Aorus X3 Plus
Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Aorus X3 Plus
Having arrived on the scene with the eye-catching X7 back in January 2014, the Gigabyte subsidiary has been quick to follow up with the smaller X3 and the soon-to-be-released X5. Keeping up with the latest developments in PC graphics, Aorus has refreshed its 13.9in laptop with a GeForce GTX 970M GPU that delivers the best mobile gaming experience we've seen on a system of this size.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/12/2015
Source: Digital Versus
Despite an impressive spec sheet, the X3 Plus is a little disappointing: it needs a much better a cooling system, and it produces far too much noise. On top of that, although its general characteristics are pretty decent, the screen's impressive native resolution just isn't usable. Seems like they got a bit carried away...
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 100% features: 60% mobility: 60%
Source: Tech Advisor
The Aorus X3 Plus works well as a portable games station, providing fast framerates with modern games at high details settings. Its high-resolution screen is less obviously useful for its gaming role as fewer games may benefit from its high 262 ppi pixel density, and the Windows platform does not support absurdly high resolution displays well. When it does work you're rewarded with a pin-sharp image but remember that for gaming there's arguably little need to exceed 2560 or even 1920 screen pixel widths. Overall there's definite room for improvement by its maker but the X3 Plus should prove popular with Windows gamers looking to combine performance and portability.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 80%
Source: Expert Reviews
The Aorus X3 Plus is a technically brilliant laptop with a great screen and superb performance. It's one of the most desirable laptops we've seen in 2014. If you don't have the money to spend on the X3 Plus, you should look at the £899 Chillblast Defiant 2 Mini (Reviews, Shopper 320). It has good mid-range gaming performance and a relatively attractive chassis, and is much cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Ultrabook Review
As far as the laptop goes, it’s certainly going back because of the Wifi issue and the gap in the lid. I will be hard pressed to replace it with another though unless I find something I really love about it. The keyboard flex and the lid flex(which causes the screen flicker) are reasons enough for me to stay away. This is a really expensive machine to have to treat it so delicately. On the positive side, the laptop is extremely lightweight and powerful – something no other laptop except the Razer Blade can claim. The Aorus X3+ is about $550 cheaper than the Razer blade with 512GB of storage, so maybe average build quality is something that could be tolerated in order to save some money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Trusted Reviews
Small gaming laptops have been improving, and Gigabyte has made a step forward with the X3: it’s slimmer and lighter than anything else we’ve seen while including power levels that’ll match many larger notebooks. It doesn’t just impress with its benchmark scores. Its battery life is reasonable, and the screen has impressive quality – even if we’re not keen on its high resolution, which doesn’t work well when gaming or working. The keyboard is middling, but it’s no worse than many other laptops.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 100% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
Having set the stage with the powerful X7 back in January this year, Aorus has now taken the opportunity to deliver a smaller alternative designed with portability in mind. Priced at £1,549, the 13.9in X3 Plus has been worth the wait and for the most part exceeds our expectations of a modern-day gaming laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/20/2014
Model: Built from the ground up as a high-end gaming laptop, the Aorus X3 Plus certainly delivers on all levels. The laptop certainly looks great with a fierce dark-grey themed design and oversized air ventilation ports making it look space-age. The Aorus X3 Plus has flowing sculpted lines and an aluminium chassis. This in return makes the laptop super thin and surprisingly light weight. Gamers will be glad to know that the specifications on-board are as fierce as the outer design. The Windows 8.1 laptop comes with an 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor.
There are two variants; i7-4710HQ or i7-4860HQ, the latter being the more powerful. Included also is 8 GB DDR3L RAM with the option to max out at 16 GB and NVIDA GeForce GTX870 with GDDR5 6 GB. This ensures users will enjoy the latest gaming titles with no hiccups whatsoever. There are 3 storage options to choose from; M2 SSD 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and will vary depending on the region the device is being sold.
Other features include a backlit keyboard with individual macro keys, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI, mini Display port and a Killer LAN chip. The 1.8 kg Aorus X3 Plus comes with a 73.6 Wh Li-Polymer cell.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M: High-end graphics card from the GeForce GTX 800M series.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4860HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.6 GHz. Offers an integrated Iris Pro Graphics 5200 GPU and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
This company was founded as a subsidiary of Gigabyte in Tawain in 2014. The logo is a falcon head, since the name Aorus is derived from the ancient Egyptian falcon god Horus. According to employees, the first letter of HORUS was changed to "A" to represent the brand as "A team". Aorus primarily produces gaming laptops as well as computer accessories.
Since the market shares are still low, there are also few reviews. However, the products achieve relatively good ratings (as of 2016).
78%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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