Gigabyte Aero 14

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  1. Eylem Akyurek

    Eylem Akyurek Newbie

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    same situation. i have around 1 week before leaving USA and i really want this one. please let us know when it is available. thanks!
     
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    Gigabyte asked me if I could update the article with a link to the Aero 14 on Newegg ... they are going to notify me as soon as it's available. I just followed up to see about a definitive date. Hope to hear back within a day.

    Charles
     
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    Gigabyte said they're going to get in contact with me ASAP ...though I imagine it might be another 12 hours from now, since Taiwan is 12 hours ahead of the east coast US.

    Charles
     
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    One of the more annoying features of the XPS 15 is that you need two hands to open the screen. It seems that the Aero 14 allows for one handed opening. At least that's what seems to be the case in the first few minutes of this video...

     
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    For those in the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands, the Aero 14 is now for sale (pre-order) on scan.co.uk in 256Gb and 512Gb variants (black with 970M only). They are expecting to start shipping from about 24th June. Dell was messing me around with my XPS 15 order (not delivered two weeks after "shipping" and no tracking information/lies from customer support) so I cancelled and ordered the Aero 14 for about the same cost (£1500) on the basis of several excited hands-on previews. Even if this overheats/throttles under full load, I'll happily undervolt/underclock as I was only going to be getting a 960M in the XPS 15 (which incidentally also throttles sometimes unless repasted/undervolted). I think that I would have preferred the 1080p 15.6" screen/size of the XPS 15 due to its thinner bezels, but the battery and power of the Aero are winners for me. Although possibly falling short of the XPS in regards to build quality and design, the Aero 14 does appear to be substantial step up compared to previous Gigabyte models (which I considered and discounted). The Razer Blade 2016 looked nice, but then the battery life was probably less than I need, it is not available to the UK yet, or with a UK keyboard and looking at price conversions + tax, I am expecting a cost nearer to £1700, which is hard to justify (£1500 was hard enough already!).

    Edit 1: Updated with hyperlinks.
    Edit 2: Just received an email from Scan confirming expected dispatch date of 24th June.
     
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  9. ericheadlo

    ericheadlo Newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    Other than the official reviews from some other websites, I believe I may be one of the first people in the world who have the Gigabyte Aero 14 as a regular joe.

    I have just purchased it at the Gigabyte store in Taipei, Taiwan.

    I have yet to do full upgrades yet (2x 1tb 2280 ssd's), but i'll do the first impression that I have received so far.

    To give perspective to the different qualities of laptops that I have extended uses with are as follows.
    1. 2008 MacBook Pro (before unibody)
    2. 2010 MacBook Pro (unibody)
    3. 2015 Thinkpad x250

    Build Quality
    1. Overall chassis is ridiculously sturdy. with the laptop screen closed, the sturdiness is like of the MacBook pro unibody. With the laptop closed, there is a very very slight flex (I use the word "slight" due to I have no other word to explain) on the logo side of the display. But that goes for almost every single laptop on the market. Quite compact, and it does seem very dense. When holding the Aero 14, there is definitely a sense of packed hardware, but very sturdy.

    Keyboard
    Coming from a extended use of the Thinkpad X250, I would say that the typing experience on the Aero 14 has not been as "swift" in terms of being naturally typing with low error rate. I'll explain the pros and cons of the keyboard.
    1. Key travel feels good, but I get the sense that I it requires a full press in order to input letters. My ring finger and pinky finger tend to miss the input whilst typing. I tend to type pretty heavily, due to the mechanical keyboard I use at the office, so I don't mind that the Aero 14 has tendency to need some heavy input.
    2. The keyboard is rock solid frame, even on the thinkpad x250, I feel some flex at times. The Aero 14 is rock solid in all sense. All keys are wonderfully stable.
    3. The keys are enormous, and perhaps one of the main reasons I am still getting use to typing on it. Coming from the recent Thinkpad X250 daily driver, the keys were smaller and have a curved shape to them.
    4. One thing that I noticed that I have having "mess ups" on my typing is due to the keyboard format. With the home end pgdn pgup on the right, and the macro keys on the left, I tend to "over reach" due to past typing experiences. It use to be that my pinky reaches to the "end" of my laptop to input "enter", but now i'm getting pgup or pgdn. I believe this is a matter of time before you can get use to it.
    OVERALL, A COMBINATION OF THE THINKPAD KEYBOARD, AND AERO 14 KEYBOARD WOULD BE THE OPTIMAL SET UP FOR ME AT LEAST.

    Speakers

    Wow, let me just say that I use to think that the apple products tend to have great on board speakers for laptops. The Aero 14 has some real loud speakers and sound quite good. I have been a DJ for 6 years and I have found that I can get a very good reference to all my songs with the Aero 14 speaker.
    For people who like watching movies and shows, or need to do edits that have audio involved can definitely get the job done. It def doesn't beat a external speaker of great caliber or some great headphones, but it will do the job just fine.

    Display
    From using it for 8 hours only so far, and coming from a 12.5" daily driver, I will say I need some more time to find the balance that is suitable for my eyes. The thinkpad x250 took me a while to get use to, i'm sure the Aero 14 with the QHD display will come with time.
    Colors are nice, and playing around with the preinstalled system software by gigabyte, I can easily switch my displays colors and warmth, while also changing a parameter on blue light protection.
    Physically, no flex on display as well. Decently solid.

    Preinstalled software
    I actually like the main system software it came with to control displays, wifi, Bluetooth, etc etc. I'm sure you can imagine what it does. But overall it's quite convenient to use.

    Fan noise

    Fan noise is "audible" in a very quite room. Quite meaning no AC blowing, or music, or outside traffic noice etc. The Thinkpad X250 didn't activate it's fan until it the cpu is around 50 Celsius. The Aero 14 has a constant fan running at low temps/ idle. The software says like 1200rpm or something. I cranked the fan to 100 percent speed and damn this thing can get freaking loud if necessary. If you have the laptop cooling stands, i'm sure it'll aid the need for the laptop to run really loud.

    Gaming
    Havent gamed yet, cannot say the experience.

    What came with the box
    It came with a gigabyte mouse, and a gigabyte backpack (decent if you don't have one). Mouse is alright, pretty standard, plug in type of mouse. I'm sure you can play any FPS just fine with it.

    Battery
    When I first turned on the laptop, it did say "10 hours of usage" on the battery sign on balance setting for the battery. Due to it being a new system, I still need to turn off a lot of background stuff to aid the battery life. I would like to say it will be very likely it is only a 6-7 hour usage, but we'll see. I don't have any actual testing references. Don't take this info as being accurate.

    Conclusion

    For now, I am happy about the purchase. It's roughly 1800USD from how I bought it.
    I still need to upgrade my 2 slots of ssd to 2x 1tb m.2 2280 ssd's and we'll see how I like it.
    The GTX 970m is to be tested, and I would say that if my assumptions are correct, I can see the system have throttling potential by running too hard. Which for my usage, I tend to optimized the system with lower systems so that it runs cooler.

    Please throw questions at me if you are interested. I'm just a regular user, with regular need. I don't believe i'll be able to answer some very technical stuff, or benchmark (someone can enlighten me on how to do bench mark)

    Sorry for the long post. and don't mind if there are typing errors




     
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    Thanks for that review.
    Just one question, you said the fans run constantly even when in idle. This could probably be eliminated via replacing the thermal paste with a high-end one, undervolting CPU, moving all basic graphics to CPU instead of GPU, reinstalling a clean and optimized windows version without all the bloat and using a cooling pad (with a super silent 800 rpm fan).

    So my question is: can the heatpipes/heatspreader from CPU & GPU be taken off? You'll probably see it anyway when you have to disassemble it for the SSD-upgrade so I am kindly asking if you could provide me some photos from the insides afterwards.
     
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    How was the heat displacement?
     
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