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Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) Review

Gigabyte Aorus 17G Review

Ampere is already on laptops, with Gigabyte’s 2021 refresh of the Aorus 17G specifically exhibiting our first opportunity to have a view of how RTX 3080 works on mobile. It possesses a 300Hz display to an Aorus laptop for the first time and sees the return of Aorus’s mobile physical-mechanical keyboard. 

Aorus 17G Design

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The Gigabyte Aorus is thick. The thick design looks retro compared to recent slim designs from other brands like the ASUS TUF Dash or the MSI GE66 Raider. But it’s nothing to worry about. You get the advantages because of the Gigabyte Aorus 17G weighing approximately the same as two boxes of wine, with a significant building quality factor. 

The chassis consists of CNC milled aluminum. It didn’t flex or warp in places where pressure is applied and at the ventilation area across the top of the keyboard.

As regards the keyboard, it is certainly not a real mechanical keyboard. It has to be thrust into a tiny space, but the essential features are all available, and this makes it extraordinary on a laptop. The OMRON mechanical switches tried to possess a 1.6mm actuation distance regardless of the congested conditions, and it also sounds pleasantly clicky.

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The laptop’s appearance doesn’t possess a worthless gamer aesthetic, but the RGB lighting shines via the Gigabyte logo on the lid and the keyboard. Without those rainbow lights, you might think it’s an old business laptop. Since the chassis isn’t upgraded, it quite bland when compared to its competitors.

The matte black finish on the aluminum case withstands fingerprints quite well and can be wiped down easily. Well, this feels like it’s a top that resists stress if you’re thinking of purchasing a more delicate device, but it would be wrong if you’re intentionally trying to damage your new hardware to test this personally.

The power button is located centrally on the open laptop on the keyboard, which stops it from being mistakenly pressed when typing. The size of the button is quite imposing and makes the layout look a bit awkward, but its advantage exceeds the absence of visual appeal.

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The webcam is positioned above the power button, which is similar to the former model, so you still have an unattractive under-chin angle on video calls if you need to make them. However, webcams are not really the major selling point of gaming-dedicated devices, but if you want a camera that’s good for conferencing, broadcasting, and streaming, you can get a different webcam.

The webcam was placed on the laptop base probably because of the slim bezels of the display, leaving little space for extra hardware, and if that occurs in order to have such a pleasant screen, it’s worth it. The 17.3-inch 1080p display is uniquely color accurate and bright, with an astonishing 300Hz refresh rate, enabling you to play competitive titles such as Apex Legends or Valorant in the highest possible FPS.

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At the sides of the device, you’ll see ethernet, HDMI, a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, dedicated audio jacks for both input and output, a mini display port (DP), three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and a full-sized SD card reader. All these make it an excellent choice for creative professionals such as photographers or 3D artists.

Aorus 17G Performance

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This updated Gigabyte Aorus 17G is one of the most recent gaming laptops that possesses Nvidia’s new RTX 3000 series of laptop graphics cards. The review configuration features an RTX 3070. Since its release, the desktop GPUs have been a terrifying dream to get hold of. With prices being increased, buying one of these costly latest gaming laptops is an appropriate economical option.

It possesses an Intel Core i7-10870H CPU and 32GB of RAM to help the Nvidia GPU power all your games and software, making this triple threat one of the most potent but expensive gaming laptops that are available in the market.

Fortunately, for people with deep pockets, the specs translate awesomely well to real-world performance. For instance, Metro Exodus, a graphically demanding game, scored on average 68fps on Ultra settings to enjoy the title with a pleasant and smooth gaming experience. 

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It was also observed that the boot times for games were incredibly fast, with titles such as Rust launching in 30 seconds. You also get to enjoy Nvidia RTX benefits, with ray tracing effects available in supported games to help improve your experience, regularly at the cost of frame rate. Also, you get the benefit of DLSS support. With the assistance of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), you get to enjoy enhanced graphics without being worried about the influence on actual game performance.

The 32GB of RAM seems to be a bit excessive for people who are only in need of a dedicated gaming laptop. Still, for professionals, this additional memory (and several other available ports) would make this an excellent option for people who want a device for remote working. This 32GB of RAM makes it a fantastic multitasking device. It’s one of the few gaming laptops that can easily manage live streaming while gaming,  so this is also worth buying if you’re a creative professional.

Aorus 17G Battery life 

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Regarding the battery, the battery life of the Gigabyte Aorus 17G is reasonably appealing for a gaming laptop. It has about six hours of use without connecting to a power source. It is more impressive than its competitors like the Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733, which has a lesser battery life of about four hours and 43 minutes. Gaming laptops can’t run on battery for a long time because of how much power their powerful hardware needs to run flawlessly and efficiently. But a regular gaming session runs between three to five hours, so this device shouldn’t give you any worry about playing without charging. This chunky device isn’t the best option for people who want laptops that can game on the go due to its weight.

Aorus 17G Keypad and Touchpad 

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The Gigabyte Aorus 17G is different from its competitors because of the availability of a full physical-mechanical keyboard. It possesses a number pad and full-size keys, with an easy-to-read Arial font and media controls put into its Fn row. The full per-key RGB and low clicky profile Omron changes with 2.5mm of key travel and a 1.6mm actuation point hence, making the gaming implications noticeable. Also, it has perfectly smooth keycaps. 

While the 4.1 x 2.8 precision touchpad is satisfyingly smooth without ditching, friction is needed for exact input and adequately managed multitouch. The fingerprint reader is located on the top-left corner, though, making it unusable for input.

Conclusion 

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Built with an RTX 3070, this is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and latest gaming laptops on the market. Also one of the best-integrated laptop keyboards available. It sets an incredible example of how an exceptional laptop keyboard must be. It’s a weighty laptop, but for people who want a few additional hours of game play on the go, this is the best option due to the appealing battery life.

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