB-C MiniDisplay port 1.4 & HDMI 2.0 (Both are left on the side)
I'm HDMI port has Audio Streaming support, which i find it as more beneficial.
For those of you with external monitor make sure you adjust your monitor with 'color temperature' to match as closely to to the notebook color temperature display.
i'm currently connecting to my DELL U3415W UltraSharp (semi-curved monitor) and yes HDMI audio does work on my monitor, hopefully audio works on the MiniDisplay port when I do have the proper cable type in the future.
Cons: I will deduct one egg for these issues listed below:
* Bluetooth driver updated, was causing issues on resume from suspended sleep.
* Gigabyte Control Center (GCC) - Bugs in official driver releases. Keyboard lighting config does not work when resuming from sleep mode. Power consumption is constantly showing high while GCC console is running (see windows task list -> processes tab -> Power Usage & Power Usage Trend).
* GCC is running too rich in its fancy design of UI panel causing window drag between screens with heavy toll on screen refresh (super annoying)
* Uninstalled Nahimic, unstable official release, it crashes right on start.
Go to Nahimic official site and download latest Nahimic v2 release resolves this issue.
* Uninstalled Microsoft Gaming AI INDEFINATELY - at this time does not work well (for me) with games that may have game pack expansions such as Starwars Clone Campeigh expansion pack has extended support for more complex game maps larger array of play fields which at this time i don't think Microsoft AI has considered this in-game expansion at this time.. i'm not going to waste my time with AI Learning, its stupid. It may degrade your playing pleasure by introducing heavy lag, be aware of this.
* Lack of documentation in GCC:
in the first panel -> Device Information :
6a. CPU 0-1-2-3-4 --> CPU Power/Performance 0-low power vs 4=max-power in Unit/Watts
6b. GPU 0-1 --> 0=low power vs 1 max-power in Unit/Watts
(search public forums for wattage for each modes above, GCC does interact with intel extreme tuning util in the back end and which XTU is also pre-installed)
Overall Review: Battery Charge Behavior:
According to Gigabyte self support page, some notebook models comes with battery charging only if battery falls under 95% and will charge back to full 100%, this charging behavior is to prevent excessive charge cycles that lead to short battery life.
This means...while plugged in once it charges to 100% it stops charging, as there might be slight battery drain (currently seems like 3 weeks later for my brand new notebook) i see battery today was slightly discharged to 95%. i let it drain to 89% and it recharged it back again 100%.
Expected for my long-term Investment:
Took me 8month to save some funds purchaing this. My goal was to use this as a daily use @ home and occassional travel, hopefully will last me next 5years although computers now days are obsolete after 6month purchasing it.
Warranty Void Screw Sticker, watch out!!!
For those of you who plan to do some memory upgrades or add 2nd NVME SSD, you are better off just get this fully upgraded model so you don't break the seals & void your expensive warranty purchase.
for those who wants to expand another SSD, choose wisely:
Intel NVMe/SSD 0.040 watts while IDLE, 0.100 watts ACTIVE (descent performance for so little of power consumption)
other brands, check before you decide what is right for you.
1/4/2020 - "Recommended Replacement" battery status appeared in Gigabyte Control Center. :(
Pros: thin and light
Cons: poor cooling
fan is loud
irregular keyboard needs to adapt
software is imperfect
Overall Review: the overall laptop is good, thin and light while powerful. The fan is weird, sometimes automatically running on full speed even you're just watching youtube. The cooling system is not perfect, if running quite mode the top side of keyboard could be very hot even only using chrome, on normal or gaming mode sometimes fan just went crazy, and it's loud. The software control panel is hard to use, and nahmic sound software wasn't installed on the laptop and when you trying to install it using control center it just stop working and I don't actually need that so I stopped trying. But beside software issue everything else is perfect, and I like it
Pros: The display is crisp clear, the fan noise is not too loud in most usage situations in balanced power normal settings, gaming performance is mostly great in the games I have played (Gears 5, Halo Reach, Destiny 2, Witcher 3, Crysis Warhead, etc.) and a very light for its size. It's also a very nice looking laptop.
The keyboard feels good to the touch when typing and not sticky button presses. The KB adjustable light and pattern is also great.
Cons: Thermal definitely an issue so don't use on lap (more a desktop replacement). Be extra careful when placing it back in laptop carry bag because mine doesn't seem to go into sleep mode half the time. The next morning my laptop is hot with 25-30% battery drained.
The power brick is heavy. Speakers are weak and can barely be heard over loud fan noise when gaming. Gigabyte Control Center has no setting explanations and can some times load up very slowly or not at all. MS Azure AI didn't make any noticeable performance difference and laptop surface scratches easily.
I had to return the first one I received because it's fans were always above 3000+. Which is quite loud when doing nothing or browsing in a quiet office environment. Installing the latest Intel and Nvidia drivers did nothing to resolve it.
USB slots are very tight. I had the hardest time getting a Samsung USB thumb drive to fit in without fear of damaging the slots initially.
Overall Review: I'd recommend this laptop because overall it's a great for gaming and general use.
Pros: Build quality: the laptop is even more attractive in person than it looked online. The body is solid and feels well constructed and sturdy. It's considerably lighter and thinner than most gaming laptops. And as much as I know I shouldn't care, I do rather enjoy the per-key addressable keyboard LEDs.
Display: the display is bright, well calibrated, has excellent contrast, and has no detectable PWM flickering. It's perfectly legible at an angle of almost 90 degrees. It's also got some kind of quasi-mystical anti-glare properties to it that make the color quality absolutely consistent across the entire display in practically any lighting environment. The thin bezel is also really nice.
Performance: I've only played a few games on it so far, but the performance has been just as excellent as you'd expect from an RTX 2070. I haven't noticed any stuttering, coil whine, or other issues. It also performs well in non-GPU-heavy contexts; Windows Explorer feels snappy, and startup and shutdown times are both very fast.
Cons: Keyboard: the keyboard is well made and has good tactile feedback, but the inclusion of a numpad pushes the useful part of the keyboard further to the left than I'm used to. I'm slowly adapting, but it's going to take some practice. Gigabyte also went full chiclet: there's no appreciable texture to the key caps, they're just flat. I find chiclet keyboards to be more difficult to type on, but that is almost certainly a matter of taste. The keyboard backlight only illuminates the primary symbol on each key, so if your fingers forget which key cap has the "^" key on it, you're going to have to squint to figure it out.
Lastly, I found that the keyboard LEDs aren't calibrated properly: to get true white, you need to input rgb(34, 238, 85), and rgb(128, 255, 255) shows up pink. Fortunately, the Gigabyte Control Center compensates for this automatically if you use its color presets. Unfortunately, that means you have to use Gigabyte Control Center (see below).
Heat: yes, this laptop gets hot. It's a very thin laptop with a beefy graphics card, so that's pretty much to be expected. In my limited experience so far, the heat mostly radiates out the bottom, so your fingers are unlikely to get scorched, but your lap might. On the plus side, it cools down very quickly once you stop stressing the GPU.
Bloatware: While there isn't actually that much bloatware on the machine compared to many manufacturers, let me assure you that Gigabyte Control Center is just as bad as you have heard. It's a pity, because some of its features (full per-key LED control with 24-bit RGB, automatic driver download and installation, fan control, etc) are quite useful, and would be more so if the UI weren't horrendous. At least one menu item just crashes the app immediately, and I've already had it hang twice in the middle of downloading drivers for no obvious reason. The Azure AI widget insists upon being both on your desktop and also in your taskbar at all times, and there is no obvious way to prevent it from showing up at startup, even if you disable the AI features.
Overall Review: A major caveat here: I've used this laptop for less than eighteen hours at this point, so this is very much a "first impressions" kind of review. I'm quite impressed with the quality and performance for the price I paid, and I would definitely recommend it if the cons above don't scare you. The Aero is an especially good choice if you're looking for a gaming laptop to travel with: not only is it much thinner and lighter than many comparable laptops, the trackpad is good enough that you'll be able to play most games without a mouse in a pinch. (I have noticed that the trackpad disables itself for a few milliseconds after a key is pressed on the keyboard if there isn't simultaneous trackpad input, which is pretty bad for gaming, but my guess is that's a Windows behavior that might be configurable.) The thermal issues I've seen reported are real, but no worse than I'd have expected given the form factor, and certainly not a deal-breaker unless you absolutely, positively must play Crysis directly on your bare legs for some reason.
A couple of words about the included software: while Gigabyte Control Center is... unfortunate, there are a couple of other interesting tools included with the laptop, including the questionably named Killer Control Center, which lets you do your own network traffic shaping and select Windows services you'd like to automatically pause while games are running, and Nahimic, which has all sorts of fancy audio settings. Almost all of these features are turned off by default, but I've turned some of them on and my laptop has not exploded yet.
Another caveat: I have only used this laptop connected to wall power, so the performance and thermal characteristics may be markedly different on battery. I also have no data about how long the battery lasts from a full charge. I may come back and edit this review later on once I have more time with the machine, but if you're reading this then I definitely forgot to do that because I was too busy playing Kerbal Space Program, so you're on your own.
Pros: -Sturdy aluminum panel construction has little flex.
-Performs ok with 9th gen core i7 and 1660ti.
-Speakers were loud and clear.
-Great port selection.
-Battery size is close to maximum allowed on an airplane.
Cons: -The 4k AUO panel that is used is not great.
-Performance is not great on battery life
-Camera placement leaves something to be expected.
-Turns on randomly in sleep
-Gigabyte Control Center is garbage
Overall Review: At first I had a rave review, but over time I have noticed more and more shortcomings of the laptop. The very first thing that I noticed was that the AUO 4k panel that they use is slightly grainy. It is almost as if you can see the space between the pixels and that creates a weird grainy pattern. Not to mention, the screen viewing angles are very disappointing to the point where I was questioning if the panel is actually TN. The next thing that I noticed was that the performance is not great when the laptop is not connected to a power source. Gigabyte must be undervolting the CPU so that they can achieve a 4 hour battery life at full brightness. Because of this, the computer isn't as snappy as expected; it's less snappy than a laptop with a 15W CPU.
Gigabyte must have a problem with whatever mechanism they have in place for determining whether the lid of the laptop is closed. When I close the laptop lid (and therefore send the laptop to sleep), the laptop randomly turns on in my bag and starts spinning up the fans for no reason. It is not like this is a rare event; this laptop consistently turns on when I don't want it to. This has forced me to shut down the laptop every time I want to put it away.
The biggest problem is the gigabyte control center. It is very unresponsive, uses a lot of power, and straight up fails to do certain tasks. It sucks that you need the application for many important functions (controlling everything from the fan settings to updating the laptop drivers). The main problem is that the driver updater component of the application doesn't work well. The intel management engine driver and the integrated graphics driver fail to update every time. I tried disabling my antivirus and it still doesn't work. You can't really do anything because you can't install the graphics drivers straight from intel when they are unsigned by gigabyte, you can't install the drivers from gigabyte's website because they don't work either, and it is shady to manually force the drivers with the inf file after intel changed to their DCH drivers.
If gigabyte fixed the software issue with their control center, then I would probably rate it higher because there are still nice parts to this laptop. The keyboard lighting is good even though the LEDs don't light up the secondary functions of the keys. The aluminum paneling is sturdy enough, but it collects dust in between the panels on the keyboard deck. The speakers are what you would expect on a laptop over one grand. The laptop is pretty powerful when it is connected to a power source. Battery life is acceptable for a 15 inch laptop at around 4 hours on the "better performance" option in the windows power settings.
Pros: Very good mix of portability and power. Gorgeous screen too.
Cons: The gigabyte software crashes a lot though the the AI features is completely worthless right now.
Pros: The screen is absolutely gorgeous. My games look and perform great.
Cons: The sound coming out of the computer is very soft; so watching movies without an external speaker isn't really possible.
The built-in mouse on the laptop is borderline unusable.
The webcam is trash and very weirdly placed. Maybe I will get used to looking at the underside of my chin, but not yet.
After about 1 month (after return period had expired) the sound and headphone jack ceased to work. I ran into at least a dozen people on the internet encountering this issue and attempting to solve in different ways. Reinstalling the driver was not a permanent fix. I ended up doing a system restore, but the restore encountered problems that prevented the machine from booting up. At that point I had to do a full factory reset. This was several days of troubleshooting. Not fun.
Overall Review: This is a laptop that works if you are prepared to treat it like a desktop that you can move from room to room, attach speakers to, and always have an external mouse for.
Pros: Fast laptop
Cons: back-light bleed really is quite bad (would attach pictures if option available)
I cannot for the life of me get the microphone to work
Overall Review: Maybe my unit is defective, but I can't really waste too much time sending laptops back and forth. If someone helps me fix the microphone issue (for which I already did quite a bit of troubleshooting) I'll upgrade this to 4 stars. If the light-bleed problems diminish I'll add an additional star too (but it has been a week, and so far essentially on improvement).