Introduction and design
Gaming laptops are quick turning into a hotly contested a part of the market. Not are they unfeasibly costly, heavy or missing energy – they’re bona fide platforms that may run state-of-the-art titles at excessive settings.
The Schenker XMG P506 is not a desktop PC in a laptop computer’s clothes just like the PC Specialist Octane Professional II, nevertheless it nonetheless guarantees to pack a punch because of Nvidia’s GTX 970M GPU inside.
An improve to XMG’s U506 vary, the P506 is an intricately customizable proposition that is each moveable and highly effective. Its Clevo P651RE6 chassis permits for a plethora of configuration choices together with additional slots for exhausting drives and extra RAM.
In contrast to Gigabyte’s new P35X v5, the P506 cannot be configured with a 4K (or Extremely HD) show, as an alternative topping out at 1080p (or Full HD). The 970M inside would wrestle to run demanding video games with any degree of smoothness at 4K, so XMG’s choice to stay at Full HD to maintain prices and weight down is a welcome one.
One other worthy competitor exists within the type of MSI’s GS60 Ghost Professional, which sports activities an Nvidia GTX 970M with 3GB of GDDR5 video reminiscence and has a 1080p show.
The P506’s matte black end will attraction to players, together with its exhausting sporting and cold-to-touch aluminum casing. The keyboard’s entrance corners aren’t rounded – they’re minimize off at angles to offer a boxier, extra utilitarian look. There’s additionally an array of flashing warning lights on the entrance – excess of, say, an workplace machine.
Whereas the design will not utterly wow you – the backlit keyboard is only a single color and there are not any actual design thrives of observe – it definitely will not offend both. The P506’s look is useful and durable.
There are 4 USB three.zero ports, one in every of which is powered and sits on the again edge beside the facility inlet socket, which is beneficial for hooking up an exterior storage gadget or charging a telephone shortly. There is no inner optical drive, which is not an obstacle within the age of digital downloads. You’ll, nevertheless, have to plug in an exterior drive if you wish to use the provided Nero CD-ROM software program.
There is a good high quality trackpad on the bottom. Whereas it is less than MacBook normal, it is nonetheless dependable and does not skit about. The P506’s show is a factor of magnificence. Viewable from all angles, it is crystal clear and has constant brightness all through.
Whereas the P506’s Full HD decision is a superb match for gaming, it signifies that fonts and icons on the desktop aren’t as sharp as they might be on a 4K and even QHD+ show — so do not anticipate a lot eye sweet in Workplace-styled purposes — in the event you can tear your self away from video games lengthy sufficient to make use of them.
Specs and efficiency
The P506 weighs in at simply over a pound heavier than the GS60’s slight four.2lb body. MSI’s machine is usually the smaller machine, although Schenker’s is rather less extensive at zero.65 inches.
The XMG has double the video RAM, with 6GB to play with. All this for not rather more cash than the GS60 looks like a reasonably good discount in the event you do not thoughts the additional weight.
Right here is the Schenker XMG P506 configuration despatched to techradar for evaluation:
- CPU: 2.60GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ (quad-core. 6MB cache, as much as three.5GHz with Turbo Increase)
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M (with 6GB GDDR5); Intel HD Graphics 530
- RAM: 8GB Twin Channel DDR4 (2,400MHz)
- Display: 15.6-inch (39.6cm), (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage: 256GB Samsung SSD + 1TB HGST 7,200 RPM HDD
- Optical drive: No
- Ports: four x USB three.zero Ports (inc 1 x Powered USB three.zero), 2 x MiniDP, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone, 1 x Microphone, 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x RJ-45 LAN, 6 in 1 Card Reader
- Connectivity: Qualcomm Atheros Killer Wi-fi-AC 1535 (with Bluetooth)
- Digital camera: 2.zero megapixel FHD video digital camera
- Weight: 5.5lb / 2.5kgs
- Measurement: 375 x 271 x 25mm (W x D x H)
As configured, the P506 prices $1,792 (round £1,347, or AU$2,531). With all of the bells and whistles chosen, it is attainable to configure the machine to round an eye-watering $5,000 (£three,500, or AU$7,000). We might advocate maintaining a tally of the worth, and we have heard from XMG that there is at present a 10% sale on on the time of writing.
In contrast to the higher-priced P35X v5, which has a GTX 980M with 8GB of video reminiscence, the P506 has a GTX 970M with 6GB of video reminiscence. Nevertheless, the shortage of a 980M within the P506 did not seem to have an effect on the body charges in gaming benchmarks as a lot as you may assume.
Each laptops have G-sync, which makes video games run silky clean by locking recreation body charges to the recent charges of the laptop computer’s show to remove display tearing.
This is how the XMG P506 carried out in our suite of benchmark exams:
- 3DMark: Cloud Gate: 21,661; Sky Diver: 19,023; Hearth Strike: 6,524
- Cinebench: CPU: 684 factors; Graphics: 67.55 fps
- GeekBench: three,638 (single-core); 12,883 (multi-core)
- PCMark eight House Check: three,327 factors
- PCMark eight Battery Life: three hours 11 minutes
- Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor: (1080p, Extremely): 52.71 fps; (1080p, Low): 119.76 fps
- Grand Theft Auto V: Extremely: 22.four fps; Low: 138 fps
Battery life is on the larger finish of the time bracket than anticipated for a standard gaming laptop computer, clocking in at over three hours. I repeated the check to ensure this wasn’t an anomaly, and it racked up three hours 13 minutes the second time — over an hour greater than the GS60 — however lower than the three hours and 31 minutes achieved by the P35X v5.
The P506 beat the GS60 in almost all the 3DMark exams, solely dropping out on Hearth Strike by a mere 34 factors. It was, nevertheless, soundly crushed by the P35X v5’s GTX 980M in all three benchmarks by round 2,000 factors.
Should you’re planning on enjoying video games at Medium settings, our GTA V and Shadow of Mordor benchmarks present that there is little between the 2 machines. The P506 scored 138 fps versus the P35X v5’s 137 fps within the former recreation, and it achieved 119.7 fps versus 122 fps within the latter. Nevertheless, the hole widens when settings are flicked to ‘Extremely’, with the P506 scoring 22.four fps versus the P35X v5’s 30 fps. It makes for a delicate, but noticeable distinction on the high-end.
Apart from the benchmark checks I performed Campo Santo’s sensible new recreation Firewatch on the very best settings. Sadly, the body fee suffered and to make it playable most settings needed to be turned right down to the bottom degree. So, keep in mind that though the P506 will deal with many trendy video games on the very best settings, it is already struggling to run demanding titles in all their graphical splendor. ‘Future-proof’ is not the GTX 970M’s center identify.
Nevertheless, the P506 runs extremely quietly for a gaming laptop computer – the fan kick in after some time nevertheless it is not a whirring helicopter of a sound, extra of a mild hum that will not impede considerably whereas capturing aliens, or as in our case, scouting out for forest fires. The built-in Onkyo audio system are surprisingly loud, with the highest finish slicing by way of greater than most inner audio system — and it is not piercing.
The P506’s chiclet-spaced keyboard has somewhat little bit of bounce, however nothing that may impede gaming. And as a nod to players, the WASD keys are marked with purple arrows.
Bundled software program
You solely get Nero on CD. Nevertheless, there isn’t any optical drive to make use of it with. And that is it, there isn’t any different bundled software program — a refreshing change.
This P506’s battery life, strong development, upgradable reminiscence slots (as much as 32GB) and lack of horrible bloatware are all vital plus factors. In benchmarks, Schenker’s machine holds its personal towards costlier rigs with higher GPUs — notably Gigabyte’s P35X v5 and its GTX 980. The XMG won’t boast a 4K display however its 1080p show is a delight, and the aluminum backing means it is unlikely to get broken when being carted about.
The location of the facility socket on the again edge is a relatively pleasing a part of the design because the cable will not get in the best way of utilizing an exterior mouse or drive. The 1TB HDD means massive video games like GTA V will not make an enormous dent, and the inclusion of a beneficiant 256GB Samsung SSD for the OS hastens the wake and sleep. All that, and a free sticker and lanyard.
Regardless of the spectacular benchmarks we’re not sure as to how future-proof this pocket book is as some newer video games needed to be performed on the bottom setting. It is also a pound heavier than its closest rival the MSI GS60 Ghost. One other potential draw back is that the design won’t be flashy sufficient for some players, although others might love its black brutalist structure.
This can be a well-performing midrange players’ laptop computer that will not break the financial institution. As well as you get the good thing about the customizable parts and sound, if blocky design and oodles of ports. The P506 is tough sufficient to take many a knock too.
It won’t be a 4K gaming marvel or have an Nvidia GTX 980M inside, however that is to be anticipated at this value. Its battery life is not market main, however it’s spectacular for a gaming machine, and the display is a marvel to behold. General, that is an above common performing gaming laptop computer which is greater than the sum of its elements.