Gigabyte entered in the ultimate battle of the premium general purpose notebooks with their Aero 14K series. But to compete with the competing notebooks like the Razer Blade, MSI GS43VR and Alienware 13 R3 it has to perform matchlessly. Today we’ll check out Gigabyte Aero 14K V7-CF2. To know how this notebook performed read on.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (7th Gen), 2.8 GHz
- GPU – 4 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
- Memory – 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4, extendable upto 32 GB
- Screen – 14-inch Quad HD IPS (2,560 x 1,440)
- Storage – 256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor along with 16 gigs of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The SSD is lightning fast with sequential transfer rate well over 1 GBps, although sooner or later the limited storage would gonna be an issue for you. It in general performed pretty well and placed itself well above the average.
- GPU – It houses an NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti GPU which is in general 25% faster than the GTX 1050. One important thing to notice is that it would be almost always impossible to play games in the native QHD resolution, although it can generally handle any title in Medium to High settings in 1080p display resolution.
- Battery – It includes a gigantic 94 Wh battery. It makes it stay alive for even more than 7 hours despite the high resolutioned display and the powerful GPU. It’s a thing that you don’t witness every day.
- Display – It comes with a 14-inch QHD display. The QHD panel is really something that you don’t really see every day in a multimedia notebook. The colour coverage and the contrast ratio are excellent in short making the visuals crystal clear. If I had to choose one thing about the display that I don’t like then it has to be the relatively low brightness (250 nits).
- Thunderbolt 3 – It certainly includes a plenty of useful ports including 3 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a mini display port and an SD card reader. But the most interesting inclusion has to be the Thunderbolt 3 port.
- Price – Now, this machine certainly is not for those who want a gaming machine on a strict budget. Priced at £1500, it’s a bit expensive considering the fact that it’s got only a GTX 1050Ti, not the more powerful GTX 1060. But again, you get a QHD panel at that price. So it’s a trade-off between the gaming prowess and the display quality.
- Cooling – The system surely can get heated due to the decently powerful GTX 1050Ti. After a bit of intense gaming, the temperature at the top of the keyboard deck got as high as 53°C. Now, that’s surely a bit uncomfortable.
It’s a curious case. It has got a QHD display which is not a common sight at all as told, it provides nearly 8 hours of battery life and it’s definitely pretty portable. But on the other hand, it’s a bit expensive for what it’s offering. In short, if you want a great gaming cum multimedia notebook which is at the same time good for carrying around often then this would be a great option.