XPG Xenia 15 Notebook review


XPG (Adata brand) is known for producing some of the best RAMs and SSDs in the gaming technology world. The XPG Xenia 15 is the brand’s first entry into gaming laptops and is based on the Intel TongFang QC7 chassis, but with a mechanical keyboard like this, it is a relatively unique selling point.

The laptop comes in two configurations that target both mid-range laptop markets, the only difference being the two graphics cards that come with them: the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6GB DDR6) and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR6).

Both versions come with an older generation processor: the Intel i7-9750H 6-core processor at 2.60 GHz, although as you would expect 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD are both top XPG products.

Design


The XPG Xenia 15 uses Intel’s TongFang QC7 reference design, which is also the basis for competing laptops such as Maingear’s Element 15 and Schenker XMG Fusion 15. This gives us a basis for expectations, including a relatively slim and light view. With a minimal and professional exterior.

Visually, the Xenia has an indescribable matte black screen with a glossy triangle and the XPG logo on one side. It’s a sleek design, but unfortunately, the material around the logo is a fingerprint magnet. Fan ovens cover the back, sides, and bottom, all of which are divided into relatively standard square or rectangular slits.

When the laptop is opened, the 15.6-inch Xenia screen and optical-mechanical keyboard are revealed. A thin, quarter-inch screen surrounds the screen, while the keyboard keys are 2 mm above the recess in the frame.

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The ports are located next to and behind Xenia. Starting on the left, the Xenia has two separate 3.5mm audio jacks. One for the microphone and the other for the headset. This is a larger audio jack than most of its competitors, making it easier to use separate headphones and microphones in front of the headset. On the left side of the Xenia is a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port.

To the right of the Xenia are two additional Type-A USB 3.2 ports, although these are Gen 1. There’s also a 2-in-1 SD card reader for reading both SD and MicroSD cards.

The back of the laptop has an A / C port as well as an RJ-45 Ethernet port and HDMI connection. The only Xenia USB Type-C port that supports USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt connections are also available here.

Xenia’s front also has a programmable light bar that displays the effects when the PC closes.

The build quality generally appears in the first solid blush, the magnesium alloy shell has little function on the keyboard or screen. Unfortunately, the main cause of our review unit showed a crack in the front of the laptop.

The parent company of XPG Adata said this could be a factory defect or the result of shipping in “extreme temperatures”. The company sent us a replacement unit, but unfortunately, the same issue was directly out of the box.

Display


This Display is a matte / IPS anti-glare screen. Matte screens reduce reflection in contrast to the colors you get with glossy screens in general, and in some cases, can look a bit grainy.

As mentioned, the edges around the screen are thin enough and unobstructed from the top and sides. 1080p resolution is perfect for gaming at this screen size, but some may feel like they’re losing out on 2K and 4K laptops when watching movies or doing design or other workstation work – if so, be prepared. Paying More Xenia 15 is ultimately for gamers, and 1080p is still standard in this regard, and I personally think the details are too small, which is not really appreciated in most 15.6-inch games above 1080p.

Keyboard and touch screen on XPG Xenia 15


This keyboard is one of the selling points of the XPG Xenia 15 because it empties the scissor keyboard or capacitive keyboard of other laptops for the optical-mechanical keyboard that is supposed to mimic the feel of the Cherry MX Browns.

Visually, this creates a stunning look. The Xenia keyboards are all higher than the laptop, while the angled and somewhat forward-looking stylus gives you a scientific-scientific feel.

When used, they look very comfortable and responsive without loud noise and feel comfortable in the fingers thanks to the distance of 2 mm.

The keyboard is also fully built and flexible or does not sag under heavy pressure.

Ports, sockets and other features


XPG Xenia 15 comes with a good set of ports and sockets. The power cable port with HDMI output connector, RJ-45 Ethernet port, and USB Type-C port is located on the back of the laptop (through which you can use the DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and USB 3.2 Gen 2 connectors))

At the bottom left of the laptop are two 3.5mm audio jacks: one for the microphone, and the other for the headset – this is a feature that might be of interest to gamers who have a separate microphone and headphones, which It’s a big part of the market, but most gaming laptops that only have one port for both are less noticeable. There’s a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port on the left side of the laptop, as well as two Gen 1 ports on the right.

The laptop also has an SD card reader on the right side that can read SD and MicroSD cards – another welcome feature compared to many laptops that only have MicroSD capability.

Battery life


Battery life on a gaming laptop is never great. Using the balanced power program, the Xenia 15 passed the PCMark Gaming Rundown test in two hours and 18 minutes. Setting the power performance program will undoubtedly cut you off about an hour from that time.

By doing standard productivity tasks, you can expect that number to increase by an hour or two, but nowhere near nearly 10 hours of battery life, XPG claims. And if you’re playing, you want to have an AC adapter with you anyway to prevent a serious drop in battery performance.

Pros


  • Solid game performance
  • Market-leading SSD and RAM
  • Mechanical keyboard like
  • Light and slim
  • Beauty makes it suitable for office use

Cons


  • The on-screen speakers are weak
  • An older Intel processor means poor workstation performance

Specifications


GPU

Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q

CPU

Intel 9th Gen Core i7-9750H

Screen Size

15.6″

Display

1920 x 1080 144Hz IPS

RAM

32GB DDR4

Storage

1TB PCIe x4 NVMe M.2 SSD

Dimensions

14 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches

Weight

4.2 pounds

Webcam

720p InfraRed

Sockets & Ports

1x 3.5mm headphone jack, 1x 3.5mm microphone jack, 1x USB Type-C, 3x USB Type-A, SD Card Reader, HDMI, RJ-45 Ethernet

Networking

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5

Power Adapter

230W

Battery

93Whr

Operating System

Windows 10 Home

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