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Gigabyte is totally overlooking a small but important detail on its Aero 15 and Aero 17 laptops

Gigabyte totally overlooked a small but important detail on its Aero 15 and Aero 17 laptops
Gigabyte totally overlooked a small but important detail on its Aero 15 and Aero 17 laptops
RGB lighting is great and all, but it's not very useful if it doesn't light up each and every key symbol. There's no reason why secondary fn key symbols on flagship Gigabyte laptops should be unlit even after two years in the market.

The Aero family is only two years old and it has quickly become one of Gigabyte's most successful laptop series to date. We've reviewed at least 10 different Aero SKUs thus far ranging from the 14-inch Aero 14 to the 15.6-inch Aero 15 with the 17.3-inch Aero 17 coming soon. Though these are excellent laptops, we've noticed one recurring issue across all models: the RGB keyboard lighting does not illuminate any of the secondary functions.

As shown by our images below, keys on the Aero 17 that have secondary Fn functions like {, }, +, -, PrtSn, and even ? are not illuminated at all. These keys are subsequently more difficult to see than they should be which can be a pain depending on the ambient lighting. We were hopeful that the upcoming Aero 17 would address this because it will be Gigabyte's latest Aero model to follow on the footsteps of the Aero 14 and Aero 15, but it appears that this small detail has slipped by the OEM once again.

Had the Aero series been a budget family, then we wouldn't mind having unlit secondary function symbols. However, Aero laptops are often upwards of $1500 to $2000 or more and so there's really no "cost-cutting" excuse in this regard.

For perspective, older Razer Blade laptops also had unlit secondary function symbols before the manufacturer finally addressed this on later models. Other gaming laptops like the Asus ROG Strix III G731 have lighting for most of its secondary function symbols.

Nonetheless, expect our full review on the Gigabyte Aero 17 soon. We still have our fingers crossed that future Aero designs will illuminate every key symbol.

Gigabyte Aero 17 keyboard
Gigabyte Aero 17 keyboard
Gigabyte Aero 17 keyboard in a dark room. Note that none of the secondary Fn symbols are lit
Gigabyte Aero 17 keyboard in a dark room. Note that none of the secondary Fn symbols are lit
Common keys like >,
Common keys like >, <, {, }, (, ), ?, Home, -, +, and more are very difficult to see on the Aero 17 because they are unlit
Asus ROG Strix III G731 for comparison. Most of its secondary fn keys are lit
Asus ROG Strix III G731 for comparison. Most of its secondary fn keys are lit
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Allen Ngo, 2019-08-28 (Update: 2019-08-28)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.