Laptop manufacturers have all been announcing their excellent new Intel 8th Gen laptops. Check out this great list compiled by The Verge, showcasing all the new laptops using these new cpus. But I wanted to focus on one in particular that I think combines the power, the aesthetics, and the price, in an awesome package.


Gigabyte’s new Aero 15X is one laptop that has caught my eye recently. It’s using the new i7-8750H CPU which sports 6 cores and 12 threads, with a base clock of 2.2GHz that boosts up to 4.2GHz. It’s paired up with a Max-Q Nvidia GTX1070 with 8gb of GDDR5 RAM. Rocks a 4K 144hz IPS panel, with 100% of the AdobeRGB color space. X-Rite Pantone certified meaning color accuracy has been taken into consideration. Contains a Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI/MiniDP port, and UHS-II SD Card Reader. And finally, uses DDR4-2666hz memory and an M.2 capable of 2000MB/s.

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And remember, all that fits into a thin, minimal, design. I’m very impressed with what Gigabyte has been able to accomplish with this new laptop, and it really shows the power of the PC laptop industry right now. When you compare them to Apple laptops, the specs aren’t even close.

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Content Creator

Now to me, this is an Adobe Suite Machine. With that GTX 1070, a hexacore CPU, and a 4K IPS panel that’s already been color corrected and can display 100% of the AdobeRGB color space, this is perfect for video and photo editors. And it doesn’t need to be strictly a “mobile” machine. Those specs can eat up Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop, without so much as a flinch. And with early benchmarks show that thermals seem to hover around 80c, it’s perfectly acceptable to ditch the bulky desktop setup and just use this device for a much, much smaller footprint.

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Now all those specs, that excellent color-accurate 4k IPS panel, slammed into a thin form factor might seem like it’ll cost an arm and a leg. But it’s priced competitively at $2,199.99. This is around the same price as a higher-end Macbook Pro with 3x the power and performance. And if you were to price out those components for a desktop variant, you’ll be spending around the same amount, where most of that cost coming from the display and GPU. Now consider that the other competing Max-Q 8th Gen laptops are priced a bit higher, you’re looking at a very capable machine at a good value meant for any content creator or gamer, who’s trying to slim down their footprint, or who often moves around.