Aorus 17 BSG Review - 2024

Aorus 17 BSG laptop review (2024)

Gigabyte’s Aorus brand might not have have the huge, laptop stable that it used to but it’s still pumping out some impressive gaming notebooks. The 17-inch Aorus 17 BSG is big, well-made and affordable as it doesn’t seek to balloon the price with the tallest of top-tier tech specs. So, how good value is it and should this desktop replacement be on your shortlist as your next gaming laptop?

Aorus 17 BSG Specs

Screen17.3-inch, matte, 240Hz, 2,560 x 1,440, IPS display
Processor1.4-4.8GHz Intel Core Ultra 7 155H CPU
Memory16GB DDR5-5600 RAM
Graphics8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070
Hard drive1TB
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
1 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
1 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x SD card reader
1 x HDMI 2.1
1 x Mini DP 1.4
1 x 2.5GbE LAN
Speakers2 x 2-Watt Speakers
Extra SecurityWindows Hello (webcam)
WebcamFull HD
Battery99Wh
Dimensions399 x 293 x 22mm
Weight2.82KG
SKUBSG
Full specs here.

Features, Ergonomics and Design

The Aorus 17 BSG is a big, black beast. The chassis feels solid although the lid can twist a bit when force is applied – it’s not by more than I’d expect on a big, 17-incher, though. It’s not the most bling-laden gaming laptop we’ve seen, but it’s far from dull: the mirrored Aorus logo on the lid looks cool without screaming gaming laptop (should you want to use it in an office). The geometric stripe is adorned with the phrase, ‘Team Up Fight On’ which hawk-eye’d HR officials might object to, if you did.

Aorus 17 BSG lid view
Aorus 17 BSG lid view.

There’s a decent amount of RGB thanks to the RGB keyboard and light bar that sits beneath the screen – the latter illuminates the base of the lid when open. The keyboard isn’t per-key lit – lighting has been implemented in three, smoothed-out zones, but it still looks good and you can easily switch between colours, static lighting and cycling patterns.

Aorus 17 BSG lid detail
Aorus 17 BSG lid detail. Note, it can be a bit of a fingerprint magnet.

The keyboard itself is a very-low travel, shortcut-laden, touch-type affair which might not be for everyone. It took us a little while to get to grips with being perfectly accurate when typing and gaming, but we got used to it. Arrow keys are (thankfully) full sized and there’s a full-sized number pad on the right which will please the likes of MOBA gamers (and accountants). The trackpad is large smooth and accurate.

Aorus 17 BSG keyboard and trackpad
Aorus 17 BSG keyboard and trackpad.

The matte, IPS, 17-inch screen on the Aorus 17 is bright and well lit. It displays a crisp and clear Windows Desktop with vibrant colours. Multimedia looks good with only very minor banding in colourful transitions that get slightly blockier in their monochromatic equivalents. Contrast is very good, although some details can get lost in highlights (you can see plenty of enemies in shadows). It’s not HDR compatible but the matte coating ensures there’s no distracting reflections in dark scenes.

The twin, two-Watt speakers get loud and have reasonable fidelity, but they’re not the most bassy.

The Full HD webcam is decent but it can get a bit grainy in low light. The microphone isn’t the best at capturing audio when conferencing or streaming, but it does fend-off background noise to a reasonable degree.

Connectivity

The Aorus 17 BSG has plenty of connections…

Aorus 17 BSG left hand side
On the left is a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port.
Aorus 17 BSG right hand side
On the right are two USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports and a full-size SD card slot.
Aorus 17 BSG rear ports
At the rear is a 2.5 Gbps Lan port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, an HDMI 2.1 port and a mini DisplayPort 1.4.

Inside there’s Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. While we’d like to see Wi-Fi 7 here, it’s still an impressive complement of connectivity.

Features, Ergonomics and Design Score: 4.1 / 5

Performance

Inside the Aorus 17 BSG is a 14th-Gen Intel (Meteor Lake) Core Ultra 7 155H processor which operates between 1.4 – 4.8GHz across its six Performance Cores, eight Efficient Cores and two Low Power Efficient Cores. It also has a 1.4GHz NPU for Ai-related workloads. 3D power comes via an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 which has 8GB of DDR6 RAM.

This combined with 16GB of quick, DDR5-5600 RAM and a speedy 1TB NVMe hard drive to produce the following benchmark scores:

In the all-round-computing, PCMark 10 test, which uses all components of the laptop, the Aorus 17 scored 7,481 which is above average (Score: 3.5 / 5)

In the CPU-based, Cinebench rendering tests, the Aorus 17 scored 2,722 in the drag-race R15 test and 17,215 in the longer R23 test. Both are a smidge above average in the whole, wide world of laptops. (Score: 2.7 / 5)

In the 3DMark gaming tests the Aorus 17 achieved the following scores:

In the difficult, Speed Way and Port Royal ray-tracing tests, it scored 3,026 and 7,619 respectively. Those represent averages of 30.3fps and 35.3fps so, it will play the latest and greatest games, but you may have to drop the resolution or detail settings a little to keep things smooth.

In the AAA-title mimicking Time Spy and Fire Strike Extreme Tests, the Aorus 17 managed 12,456 (average 79.1fps) and 13,825 (average 66.9fps) which shows it can play these games with few issues.

In the 3Dmark Night Raid test, it managed 56,897 which is an average of 581.5fps illustrating that there are no issues playing casual and competitive games.

We also ran the following UL Procyon benchmarks. We’re still in early days with these but we’ll come back and analyse them later:

Procyon Microsoft Office Test: 6,489
Procyon Adobe Photoshop Test: 6,393
Procyon Adobe Premier Test: 25,496
Procyon Microsoft Ai CPU Test: 106
Procyon Microsoft Ai GPU Test: DNF

As for cooling, the Aorus 17 generally stays completely quiet when under normal operation although the chassis can get slightly warm (it’s not uncomfortably so, though). If you ramp up the fans to a loud, constant swoosh in Turbo mode, it stays impressively cool. When we ran the 30-minute version of Cinebench R23, the score only dropped by 0.4 per cent, which is impressive. Gigabyte’s command console makes it easy to set power and cooling scenarios manually and automatically. We rarely heard the fans spin up when not under heavy load, though.

Portability and Battery Life

Desktop replacements aren’t exactly portable and the 2.82KG, 17-inch beast isn’t exactly easy to lug around. That said, I’ve certainly seen heavier 17-inchers and many are thicker its 22mm girth.

There’s a full-sized, 99Wh battery inside and we were very pleased to see the Aorus 17 run the PCMark 10 Modern Office battery test for 13 hours and 12 minutes. That’s easily a day out of the office and very impressive for a large, powerful laptop like this.

The chassis is generally solid (although it can be a bit of a fingerprint magnet) with minimal flex when you pick it up. The lid is robust too but the hinge can wobble a smidge when you’re typing robustly.

Price and Value

There are certainly some higher-quality and more-powerful gaming laptops but the Aorus 17 BSG is on sale in Australia for $3,199. That’s half-the price of many, beefier rivals and yet it still provides enough oomph to support most gamers.

Price: 2.6 / 5

Value: 4.1 / 5

Overall

We’re in the process of overhauling our review process at the moment but the Aorus 17 BSG still easily makes it into our Top 10 overall laptop lists thanks to it’s high performance in all areas, good value score and few weak points.

Overall: 4.6 / 5

Highly Recommended Gaming Laptop Award

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