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Computex 2014 | Aorus reveals X3 and X3 Plus gaming notebooks

The 13-inch notebooks will be the world's "most powerful under 15-inches" with their 3200 x 1800 QHD+ displays, GTX 870M GPUs, dual M.2 SSDs in RAID 0 and a thickness of just 22.9 mm for both models

Newcomer Aorus made a splash in the notebook gaming market with the launch of their 17.3-inch X7 gamer earlier this year. While we noted some minor issues with the hardware in our full review, the X7 still turned out to be a competent competitor against the likes of an Asus ROG, MSI G Series or Alienware model and it's certainly a very good start for a first outing from Aorus.

Six months into the year and the manufacturer is now showing off an expanded lineup of its X models at Computex with the 13.3-inch X3 and 13.9-inch X3 Plus. Both new models will share the same design and hardware features as their larger sibling including the matte (and fingerprint magnet) finishing and dual system fans. They will also come equipped with a Core i7-4710HQ CPU, GTX 870M GPU with 6 GB VRAM, 8 GB DDR3L RAM, and dual-slot M.2 SSDs for RAID 0.

Perhaps the most significant specification is the QHD and QHD+ matte displays of the X3 and X3 Plus, respectively. While both models come standard 2560 x 1440 resolution displays, the X3 Plus can be upgraded to a 3200 x 1800 resolution display for a PPI of ~264. Aorus boasts the X3 and X3 Plus as the "most powerful under 15-inches", a claim that we don't find too far-fetched based on these specs.

Aorus haven't specified when these models will be made available or if the QHD+ option will be a worldwide configuration. Subsequently, prices have yet to be finalized. Nonetheless, we're certainly excited to get our hands on the X3 family for a full test run to see how it will stack up against the recently revealed Asus ROG UHD gaming notebooks.

The full list of specifications for the X3 and X3 Plus can be found directly at the Aorus page here.



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Allen Ngo, 2014-06- 5 (Update: 2014-06- 8)