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Hands On: Aorus X7 V6 17.3" GTX 1070 Laptop

We had a blast with the Aorus X5V6 VR ready laptop, you can read and watch all about it here and here. We’ve been looking forward to the 17.3 inch X7V6 ever since, and we’re super excited to get our hands on it to see how it compares.

What we found is a bigger brother to the X5, with a bunch of the same features we enjoyed so much on a larger scale.

You can pick up the Aorus X7V6 for $2,700, though price varies depending on specs.

Almost Identical Twins

At first glance, the two laptops look almost identical, with the obvious exception of size. The X7 is available with a variety of display options. This model is the 17.3" QHD 2560 x 1440 with 120Hz refresh, but it also comes in 17.3" Full HD 1920 x 1080 or 17.3" UHD 3840 x 2160. All three options utilize Nvidia’s G-Sync.

The X5V6 we reviewed had a 2880 x 1620 59 Hz display, but we like having flexibility and options for display parameters.

We’re happy with the 2560 x 1440. Even though it isn’t 4K, it’s all about refresh rate!

With the bigger screen comes more weight, but the X7 still comes in at a reasonable seven pounds, as opposed to the five and a half pound X5. It’s not a light computer, but it’s still lighter than some of the competition.

The coolest thing about the Aorus X series is the GPU. Just like the X5V6, the X7 sports a bad-ass Pascal GTX 1070, so it’s definitely VR ready.

The chassis is almost the same from a design perspective. The machined aluminum case sets it apart from the plastic competition, though it doesn’t feel as premium as a full unibody machined chassis.

The keyboard is the same too, and that’s definitely a good thing. We loved the scissor switches on the X5, and that’s the same on the X7. The RGB lights are just as entertaining, and it comes with the same Aorus Fusion software that makes controlling the light explosions a breeze.

The Difference Being...

So the X5 and X7 are very similar looks wise, how are they different? The aesthetic changes are slight, but certainly worth pointing out.

When you open the laptop, you’ll notice the Aorus logo is still on the trackpad, but instead of an orange logo above the keyboard, the X7 went with a white logo underneath the display. The color of the power button is also different, with a white backlight instead of the previous orange.

It’s a small change, but I prefer the white to the garish orange, it lends the X7 a more professional look.

Around the power button, Aorus added an additional set of realtek high definition speakers, and it makes a big difference. Sound quality is better overall, and it gets significantly louder than it’s little brother.

On the bottom, more vents have been added to effectively distribute the heat. We did notice some wires visible through the vents, and while not a functional problem, it’s too bad Aorus didn’t hide them or simply paint them black. It’s a small thing, but when you’re spending this much on a premium laptop, we figure it’s ok to have high expectations.

The final difference between the X5 and the X7 is the placement of the I/O ports. Like the X5, there are a few ports you can’t access, most likely indicating a newer model in the future with more video options. A 1080 perhaps? We can hope.

The ethernet input is no longer on the back, but the power and a USB 3.0 port still are, so we can’t push it up against the wall the way we wish we could.

On the left side is the LAN, another USB 3.0 port, and audio. On the right, you’ll find the final USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader, a USB 3.1 (Still no thunderbolt?!) HDMI, and a mini DisplayPort. All of the I/O options from the X5V6 are on the X7V6, just placed a little differently to take advantage of the wider chassis.

Inside

The coolest thing about the Aorus X series is the GPU. Just like the X5V6, the X7 sports a bad-ass Pascal GTX 1070, so it’s definitely VR ready. There’s also a sixth generation i7-6820HK CPU, 16GB of 2400 MHz RAM (with a max of 64.) We also got a 512 M.2 SSD and a 1TB HDD, just like in the X5.

The primary, and most obvious difference between the X5V6 and the X7V6 is the size of the laptop. The rest of the changes are purely cosmetic.

If you want a bigger screen with more display options to choose from and don’t mind the weight difference, the X7 might be a better bet. They’re both very well designed, have lots of premium features, and with the 1070 GPU, they’re both powerhouses.

Either way, Aorus nailed it with these high end gaming laptops, and we’re interested to see where they go from here.

Maybe a 1080 and a gen 7 CPU for the X7V7? A world of yes please.

Photos by: Joel Moody