“Gaming” label from the Taiwanese manufacturer Gigabyte, Aorus has a new laptop model dedicated to gaming, with a solid technical sheet: latest generation Intel processor, GeForce RTX graphics card and NVMe SSD, all in a 2 kg. Does this Aorus 15P offer good value for money? Answer in this test.
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Design and construction: sobriety and efficiency
That it seems farther and farther away the time when gaming laptops shone in 1000 flashy colors and opted for aggressive curves. Those days seem to be over and most high-end models now rely on a rather understated look. This is the case with this Aorus 15P, which takes the usual look of recent PCs from the Gigabyte / Aorus range, without overdoing it. The dark gray frame blends in well with the decor and the hood is only adorned with the brand’s logo. Once opened, we discover a keyboard which occupies the entire width and which benefits from the presence of a numeric keypad. Keyboard which also has RGB backlighting key by key and which is therefore fully customizable via a dedicated application. You can of course cut it or opt for a white backlight, much more sober.
The keyboard of the Aorus 15P on the other hand does not particularly convince us. Chiclet type, its keys are a little small and the typing feedback seemed a little soft. The stroke of the keys is quite long, a good thing in itself, but typing is not very pleasant, whether for writing text or playing. Nothing catastrophic and you get used to it, but a little more care given to this very important aspect would not have been too much.. The touchpad just below is pleasant: well integrated into the chassis, it does not crack and does not sound hollow.
In the radius of reproaches, note the presence of a webcam above the keyboard : a positioning far from optimal, which causes a strange plunging effect. Good point, though: there’s a small latch to hide it when not in use. Note also the absence of fingerprint sensors to unlock your Windows 10 session. Connection side, the Aorus 15P is very complete and we particularly appreciate the presence of an SD UHS-II card reader. Added to this are 3 USB 3.2 Type-A ports, 1 USB 3.2 Type-C port (Thunderbolt 3 compatible), a 1 Gb / s Ethernet port, 1 HDMI 2.0 output, 1 mini DisplayPort 1.4 output and a combo jack . When it comes to connectivity, you can count on WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.
We are also faced with a “gamer” laptop PC that is very easy to transport, thanks to its reduced dimensions and weight. It weighs only 2kg and does not exceed 2.3 cm in thickness, for 36 cm long and 24 cm wide. It comes with a charger which however remains relatively bulky for a 15-inch. You can in any case slip it without problem in a small backpack or a medium-sized bag.
Screen: what you need to play in good conditions
The Aorus 15P has a 15.6-inch IPS screen, displaying a Full HD definition (1920×1080 pixels) and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. Matte type, it remains quite readable, even in the sun, but the ‘we still regret a slightly low maximum brightness (302 cd / m2) and a contrast ratio that does not exceed 1100: 1. The colorimetry is however impeccable, since there is a Delta E of 2.5 and a color temperature set at 6750 Kelvins. Remember that the Delta E represents the difference between the “real” colors and the colors displayed on the screen, and must be as small as possible. The color temperature must be as close as possible to 6500 K. We are therefore dealing here with a panel with faithful colors and a balanced rendering. A good screen therefore, both for gaming and for photo editing or editing.
Performance: a proven CPU and GPU for all uses
The version of the Aorus 15P that we are testing here has an Intel Core i7-10875H processor (8 cores / 16 threads, frequencies from 2.3 to 5.1 GHz (Turbo), a GeForce RTX 2070 Max graphics card -Q (8 GB), 16 GB of 2666 MHz RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD. The only real weak point of this configuration is the limited size of its storage, which will force the big players to install a second SSD via the free M.2 port on the motherboard. The 512 GB fill up very quickly. For example, we were unable to install all 5 games of our test protocol at the same time (Borderlands 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, Metro Exodus, Control and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey).
Apart from this constraint, we must admit that the Aorus 15P delivers a level of performance that is quite respectable and consistent with its technical sheet. The Core i7 processor is very comfortable in all types of tasks, and you can easily edit videos, stream on Twitch, or edit photos with Photoshop. On the gaming side, it should be remembered that the RTX 2070 Max-Q is a slower version of the desktop RTX 2070 and therefore, an equivalent level of performance should not be expected. The card however remains very comfortable in 1080p and allows the use of ray-tracing and DLSS in compatible games. As you can see from the graph above, some very resource hungry games like Metro Exodus or Red Dead Redemption 2 run over 40 FPS with maximum level of detail.
Autonomy, noise and temperature: a very good student
The Aorus 15P has a ventilation and aeration system that is particularly effective. Gigabyte has integrated two fans with 71 blades, as well as 5 heat pipes, including 3 dedicated to cooling the processor and the graphics card. The heat is evacuated through a large opening at the back, and two smaller ones on each side. Results: even in game, the chassis remains at a very acceptable temperature and the hot spots are concentrated in strategic places. The other good point is the frankly contained noise of the ventilation, even at full load. We thus ran the Metro Exodus benchmark for 30 minutes and measured the level of noise emitted by the ventilation. Result: no more than 43 dB, or an audible breath, but which remains quite diffuse and very bearable. Note that the PC offers several ventilation profiles, which allow to prioritize the noise or the level of performance. Our test was carried out with the “normal” profile. A silent profile is proposed, which further reduces the noise level and which can be interesting for office automation.
Autonomy also pleasantly surprised us. Aorus promises up to 8 hours of office use, thanks to the integrated 94 Wh battery. An observation that we also make if you use the energy saving modes correctly and you do not play. In play, as always, it will be difficult to go past the hour and a half. We also did a streaming video playback test (Netflix on Chrome, keyboard backlight off, screen brightness at 70%), which ran for 5.54 hours.
- A sober, compact and easy to transport PC
- Good performance level, for playing and for working
- Impeccably calibrated 1080p display
- Good autonomy in office automation
- Very complete connectivity
- Very acceptable noise level in game
- A barely correct keyboard
- Webcam under the screen
- No fingerprint sensor
Clean in spines and doing very well what it was designed to do, the Aorus 15P has few faults. We are faced with a sober laptop, very well built, with a good screen and powerful enough for versatile use. Here, no frills or gadget functions, it is sobriety that prevails. We still regret a keyboard that would have deserved to be more neat, a very poorly placed webcam or the absence of a fingerprint sensor. Negative points that ultimately weigh little in view of its many qualities.
October 18, 2020 at 5:00:01 p.m.
By jiikaa, Journalist jeuxvideo.com