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Gigabyte Aero 16: 4K OLED and Thunderbolt 4 for Gamers and Creators

Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5 in review: compact 4K multimedia notebook
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5 in review: compact 4K multimedia notebook
A Core i9-12900HK CPU combined with a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU with access to 16 GB of VRAM are more than powerful enough to run all current games smoothly on the Aero 16's 16:10 4K OLED display. The device also comes with two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Sascha Mölck (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪

Gigabyte’s Aero 16 is a blend between a compact gaming notebook, a portable workstation, and a laptop for creatives. Video and photo editing, rendering, and gaming are chief among the Aero 16’s intended use cases. Its GeForce RTX Studio certification ensures high performance, optimized drivers, good software compatibility, and a high color space coverage.

A combination of Core i9-12900HK CPU, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU (16 GB of VRAM) and 32 GB of dual-channel DDR5-4800 RAM ensure a high level of performance. Accordingly, the device allows for smooth FHD gaming in maximum details. It will also run most games smoothly in its panel’s native resolution of 3840x2400 albeit at reduced details. Frame rates tend to be slightly below the average RTX 3080 Ti-equipped laptop, courtesy of its comparatively low TGP of just 105 W.

The built-in 99 Wh battery ensures a battery life of around 6.5 hours, and one of the Aero 16’s benefits includes the fact that in addition to the proprietary charging port the device can also be charged via USB-C with a universal charger as long as it is rated for at least 45 W. One of the two Thunderbolt 4 ports supports Power Delivery. You can therefore leave the massive 230 W power supply behind if necessary.

Its 16:10 16-inch 4K OLED panel runs at a native resolution of 3840 x 2400 and features a good maximum brightness, an excellent contrast ratio, wide viewing angles, slow response times, and good color representation. Unfortunately, it is of the glossy variety and suffered from PWM flickering below a certain brightness threshold.

More information and benchmarks can be found in our extensive Gigabyte Aero 16 review.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Tech Writer - 874 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
Finn D. Boerne
Translator: Finn D. Boerne - Translator - 451 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
Born in the United States and raised in Germany I became acquainted with both languages from an early age and turned this into my profession later in life. Computers have always played an important role in my life, and my love for all things digital is a huge part of my daily routine. Virtual Reality has captured my imagination and interest in particular, and I cannot wait to see what the (near) future will bring.
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Sascha Mölck, 2022-03-27 (Update: 2022-03-25)