XMG is one of the better known manufacturers of gaming notebooks. That’s why we sent the NEO 15 to the test bench for you. It is based on a barebone from Tongfang and is available in several configurations. We’ll test a configuration with almost the largest equipment for you.
Design and Workmanship
XMG offers an apparently unobtrusive design with the 15 inch XMG NEO 15. When the device is switched on, the LED strip in the front is brought to life, just like the illuminated keys of the gaming notebook. The XMG lettering on the back of the display is also striking. We’ll come to the lighting and the keyboard with the opto-mechanical switches later.
We will keep the subject of processing short – there is nothing negative to be noted. The weak point of many notebooks are the hinges of the display, as these then wobble a bit and don’t sit firmly. XMG NEO 15 didn’t cut corners here either.
The XMG NEO 15 uses a display with a diagonal of 15.6 inches. It has a resolution of 1,920 to 1,080 pixels and thus delivers FullHD resolution. The refresh rate is becoming increasingly important for gamers, which is why the display offers 144 Hertz. In order to avoid reflections, the display has a matt surface, the light falls from an unfavorable angle, but there are still reflections and there is hardly anything left to be seen on the display. Colors and contrasts are well displayed. A typical problem is a blue cast that doesn’t occur here.
The thin bezel of the display is to be emphasized, there is hardly any edge. With the display you definitely get your money’s worth – unless you are sitting unfavourably to the window/the sun.
As the name suggests, the XMG NEO 15 is available exclusively in the 15-inch version. Intel’s HM370 Express is used as the chipset. An Intel Core i7-9750H is built in and cannot be changed. Three different graphics cards can be configured for the graphics work: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. Our review includes the RTX 2070 Max-Q with 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
As an alternative to the 15-inch version, there is also the NEO 17 – similar or even identical configurations are possible.
Although the NEO 15 can be configured with only 8 GB RAM, up to 64 GB in the dual channel is possible. These are only possible if you select the RAM from Samsung. Corsair Vengeance and Kingston ValueRAM are also available, all three options clock at 2.666 MHz. Also for the memory you have a lot of choice. So as SSD in the M.2. version of Samsung the 970 EVO and 970 Pro with up to 2 TB storage space can be selected. Also possible are SSDs from manufacturers like Seagate, Westen Digital, Kingston and Crucial. If desired even another WLAN module can be selected. The AC 9462 from Intel is installed as standard, optionally the AC 9560 from Intel or the AC 1550 from Killer can be installed.
The NEO 15 definitely offers enough connection options. So we find three older USB ports (1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0) as well as a modern USB 3.1 port. To connect monitors, the notebook has two Mini DisplayPort 1.4 ports, which also support G-SYNC, and HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 is also on board.
Classic features include a headphone output, a microphone input and an RJ45 port.
Our configuration includes the AC 9560 module from Intel, which also supports Bluetooth 5.0. With 62 Wh, the lithium polymer battery has enough power to gamble on the go. The stereo speakers do their job, but of course they’re not outstanding. If the volume is too loud, everything sounds very tinny.
The XMG NEO 15 is priced between 1,399 Euro and 3,300 Euro (without operating system).