Review: Aorus X5 laptop
It is a thing of beauty. It is the kind of machine that will make people stop and look again. From its lines to its slim frame barely holding back all that graphical grunt, the Aorus X5 is probably the first time I have thought of a performance vehicle while looking at a laptop. Just like those supercars, it is out of my budget by miles. But also like those supercars, man was it fun to test drive.
The Aorus X5 has two GTX 965M’s inside its 15.6″ frame, along with an Intel Core i7-5700HQ and it put my desktop PC, and a lot of desktop PCs I know, to shame in Firestrike. Scoring just under 8,000 in Firestrike, this little machine knows what it wants to do: perform. The last machine with a 965M that we tested got 5,000 in Firestrike, if you want an indication of the efficiency that SLI offers.
Other benchmark scores:
Firestrike Extreme: 4,176
Firestrike Ultra: 2,217
All that power is fed to a 2,880 x 1,620 IPS G-Sync panel. So it pushes hard and looks really good while doing it. Normally I am against laptops pushing beyond the 1080p envelope but this machine manages it pretty well. Shadow of Mordor looks amazing at 2,880 x 1,620, amazing enough that most people won’t believe that it is a laptop running the game, despite the rather obvious laptop staring back at them.
This machine isn’t going to go unnoticed in an office environment. If the glowing Aorus hawk motif on the top of the lid and its gaming curves and lines don’t give it away, using it with the fans in gaming mode definitely will. With this current heatwave we are having it is worth noting that the floor fan in my office pushes out as much noise as the X5. The vents have been improved, taking away the brunt of that high-pitched jet engine whine that some Aorus models have. Instead, there is a definite suction of air when you have the gaming fan control setting loaded. The noise level is worth it though, as the machine was running at a manageable temperature. This is the temperature of the machine after just finishing a round of 3D Mark tests:
The use of quality materials is apparent throughout. The machine has an aluminium finish and the lid is sturdy when opening or closing it. Scissor-based keyboard switches means you won’t be crying too much if you travel and can’t use your favourite keyboard for typing and the touchpad has a smooth glass finish, similar in texture to a smartphone’s display. As a Southpaw I would have liked the touchpad to be nudged further to the right as it is just in the way of resting my wrist for WASD. Considering it is quite good placement for a right-handed person, I will just call this a wishful dream of mine.
Using two 965Ms gives it a lot of power, while sitting under the price you would pay for most 980M laptops. Include a beautiful screen with vibrant colours, a slick black finish and enough power under the hood to make desktop machines cry a little, the X5 is the machine you want if you are into serious gaming while moving around a lot. Just stay near a power socket, okay?
Processor: 5th Gen. Intel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7-3.5GHz
Video Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI GDDR5 8GB
Display: 15.6” WQHD+ 2880×1620 IPS LCD with G-SYNC
Memory: DDR3L-1866 8GB x2 (supports up to 32GB)
Storage: M.2 SSD 256GB *2 (RAID 0) + HDD 1TB 7200rpm
I/O Port: USB 3.0*4 / HDMI / Mini DisplayPort / D-SUB /
Surround Port / RJ45 / Mic-in / Audio Jack / SD card
Audio: Speaker*2, Woofer*1, Internal Microphone
LAN: Killer LAN
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Battery: Li-Polymer, 73.26Wh
Dimension: 390(W) x 272(D) x 22.9(H)mm
Weight: 2.5kg (with battery)