Aero 15 OLED Review – Best Lightweight Gaming Laptop? – vs Razer Blade15!

July 12, 2019

hi team it's Josh and I'm on a quest to find the highest powered portable laptop that runs cool and quiet which brings me to this laptop the gigabyte arrow 15 OLED this is a great laptop with some gotchas but it gets a solid Buy rating from me and I'll likely be keeping it I've got here the 1660 ti 8 gig of ram 256 gig SSD model the reason I chose this model is they have plenty of sticks of RAM around the house and extra nvme SSDs so I was able to easily open up the back of the laptop and replace the single AP exams and stick with 2 8 gig of ram sticks bringing it to a total of 16 gigs at 266 megahertz next the 1660 ti this is a 4k panel neither this model the 2060 or the 2070 max-q versions will be able to run games at high settings for modern titles at 4k therefore I'll be down scaling this to 1080 now it's my belief that that 1660 Ti in this model should be great for running games at 60fps on modern titles more on this later alright let's get into the review I'm going to review this laptop my way which means I'm going to focus on the experience of what it's like to actually use this laptop for content creation gaming programming or browsing the web I'm not going to shower you with endless benchmarks because there are already great laptop reviewers out there that do that links below let's hit performance straight out of the gate neither this laptop nor the Razer Blade 15 are the top performing laptops with this CPU that's because these laptops are designed to balance performance with Portability and of course low fan noise coming from heat generated from the CPUs this machine and the blade are both under voted out of the box but it still isn't enough they take very different approaches to thermal management with the fan set to the normal fan curve the Aero thermal throttles once the CPU temps hit 90 Celsius and the cause drop initially to 3.4 gigahertz and eventually stabilized around 2.8 with a power draw of 50 what's the blade takes a different approach limiting the CPUs power delivery to 45 watts for all but the shortest tasks it quickly drops straight to 2.8 gigahertz on all cores but it keeps the CPU substantially cooler and the Machine quieter than the aro 15 OLED all in all the aro 15 outperforms the razor blade for CPU tasks my cpu results for this laptop on Cinebench r15 and Geekbench 4 are about 15 percent slower than what I got on my legion y 7000 which had last year's 8750 H CPU GPU wise you can see on screen the scores for the Aero 1660 ti4 fire strike and now time spy and for comparison here are the scores for the razor blade 2070 max q for fire strike and now time spy what you'll see here is the blade with the 27 t max Q is about 25% faster in these tests just as a point of reference on the arrow I get about 55 to 60 FPS on battlefield 5 at high settings at 1080p Nick's TTI and I get about 70 to 80 FPS on the blade 2070 max Q this surprised and a little disappointed me as I really thought I'd get a minimum of 60 FPS on high settings 1080 resolution for that 1660 Ti to important notes on performance I would likely have been able to eke out more performance from this laptop if I wrap up the fans further that being said I really wanted to run the test on a mode that I would actually use if I was happier with louder fan noise I would be looking at a different laptop and secondly this laptops chasis run substantially cooler than the Razer Blade 15 on high performance tasks which makes it a more comfortable experience to use let's get into the pros this OLED screen is absolutely awesome and seriously it's ruined me for all other screens it is so bright and vibrant and one surprising thing I found which is the opposite of what other reviewers are saying is I found on fast-paced FPS games like Battlefield 5 it was easier for me to play on this screen at 60fps then on a high refresh rate screen going to like 80 FPS like my razor blade that's because I found it so much easier to make our enemies with the clarity and brightness of this screen the screen is covered with glass and it is a little bit reflective but they handle it pretty well and with that brightness it's actually a okay performer outdoors the laptop chasis is an all-metal build and feels a very well-built but lightweight at the same time they really have done a great job here here it is side-by-side with the razor blade 15 as you can see it's a very similar form factor except the arrow is a little deeper let's talk about the keyboard and trackpad this is one of the best keyboards I've ever used it has the right amount of click eNOS and ample key travel the trackpad is good and I've had absolutely no problems with it now the laptop runs pretty quiet which is great and something I'm very fussy about it's not as quiet as the Razer Blade 15 where the fans are almost always off but it's still quiet enough for sure and there's no high-pitched whine coming from the fans when the fans really speed up take a listen at the gigabyte Aero fifteens fans and then the Razer Blade fifteens fans for comparison battery life on this laptop is very good for one with an OLED screen I'm getting about 4 to 6 hours of usage for everyday tasks with screen brightness set to 80 that's much better than I was getting on the Razer Blade 15 where I was only getting around 2 to 3 hours now gigabyte does cap all the CPU cores at 2 gigahertz on battery power and I found no way of changing that in the software provided a couple of other benefits of this laptop the SD card reader in the laptop is such a relief and it is really really fast and lastly but very importantly this laptop doesn't crash I have had absolutely no crashes freezers or blue screens on it we're going to get into the cons now and some of these are going to sound bad but please bear in mind that in my opinion these are livable firstly let's talk about coil Warren when this machine is being pushed something like rendering video from this area of the laptop I hear substantial electrical noise take a listen now in my usage case and I believe I am a bit of a power user I hear this around 1% of the time I'm using the laptop or less it's not common I am going to send the laptop back to get it replaced to see if another unit has this problem I am somewhat tempted to try the 8 core model let me know in the comments below if you'd like me to do that in the replacement unit that being said based on what we discussed earlier for thermals I'm not expecting that much performance out of an 8 core for this model the speakers on this laptop aren't great they're acceptable but they're not anything to write home about out of the box the sound wasn't that loud and their downward facing which means if you plan to use this laptop propped up in bed your comforter might actually block the speakers a little bit I once able to download the majimak audio app from the Microsoft Store which enabled me to boost the volumes a bit overall after the adjustment the sound was certainly better but it still wasn't that great there are no lights on the function keys which is definitely frustrating and when I try to use gigabytes command center software to set different colors for the function keys to indicate things like screen brightness the application frequently crashes that being said I was able to set the colors in the end I really hope they fix the stability of this app the screen can be opened with one hand but the screen hinge isn't the most sturdy as you can see here the power cable connector isn't in the most ideal place but honestly it's not that bad it's located here they do provide a right-angle connected to it so it runs down the back that being said if you are right-handed your wall sockets over there you know there is a slight chance that it might pull along where the mouse is that being said I am right-handed my wall socket is over that side and I haven't noticed an issue with it on moderately intensive tasks such as editing video in Premiere and not talking about rendering the fans do spin up more than I believe is necessary even on quiet mode that being said they're not overly loud or annoying now the webcam is terrible I won't go into any more details here it's been widely covered there's glass on the display and it would have been really nice if they put in a touch screen anyway in summary this laptop is phenomenal it really correctly balances power with a great experience it's got an awesome display it's got a great keyboard it's got a good trackpad it doesn't get overly loud when running intensive tasks and it doesn't get uncomfortably warm to the touch if you liked this video I would greatly appreciate it if you click that subscribe button hit the thumbs up or if you've got questions on this laptop or any other laptop reply with comments till next time I will catch you later

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  • Reply Adam Azlee July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    This is exactly the video I was looking for the past few days! Thank you so much ❤️

  • Reply David Escobar July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I have exactly the same unit. I experienced a massive amount of coil whine. Also, a lot of freeze and forced reset because it was not responding. The sd card erased all my data and my sd card got crashed at the point windows to fail to format it. Fan noise unacceptable and it is almost impossible to use without a tray or pad because of the heat at the bottom.

  • Reply UTubeRepossessions July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Good review, thanks Josh. But please learn how to pronounce chassis haha

  • Reply Visaural July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Great review! Though check your title — a "Razer Balde 15" definitely does not exist!

  • Reply Trung Nguyen July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I'm guessing you didn't experienced any flickering on the Aero OLED display since you didn't mention it. Some users on Reddit mention their XPS 15 7590 (which uses the same Samsung display panel) and Aero 15 OLED flicker at low brightness. Can you check at <= 50% brightness?

  • Reply Daryll Swer July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Go for the i7, RTX 2060 for your replacement model.

    How bad is the power connector when using a wired mouse?

  • Reply Gregory Charlemagne July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    That clicking sound is so odd. Haven't heard that once with mine. I have the 240 hz version. Return that please lol

  • Reply Aaron Simpson July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Is there any way I could get a better idea of how loose the hinge is/how much it wobbles?

  • Reply Mike Quach July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    One thing i think you should include next time would be the charger as some might want to know how big or small it is which greatly affect the portability of the laptop. Good video either way though.

  • Reply Daniel Rajaram July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I probably get a razer blade 15 OLED vs this one because it runs quiter when gaming, I would love to see you do a review of a razer blade 15 OLED!! @Just Josh

  • Reply EsTella 123 July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Josh do you think that there would be screen burn in?

  • Reply Save us M1SAKI July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Why not 4k in low?

  • Reply danzen 156 July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    goood revıew bro thanks

  • Reply stern who July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    can you review more popular laptops like lenovo and alienware?

  • Reply captainfabregas July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks Josh. Do you know how the OLED display in the Aero 15 compares to the OLED display in the XPS? Even though they should be using the exact same Samsung panel, the XPS appears to have much less glare.. is it using a different anti-glare coating?

  • Reply Wilson Sutanto July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Wait so no backlight for secondary function like 2018 blade? Bummer

  • Reply Murat Harman July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    In my humble opinion, the best lightweight gaming laptops are the Asus Zephyrus line.

  • Reply Mike Fize July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Josh, thanks for the great review! One question though: Have you tried connecting an external monitor to the Aero? I am wondering which GPU is used for which port. I think in the past, the Aero was solely using the iGPU of the CPU when the monitor was connected via TB3.

  • Reply iUhMazexD July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    This is a very good review. Thanks for uploading this! I have some questions: You really haven't had the keyboard get hot? That was the most common complaint for the previous chassis. Jarrod said it was not undervolted out of the box. Did they start doing this with new shipments? Do you think the Aero 17 will run cooler than the 15? I'm waiting on reviews for that otherwise I would get the 15 now lol. Also, what on earth is that noise at 6:55? Is there any damage being caused which is creating that noise? Is that something to worry about long term?

  • Reply MASCULINE MCGAINS July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I was surprised by gigabytes apparent step back with the new aero design

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  • Reply J Ro July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Do you think it's worth it to have liquid metal applied to the cpu/GPU? I read somewhere this laptop already has a decent thermal paste applied to it.

  • Reply Meng-Che Tsai July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Nice review! Well done Josh. Are you going to review the new Alienware m15?
    I am interested in choosing one from Razer blade (2070+240hz), Aero 15 (2070+OLED) and new Alienware m15 (2070+OLED). Since they are in a similar price range and have similar specifications, it's very hard to pick one. However, after watching your review of blade 15", I am going to remove it from my list. NOW, I am wondering whether the new Alienware m15 will have better cooling performance than Aero 15. If so, I might go for it.

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