If you’re in the market for a new gaming laptop, XMG has an intriguing proposition that could be a major contender for your dosh. The manufacturer has announced upgraded versions of its popular Core 15 and Core 17 models, both powered by the Intel-rivalling AMD Ryzen processor (much like the recently announced Eluktronics Matrix RP-15 and RP-17).
The new models continue to abide by the product line’s “undercover gaming” motto. This means that they combine powerful mobile gaming tech with a sleek, understated exterior design – one that purposefully steers away from the garish, bells-and-whistles approach of many other gaming laptops.
The choice between the two models essentially comes down to your preferred screen size – a 15.6-inch version for increased portability, or a 17.3-inch option for more immersive gaming. Either way, there’s the same level of customisable hardware under the hood.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new, AMD Ryzen-powered XMG Core laptops.
XMG Core 15 and Core 17 laptop specs
The new XMG Core 15 and Core 17 models come with the option of an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor or a more powerful AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor. Graphics-wise, there’s also a choice: the laptop can either be kitted out with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti card or a beefed-up RTX 2060 Refresh card – better for more demanding games with higher frame rates.
As with most gaming laptops, memory and storage are fully customisable. In terms of memory, there are two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots (allowing for up to 64 GB). Storage-wise, there are two M.2 2280 SSD slots available.
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XMG Core 15 and Core 17 laptop features
One of the Core models’ unique selling points is their no-fuss, slimmed-down design, with what the manufacturer calls “deliberate understatement” making for a mature-looking portable gaming machine – one that could even double as a work computer. The 15.6-inch model has a height of just under 20mm and weighs less than 2kg; even the bigger, 17.3-inch model weighs in at only 2.5kg.
The screens on both versions promise full HD visuals and non-glare capability, with a screen-to-body ratio of 89 per cent. Both models also come with a high-def camera, stereo speakers and a noise-cancelling microphone, as well as a backlit RGB keyboard and a Microsoft precision touchpad. There’s also a huge variety of external connection ports for all your gaming peripherals.
XMG Core 15 and Core 17 laptop price
As mentioned, the new XMG Core 15 and Core 17 laptops are fully customisable in their build, offering various options for increased speed, power and performance. The basic configuration for each model, though, starts at €1,179, which is approximately £1,054.
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XMG Core 15 and Core 17 laptop release date
You won’t have to wait long to get your hands on the new AMD-powered XMG Core laptops – both versions of the upgraded models are available to pre-order now. Orders will reportedly start shipping by the end of June 2020.
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