XMG has presented two new mid-range gaming notebooks. With the XMG APEX 15 and APEX 17, the gaming expert especially wants to convince AMD fans. After all, AMD processors are under the hood of the newly designed notebooks.
XMG APEX 15 and 17 now with AMD CPU
AMD’s Ryzen 7 7735HS processor celebrates its XMG premiere in the APEX 15 and 17 models, but the expert for high-performance gaming notebooks and PCs does not only have innovations in terms of CPU. On top of that, a lot has changed in terms of looks. XMG has completely redesigned the case of both gaming notebooks. In addition to the AMD CPU, the graphics performance should also ensure a performance level of the upper mid-range. XMG relies on the popular GeForce 40 series from Nvidia. In total, two gaming notebooks are supposed to go on sale here, which want to score with a good price-performance ratio first and foremost.
Hardware of the upper mid-range
It is not at all the gaming experts’ goal to ascend the throne of gaming PCs with the XMG APEX 15 and 17. Instead, the popular company wants to offer good performance at a fair price here. Accordingly, the new APEX series is also the entry point in the manufacturer’s in-house gaming lineup. The most exciting innovation is probably the AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS, which is the core. Besides the GeForce 4050, the GeForce 4060 from Nvidia is also available as a graphics card. An IPS panel with FHD resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate is used so that the pictures calculated by the quite good hardware are also rendered accordingly respectable.
XMG especially emphasizes the revised cooling system. In the old versions of the APEX series, the company always relied on two separate cooling systems that each cooled the GPU and CPU separately. Now, a compound cooling system is used, which is supposed to offer more performance than in older models. The heatpipe system has been adapted in such a way that both the processor and the graphics card are now reliably cooled. In addition, the fans have been improved and the air outlet now uses a four-way instead of a three-way design. With the help of the Control Center, you should be able to comprehensively adjust the performance of the cooling system and thus also the CPU and GPU.
XMG APEX series gets lighter
If you max out the capabilities of the two SO-DIMM slots, you can get up to 64GB of DDR5-4800 RAM. You can provide enough flash memory via the two M.2 SSD slots. Otherwise, both notebooks shine with extensive connectivity. Besides 3x USB-A (2x 3.2 Gen1, 1x 2.0), the notebooks offer 1x USB-C (3.2 Gen2x1), 1x SD card reader, 1x Gigabit Ethernet and separate audio jacks for headphones and microphone. The whole is rounded off with 1x HDMI 2.1 and Mini DisplayPort 1.4.
The new case design ensures that the XMG APEX 15 weighs just 2.2 kg with its dimensions of 360.2 x 243.5 x 26.7 mm. The APEX 17, with slightly larger dimensions, weighs a rather slim 2.47 kg. Thus, both newcomers are significantly lighter than the previous generation. While the APEX 15 relies entirely on plastic for its case, the 17.3-inch model uses an aluminum display lid. This should not only look cool, but also make the case more stable.
Prices and availability
If you take a look at the website of vendor bestware.com, you can find the XMG APEX 17 at a price starting at 1,299.00 euros. For that, you get an AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050, 16 GB of RAM, a 500 GB SSD from Samsung, and the FHD-resolution IPS display with 144 Hz. Those who want to upgrade to the RTX 4060 can do so for a surcharge of 158 Euros. The XMG APEX 15 starts at a price of 1,399.00 Euros. The higher base price can be attributed to the fact that an RTX 4060 is already at work in the base version. If less graphics performance is enough, you will be able to buy a version with 4050 exclusively at notebooksbilliger.de in June.