Switching to Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED Laptop

October 10, 2019

After huge support issues with dell, it was time to move on and my target was a creators laptop. The question, was which one?

After 14 months of the Dell XPS15 and a nightmare support experience (read more here), I am making the switch to a new laptop, the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED to be precise.

This time around, I was determined to buy a laptop that came with a better warranty than the one year provided by Dell, and I wanted a local store that I could go back to should I have any difficulties. I did a huge amount of research on what was available to suit my needs, which is that I wanted a computer that is now being called a ‘creators’ computer. A creators computer is essentially a gaming computer with a 4K screen. A creators computer and a gamer’s computer have one thing in common, the need for a powerful graphics card, as it is the graphics card that is used for gaming, and more and more for video editing and photo editing.

Gamers however need a screen that has a fast refresh rate, and 4K screen tech at this point does not offer the kind of speeds they need, but are more than capable for video and photo editing needs. After looking at all offerings currently available, the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED ticked all the boxes, and the key point here is ‘currently available’ as other manufacturers are scrambling to release their own creator laptops, they simply have not hit the market yet.

The list of features the Gigabyte Aero offers is extensive, starting with the gorgeous 4K AMOLED display that is individually calibrated for accuracy before leaving the factory. By all reports, it is the best screen ever put on a laptop to date. Next is the NVIDIA RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card, which is about 5 times more capable than the GTX1050 Ti that was in my Dell XPS.

I have ordered my Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD, but the RAM is expandable to 64GB should I need it, (Update: I have now upgraded to 32GB RAM) and it has a second SSD slot which I will be filling with an Intel 2TB SSD. I ordered the Intel Core i9 version, which is the latest ninth generation Core i9 with 8 cores and 16 threads. In combination with the graphics card, I will have all the power I need for both photo and video editing on the go.

One of the other attractions of the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED is the fact that it is designed with cooling in mind. With a Core i9 and and a RTX 2070 GPU there is a lot of heat to dissipate during heavy workloads such as video rendering, and Gigabyte have not compromised cooling for the sake of design such as one rather fruity computer company tends to do.

Being a photographer, it was important to have an SD card slot on my laptop and the Gigabyte Aero has a fast UHS-II SD Card Reader to make transfers as fast as possible. Included also is an RJ45 Ethernet port, 3 USB 3.1 Ports, 1 USB 3.1/DP1.4 Port, HDMI and Thunderbolt 3, the Gigabyte has all needs covered.

Security is also well considered, offering a fingerprint scanner embedded into the trackpad, and the in-built camera has a physical cover to block it properly.

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