The Schenker XMG Ultra 15 is a gaming laptop in its own category. This is simply because of the laptop’s somewhat modularity and most importantly, the use of a desktop CPU. The majority of laptops come with mobile CPUs, hence, a desktop-class CPU makes it a big deal. Besides, the XMG Ultra 15 – like many other Schenker laptops – can be customized according to buyer’s preferences.
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The XMG Ultra 15 does not belong to the class of ultra-portable gaming notebooks. This laptop has a footprint of 386 x 262 mm and a height of 38 mm. it is fairly heavy as it weighs 3.5 kg on the scales.
Nowadays, it is no longer unusual to find laptops fitted with high-refresh-rate displays. The Schenker XMG Ultra 15 subscribes to this growing trend as it sports a 120 Hz 15.6-inch panel. In addition, this 1080p display has quick response times and good color reproduction. This TN-based panel has high contrast ratio and brightness with support for G-Sync but has poor viewing angles.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Furthermore, we take a look at the input devices of the XMG Ultra 15. The full-size keyboard with number pad has keys with a futuristic font style. Though the keys have little spacing, they are still comfortable for typing.
This keyboard has a three zones-RGB backlighting. There are no macro keys on the keyboard.
The Ultra 15’s touchpad is directly at the bottom of the space bar. The gliding area is fairly large and allows for multi-finger control. There are two clickable buttons on the touchpad.
The Schenker XMG Ultra 15 is way ahead of its competition in terms of performance. Thanks in no small way to the desktop-level Intel Core i5-8600K processor which is rare to come by with laptops. This makes the Ultra 15 one of the fastest and most responsive mobile computers.
Another high-end processor – this time a graphics processor, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is responsible for graphics processing. In combination with the desktop-class CPU, this GPU gives the XMG Ultra 15 an edge over similar laptops with the GTX 1070 but having a mobile CPU. Besides these, the processors can also be replaced as they are not permanently soldered onto the motherboard.
The working memory is 16GB which is the result of two 8GB DDR4 RAM chips. With two additional slots empty, the RAM can be expanded to a maximum of 64GB. A 500GB SSD is fitted for storing files and applications as well as the Windows 10 OS.
Moving forward, the Schenker XMG Ultra 15 packs an 82 Wh Li-ion battery that comprises 8 cells. Unfortunately, this large battery capacity does not translate into long battery runtime as the best you can get from it is a maximum of about 4 hours (on minimum settings).
Ports and Connectivity
This gaming laptop packs enough ports that include a Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port, three USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt port, two type-C USB ports (without Thunderbolt). Others are an SD card slot, microphone and headphone jacks, an HDMI port, three mini DisplayPort, and a SIM card slot.
The Schenker XMG Ultra 15 boasts the latest Bluetooth 5.0 and an Intel Wi-Fi chip for wireless connectivity.
Price and Availability
Pricing for this Schenker laptop starts at around $2000. This is a great deal considering the plethora of exciting features that come with it.
Specs at a Glance
|Screen size||15.6 inches|
|Maximum screen resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-8600K|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Dimensions||386 x 262 x 34 mm|
The Schenker XMG Ultra 15 may not be the slimmest or most portable gaming notebook in the market, but what it lacks in portability, it makes for in performance. This top-class laptop comes with a replaceable desktop-level CPU and a replaceable high-end GPU which are very rare, if not impossible, to find in laptops.
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