Aorus X7-CF1 17.3-Inch Laptop Review – Revolutionizing Gaming Experience

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The Aorus X7 was introduced in February of 2014 and is making waves in the gaming community. The flagship laptop of the new company that derived its name from Horus, the Egyptian God of Kings is being talked about for good reason. Aorus is clearly coming out of the gate with an incredibly ambitious plan to revolutionize gaming, taking off beyond the heights of other gaming laptop and peripheral companies, most notably, Razer. The X7 definitely does a decent job living up to the name and dream, but every piece of technology has its flaws. Considering you’re probably looking into the Aorus because you’re considering purchasing it you’re in the right place for a well-rounded, real-world review.

Aorus X7 Laptop

Basic Specifications

• Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz
• 16.0 GB DDR3
• 1024.0 GB 5400.0 rpm Hard Drive, 256 GB Solid-State Drive
• 17.3-Inch Screen
• Windows 8.1

Price and Availability

First we’ll start with the price, then we’ll go into the bang for the buck. Aorus sells the X7 for $2099, and you can order it directly on Amazon or check out the Aorus website for how to get ahold of it in your country. The Amazon availability is pretty limited. When we checked it out there were only 3 left in stock so you may want to be aggressive in your acquirement of it.

Appearance

The X7 boasts of an impressive appearance to say the least. For starters, it’s the thinnest Scalable Link Interface (SLI) laptop of its time at less than an inch thick. With that, the silver falcon logo’s double placement on the lid and within the laptop, as well as the divots on the lid, the Aorus team was able to pull off a look that is simultaneously sleek and rugged. A tough feat, and an attractive one.

Display

With a 17-inch screen you also get 1920 x 1080 resolution. There are 2 GTX 860M graphics cards pre-installed as well. The resolution is not the greatest, but it is still beautiful. FPS fanatics will see that on the Ultra setting you get a not-bad 50-60fps for your gaming pleasure, but of course you can change those settings as well. Overall not a bad display though some would expect better for the price point. This is especially considering display is one of the most critical elements of any gaming system. If you’re not habitually critical of resolution or fps you will be happy with the display on the X7.
Audio

The audio could be better, but then again, it’s still a laptop. The X7 supports the Aorus Acoustic sound positioning with 3 subwoofers and full-range speakers. The real review is that even with all of this, the sound is still laptop quality. There are always ways to crank that up, however, especially at home. If you’re an FPS gamer and want to hear the small details like the signals of an oncoming ambush, it’s worth a shot but there is no guarantee that the X7 is the best laptop for getting the job done.

Portability, Weight, and Size

With dimensions of 15.4” x 10.35” x .9” this gaming laptop is not small in size, however it is a lightweight option compared to other gaming laptops at just 6.4 pounds due to the aluminum build. It’s also the thinnest SLI gaming laptop to date. If you’re used to larger sized laptops then the Aorus won’t be a major adjustment for you and you’ll be able to keep the same bag you’ve been using as a perk. Those who are more accustomed to smaller options might see toting this laptop to gaming parties and out into the world a slight hassle. The dimensions that come with a 17.3-inch screen are a major step up from a 13 or 15-inch counterpart.

Ports and Slots

One of the most impressive features of the laptop are the additional 2 USB ports in the back of the laptop. This will help support the wireless mouse and keyboard options without bulking up the sides of the system. It boasts another 3 USB ports on the sides, along with an SD card slot, 1 HDMI port on each side, a LAN port, and a display port that allows up to 3 additional displays. This is all in addition to the mic and earphone inputs. Fitting all of that into such a small build was no easy task, so hats off to Aorus.

Fan Noise and Cooling

The system isn’t quiet but the fans get the job done very well. The X7 comes with 5 heat pipes, 4 vents, and 2 fans. The vents are displayed beautifully on the system as well, adding to the rugged demeanor. You are able to set the fan speed to stealth, auto, or turbo with the pre-installed Command & Control program as well, giving you a bit of control.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Aorus created the perfect gaming keyboard. It offers excellent size and key spacing for comfortability. The keys are LED backlit that you can set to 100%, 50% or completely off. The most impressive feature of the keyboard is the usage of macro keys. There are 5 macro keys aligned down the left side of the board, each with 5 customizable profiles which gives you a total of 25 available profiles to set. It’s one of the most convenient and efficiently designed macro systems to date.

The only downside to the keyboard is the touchpad. To add to the sleek and beautiful design Aorus decided to go with a glass touchpad. Imagine an iPhone at your fingertips, which really isn’t bad. But the touchpad isn’t the easiest to use or click. It’s simply not smooth running. If you’re prone to using the touchpad over a mouse then you may find the touchpad to not be worth the trouble. Most gamers do use a mouse, however, which may be what Aorus was thinking when they decided to launch the X7 with subpar touchpad quality as a flaw.

Battery Life

The X7 runs on a Li Polymer 73.26Wh battery. With all of the technology today, battery life is the biggest battle of engineers. This laptop falls victim to the same battle. It survives on regular browsing and usage for about 4 hours. In full-gaming mode, it only survives for about an hour.

Processor, RAM and Storage

The X7 is built with an i7 processor, a pre-installed 16GB DDR3 RAM that can be upgraded to 32GB, 1TB of Hard Drive storage, and 256GB solid state drive storage. Needless to say that there’s both plenty of room for both storage and speed.

Operating System and Software

Out of the box you get a Windows 8.1 OS. While the OS is loathed in a general sense, somehow Aorus has made it work in an impressive manner with the X7. This could be because instead of coming pre-installed with a load of bloatware, Aorus keeps it simple with some lightweight and useful programs, which we’ll go over below.

  • The system backup utility is a given and we’re happy Aorus didn’t neglect it. The utility offers an easy way to back up your system, which you should always do.
  • The second program is Cyberlink PowerDVD, which is the pre-installed media player. It works, and who doesn’t need a media player?
  • The Drivers Update utility which is very handy and something you should look into from time to time. It lists all of your system drivers and lets you know if there are any updates available.
  • The Macro Hub program will likely get a fair amount of your attention, at least in the beginning. It offers an easy way to customize your macro keys with very little hassle.
  • The most important application of the set is the Command and Control program. While most regular laptop users don’t spend a ton of time in their control panel, gamers will be able to make really great use out of this, because it’s not quite as simple. This is where you tweak your fan and mouse speed, get into your control panel, set your brightness and font settings. It’s also where you will switch your monitors, tweak your power mode, turn your touchpad on and off, and more. It’s easily the handiest application of the bunch and the one worth knowing the most.

The Aorus is filled with a ton of details, so let’s end with a pros and cons breakdown to put the laptop into realistic view for you.

Pros

  • The keyboard is a big win with the macro keys and LED backlighting.
  • For the right gamer, the size is beautiful. If you love a larger display then you’re in the right place, because you get it along with one of the lightest and thinnest systems around.
  • The cooling system works like a pro. If keeping your system from overheating is important to you (and it should be) then you will have absolutely no complaints here.
  • The sleek and rugged appearance will impress not only you, but everyone around you. Owning a beautiful system is a pride-point for many a gamer.
  • The array of inputs along the side, as well as the back-end placement of the USB ports is genius and convenient.
  • The number of possible displays is excellent.
  • Not a bunch of bloatware. There are only a few programs pre-installed and they’re all handy and necessary.
  • Speed and storage are excellent.
  • FPS isn’t the best, but it also isn’t bad at all.
  • The specifications are all high-end, and worth the money.

Cons

  • The trackpad is a big con, as not every gamer prefers to use a mouse, and there are often times when even those who do prefer a mouse for gaming will prefer to be without it at certain times. It’s not the smoothest or the best working. Hopefully Aorus will do better in the future.
  • The biggest con to this laptop is the display, but that’s only because of the price and expectation of the product. The display overall is good, but with this laptop you would expect it to be better than what it is, and that’s what makes it disappointing.
  • The battery life isn’t great, but considering the amount of power the system packs, it’s to be expected that the battery life wouldn’t be a strong point of sale.
  • The size is too big for some. Even though it’s a lightweight and thin option, some gamers simple prefer a more mobile option, and for good reason. Those of you who do may want to check out the Aorus X3 instead. Same company, same ambition, smaller build.
  • The OS being Windows 8.1 is definitely a turnoff. Most people won’t give the OS a chance. However, for those who do give it a chance it works better with the X7 than any other laptop to date.
  • The sound doesn’t meet the standards that Aorus set for itself. It’s important for gamers to have the best quality sound, however there are few audio issues a good pair of headphones or speakers can’t fix, so this is low on the list of cons.

Like any high-end piece of gaming technology, the X7 has some really awesome, innovative features and characteristics, making it well worth the $2099 price point. It’s up to you to decide whether the flaws it comes with are those that are suitable to your gaming nature or not. Overall, Aorus did an incredibly job with their debut product, and we’re excited to see what evolutions they will continue to create in the future. Right now Auros has the X7 and X3 laptops, as well as a keyboard and mouse. They are solely a gaming laptop and peripheral company, and clearly have the user experience and durability both in mind with their creations thus far. If rated on a 5 star scale, due to the great specs, excellent pros and easily forgivable/workable cons, we give the X7 4/5 stars.

Aorus X7-CF1 17.3-Inch Laptop

Main features:

  • the thinnest Scalable Link Interface (SLI) laptop of its time at less than an inch thick
  • The X7 is built with an i7 processor, a pre-installed 16GB DDR3 RAM that can be upgraded to 32GB
  • The array of inputs along the side, as well as the back-end placement of the USB ports is genius and convenient.

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