If the rule is three’s a charm, then the Aorus X9 proves that mechanical keyboards on gaming laptops are officially in.
Unveiled at as a concept, the Aorus X9 is a 17-inch laptop that's like the on steroids. Specs have yet to be finalized, but Aorus tells us its highest-end system could rock an unlocked Intel Core i7 K-series processor and a new Nvidia chip running in SLI – so an Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti or Titan X in all likelihood.
To top off these impressive but tentative specs, Aorus plans to outfit this machine with a 17.3-inch 3K (120fps) or 4K display, with either featuring G-Sync support no less.
Of course, the real star of this laptop is its mechanical keyboard featuring MX Brown switches and a fully customizable RGB lighting system. In our experience, the Aorus X9 keyboard offered a punchy typing experience with more travel, and more silent keys, than the already excellent Razer Blade Pro.
The Aorus X9 also completely won us over with its over-the-top aesthetics. Aorus’s laptops always had a sharp design, but the X9 takes it to the extreme with stealth fighter-like design cues, with all sorts of sharp angles, flaps and a matte black paint job.
We also spied a few pieces of transparent plastic around the body, which we can only assume will play a part in this 17-inch laptop’s lighting system.
After seeing the Aorus X9 for a fleeting moment, we can’t wait for its full announcement at Computex this June. On paper it’s Aorus’ most impressive gaming laptop, intended to dethrone all other desktop replacements like the and Razer Blade Pro. We'll have a better idea as to whether it can do that when we subject the machine to our full review.