Gigabyte announce slim Aero 14 laptop

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It’s Computex 2016, and that means big announcements from PC makers across the world. Gigabyte took the chance to announce a completely new laptop, the Aero 14. After 66 P-series laptops, it’s definitely time for a change – so let’s take a look at the new blood, which Gigabyte claim is the ‘most portable 14-inch laptop’.

Where past Gigabyte laptops tended to have rounded corners and a uniform thickness, the Aero series sports a boxier look, with thicker sections to accommodate ports on each side and a full aluminium build. Still, the total thickness is just 19.9mm, a millimetre thinner than the P34G v5 we reviewed recently. The 14-inch model comes with a 2560 x 1440 IPS screen, which sits atop a redesigned keyboard and an expansive touchpad.


When it comes to the internals, we’re looking at a familiar spec sheet for a 2016 Gigabyte laptop: a Core i7-6700HQ processor and GTX 970M GPU, backed with 8 or 16GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM. The port layout is also familiar, with a USB-C port, three USB 3.0 ports, mini Display Port, HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm headphone and an SD card reader shared out between the two sides. A USB-to-ethernet adapter is also available.

Storage is more interesting, with no option for a mechanical hard drives as we’ve seen in the past. Instead, there’s room for two M.2 SSDs, which can operate over PCI-e (NVMe) or SATA. Could we see a RAID0 setup here, then? That would be pretty sweet.



Battery life should also be improved over earlier Gigabyte laptops, as capacity has been improved substantially. The P34G v5 had a 61.25Wh battery, while the Aero 14 has a 94.24Wh battery. While the higher resolution 1440p screen of the Aero might make up some of the difference, we should still expect almost a 50% gain in longevity.

The Aero 14 will be available later this year (I assume) in green, orange and black. We’ll be looking to get a unit in for review, so stay tuned for that!

Which colour do you like the best? I’m quite partial to the green, but I think the orange might have some legs too. And if you’re really boring (or you have to pretend this laptop is for work), then the black might work too.


Last modified: August 20, 2016

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