GIGABYTE has introduced an upgraded version of its Aero 14 thin gaming notebook, upgrading to NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060GPU with  6 GB of GDDR5 memory. The system has similar specs and features as the model introduced back in June, but now it offers better performance in games and GPU-accelerated workflows.

The GIGABYTE Aero 14 is among the thinnest laptops on the market today. The PC comes in chassis made of aluminum and plastic available with three color options for the display lid: black, green and orange. The Aero 14 is 19.9 mm thick, it weighs around 1.9 kilograms and is equipped with a 94.24 WHr lithium-ion polymer battery that provides a rated 10-hour battery life which is in-line with that of modern business notebooks. Display options for the notebook are limited to an IPS panel with anti-glare coating and 2560×1440 resolution.

The internals of the new GIGABYTE Aero 14 remained generally the same as in the initial model since the manufacturer decided not to wait for Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake-H CPUs, but has thrown in an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (1280 stream processors, 80 texture units, 64 raster operations pipelines) to be competitive against direct rivals such as the Razer Blade, which also comes with the GTX 1060 now. Since the new Pascal-based GPU offers considerably higher performance than its predecessors at the same TDP, it will significantly improve user experience during gameplay, especially when it comes to demanding titles, or uses less power for similar performance to the previous generation. Moreover, as NVIDIA is naturally phasing-out its Maxwell offerings, PC makers have to upgrade GPUs in their systems.

Just like the initial model, the new GIGABYTE Aero 14 is based on the Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor (four cores with Hyper-Threading technology, 2.6/3.5 GHz 6 MB LLC cache, 45 W TDP, dual-channel memory controller, integrated Intel Gen9 graphics core) as well as the HM170 PCH. The system features 8 or 16 GB of DDR4-2400 memory (up to 32 GB is supported), and a single M.2 slot suitable for up to a 1 TB M.2-2280 SSD (PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA interface) with up to 2 GB/s read speed.

Meanwhile, I/O capabilities of GIGABYTE’s Aero 14 include a 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.1 wireless module, one USB 3.1 Type-C header, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a TRRS audio connector, an SD card reader, an HD webcam, built-in 1.5 W speakers and a microphone as well as an HDMI 2.0 and an mDP display output. Finally, to make the Aero 14 more appealing to gamers, GIGABYTE included a keyboard featuring five programmable keys to simplify input of complex key combinations.

Pricing of the new GIGABYTE Aero 14 depends on exact configuration and location. For example, Amazon currently offers the Aero 14Wv6-GN4 laptop with the Core i7-6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB, 16 GB of DDR4-2400 memory (one module) and a 512 GB SATA SSD for $1699. Other configurations may be more affordable or expensive. In the meantime, Newegg is still selling the Aero 14 with the GeForce GTX 965M for $1349.

*Many thanks to digiguy for corrections.

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  • darth415 - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    My XPS 15 can charge and run from the type C, but if you start playing a game or something it will discharge unless you have the standard charger plugged in.
  • WinterCharm - Sunday, December 11, 2016 - link

    Yet another thing to lug around.
  • nathanddrews - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    "Macro Function: One-click Execution in Any Game

    The exclusive Macro Keys and Macro Hub functions are capable of setting combination keys for complicated operations. With rapid responses of Macro Keys, you can trigger numerous attacks simultaneously, ensuring the pure dominance of the field"
  • wicketr - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    Well that's less exciting. It'd be nice to save some battery by turning off the nVidia card when not needed. So is the "G" icon a 6th macro key, or to turn all the macro keys off/on?
  • digiguy - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    This is done automatically via Optimus
  • digiguy - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    A couple of corrections: there is full hd variant, that was only for the old model. Something else has changed in addition to the GPU from the old model. One of the 2 M.2 slot has been removed. As you said, the slot supports both SATA and PCIe (the old 2 ones did too). And the speakers have been slightly increased to 2W from 1.5W.
  • digiguy - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    *there is no full hd
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    Going to need a source on them removing one of the two M.2 slots.
  • digiguy - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    not sure I understand what you mean, but there is already a video review of the new model that shows it clearly and the specs of the new model confirm it
  • GTRagnarok - Monday, December 5, 2016 - link

    It's in the specs sheet on Gigabyte's website. That's really disappointing, losing one of the slots. I don't see why they removed it either. The new model appears to be exactly the same except for the upgraded GPU and speakers.

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