For a long time, compromises were made when buying a laptop. When they are tall and powerful, they are often heavy, loud and have poor battery life. When they are thin and light, they often lack the strength. However, today you should not have to compromise – and the latest Gigabyte AERO 17 is the perfect example of why. Whether you need a laptop for resource-intensive design work, hardcore games, or just watching movies and watch TV, this 17.3-inch, large-screen, portable powerhouse has it all.
The first thing to keep in mind is that while 17-inches are firmly in the field of desktop replacement laptops, the days when you have to deal with a bulky, unsustainable form factor are over. Despite its generous screen size, the AERO 17 is only 21mm thick, less than 40cm wide and weighs only 2.5kg – core specifications that you would normally associate with a 15 "laptop case. Add to that a better battery life with Microsoft Azure AI, which can last up to 8 hours, and you have a surprisingly portable machine.
A display that handles everything effortlessly
One reason for the compact housing is that the 17.3-inch screen is only 3mm thick at the top and sides. If you're worried that a lack of volume equals a lack of features, do not worry: the screen options of the AERO 17 are among the best on the market. You can choose between two different screens so you can choose the right one for you. For gamers, Gigabyte has built a LG-produced Full HD 1080p IPS panel, which operates at 144 Hz speed for ultra-fluid, precise motion performance for the ultimate in gaming experience. For content creators or movie fans, the second option is an Ultra HD 4K HDR panel with a brightness of 400 cd / m2 according to the VESA-certified DisplayHDR 400 standard – which means it's perfect for editing (or even just streaming ) of High Dynamic Range 4K movies and TV shows.
In addition, all AERO 17 displays support 100% of Adobe's RGB color gamut and are certified for Pantone color calibration by X-Rite. Gigabyte optimizes each screen individually before leaving the factory, and is immediately ready to perform sophisticated, color-accurate work. In short, the color performance and consistency is so great that even the most demanding graphic designers can rely on their accuracy.
The screen is not the only display element that has the latest certifications. The entire AERO 17 supports Nvidia's RTX Studio technologies, which means it provides superior reliability for creative apps, fast ray-tracing performance, and AI-based processing. This standard is particularly demanding and it is not surprising that the AERO 17 not only fulfills this, but also blows it out of the water.
No compromises, inside or out
The top-of-the-line AERO 17 models will feature the best consumer laptop components on the market in 2019. The options can be scaled up to Intel's eight-core Core i9-9980HK processor (for the first time, eight-core chips are available for laptops). Along with 64 GB dual-channel Samsung RAM, Nvidia's first-class RTX 2080 graphics chip and a huge and fast 1 TB PCIe hard drive. Whether you play or render, this is one of the fastest portable devices currently available.
Of course, if all this power is more than you really need, Gigabyte has still covered you. There are eight different AERO 17 models available in Australia, priced between very affordable AU $ 2,599 and "only for professionals" AU $ 6,299. Whatever you choose, you'll find a model that meets your specific needs, and potentially great savings can be made if you need less storage space, need less graphics, or are satisfied with a Full HD screen, for example.
Whichever you choose, you can be sure that the performance of your AERO 17 remains discreet. Gone are the days when a high-performance laptop sounded like a loud, boisterous fan. Gigabyte's latest cooling technology is called SupraCool 2 and is based on two 71-sheet fans, five heat pipes and 11 vents. These components work together to push the maximum heat out of the case without disturbing even the quietest, chic design studios.
Perfect for playing and working
That does not mean that the AERO 17 can not make any noise if you so desire. The built-in speakers provide a surprisingly impressive surround sound. Combined with the incredible graphics of the 4K-17-inch display, this is an excellent option to watch HDR movies or shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video – either alone or with a friend or two.
When it comes to gaming, the AERO 17 also provides plenty. Each model comes with a gaming-ready Nvidia GeForce GPU, which allows the screen to be operated at buttery frame rates. And with built-in Nahimic 3D audio technology, you can pinpoint where sounds come from in the virtual battlefield.
While it's good to know that a laptop can do any job well, it's also important to know that interacting with it is great! The AERO 17's new keyboard offers better responsiveness compared to previous generation AERO devices, a full size keypad, and arrow keys. The integrated RGB Fusion 2.0 backlight system is brighter than ever. In the meantime, the trackpad supports multiple finger gestures and includes a fingerprint reader that is compatible with the highly secure Windows Hello login.
Other premium features include a HD webcam with privacy, powerful killer network and the latest wireless 6-AX1650 wireless connection. It also offers all the connectivity features you would expect from a 1 Gbps Ethernet port, two audio jacks, three USB 3.1 Type A ports, two USB-C ports (both supporting Thunderbolt 3) and DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI expect 2.0. There is also an ultra-high-speed SD card reader (UHS-II) that offers transfer speeds of up to 300 Mbps. All in all, it's a perfect setup for creatives that rely on external storage, multiple peripherals, and external displays.
If you invest in such a machine, you can of course assume that it looks good, and the AERO 17 will not disappoint you. The aluminum housing uses state-of-the-art cutting technology and nanoprint lithography to create a design inspired by science fiction. What's left you is a classic device that exudes sophistication, whether it's in a chic, creative office or in the bleakest gaming LAN.
A great laptop is more than the sum of its many parts. So you want to know that such complex machines are durable and reliable. The good news is that Gigabyte has a long history of developing advanced technologies, and the AERO 17 offers a generous two-year warranty.
And if the certainty is not enough to bring you up to date, there's an additional, time-limited bonus: Gigabyte buys a free laptop backpack and a free 12-month Office 365 subscription with each AERO 17 ,
Whether you're a gamer, designer or just the best general entertainment laptop, check out the AERO 17 for its unbeatable combination of performance and portability.
For more information about the AERO 17 series, visit the official Gigabyte Australia product pages:
Where to buy
The Gigabyte Aero 17 is available in Australia from the following online retailers:
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