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