The Aero 14 series is one of the lesser known gaming cum multimedia notebook series. The slightly high price tag makes it compete with the rival notebooks like the Razer Blade and MSI GS43VR. This time we’re gonna check out, Gigabyte Aero 14K V7-CF4G- a moderately equipped model from Gigabyte.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (7th Gen), 2.8 GHz
- GPU – 4 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- Meimory – 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 – As expected from a gaming laptop, it sure packs some power. This specific model comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM (expandable up to 32 GB) and a 256 GB SSD. Although the NVMe SSD is a bit small for your gaming needs it sure is fast. As a result, Aero 14K is able to handle even your most demanding needs pretty efficiently.
- GPU – It’s equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU which, in general, can be considered as a high-level starter grade GPU. It can usually run all the titles at 1080p resolution in Medium to High settings. You can even make it run some of the low-demanding titles like BioShock Infinite (90 fps in 1080p Ultra) or the Tomb Raider (74 fps in 1080p Ultra) in the highest Ultra settings.
- Battery – It has got a pretty big 94 Wh battery under its hood. In spite of being a gaming laptop and housing a 3K display, it stayed up for even more than 8 hours while doing net surfing jobs. That’s really a rarity for such a gaming notebook.
- Portability – While it’s a capable gaming notebook it’s also portable enough at the same time to slide it easily in your backpack. Even at the thickest part, it’s merely 19.9 mm thick (much less than even an inch) and it weighs only 1.8 kg. That’s an excellent showing for a gaming machine.
- Display – The 14-inch QHD display is pretty decent overall. The colour reproduction capabilities (90% sRGB coverage) and the contrast ratio (1000:1) are actually pretty good for a mid ranged gaming laptop. But at the same time, the brightness of the panel is relatively pretty darn low at 260 nits. It’s way lower than the category average of 280 nits. That’s really a shame for such a great display.
- Price – Now the £1500 price tag is pretty steep for a starter gaming laptop like Aero 14K. You can get some notebooks that house a GTX 1060 (or even a low powered GTX 1070) at that price.
It’s a great package. It looks good, feels light, runs like a steed and most importantly, lasts much more than the others on charge. The only issue that bugs me is the plastic build and the relatively dim panel. But other than that it’s perfect for your basic gaming needs.