Price (RRP): $from 2399 to 4999
I think I am in love with Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA laptop. Why? It is almost everything that I could want in a 15” 2020 notebook.
From the moment you switch the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA on and see the glorious Samsung 4K AMOLED (non-touch) panel to the wildly psychedelic RGB keyboard (which I need to tone down) it just continues to delight. Screw gamers – if we can get the keyboard lights under control this is a creative and mobile warriors dream (Lights fixed!).
Ironically the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA was the next review after the Acer ConceptD 5 and Pro (15 and 17”), and these share a lot of common features. Same processor, NVIDIA RTX GPU, Pantone certified screen, SSD expansion, Killer LAN/WAN and more.
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
There are many variations, but essentially you are looking for the Intel 9th generation Core i7/i9 processor, 15 OLED XA. Not to confuse you but there are 15 and 15S OLED XA, YA, WA, SA, NA and these all have slightly different specs – mainly the NVIDIA GeForce goes from 1650, 1660, 2060, 2070, 2080. Gigabyte has a comparison selector on the series page.
Price as tested: Approx. $3800 (ranges from $2399 to i9 version $4999)
From: List of Gigabyte vendors here
- Intel 9th Generation Core i7-9750H 2.6/4.5GHz and Intel UHD Graphic 630
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 With Max-Q Design GDDR6 8GB
- 15.6-inch, thin bezel, Samsung 4K 3840×2160, 16:9, 282ppi, AMOLED, factory calibrated, Pantone Certified
- 16GB DDR4-2666 (Dual channel 1333) max 64GB in two slots
- 2x M.2 2280 SSD slots (SATA6 or NVMe PCIe)
Screen – EXCEED
OLED is only in 15.6” at this time but the 17” has an excellent HDR, LED/LCD IPS screen.
This is the screen we should all aspire to – it is a Samsung AMOLED 60Hz panel capable of 600 nits (max), infinite contrast, can be driven to do Windows HDR and supports up to 100% DCI-P3. It is the basis of all 15.6” OLED notebooks at present. PS – gamers will love it for its 2.6ms G-T-G.
Then manufacturers add screen protection and drivers that change the specifications a little or a lot!
In our tests brightness varies from 450 (average) to 472 (max) – not bad, but not 600 nits. You can tweak colour profiles to get a little more. Still, it is more than bright enough, although the screen is a tad reflective for daylight use.
It is calibrated by X-Rite to Pantone (PMS)
Our tests confirm 100+% sRGB (which covers the PANTONE), and about 99% ADOBE RGB. To get more, you must tweak. Turn off so-called HDR and it then ramps up to 100% DCI-P3. Still, with a claimed Delta E <1 colour professionals should be comfortable using it.
And it has a 3mm bezel on three sides – very thin. The HD camera (not Windows Hello) is below the screen and has a privacy shutter.
Screen: Even a bad OLED (and this is not) is better than almost any LED/LCD. Colours pop, blacks are deep, and contrast is perfect. This is the same panel as in the HP x360 Spectre 15, Dell XPS 15 OLED and a few more – it is as good as current technology gets.