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AORUS X3 Plus 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 16GB 512GB SSD 13.9" Laptop

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24 Reasons For

Ten Industry Awards

This portable PC is one of the most highly awarded by experts in laptops of all the gaming laptops that have been available for more than two years.

The experts at three expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this gaming laptop. Expert Reviews, 59hardware.net and Avforums.com all gave this notebook PC a "Recommended" award.

Three more expert review sites liked this notebook PC. This AORUS notebook PC received a "Performance" award from HEXUS.net who concluded it functioned well and the editor of XSreviews.co.uk said that it was outstanding and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award. In addition, Cowcotland.com concluded that this portable PC was good and gave it a "Bronze" award.

This portable PC received a "Good For Gaming" award from Computershopper.com, Hardwareluxx.de gave it a "Technical Award" and 01net.com gave it a "4 Star" award.

The reviewer at one additional expert review site decided that this AORUS notebook PC was good. Hardwareluxx.ru gave this portable PC a "Technical Award".

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Expert Reviews Are Good

This gaming laptop has an average expert rating of 81 out of 100 based on twenty-five expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and Digital Versus.

Nice Design

Nine people who reviewed it mentioned that it was good looking. Hexus.net mentioned in their AORUS X3 Plus review on expert website HEXUS.net “Aorus made its gaming laptop ambitions pretty clear with the launch of the Aorus X7 at the turn of the year”. Hexus.net also said “Having arrived on the scene with the eye-catching X7 back in January 2014”. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert website Expert Reviews “Overwhelmingly stylish feel” in their review of this laptop and rated it 5 stars.

A number of AORUS X3 Plus reviewers who reviewed the AORUS X3 Plus considered that it was a good design. Pcpowerplay.com.au wrote in their review of this laptop “Slim design, relatively lightweight”. Pcpowerplay.com.au also mentioned “Impressive Design”.

One person who reviewed this laptop thought it was aesthetic. Pcpowerplay.com.au said “Aesthetically pleasing”.

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Good for Gaming

Some customers who reviewed it agreed that it was good for gaming. Last year expert website Computershopper.com wrote in their review of this laptop “This 13.9-inch, 4.1-pound portable offers blazing gaming performance and a handsome 3,200x1,800 display (though the two are mutually exclusive with the latest titles” and scored the product 4 stars. Ultrabookreview.com mentioned “Gigabyte's Aorus X3 Plus is one of the most interesting gaming ultraportables you could buy right now”. Expert website Avforums.com wrote “Powerful gaming laptop from Aorus, Gigabyte's dedicated gaming arm” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Robust

A few customers who bought it concluded that it was well made. Trustedreviews.com gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote on Trusted Reviews “This machine has iffy build quality, high heat output” in their review of the AORUS X3 Plus. Xsreviews.co.uk mentioned on XSreviews.co.uk “The X3 Plus v3 also benefits from a solid keyboard, beautiful display”. Ultrabookreview.com wrote “A high-quality matte display which should lead to a solid experience in even the latest games” in their review of the AORUS X3 Plus and gave this laptop a score of 4 stars.

Good Product Quality

Some people who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Expert website Stuff.tv scored the product 5 stars and said in October last year “This is essentially a mid to high-end gaming PC packed into one of the smallest chassis I've ever seen, complete with a drool-worthy Ultra-HD screen, good sound quality and all”.

Good Brand

AORUS is one of the superior portable PC manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and AORUS also has good reviews for its gaming laptops.

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Easy to Use

Two AORUS X3 Plus reviewers who bought it agreed that it had a good experience.

One AORUS X3 Plus owner who bought the AORUS X3 Plus reckoned that it was easy to assemble. Expert website Pcpowerplay.com.au said “Aorus proves that it is possible to build a small gaming laptop that has the power to play, provided you've got the dosh to afford it”.

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Good Size

A few people who reviewed the AORUS X3 Plus concluded that it was thin. Laptopmag.com rated the product 4 stars and mentioned “The Aorus X3 Plus v3 combines the power of Nvidia's top-end GeForce GTX 970M GPU with a slim aluminum chassis” in their review of this laptop. Pcpowerplay.com.au said in their review of this laptop last year “Slim and light”.

Some customers reckoned that it was lightweight. Expert review site Laptopmag.com wrote “This 4-pound beast combines a lightweight aluminum chassis with high-end specs, including a Core i7 processor”. Pcpowerplay.com.au mentioned “Attractive, lightweight chassis” in their review.

One person concluded that the product was compact. Pcpowerplay.com.au wrote last year “Compact et performant” .

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of laptops that came out around the same time as the X3 Plus is 2GB, the biggest is 8GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 3.3GB. With a discrete graphics adapter memory of 6 gigabytes, the X3 Plus has one of the bigger discrete graphics adapter memory capacities amongst notebook PCs of this age.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The X3 Plus has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (1,200 megahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the X3 Plus. Across all the gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the X3 Plus the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 1,100MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,200MHz.

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Reasonably Priced

One customer who bought it concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Pcpowerplay.com.au wrote last year “Keyboard feels cheap”.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

Gaming laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the X3 Plus have processor clock speeds of between 1.8GHz and 2.9GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.5GHz. The X3 Plus has a fairly fast processor clock speed (2.5 gigahertz) compared to most of the other laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The internal memory of gaming laptops that were released more than two years ago range from 4GB to 32GB. The X3 Plus has one of the bigger internal memory (16 gigabytes) amongst portable PCs of this age.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the X3 Plus, the X3 Plus has a front camera.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The AORUS X3 Plus supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than two years. Most notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all laptops that have been available for more than two years.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of notebook PC.

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SSD Storage Medium

The X3 Plus has an SSD storage medium which is better than most similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to it. Most gaming laptops that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage medium amongst all portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the X3 Plus.

Amongst similar types of laptop the worst storage medium is HDD.

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Light

Across all the laptops of this type and age the weights range from 1.6kg to 5.5kg, and the average weight is 3.3kg. The weight of the AORUS X3 Plus of only 1.8 kilograms is one of the lightest amongst portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X3 Plus.

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Two Installed SSDs

The AORUS X3 Plus is a two installed SSD portable PC. Most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years have between one and three installed SSDs.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

Across all the notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the X3 Plus the maximum turbo frequencies range from 2.8GHz to 4GHz. The X3 Plus has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency (3.5 gigahertz) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X3 Plus.

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Quite Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The X3 Plus has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory (6,144 megabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the X3 Plus. The average discrete graphics adapter memory of laptops that have been available for around the same time as the X3 Plus is 3.4GB, and the discrete graphics adapter memory range from 2GB to 8.2GB.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The AORUS X3 Plus is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity portable PC. Most of the other gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the X3 Plus only have between 8 and 255 solid-state drive capacity.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This laptop has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many gaming laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

The widths of comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the X3 Plus range from 330mm to 460mm. When compared to other comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago, the width of the X3 Plus of only 330 millimeters is one of the narrowest.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

A few AORUS X3 Plus reviewers who purchased the product considered that it did not have a good battery life. Pcpowerplay.com.au said in their AORUS X3 Plus review “Battery life isn't great”. Pcpowerplay.com.au also said “Poor gaming performance under battery power”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

A number of people who reviewed it agreed that it was not noisy. Pcpowerplay.com.au wrote “Noisy fans”. Pcpowerplay.com.au also mentioned “Gets noisy when gaming, mSATA instead of M.2”.

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X3 Plus do not have a full-size keyboard. The AORUS X3 Plus is no exception to this as it too does not have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Across all the laptops of a similar age and spec to the X3 Plus the screen sizes range from 13" to 19", and the average screen size is 17". When compared to other gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the X3 Plus, the screen size of the X3 Plus of only 13.9 inches is one of the smallest.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The X3 Plus is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port notebook PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age have between two and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 512 gigabytes, the X3 Plus has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as the X3 Plus. Across all the portable PCs of this type and age the total storage capacity range from 250GB to 2.3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 1TB.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the X3 Plus, the AORUS X3 Plus does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The X3 Plus is a one USB 2.0 port portable PC.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The X3 Plus has an 802.11a WiFi standard which is better than most comparable spec laptops that came out more than two years ago. Most laptops of this type and age have an 802.11n WiFi standard.

An 802.11a WiFi standard is actually the worst Wi-Fi standard across all gaming laptops that came out around the same time as the X3 Plus.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is the best Wi-Fi standard across similar types of notebook PC.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

Most gaming laptops that are a similar age to the X3 Plus have between two and five USB 3.0 ports, including the X3 Plus which has two USB 3.0 ports.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of portable PCs that have been available for more than two years is 8GB and the biggest is 32GB. At only 16 gigabytes, the X3 Plus has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X3 Plus.

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Only One Mini DisplayPort

The X3 Plus is a one mini DisplayPort portable PC.

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Only Two Built-In Speakers

Most gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the X3 Plus have between two and three built-in speakers, including the X3 Plus which has two built-in speakers.

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Expensive

We checked laptops of a comparable type and age and they range in price from £570 to £3,000. We think that this gaming laptop looks expensive compared to other laptops of a comparable type and age.

2 Other reasons to consider the AORUS X3 Plus

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this gaming laptop was released.

Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many laptops that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Specification

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Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
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Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
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Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
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Memory Slot
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Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
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Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
LED Backlight
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
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Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
Near Field Communication (NFC)
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
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Power
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Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
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AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
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Certificates
Technical Details
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Intel Virtualization Technology

10 Awards

cowcotland.com Bronze computershopper.com Good For Gaming 01net.com 4 Star 59hardware.net Recommended hardwareluxx.de Technical Award hardwareluxx.ru Technical Award XSreviews.co.uk Editor's Choice avforums.com Recommended HEXUS.net Performance Expert Reviews Recommended

Expert Reviews

(40)
23 December 2015

In review: Aorus X3 Plus v5. Test model provided by Aorus.As the smallest Aorus offering, the X3 Plus v5 gets a lot of things on target while missing the mark on a few vital areas. The 13.9-inch...

26 August 2015

Aorus proves that it is possible to build a small gaming laptop that has the power to play, provided you've got the dosh to afford it...

Small and light
Excellent specs
Crisp display
Excellent gaming performance for a 14-inch laptop
Good keyboard for gaming or writing, with sufficient travel
Noisy fans
Extremely high price point
Trackpad buttons seem to require a lot of force
Hinge is fairly weak
On bumpy trains your display will bounce
15 July 2015

It is 32.5x23x2cm and the screen is 31x17.5cm.On first startup after entering the normal Windows required information a screen opens on the Desktop with a range of fifteen items that Aorus think... Read more…

9 July 2015

The Aorus X3 Plus v3 continues the legacy of its predecessors, providing absolutely insane performance in a very portable package. Aside from raw horsepower, the X3 Plus v3 also benefits from a...

XSreviews.co.uk

You'd be forgiven if you had deja vu just by looking at the picture of the Aorus X3 Plus V3. It looks mighty familiar, doesn't it? Like something you've seen before somewhere but you just don't... Read more…

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User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 22 May 2015 by Brandon W.
(Verified Purchase)

This is a fantastic laptop. I'm an IT guy and I don't feel like a child pulling out a flashy ridiculous looking toy in front of my clients. The sleek black design is fantastic. The matte finish... Read more…

Reviewed 26 February 2015 by Gaby B.

Woud love to see this priced at just under $2k, paying $2.3k was a tough pill to swallow. Fitting all this in a 14in form factor requires comprimises in certain areas so any deficiency due to this... Read more…

Reviewed 3 May 2015 by GEORGE C.
(Verified Purchase)

I'd probably still recommend this computer despite the lower build quality. I'm coming from a Mac, (which is unrivaled in build quality) so maybe people upgrading from a windows laptop wouldn't... Read more…

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers aorus v5cf2, aorus x3plusv5cf2
Barcodes 04719331915544, 04719331995874

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