For some time now the world of gamer notebooks has been growing and the purchase options have been going in the same past, offering from well-known brands in other segments, such as Samsung, going to others already established such as Razer or Alienware. On the novice side we have XPG, which is a division of Adata and you may have read that name in some memory, SSD and the like.
Well, she decided to create the XPG Xenia, which has a complicated name to be spoken in almost any language, but who is sure that strong performance and beauty can go together. The notebook delivers an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with 8 GB just for it, a ninth generation Intel Core i7 processor, a very fast SSD, a mechanical keyboard and a curious and efficient ventilation system. Does it all fit well with games and, above all, is it worth it?
I spent the last few weeks playing a lot (and also working, right) with him and I’ll tell you my experience in the next few paragraphs.
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Design and finishing
If I listen to notebook and gamer in the same sentence, I keep imagining that Christmas tree, glaring colors and right angles that give up beauty for the daily life that goes beyond gambling. This is not the scenario of Xenia, which comes with a body made of black magnesium alloy, is matte and has a rough touch. The lines are straight and in a look that reminds me a lot of a ThinkPad – or even a Razer Blade.
The only detail that makes this notebook’s audience clear is in a lighted strip that is in front of the bottom. The LEDs here can be configured in other colors, or even turn everything off. The keyboard is mechanical, but one of the quietest and has an LED for each key, which can be in the Christmas tree mode or just on illuminated keys to type at night, before the owl. Wow, I revealed my age.
Anyway, the lighting is nice, but on the other side there is the color of the letter on the key, which is transparent. It is great for the light to pass without obstacles, but if you decide to open the notebook in the dark and do not illuminate the keyboard, you will not identify any of the keys. Everything is black.
This is not really a negative point, since the purpose of the notebook is to keep the light blinking. So ok, just don’t turn off the lighting at any time. Speaking of the keyboard, part of the area where the air is drawn to cool the components is in it and that surprised me.
Two fans allow air to enter around the W, A, S and D keys, in addition to the arrows on the other side. It is exactly where the player’s fingers will stay and because of the air entering these spaces, between the keys, even with the GPU hitting 80 degrees, the fingers never get hot. Congratulations, I loved this technique.
At doors, everything is scattered. There are two USB-A 3.1 and SD card reader on one side, with a USB-A 3.2 and headphone and microphone input on the other.
At the rear are the power inputs for the large 230-watt charger, an HDMI, a network port and a Thunderbolt 3 input.
Open, the touchpad is large and made of glass, while the front camera, which is squeezed at the top, has 720p resolution and infrared for Windows Hello to work well.
Since the notebook opened, the screen is a show apart. The panel is a 15.6-inch IPS LCD with 144 Hz refresh rate in Full HD resolution. The response time is 3.8 ms and the color coverage is 99% of the sRGB. It may not be the best for working with colors, but it is spectacular to play with generous fluidity and without any noticeable chromatic aberration.
It is a pity that the audio does not follow the same positive surprise. He’s bad, very bad is top of bad. All sounds come out practically without any bass or treble presence, all in exaggerated medium and with sound that looks like your grandfather’s 80’s cell radio. It’s horrible, but since the cooling system is extremely loud, reaching almost 70 decibels, you will certainly play with headphones and the sound problem will disappear.
My tip is: always use headphones, even when you’re not playing. Or put external speakers, any sound system of the cheapest will be better than the speakers of XPG Xenia.
Enough talk, let’s go to games. Before talking about frame rates per second, it’s worth listing what’s inside, which is a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU with 8 GB just for it, Intel Core i7 9750H processor with 45 Watt TDP, along with 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and an XPD SX8200 Pro SSD on NVMe 1.3, which has 1 TB, is on a Gen3x4 PCI express port and reaches speeds of over 3 GB per second in reading and slightly less than that in writing.
All this controlled by Windows 10 that opens any app or program as if it were a high-end smartphone. It clicked, opened and it goes until immediately after boot, which takes no more than six seconds.
I ran all games on the notebook’s own screen, in its native resolution, which is 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) and with ray tracing enabled in games that offer this feature, ok? So it’s.
Starting with light titles, I put Heroes of the Storm, Simple Blizzard MOBA that managed to stay locked at the 144 fps limit of the display itself for a long time, when everything was at its maximum, which guarantees that it would raise this data without difficulties. When the rate dropped, it was not below 100 fps.
Continuing on Blizzard, I put Overwatch, which is much more famous and that’s not why it’s too heavy. The same thing happened, with V-Sync operating at 144 fps and that little went down. Everything was at the epic and rendering at 100% of the display pixels.
Still shooting in first person, I opened Far Cry 5 with everything also at maximum and textures in HD, with 100 fps average. A war vein gets on the horse in The Witcher 3 which rotated between 70 and 80 fps with everything on the stem. I continued with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and that managed between 50 and 70 fps also with everything at maximum, a scenario very similar to what The Division 2 scored.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey arrives putting more challenge. The open world game of the Greek world scored between 45 and 50 fps in the graphics configuration at most, while lowering to the “very high”, which is just below, the averages were between 50 and 60 fps. GTA 5 oscillated between 50 and 80 fps, with maximum demographic density and graphics at this level as well.
Entering the world of ray tracing real-time reflections and lights, I put the Warzone in Call of Duty and it scored between 80 and 100 fps with all the effects on, without mercy. Battlefield 5 in the same settings it scored between 40 and 60 fps, with an extra 10 fps when DLSS was activated.
Control heavy, very heavy. There were averages of 30 or 40 fps without DLSS and between 60 and 70 fps with artificial intelligence for upscalling enabled, with no noticeable drop in graphic quality. Closing, Shadow of the Tomb Raider stayed at 30 fps or below on Ultra, with a margin of somewhere between 40 and 90 fps with DLSS enabled.
Ah, of course, like every notebook the XPG Xenia comes with a battery. It has six cells and you can only activate all the processing power of the GPU with the laptop plugged in. Can you use it outside? Gives. Placing a few Chrome tabs and a few apps open at the same time makes the power drain from the body in less than six hours, without activating Windows 10’s power saving mode.
It was the autonomy I got when I spent a meeting at Google Meet for an hour and a half, listened to an hour of podcast on the Pocket Casts app on Windows 10 and had at least eight open Chrome tabs all the time. The maxim of gamer notebook is still here: want to play? Go near the outlet.
Before starting to talk about whether it is worth it or not, it is necessary to remember that every gamer notebook has a high price and the XPG Xenia is no exception. With so much firepower inside, along with a focus on beauty that is rare to see in a product like this and that can make the notebook look good in a meeting room, the cost is up there. Put that in a detail that caught my attention, which is the size of it. The Xenia is smaller than my Dell G7 with a GTX 1060, in addition to being lighter as well and having a screen with much thinner edges.
All of this has a price and in this case it is R $ 22.5 thousand, but it is not that difficult to find at lower prices. For the time being, at the time of publishing this review, only two retailers sell XPG Xenia and at very different prices for exactly the same model, with the same configurations. It goes from the amount I wrote in the lines above, down to R $ 15 thousand if you pay in boleto at another retailer, with R $ 700 of interest for the installment to happen on the card.
There are few notebooks with RTX 2070 in the Brazilian market, basically there is only Avell with similar specifications. In this competitor, the A65 RTX ends up losing in the SSD that offers half the capacity and is not as fast, besides having a finish without the magnesium alloy, going to aluminum and with more weight.
Another competitor is at Dell, with the Alienware Area 51M R2, which can cost up to double if you consider the value of R $ 15 thousand – yes, the same configuration of this Xenia costs R $ 30 thousand there at Dell. So, yes, Xenia is expensive, but in its market it is the best option that exists. I like the model a lot, but I still get the feeling that the quality of the speakers could be much higher, mainly because they are on such an expensive computer.
You don’t need to be careful that MacBooks use balanced sound and with serious gifts, just put a smartphone speaker that already solved. And look that high-end cell phone speaker is much smaller, taking up less space than the two speakers here.
XPG Xenia gaming notebook
- Generous performance
- Beautiful finish
- Thunderbolt 3 allows GPU upgrade (by eGPU)
- Efficient cooling
- 144 Hz screen is very good
- Speakers are horrible
- Keyboard requires lighting all the time
Technical specifications – XPG Xenia
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q with 8 GB of GDDR6
- Screen: IPS LCD, 15.6 inches, 1920 × 1080 pixel resolution
- Processor: hexa-core Intel Core i7-9750H (ninth generation)
- RAM: 32 GB D664 2.666MHz
- Storage: XPD SX8200 Pro M.2 22 × 80 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe 1TB SSD
- Drums: 94 Wh
- Connectivity: HDMI (1), Thunderbolt 3 (1), USB3.2 Gen 2 × 1 type A (1), USB 3.2 Gen 1 type A (2), Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, connection for headphones and microphone
- Others: SD card reader, security lock slot, mechanical keyboard with RGB lights, 720p webcam, two stereo speakers
- Operational system: Windows 10 Home
- Dimensions: 356.4 x 233.6 x 20.5 mm
- Weight: 1.85 kg