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XMG APEX 15 MAX: Desktop PC in notebook format available now

With its XMG APEX 15 (E20), manufacturer Schenker launched the world’s first gaming notebook that had an AMD Ryzen desktop CPU on board. Two years after the release of the world premiere, the further development is now available. And this one really seems to have a lot to offer. Technical specifications like a Ryzen 9 5950X and a GeForce RTX 3070 in the XMG APEX 15 MAX (E22)’s top features make us want more. Who still needs a stationary desktop PC?

Comprehensive hardware updates

In terms of hardware, the 2022 version has done quite a bit. For one, there is the graphics performance. You can now choose between the RTX 3060 or 3070 from Nvidia. Just like the SSD, the GPU is now integrated into the system via modern PCIe 4.0. However, the processors are more exciting. After all, the XMG APEX 15 MAX also has a CPU that is actually only used in desktop PCs. Here you have the choice between the Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5700X or Ryzen 9 5900X. If that’s not enough, you can even equip the APEX 15 MAX with an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. The replaceable design ensures that the notebook is pleasingly durable. According to its own information, XMG has adjusted its BIOS in such a way that the system should also be able to cope with future more powerful CPUs.

Impressive display

What good is hardware if you don’t have a decent display? That’s what XMG thought, too, and unceremoniously gave its APEX 15 MAX a 15.6-inch Full HD display. Thanks to IPS technology, it promises high viewing angle stability and undistorted pictures even in fast games thanks to 240 Hz. The design itself can hardly be distinguished from the predecessor. Thus, the APEX 15 MAX is not a slim notebook either. With a weight of 2.6 kg, it is not suitable for mobile use, but is actually supposed to serve as a “desktop replacement”. The weight is no coincidence. XMG promises a spacious interior to ensure very good ventilation conditions.

However, the notebook is obviously not only suitable for gaming, but also for the home office. This can at least be seen in the commendable connectivity. Besides a DisplayPort 1.4-capable USB-C port (3.2 Gen2), there is also a Mini DisplayPort 1.4 and an HDMI 2.1 output, which is also HDCP 2.3 capable. The whole is complemented by an Ethernet port, 2x USB-A (3.2) as well as 1x USB-A (2.0), a microSD port and two audio ports (1x microphone, 1x headphone). In addition, the latest WLAN standard is on board with WiFi 6.

XMG focuses on longevity

Fortunately, the trend in the notebook sector is also going back to more longevity. XMG also follows this path with the APEX 15 MAX thanks to its maintenance-friendly concept. The sockets for up to 64 GB of working memory or the slots for a maximum of two SSDs in M.2 format are easily accessible here. Those who like it a bit bigger can accommodate another SSD in the 2.5 inch drive bay. XMG promises an uncomplicated maintenance of the notebook thanks to the easy-to-open bottom tray. This should not only facilitate future hardware upgrades. On top of that, an effective cleaning of the system should be possible.

Fortunately, you don’t have to remove the screws of the bottom shell to take out the 62 Wh battery. This relies on a design that allows removal from the outside anyway. Although external peripherals can easily be connected to the device, the APEX 15 MAX naturally also has integrated solutions. And these sound very good as well. Firstly, there is the touchpad with an integrated fingerprint sensor. The keyboard has a fancy backlight that shines in several colors at once.

Prices and availability

Depending on the features, the prices for the XMG APEX 15 MAX differ significantly. It starts at 1,399 Euros. This basic version features the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X desktop CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 16 (2×8) GB DDR4-3200, a 500 GB Samsung 980 and a Full HD IPS display with 240 Hz refresh rate. Depending on the upgrade, surcharges are then possible. For example, those who would rather have the GeForce RTX 3070 will have to pay 245 Euros more. For the AMD Ryzen 7 5700X it is 91 Euros extra. The Ryzen 8 5900X costs 284 Euros and the Ryzen 9 5950X even 468 Euros more.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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With its XMG APEX 15 (E20), manufacturer Schenker launched the world’s first gaming notebook that had an AMD Ryzen desktop CPU on board. Two years after the release of the world premiere, the further development is now available. And this one really seems to have a lot to offer. Technical specifications like a Ryzen 9 … (Weiterlesen...)

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