The Gigabyte 7th generation of Aero laptops is one of the most impressive creations from Gigabyte’s laptop division. While it is cheaper than the much sleeker Razer Blade Stealth, specs wise, it does trump the Blade in several areas.
For a 14.0″ ultra slim notebook, it offers some of the most impressive specs I’ve ever seen equipped to such a tiny chassis. Included is an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GPU, a 3k QHD 1440P 14″ display, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB M.2 SSD (though it is SATA vs the faster NVME variants), and most impressive, a 94.24 Wh battery for up to 10 hours of battery life when casually web browsing.
Gigabyte has been on the more simplistic design level when it comes to it’s notebooks. However that isn’t a bad thing. There are quite few people who distaste the whole “gaming laptop” look with red accents, red dragons, fancy shrouds with RGB leds and exhaust ports that look like sports exhausts from a Lamborghini. The Aero 14Wv7 comes in three colors, orange, green and black. Be warned, the green and orange variants come in bright versions of their colors.
The black variant comes with orange accents on the bottom rear of the lid, which I must say looks quite nice. Interestingly the orange variant features an orange lid with the bottom part of the lid being black, while the green variant comes with an entirely green lid with black accents. So when choosing a color, your also choosing a specific design choice with that color.
Performance And Functionality:
The Aero 14Wv7 can do a lot of stuff you typically never see in a 14″ form factor, with specs that you typically see in mid-range high performance gaming notebooks, you will be able to play your games at high FPS, and rendering stuff quite quickly.
The Core i7-7700HQ you get is the full fat variant, not the nerfed version with a reduced TDP designed for ultra slim form factors. So whether your video editing, or doing content creation in Photoshop, it will be just as fast as any other high performance notebook in this price segment.
The GTX 1060 GPU inside is quite good, however because of the notebooks resolution of 1440P, you won’t be able to crank up the settings to ultra and get a constant 60+fps. If your willing to disable one or two graphical settings, you can easily push past 60fps and get a very good gaming experience.
Connectivity is also quite impressive, Gigabyte has done an excellent job in not sacrificing connectivity for a slimmer design.
SD Card Reader
1x USB 3.0
1x HDMI 2.0
1x USB Type-C
1x Mini Display Port
2x USB 3.0
What shines the most is the 94 watt hour battery packed in this machine, it is a very good battery. Capable of going up to 10 hours of battery life for casual web browsing, and 5 hours for more intensive tasks. If you find yourself on the go a lot or work at places where finding a wall outlet is hard to get at, the battery life on this machine will easily get you thru the day.
This is a battery benchmark from Notebook Review’s battery test. They ran a combination of web browsing, word processing, gaming, and video playback workloads. This got them to a max battery life of 5 hours and 10 minutes (full review is in the link at the end of this overview). (ie. The Aero 14 Notebook Review tested is the 14Wv6 variant with a slightly older skylake i7-6700HQ and GTX 970M.)
According to Trusted Review’s, the CPU temperatures during gaming were 80C (very good for a notebook of this caliber), and 74C on the GPU. Trusted Review’s was also reviewing the v6 variant with the 970M and I7-7700HQ so temperatures might not exactly be the same, however, they will still be very similar to the i7-7700HQ and GTX 1060. Ambient temps were 18C.
While these are good temperatures, keep in mind that because the Aero is an ultra slim notebook, that means the fans have to ramp up which means lot of noise. So expect to have a noisy gaming experience if you plan to game on this laptop for hours on end. However a pair of headphones should fix this.
While the Aero 14Wv7 might not have the appeal or elegant lines of a Razer blade Stealth or Macbook Pro, it does make that up for very powerful specs. The fact that this laptop packs more battery life (almost double) and more powerful specs than the Razer Blade Stealth for a lower price is absolutely spectacular! So kudo’s to Gigabyte.
For the price, the Aero 14 is, hands down, the best 14 inch gaming notebook on the market. It fits an absolute ton of workloads, whether it’s video editing, 3d modeling, photo editing, or gaming, it can do it all!
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core 2.80Ghz (3.8Ghz Turbo)
GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5
RAM: Singe Stick of 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory. (Upgradable to 32GB)
Storage: 512GB M.2 SATA 3 SSD
Wireless: 802.11ac Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2
Ports: 3x USB 3.0 (Type-A), 1x USB 3.1 (Type-C), 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.0, SD Card Reader
Audio: Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater, 2 Watt Speakers.
Power: 150-watt AC adapter
Battery: Li Polymer 94.24 Wh
Weight: 4.17 lbs.
Dimensions (W x D x H): 13.19″ x 9.84″ x 0.78″