Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED Review: i7-13700H RTX 4050

The Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED 2023 comes equipped with the powerful core i7-13700 H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 GPU, all packed within a slim and lightweight chassis. Here I’m eager to explore how this laptop, known as the Aero 14 OLED 2023, will fare. Sporting a stunning 14-inch OLED display boasting a 90 Hz refresh rate, it certainly catches the eye.

Specifications

Display14-inch 16:10, 2880×1800 Resolutions OLED, HDR, 90Hz
CPUIntel Core i7-13700H
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 GPU 6GB VRAM, 35W TDP, Intel Iris Xe 96 EUs
Memory and Storage16GB DDR5 Soldered RAM, 1TB PCIE 4.0 NVMe SSD Storage.
Battery63Wh Lithium-Polymer
Webcam Camera1080p FHD IR Camera
Speakers2x 2W Speakers, Microphone DTS:X Ultra Audio Technology
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
Price$1,499

Design and Build

Design and Build Quality of Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED 2023

The build quality is impressive, boasting an all-metal design in a sleek silver color that minimizes fingerprint visibility. It feels comfortable to hold, not overly bulky, with smooth edges that aren’t too sharp. Opening the lid is effortless, requiring just one finger. While it doesn’t have a 180-degree hinge, it still offers a decent range of motion without much flex in the chassis. Weighing in at 1.49 kilograms or 3.28 pounds, it’s remarkably light considering the powerful CPU-GPU combo it houses, making it a standout in its category.

Left-Edge Ports

On the left side, there’s a USB Type-C port that is the one you’re going to charge on. Next to that is a Micro SD card reader and a 3.5 millimeter microphone/headphone combo jack.

Right Side Ports

On the right side, you’ll find two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and the heating vent positioned nearby. It’s worth noting that while these USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports don’t support charging, they do support data transfer and display output.

Back-Edge Ports and Connections

On the back, you’ll find an HDMI 2.1 port, which is always a welcome addition, along with a USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 port to complete the port array of this laptop. Overall, it’s a solid selection of ports, although it would have been preferable if the two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports supported power delivery, which unfortunately is not the case.

User Upgradeability

Internals and User Upgradeability

Regarding what’s user-upgradable, the RAM is soldered into the motherboard, making it non-user-upgradable. While this might be disappointing, it’s not unexpected given the trend in 2023 towards thinner and lighter chassis. This unit comes with 16 gigabytes of LPDDR5 RAM, operating in dual-channel mode.

AllRead (MB/s)Write (MB/s)
SEQ1M
Q8T1
7019.395012.63
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Q1T1
2869.643785.05
RND4K
Q32T1
1013.15766.53
RND4K
Q1T1
81.53291.98
SSD Read and Write (MB/s) Speed

The SSD is user-upgradable, which is great news, and the one-terabyte SSD showcases Gen 4 speeds, evident from its impressive reads and writes. This is exactly the kind of performance we’re pleased to witness. As for wireless connectivity, the laptop features a Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 combo card that’s slotted in, rather than soldered. This means you have the option to replace it in the future if needed, though the Wi-Fi performance is already outstanding. Additionally, there are no issues with Bluetooth on either front.

Display

Screen Quality on the Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED

The Gigabyte Aero 14 features a 14-inch 2.8K OLED display with a resolution of 2880 by 1800, boasting a 90 Hertz refresh rate. This ensures a smooth and fluid experience without significantly compromising battery life compared to higher refresh rates like 120 Hertz. Although battery life isn’t its strongest suit, we’ll discuss that shortly.

In terms of display quality, it ticks all the boxes for an OLED display: deep blacks, vibrant colors, and high contrast. The color gamut coverage is excellent, and the display is highly color-accurate. It’s also an HDR 600 true black display, delivering exceptional visuals when watching high dynamic range content on platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube. The 90 Hertz refresh rate enhances the experience with smooth scrolling and fluid motion. While it does impact battery life somewhat, it’s not as significant as higher refresh rates like 120 Hertz.

There are two two-watt speakers on Aero 14 OLED, and it’s equipped with DTS audio. I thought the volume was good, and the mids were decent, although it could use a little bit more bass. Overall, I would say it delivers good sound, but not great sound.

FHD IR Webcam and Mics

So the camera on the Aero 14 OLED 2023 is a full HD camera, providing 1080p video quality. It’s also an IR camera, which means you can log in with face recognition using Windows Hello. Also it has the Nvidia Broadcast app, which allows you to blur the background, remove the background, and provides features like auto-framing and auto-exposure, along with studio effects similar to what we’ve seen with other brands, they’ve got it here again pretty nice features.

Performance

PCMARK 107,244
Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)2,661
Geekbench 6 (Multi-core)13,563
Cinebench R205,378
Cinebench R152,566 CB | 206.98 FPS
CiNEBENCH R231,922 Single-Core, 14,356 Multi-Core
3DMARK Fire Strike15,334
3D Mark Time Spy6,159
Intel Core i7-13700H RTX 4050 BENCHMARKS

As I mentioned earlier, Aero 14 OLED laptop is running the Core i7-13700H, a 45-watt CPU with 14 cores, including eight efficient cores and six performance cores. As you can see above benchmark results, it delivers good performance, both single and multi-core performance are very good. Cinebench R23 scores of 1922 for single core and 14356 for multi-core are impressive. Overall, it performs well for everyday tasks such as Microsoft Office, email, and web browsing.

Asus ZenBook Pro 16x OLED
Core i9-13905H RTX 4050
1 minute 32 Seconds
Lenovo Slim/Yoga Pro 9i
Core i9-13905H RTX 4050
1 minute 50 seconds
HP Envy 16 (2023)
Core i9-13900H RTX 4060
1 minute 55 second
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Core i7-13700H RTX 4050
2 minute 00s
Davinci Resolve 3:00 H.264 4K Video Render (Shorter is Better) Time

When it comes to more demanding tasks like video editing in Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve, it’s certainly capable, thanks to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 GPU it has. When I rendered a three-minute H.264 4K video in DaVinci Resolve, it took two minutes, which is a respectable result for a thin and light laptop.

TitlesLowMediumHigh4K
The Witcher 3110 FPS100 FPS87 FPS59 FPS
GTV V183 FPS180 FPS161 FPS72 FPS
DOTA 2 Reborn147 FPS139 FPS134 FPS69 FPS
F1 22156 FPS149 FPS100 FPS32 FPS
RTX 4050 Gaming Performance

However, the RTX 4050 is not the most powerful GPU with a total TGP of 45 Watts in Aero 14 OLED laptop. So, while it helps with graphics performance, don’t expect to play AAA titles on their highest settings. When it comes to gaming, this isn’t a dedicated gaming laptop, but the RTX 4050 is capable of playing some games on certain settings. The frame rates will vary depending on the game and settings, but it’s worth noting that if gaming is a priority, there are dedicated gaming laptops out there that are more capable and better suited for gaming at this price point.

Surface Temperature and Fan Noise

The Gigabyte Control Panel gives you a lot of options when it comes to the fan profiles, especially the power mode, which I like to use most of the time. There’s also the turbo mode, which keeps the fans on full blast in a constant state, but it can get a little bit annoying, and I didn’t really see that much of an improvement in terms of performance between the power mode and the turbo mode.

When I ran the Time Spy stress test to see if this laptop would thermal throttle under heavy load, it got a score of 94, meaning it detected a little bit of thermal throttling, although not too bad since 97% would be the passing score, so it’s very close to that with just a bit of thermal throttling detected.

Surface Temperature on the Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED

When it comes to surface temperatures, there are a few hot spots here and there, nothing too concerning, although the side where the vent is gets the hottest, which makes sense because that’s where the heat dissipates from. On the underside, there are some hot spots reaching as high as 59 degrees Celsius, so something to be aware of.

Regarding fan noise, it’s about 41-42 decibels in power mode, but when you put it into turbo mode, it shoots up to about 60 decibels, which is quite noticeable. It’s one of the loudest I’ve ever heard, and the fans will be constantly on in this mode. So, that’s something to be aware of, and as I mentioned earlier, I didn’t really notice that much of a performance boost in turbo mode compared to power mode, so I don’t see the benefit of using it, especially considering the increased fan noise.

Battery Performance

Apple MacBook Pro 14 M2 Pro (70Wh) 13 hours 28 minutes
Acer Swift X 14 (58.7WH)10 hours 14 minutes
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF (63Wh)7 hours 37 minutes
Asus Zephyrus G14 (76Wh)7 hours 29 minutes
PCMARK 10 MODERN Office Battery Test (Longer is Better)

The Aero 14 OLED has a 63 watt-hour battery, which is not a bad size for a 14-inch laptop, although there are other laptops in this category with larger batteries. It did 7 hours and 37 minutes on the PC Mark 10 Modern Office battery test, which is a middle-of-the-road result. It also did 7 hours and 27 minutes on the PC Mark 10 Video Playback test, another middle-of-the-road result.

My overall takeaway is that this laptop has mediocre battery life. Keep in mind that I had the 90 Hertz refresh rate enabled, which does impact battery life. You can expect maybe an hour more if you reduce it to a 60 Hertz refresh rate. Of course, everyone’s use case is different, so your mileage may vary. Just please keep that in mind.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Keyboard and TouchPad on Gigabyte 14 OLED 2023

As I mentioned earlier, yes, you can open the lid with one finger, and the screen goes back as far as you see here. The hinges are on pretty nice and tight, with very little screen wobble when typing. That’s a good thing and addresses a pet peeve of mine. I don’t see too much of that here, which is good.

Now, as for the keyboard itself, it’s pretty good to type on with decent key travel and comfortable typing for longer documents and emails. However, one little nitpick I have is that the keys are white against the white LED backlight, making it hard to see the contrast and differentiation when you’re using the backlight. So, it’s not very effective in that regard. But overall, I would say it’s pretty good to work with this keyboard.

Regarding the touchpad, it’s nicely sized, with a bit of branding as you can see. It worked well for scrolling, gestures, and everything seemed to work as expected. It’s a glass touchpad and not haptic, but it is a more traditional type touchpad that worked very well without any issues.

Conclusion

To sum it up, there’s a lot to like about the Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED 2023, It’s a thin and light laptop that packs a punch with its bright and sharp 2.8K OLED display, 90 Hertz refresh rate, solid productivity performance, competitive gaming performance, plenty of ports, good keyboard, and a full HD webcam capable of 1080p video. Its rock-solid aluminum build is another plus.

However, there are some downsides to consider, including mediocre battery life, noticeable fan noise under load (especially in turbo mode), and the lack of USB power delivery on the two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports. Despite these drawbacks, the Gigabyte Aero 14 brings a lot to the table and checks many boxes for a thin and light laptop that delivers solid performance.

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