The Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED is small and slim. It is not only the sturdy aluminum chassis that stands out in our review. The Aero 14 is only 17 mm high, of which ten percent is key travel: 1.7 mm is almost luxurious, even for many larger laptops these days. Equipped with a Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 and the Intel Core i7-13700H, the device also boasts strong hardware. The small laptop's cooling pipe may be limited, but Gigabyte manages to extract stable performance out of the chips. The processor and graphics chip have up to 40 watts and 35 watts at their disposal, respectively. Moreover, there is a bright OLED display, for which Gigabyte provides very accurate color profiles in conjunction with the X-Rite Color app.
At first glance, the laptop seems perfectly suited to mobile use as a creative center. But the Aero 14 also has its weaknesses. The lack of support for USB PowerDelivery is particularly detrimental to mobility. In our tests, the Aero 14 only worked with the included, somewhat bulky power adapter. Regarding the display, you have to choose between high brightness and accurate color reproduction. But our strongest points of criticism concern the Gigabyte Control Center app, which caused a number of crashes and a lot of frustration at the beginning of our review. The program is almost essential for controlling the studio laptop. Aside from the performance profiles, more than twelve other functions are controlled here.
From an early age I liked to thoroughly examine all kinds of devices to see how they worked, which also involved taking my own devices apart and therefore not always to the delight of my parents. Nevertheless, with my grandfather’s support, I became a computer and electronics tinkerer. With the family PC and Lego Mindstorms, my interested in software and programming took off, and I am currently an engineering program student. I enjoy building all sorts of gadgets with Arduino and 3D printers, and I still like to put electronic devices through their paces. By joining the Notebookcheck editorial team, I have been able to turn my hobby into a profession.
Translator:Jacob Fisher - Translator - 260 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2022
Growing up in regional Australia, I first became acquainted with computers in my early teens after a broken leg from a football (soccer) match temporarily condemned me to a predominately indoor lifestyle. Soon afterwards I was building my own systems. Now I live in Germany, having moved here in 2014, where I study philosophy and anthropology. I am particularly fascinated by how computer technology has fundamentally and dramatically reshaped human culture, and how it continues to do so.