Earlier today we covered Gigabyte’s Computex offerings, and now it’s time to look at what sister company Aorus are cooking up. They’ve announced a new laptop, the X7 DT, which looks like an absolute beast. It’s already won a Computex 2016 Design and Innovation Award, and the specs look just insane.
It comes with an overclocked Core i7-6820K Skylake processor and a desktop-class GTX 980 (no GTX 980M here!) That combo should provide more than enough gaming performance at the laptop’s native 1080p resolution, and also has enough grunt for VR (another rarity for laptop). If the display ran at 120Hz and had G-Sync, then we’d really be talking, but otherwise it’s hard to ask for more.
The other specs are impressive too: 16GB of DDR4 running at 2133MHz, room for up to 4 hard drives (3 M.2 slots with NVMe support, 1 2.5-inch slot for an SSD or mechanical drive) and a full array of ports including HDMI 2.0, USB-C, mini-DisplayPort and 3 USB 3.0 ports.
Interestingly, the X7 DT will also include a ‘Hardware Live Stream Engine’ encoder card, which promises the ability to record and stream in HD without compromising system performance or FPS. If the X7 can deliver on that promise, this could be the ultimate machine for YouTube gamers and Twitch streamers.
Per-key RGB backlighting arrives on Aorus laptops
The X7 DT also comes with the ‘Aorus RGB Fusion keyboard’. The idea here is bringing fully customisable RGB backlighting to the X7’s already respectable keyboard, allowing for custom layouts or a melange of pretty blinking lights.
RGB-backlit keyboards first broke into the mechanical keyboard scene a few years ago, and since then they’ve become a staple on pretty much all high-end models like Razer’s Blackwidow Chroma and Corsair’s Vengeance K70. While I’d prefer to see laptop manufacturers going for mechanical key switches, it’s still nice to see some influence from the keyboarding world.
The laptop certainly looks the business, and hopefully we’ll have a chance to get it in to review once it’s available later this year.
More camo laptops coming soon
Aorus also announced that it would be offering the X3 and X7 laptops in special 2016 MultiCam editions, after the success of the initial MultiCam X5. We thought the camo edition X5 was the best gaming laptop we’d seen to date, so it’s nice that Aorus have expanded the offering here.
That’s all the Aorus news for now. We’re already looking to get these laptops in to test, so stay tuned and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!