Best Mechanical Keyboard In A Laptop! Aorus 15G Review
. My unit has an 8 core Intel: i7 processor, Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Max Q, graphics and 16gb of memory in dual channel with a 240Hz screen.. There are different specs available, though you can check others and updated prices in the video description.. Overall, build quality is decent, but the design will come down to personal taste as thats subjective its a little too aggressive for me.. The lid interior and bottom panel are all aluminium with a silver finish.. It feels quite solid, the edges werent too bad, but could feel a little sharp on the front depending on the angle you brush up against them, but I never had an issue during normal use.. Despite the metal lid, there was some flex, though the hinges felt smooth and sturdy, and there were no problems opening it up with one finger. It felt pretty well balanced and sat fine on my lap. Chassis flex was pretty average again no problems at all during everyday use., My config weighed under 2.3kg and were looking at 3.1kg or 6.9lb with the 230 watt power, brick and cables for charging included.. The width and depth are decent for a 15 inch gaming laptop though its a little thicker compared to others with similar specs Ive recently tested, but well see if this helps improve temperatures. Soon.. The smaller footprint results in 6mm thin screen bezels on the sides, but with a thicker bottom chin.. There are different screen options available. Ive got the 15.
6 1080p 240Hz option. Theres, no G, Sync or option of disabling Optimus here and although the graphics are Max Q, theres no Dynamic Boost in this unit., I measured the screens average grey to grey response time at around 7.7ms theres a link in the Description, if you need an explanation on these numbers., Its close to a lot of other laptops tested, but we need 4.16ms for all transitions to occur within the refresh window. Ive, measured colour gamut with the Spyder 5 and got 97 of sRGB 68 of NTSC 74 of Adobergb and 74 of DCI P3. At 100 brightness were looking at 319 nits and an 880 to 1 contrast ratio. So some fair results for a gaming, panel. Gigabyte calibrates it too. So it should have a Delta E of less than 1.. Backlight bleed was a little patchy, but I never noticed it during normal use, but this will vary between laptops. Theres, a dead pixel near the center of the left, half but thats just my review unit. So I have no idea if some other reviewer may have caused that it would get shipped around a lot. Either way. I wouldnt expect that issue. If you were to buy it as most companies will let you return for that. Theres, a 720p camera underneath the screen and its got a physically sliding privacy shutter, but no Windows, Hello, support., As that camera is down the bottom theres no way of adjusting it.. This is what typing on the mechanical keyboard sounds like, and your fingers do kind of get in the way, a bit.
Heres. What it sounds like if we set the fan to full speed. Its pretty loud and its not doing a great job of isolating my voice.. The mechanical keyboard is what makes the 15G unique thats just not a common feature that we see in gaming, laptops., The Omron switches have 2.5mm of key travel and a 1.6mm actuation point.. They felt great to type with compared to most other laptops heres. How typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. So definitely louder. Key presses, which is typically the nature of mechanical switches.. All keys and secondary key functions are illuminated. Its got per key RGB lighting and has 2 levels of key brightness, which can be adjusted by holding function and pressing the spacebar.. I like that. The power button is above the keyboard in the center, so no chance of an accidental mispress, and there appears to be some air ventilation holes back here. Too. The precision touchpad clicks down anywhere and feels very smooth to the touch. It worked fine but felt a little small, maybe its just in my head, as some is taken up by the fingerprint scanner in the top left corner.. I found it to work fast enough and it still worked. Fine, even with my finger on different angles. Fingerprints, dont show up too much on the silver metal.. They were more noticeable on the black touchpad and keys, but theyre easy to clean off the smooth surface, with a microfiber cloth.
On the left from the back theres, an air exhaust vent, HDMI 2.0 and mini DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port 3.5mm audio Combo jack and gigabit ethernet port., The ethernet port, might get in the way, but this is preferable than the right hand side.. On the right from the front, there are two more USB 3.1 Gen1 Type: A ports, Thunderbolt 3 Type C port, full size, UHS II, SD card slot, the power input and an air exhaust on this side. Too., The HDMI and Mini DisplayPorts on the left are connected directly to the Nvidia graphics, so good to go for VR. However, the Type C port on the right goes via the Intel, integrated graphics and you cannot charge the laptop over Type C. The back is just air exhaust vents and nothing on the front other than these sort of holes or vents in the middle.. The Aorus logo. On the lid lights, up white from the screen’s backlight so cannot be modified.. Underneath the back, half of the machine is pretty much all air ventilation which is great to see. This is something Gigabyte have done in many of their models.. Getting inside involved taking out 12 TR6 screws and inside weve got the battery down the front two M.2 storage slots, one on the left of the battery and the other on the right above it.. The WiFi 6 card is above this one and the two memory slots are near the middle.
. The two 2w speakers are towards the front on the left and right sides.. I didnt like how they sound at max. They just sounded high, pitched and almost painful better at lower volume, but still tinny without bass.. The latencymon results looked alright though., Like many other laptops from Gigabyte. The 15G has a 94Wh battery. Ive tested it with keyboard lighting off background apps, disabled and with the screen set to 50 brightness.. The results were reasonable with over 6 and a half hours in the YouTube playback test, but not as good as some others, especially those Ryzen options towards the top. Lets check out. Thermals next. Weve got a couple of fans for cooling and two heatpipes shared between CPU and GPU, along with some VRM coverage., The Aorus control center software has a lot of customization available.. There are 5 different levels. We can set the CPU to and 2 for the GPU. Ive got the power limits these set listed on the left, but none of the modes applied any overclocks.. Along with that. There are three built in fan: profiles, quiet, normal and gaming, which offer different fan curves. But youve also got the option of defining your own for optimal performance.. You can also press the function and escape keys to set the fan to max speed at any time.. Unfortunately, undervolting was disabled by default and I didnt see any option to enable it in the default BIOS. However, it appears people have modded it to allow this, but use that at your own risk it definitely wouldnt be covered under warranty.
Thermals were tested with a 21 degree Celsius. Ambient room, temperature. Idle results down. The bottom were, fine. Stress tests were done with Aida64 CPU test and Heaven GPU test. At the same time and gaming was tested with Watch Dogs 2.. The Zero slash, Zero numbers refer to the CPU, then GPU power levels that can be defined in the control center. Software, so the lowest power options, while five slash one, would mean max power.. The CPU is thermal throttling any time its at 90 degrees Celsius, so Gigabyte are capping it here, rather than letting it run rampant.. I only saw the GPU thermal throttle while gaming with the normal fan profile but boosting the fan, speed removed that. Now I know people just hear thermal throttling and get turned off, but some people prefer a lower cap like this. Instead of it being limited to running up to 100., These are the clock speeds from the same tests.. Interestingly, the clock speeds of the GPU are highest in quiet. Mode. CPU speeds improve as we increase the fan speed, as we saw in the last graph. It was always thermal throttling at 90 degrees outside of quiet mode in these heavy tests.. Even with the fan maxed out and a cooling pad, though we were a fair bit off the all core turbo boost speed of the i7 10875H. If we had the option of undervolting wed be able to close the gap., These are the power levels being hit in these same tests.
With the GPU set to the lowest mode. It runs at 80 watts as expected and was otherwise at 90 watts.. The CPU power limit is increasing as cooling improves. In quiet mode. I found it interesting that XTU was reporting current limit throttling rather than power limit throttling, so not sure how they are limiting performance in that mode. Heres. What were looking at with a CPU only workload, Cinebench R20.. We have the option to further boost performance by using XTU or Throttlestop to increase the power limit above the default max of 62 watts.. I didnt do this in the previous CPU plus GPU loads, as thermals were a limit anyway, so it wouldnt have done anything. When we look at how the best case boosted result compares with other laptops, well its not great., To be fair, its better than the Razer Blade 15 advanced, which has the same processor thats towards the bottom and hanging out with the 6 core options, but still the Aorus is one of the lower 8 core results. Ive recorded both for single and multicore performance.. The keyboard area was sitting in the mid 30s at idle, pretty standard and no problem., With the stress tests running in the lowest performance mode, with the quiet fan curve, its still on the cooler side. Its pretty similar when we boost the power limits and step up To the faster normal fan curve and again not too different with the gaming fan curve, enabled the higher fan speed counters the increased temperatures that would be associated with the performance boost.
With the fans manually set to maximum its doing extremely well. The wrist rest and WASD area was, in the low 20s worst case, its low 30s in the middle of the keyboard. So very cool to the touch given whats going on inside lets have a listen to those fans.. The fans were basically silent at idle, then got progressively louder. Stepping up from quiet to normal to gaming. Max fan. Speed is on another level compared to the others, which explains why it was so cool to the touch, even under heavy stress test.. I look at this as a good thing, though, as there is granular fan control here, youve got the option of tuning it. How you like, which beats a lot of other laptops that just force you to a couple of options., Now lets check out how the Aorus 15G performs in games and compare it with some other laptops. In Battlefield, 5 Ive got the Aorus 15G highlighted in red. Compared To others, its doing pretty well for a 90 watt GPU similar to the higher wattage non super version in the 7i just underneath. Unfortunately, I dont have a whole lot of 2070 super data yet to compare to.. These are the results from Far Cry 5, with ultra settings in the built in benchmark., Its just 7 FPS below the 2080 Super at the same 90 watt power limit in the Blade 15 advanced, like Ive, always said, though theres generally diminishing returns for your money.
Once you go above, the 2060. Shadow of the Tomb, Raider was also tested with the games benchmark tool with the highest setting preset, and the results are pretty similar to the other games.. Now, for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike Timespy and Port Royal from 3DMark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review. Videos at 4K and the Aorus was alright compared to higher GPU options. But at the same time, not that much ahead of the lower specced and cheaper Y540. Ive also tested Premiere, but with the Puget systems benchmark, which also accounts for things like live playback rather than just export times. Its getting exactly the same score as the MSI Creator. 17, with the lower wattage 2080 Super max q. In Adobe Photoshop, the Aorus was lower compared to the others, which makes sense, as this is a processor heavier test, though not quite as bad as the more expensive blade. 15 advanced, as that has harsher power limit caps.. In DaVinci resolve its actually doing quite well, the score was much higher this time, as this test is more GPU focussed compared to the last one. Ive also tested SPECviewperf, which tests out various professional 3D workloads. Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 1Tb NVMe M.2 SSD was ok, not as good as most others tested though.
The UHS II SD slot was pretty good, though close to maxing out my V90 card, and the card sticks out a bit when inserted. For updated prices check the links in the description as Prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US. The 6 core with 1660 Ti starts at 1700, USD. 200. More gets you the 8 core with 2060, then its a 400 step up for the 2070 Super Max Q, Ive tested here.. The non Super is currently on sale for less than the 2060 though. Here in Australia were looking at 2700 AUD for the 1660 Ti model, then more based on the spec., As you could get the CPU plus GPU combo for less elsewhere. I can only assume the extras, like the mechanical keyboard, are pushing it up. With all of that in mind. Lets conclude by summarising the good and bad aspects of the Aorus 15G gaming laptop to help you decide if its worthwhile., The keyboard is definitely the star of the show.. If youre someone that does a lot of typing but doesnt need to do it in a quiet area, then the mechanical keyboard alone could be worth considering. Most others that have this are typically bigger machines, though there are others that are decent, like the Eluktronics Mech. 15. G3, but in my personal opinion, the Aorus does feel better. Overall build quality with the all metal design felt nice, though I wasnt personally, a fan of the edgy gamery design.
Theres. A good selection of IO, though, would have been good to see some more Gen2 USB. Instead of all Gen1. Port placement might be annoying for some, but thats part of the compromise to have air exhaust vents at the back.. The screen had good colour, gamut and brightness. Lower response time to take full advantage of the refresh rate would have been good, though, and I cant really take points off for the dead pixel, as that can happen regardless of laptop again. This is a review unit and I have no idea how others have treated the machine. It would get shipped around a lot.. The bezels are slim at the expense of the bottom camera, but hey at least it has one, unlike some others out there, like the G14.. The cooling looks good, but the performance wasnt, where Id like. There are big vents underneath and the fans can get quite loud props to Gigabyte for always giving so much. Granular fan control, but I think the 90 degree limit might start hurting them in the benchmarks.. Its always going to be a trade off this way it cant get hot, but it also means when compared to alternatives. Your performance starts looking lower, and this was particularly clear in the cinebench comparison. To be fair, though the gaming performance was still great, but it would have been nice if we had the option of disabling optimus for an extra performance boost.. Let me know what you thought about the Aorus 15G gaming laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel get subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.