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Gigabyte Aorus 15G laptop review: High-performance gaming with a screen and keyboard to match

With its Intel eight-core processor, Nvidia RTX graphics, fast display and clicky mechanical keyboard, the Aorus 15G is a complete portable gaming package.

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It's rare that I review a legitimately fast gaming laptop like the Gigabyte Aorus 15G. I mostly review sub-$1,000 gaming laptops that are fast for their low prices. They rarely break 60 frames per second with AAA games set to high at 1080p. The components in the $2,299 Aorus 15G let you hit closer to 100fps. On older games like CS: GO, it can go beyond that and won't even break a sweat. It's a treat to use for its performance and its fast 240Hz display and quietly clicky mechanical keyboard. Plus, it's all wrapped in a CNC-machined aluminum body with a sports car-inspired design. 

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7.9

Gigabyte Aorus 15G (XB, 2020)

Like

  • Performance is good and on target for its price
  • Mechanical keyboard, 240Hz display make it a complete gaming package

Don't like

  • Dim display for the money
  • Poorly placed webcam

Unlike the best cheap gaming laptops, the Aorus 15G isn't an amazing deal. However, it is competitively priced given its eight-core Intel processor, upper-midrange RTX 2070 Super with Max-Q GPU and everything else you're getting. Spending the extra money translates into system longevity in this case: There's plenty of headroom for games now and in the future. You may want to eventually upgrade the memory and install an additional SSD, though, unless you enjoy regularly uninstalling games to make room. Of course, you're not just paying for components.

Gigabyte Aorus 15G

Price as reviewed $2,299
Display size/resolution 15.6-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel IPS 240Hz refresh rate
PC CPU 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-10875H
PC memory 16GB 2,933MHz DDR4 (dual channel)
Graphics 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
Storage 512GB SSD, SD card reader
Ports 1x Thunderbolt 3, 3x USB-A, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4, headphone/mic combo
Networking Killer AX1650x WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, Killer E2600 Ethernet
Operating system Microsoft Windows Pro (1909)
Weight 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg)
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WASD are in bold on the 15G's RGB keyboard. 

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More than pretty lights

The Aorus 15G isn't the first laptop to have a mechanical keyboard, but it might be one of the thinnest. The Omron B3KL low-profile switches Gigabyte used are tactile and clicky, though relatively quiet compared with normal clicky switches. They're good for both gaming and typing, which makes sense here, although they don't excel at either.  

The keys do have a somewhat high actuation point and require some force to bottom out. Light typists or those used to linear key switches might be disappointed. Otherwise, it's a good trade-off if you don't want to carry around a full mechanical keyboard for gaming. There's per-key RGB lighting, too, and the Aorus Command Center app gives you a selection of patterns and a custom option. You can use it to set up macro keys as well. 

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The power jack is toward the middle of the right side. The cord gets in the way and just looks bad. 

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The 15G is a chunky laptop, so it's not a great pick if you're looking for something for regular travel; Gigabyte's Aero series or other thinner models like the Razer Blade 15 or the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 would be better options. While I like the design overall, there are a couple of missteps. The lid is a bit too flexible for my comfort, particularly at the bottom between the hinges. The webcam is at the top of the keyboard, which is worse than being at the bottom of the display since it shoots up your nose and you can't change the angle. (It does have a slider to block it entirely, so that's something.) 

All the ports are on the sides, positioned toward the front because of the cooling vents. Connect Ethernet, wired headphones, an external display, a keyboard and mouse and its power supply and you'll have a mess of cables streaming from its sides. Otherwise, it's not bad if you prefer a more aggressive-looking gaming laptop that's not over the top. 

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The Command Center app gives you system info at a glance, but oddly no temperatures. 

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The display quality is solid, too. The 1,920x1,080-pixel 15.6-inch screen is Pantone-certified and the Command Center app lets you easily change color temp or set it to a Pantone color-calibrated profile. The 15G's screen doesn't get particularly bright and the matte screen might not make colors pop like a glossy display does. That matte finish does mean you won't be fighting reflections as you would with a glossy screen, though. And, again, it has a 240Hz refresh rate and gameplay looks smooth at high frame rates. 

Like most gaming laptops, all this speed comes at the cost of battery life. It lasted just 6 hours, 5 minutes in our streaming video test. So yes, you'll need to pack its power supply with you if you need to work or game longer than a couple of hours. Still, by matching an excellent processor and GPU with a 240Hz display and a mechanical keyboard, the Gigabyte Aorus 15G is like a complete portable gaming PC setup for $2,299. It might not be as polished as some of its rival gaming laptops, but it's close. 

Gigabyte's Aorus 15G gaming laptop has a race car-inspired design

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Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Gigabyte Aorus 15G 7474Gigabyte Aorus 17X 7898Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401IV) 7977Acer Predator Helios 700 (PH717-71) 8050Origin PC Eon15-X (2020) 9850
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench 5 (single-core)

Gigabyte Aorus 15G 1212Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401IV) 1225Origin PC Eon15-X (2020) 1232Gigabyte Aorus 17X 1310Acer Predator Helios 700 (PH717-71) 1318
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench 5 (Vulkan)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401IV) 52837Gigabyte Aorus 15G 54833Origin PC Eon15-X (2020) 64334Acer Predator Helios 700 (PH717-71) 66169Gigabyte Aorus 17X 78374
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

Cinebench R20 (multicore)

Gigabyte Aorus 15G 3240Gigabyte Aorus 17X 3385Acer Predator Helios 700 (PH717-71) 3963Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401IV) 4215Origin PC Eon15-X (2020) 6362
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401IV) 3429Origin PC Eon15-X (2020) 3711Gigabyte Aorus 15G 4341Acer Predator Helios 700 (PH717-71) 6050Gigabyte Aorus 17X 6337
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

Shadow of the Tomb Raider gaming test

Origin PC Eon15-X (2020) 65Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401IV) 85Gigabyte Aorus 15G 89Acer Predator Helios 700 (PH717-71) 120Gigabyte Aorus 17X 121
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance (FPS)

3DMark Port Royal (RTX laptops only)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401IV) 3096Origin PC Eon15-X (2020) 3232Gigabyte Aorus 15G 4078Acer Predator Helios 700 (PH717-71) 5914Gigabyte Aorus 17X 6486
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

System configurations

Gigabyte Aorus 15G Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (1909); 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-10875H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q; 512GB SSD
Acer Predator Helios 700 (PH717-71) Microsoft Windows 10 Home (1909); 2.4GHz Intel Core i9-9980HK; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080; 1TB SSD
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401IV) Microsoft WIndows 10 Home (1909); 3.0GHz AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz, 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q Design, 1TB SSD
Gigabyte Aorus 17X Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (1909); 2.4GHz Intel Core i9-10980HK; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,233MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super; 1TB SSD+2TB HDD
Origin PC Eon15-X (2020) Microsoft Windows 10 Home (1909); 3.1GHz AMD Ryzen 9 3900; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 2070; 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD
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7.9

Gigabyte Aorus 15G (XB, 2020)

Score Breakdown

Design 7Features 8Performance 8Battery 8