Gigabyte's over-the-top marketing for its newly created Aorus brand is a bit cringe worthy at times (check out the Aorus " About Us " page), but it's introductory X7 laptop is a different story. After you wade through the marketing hype, what you'll find is a slim and light SLI gaming laptop with two Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPUs inside. According to Aorus, it's the thinnest and lightest GTX SLI laptop in the world.
The X7 is just 0.9-inches thick and weighs 6.39 pounds. That's a bit heavier than your typical ultrabook. but quite a bit lighter than your average desktop replacement laptop. Aorus claims it's a third of the height and two-thirds the weight of any available top-tier gaming laptop with a single GTX 780M.
Cooling chores are handled by a full aluminum chassis with four vents, five thermal pipes, and two fans. Other features include a 17.3-inch Full HD display, up to 32GB of DDR3L-1600 memory (four slots), 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4700HQ processor, two mSATA slots (128GB and 256GB SSD options) and a single 2.5-inch slot (500GB, 750GB, and 1TB HDD options), backlit keyboard, three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, D-Sub, mini DisplayPort, SD card reader, mic and headphone ports, built-in 2W speakers, 1.3MP webcam, Killer LAN chip, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and choice between Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.1 Pro.
The Aorus X7 will be available by March with prices ranging from $2,099 to $2,799.
Maximum PC Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung had a chance to explore the Aorus X7 in person. Here's a look at this skinny laptop running Nvidia Surround:
This is a pretty sweet looking laptop with a glass touchpad and dedicated macro keys, which you can see in the following video on the left-hand side of the keyboard.