Razer’s Blade family of laptops proved that mobile gaming doesn’t need to mean large and bulky devices. Now Gigabyte is joining the fray with the Aorus SLI Gaming Laptop X7, a 17.3-inch model is a mere 0.9-inches thick and weighs 6.4 pounds. That’s about the same size as the Razer Blade Pro, but Aorus packs in twice the graphical power, with two of the same Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPUs found on the Blade Pro.
Elsewhere specs are equally impressive and vary depending on hoy much you are willing to invest. The company lists a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor running at 2.4GHz to 3.4GHz, 1920 x 1080 resolution display, your choice between 4GB and up to 32GB of RAM, and a combination of up to two mSATA 128GB/256GB solid-state drives as well as one traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive up to 1TB.
In terms of ports, connectivity and other features you’ll get three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, two full-size HDMI video outputs plus one mini DisplayPort for three-screen surround gaming, Gigabit Ethernet, an SD card reader, a pair of speakers, backlit keyboard with dedicated macro keys, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 1.3MP webcam.
Build quality appears to be good with a solid aluminum chassis and matte black finish. Design-wise, well, that’s a matter of personal choice but Gigabyte is going for an aggressive look accompanied by some tacky marketing speech: "The glass touchpad with fingerprint-proof coating denotes the commander’s clear vision through chaos and turmoil," and “the metallic silver eagle badge and 3 molded ridges symbolize fierce yet rapid attack from high above."
Gigabyte expects the Aorus X7 to ship by March of this year priced between $2,099 and $2,799.