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Gigabyte Aorus 15 XA review: Roaring fast

By Koh Wanzi - 9 Sep 2019

Conclusion

Image Source: Aorus

A beastly 15-inch notebook

You don't buy the Aorus 15 XA because it's pretty or slim. You buy it because it's really, really fast. Better still, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, at least relative to the competition and the specifications it offers. At S$2,999, the Aorus 15 is faster than laptops that cost between S$3,500 and S$4,000, which sounds like quite a good deal to me.

The trade-off is a bulky chassis and poor battery life, so this definitely isn't the best laptop if you intend to frequently bring your machine out with you. But if portability isn't a priority, the Aorus 15 should be a rather attractive option. 

It checks a lot of the right boxes from a performance standpoint, comprising a speedy GeForce RTX 2070 Max-P, 16GB of dual-channel RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 2TB HDD. It also has a 240Hz screen, which means a butter-smooth gaming experience.

The laptop has a few niggling issues that might turn away more picky buyers. Build quality is just average and the RGB backlighting is lacklustre. The fans are also ridiculously loud at max speed. Ultimately, the Aorus 15 is for someone who cares mainly about performance. Forget about portability and design be damned.

  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 8.5
  • Mobility 4
The Good
Excellent gaming performance
Reasonable price
Speedy 240Hz display
Plentiful I/O options
The Bad
Fans get insanely loud at maximum speed
Thick, heavy chassis
Dim RGB backlighting on keyboard