The centre of the board serves up two free memory sockets, and the three SSDs, hard disk, battery and Wi-Fi chip are all easily accessible. The Asus G750JX is even bigger than the Alienware, and the MSI GT70 2PC Dominator is 55mm thick and weighs 3. The Alienware and MSI machines are both brighter, with better contrast ratios, colour temperatures and black levels wed prefer either of those. Gigabyte Aorus X7 v2: Screen & Sound QualityThe Aorus has a 17. The lid tapers to a metallic point, and the rear has a couple of vents surrounded by dramatic angles that almost look like car exhausts.
The 319 nit brightness level isnt far behind the Alienware, but the 0.That makes the Aorus the slimmest and lightest 17in gaming notebook weve ever seen.Gigabyte Aorus X7 v2: Design & Build QualityThe X7 isnt a reinvention of the gaming laptop its an obvious evolution of the type of machine weve seen rise in prominence over the past few months.SEE ALSO: Best Windows 8 Laptops and TabletsGigabyte makes a big play of the audio kit inside the Aorus, which consists of two tweeters and a pair of sub-woofers.
0 ports, two USB 2.49 nit black level is worse.This gaming notebook doesnt bear the familiar Gigabyte logo anywhere on its impressive chassis, but thats the name behind the unfamiliar Aorus brand.The pair of GPUs and a bevy of high-end components elsewhere means a high price.
At 1,750 the X7 is one of the priciest gaming notebooks weve seen recently: competitors like the MSI GT70 are hundreds of pounds cheaper, and the extravagant Alienware 17 is barely more expensive.0 connections, an SD card reader and Gigabit Ethernet, and theres an HDMI port alongside DisplayPort and D-SUB.The edges are similarly versatile. The average Delta E of 7.
The base is rock-solid perhaps because theres just no room for air inside but theres definite movement in the underside.ROUND-UP: The Best Gaming HeadsetsThe slim, light design means that build quality suffers. Wed always recommend a headset but, at a push, the audio kit inside this machine is good enough for games bassy but balanced, and with good volume.Thats not the end of this screens problems.
3in non-touch matte panel, which means its off to a good start, but benchmark results highlight big issues.04 is just as disappointing, although the Alienware and MSI machines were similarly bad in this regard. Thats a boon for people who want to lug this laptop to friends houses or LAN parties, although it should be noted that its still a sizeable device its impressive slimness is counteracted by a 427mmm width, and its 3kg weight is still twice as heavy as most Ultrabooks. The Gigabytes output was better-balanced than the speakers inside the Alienware, which had huge volume but little quality.
One area that hasnt evolved is the aesthetic, which retains the brooding feel of many rivals. The base is a slab of matte metal, and the lid is just as dramatic a swathe of black, with a silver logo in the middle. The GPUs and CPU can be accessed simply, too, which is handy for cleaning the intricate heatpipe and fans are labelled with numbered screws.9kg.
The mid-range is crunchy withdecent depth, and the only real disappointment is the tinny high-end. Its still made from aluminium, and its got the matte black finish thats found on most rivals, but just its 24mm thick and weighs 3kg. Wed buy a sleeve to keep the Aorus protected.
This is the second version of its X7, and its one of the only gaming laptops weve seen to choose two graphics cards rather than one. Gigabyte provides three USB 3. The measured colour temperature of 8,161K is a long way beyond the 6,500K ideal, and it means that this screen is far too cold a trait that we noticed as soon as we turned this machine on and noticed images that looked bleak rather than intense. We couldnt distinguish several of the deepest black shades on our test charts.
The contrast ratio of 651:1 is average and this effects colours across the board. The screen is worse, with display distortion when the middle is pressed, and similar distortion around the edges of the screen when the panel is wiggled from side to side. Theres also a Surround Port, which can be used with Nvidia Surround which means three screens, and a potential top resolution of 5,760 x 1,080. The two sub-woofers give the Gigabyte reasonable bass punch, which helps accentuate the rumbling, low notes used in many games.
The cold, clinical screen doesnt hamper grittier games, but other gaming notebooks have better quality throughout.Those statistics impress when compared with rivals.SEE ALSO: The Best Games of 2014 – So FarGetting inside the Aorus was tricky thanks to eleven tiny Torx screws that required a specialist screwdriver, but the interior is impressively laid out. The power button above the keyboard lights up, but theres no sign of the Alienwares numerous, customisable lights.
The Alienware 17 has laboured along with the same chassis for the past couple of years, and its twice as thick and more than a kilogram heavier than the Aorus. Let me know what you are thinking.