Hands-on with the world’s lightest gaming laptop

Gigabyte's Aorus unveils the X3 at Computex 2014

Gigabyte’s gaming brand Aorus has taken the wraps off the world’s lightest 13.3in gaming notebook, the Aorus X3, at this year’s Computex in Taiwan. The stunning notebook introduces top-end specs in a form-factor ideal for mobile computing, and will be making its way to Australian shops shortly.

There’s a lot to like about the Aorus X3, starting with its look and feel. The notebook weighs a paltry 1.87kg, earning the title of the world’s lightest gaming notebook. It’s also slim, with a thickness of only 25mm.

Technically, two X3 variants are offered by Aorus. The first is the 13.3in X3, which comes with a 2560x1440 display, while a 13.9in X3 Plus comes with a 2560x1440 or a 3200x1800 resolution screen. Both X3 units use a Sharp IGZO panel, which is renowned for its ability to deliver punchy colours without draining battery.

Inside the notebook are impressive specs. The processor is a 4th generation Intel Core i7 running at 2.5-3.5GHz; two slots can accommodate 16GB of DDR3 RAM; there’s a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX870M graphics adapter with 6GB of graphics memory, and a pair of 512GB solid state drives working together in a RAID 0 configuration for 1TB of storage. All of this inside a perfectly portable 13in notebook that can be used daily.

Hardware this powerful demands some serious cooling technology, particularly when it's integrated into a confined form-factor. Aorus has fitted the X3 with dual vents, dual thermal pipes and dual fans for this reason.

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The X3 is also well equipped for connectivity, with features including dual-band wireless 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and a Killer Gigabit Ethernet chip that optimises network connection quality.

During our hands-on session at Computex, company representative, Hanif Wang, told Good Gear Guide that the Aorus X3 will be coming to Australia in Q3 of 2014.

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Aorus X3 Australian pricing

• X3-870-4701S: 13.3in, Core i7-4860HQ, 16GB, 6GB GTX870, 2x 256GB SSD, W8.1 — $2599
• X3-870-4702S: 13.3in, Core i7-4860HQ, 16GB, 6GB GTX870, 2x 128GB SSD, W8.1 — $2399
• X3-870-4701P: 13.3in, Core i7-4860HQ, 8GB, 6GB GTX870, 256GB SSD, W8.1 Pro — $2299

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