Taiwanese gaming laptop manufacturer Aorus has refreshed its entire gaming laptop lineup in time for CES 2016. Powered by the new 6th gen Intel Skylake processors, the new 13.9-, 15- and 17.3-inch models retain the same aggressively thin design while packing even more power than before.
Now in its fifth iteration, the new Aorus X3 Plus v5, X5 and X5S v5 as well as the X7 Pro v5 all sports new features exclusive to Aorus laptops. Besides industry standards you’d expect from a top-tier laptop such as DDR4 memory, M.2 PCIe SSD, USB Type-C, and HDMI 2.0, Aorus is also introducing technologies such as Aorus Fusion Keyboard, Aorus Audio, and Hardware Live Stream Engine.
Aorus Fusion Keyboard is the “world’s first per-key backlit laptop keyboard”, which allows users to program the backlight on each individual key. This also means users can create customisable animated illumination effects and program individual keys with macros – features previously only available on high-end mechanical keyboards.
On the other hand, Aorus Audio is an audio enhancement engine, offering sound profiles tailored for different games and music. This lets you enhance gunshot sounds or even more powerful engine roars for an exciting gaming experience. Finally, the Hardware Live Stream Engine offers a set of tools for gamers to easily live stream their game broadcasts.
For the first time, Aorus is offering two variants of its popular X5 gaming laptop: the X5 v5 and the X5S v5. Both offer Intel Core i7 processors, Aorus Fusion Keyboard, and Nvidia G-SYNC certified displays. Weighing in at just 2.5kg and measuring just 22.9mm thin, the X5 v5 packs two Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M GPUs in SLI, while the X5S v5 is powered by a single GeForce GTX 980M (and slightly better battery life).
And, as a treat for its fans, Aorus is also introducing a “camo” version of the X5 v5. This limited edition variant sports the famous Multicam camouflage design, offering something that we’ve honestly never seen before on a laptop – and therefore making its instantly desirable.
Meanwhile, the larger X7 Pro v5 may be a desktop replacement laptop, but this beast weighs just 3kg and measures 23.9mm thin. Inside, the X7 Pro v5 sports an Intel Core i7 processor, dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M in SLI, an Nvidia G-SYNC certified Full HD IPS display, and the new Aorus Audio and support for Aorus Hardware Live Stream Engine.
Finally, there’s the smallest model in the Aorus gaming roster that’s received the Skylake treatment: the Aorus X3 Plus v5. Sporting a 13.9-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) IZGO display powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M GPU, this tiny terror is merely 1.8kg and just 22.9mm thin. Aorus has focused the X3 series on mobility, which is why the v5 now sports an adapter that’s even smaller than before and has a 2.1A USB charging port. Aorus will also be releasing Aorus Audio in upcoming software updates for the X3 Plus v5.
All models will be released globally, though in limited batches. The company did not reveal each laptop’s exact release dates, but the official website has listed the X3 Plus v5 in its product lineup, indicating that this model may be the first to be released. Pricing details, however, are region-dependent and were not provided in the global press release.