XPG Xenia 14 Review

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In this article, I give you my XPG Xenia 14 review with specs included.

XPG Xenia 14 Keyboard
XPG Xenia 14 Keyboard
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XPG Xenia 14 Side Ports
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XPG Xenia 14 Box

this is the xp g xenia 14. this is probably the best 14-inch ultrabook you’ve never heard of we’re going to look at it now all right so why do i say that it’s the best ultrabook you’ve never heard of admit it you probably haven’t heard of it maybe if you’re an enthusiast last year we saw the xpg 15-inch model which was supposed to be a gaming laptop at rtx 2060 graphics and a nice first attempt but this one the ultrabook i think really does a lot of things that you just don’t see anymore first off besides the fact that it’s very light move over lg gram 930 grams which is 2.13 pounds of magnesium alloy chassis that’s pretty rigid considering it’s magnesium alloy which tends to be more flexible and well light as well but you’ve got lots of ports on this thing for something this thin and this light you’ve got hdmi 2.0 b on board you’ve got two usb a ports you have thunderbolt 4 and a usbc port that supports displayport out nice of course a headphone jack on board so you know compared to something like the xps 13 and some hp inspector laptops that are just usbc saying we don’t have room for all that stuff well guess what i guess there is potentially room for all that stuff beyond that we have a 16 by 10 aspect ratio display and i know how much a lot of you love that these days you got a little extra screen height it’s full hd plus so it’s 1920 by 1200 resolution there’s no higher resolution option but at 14 inches it’s fine and it’s a pretty nice looking display too it gets decently bright it seems brighter than it measures i think because it’s not particularly blue light so it comes across as being a white white though the color calibration is pretty good you can see the metrics on screen they’re good as well now one thing to note about the display it is matte which is great and it’s non-touch so if you’re hoping for a touch screen ultrabook this is not your machine we have intel 11th gen inside which is what we would expect these days this is an ultrabook you can get it with core i5 and core i7 cpus price starts at around 1100 the pre-release pre-order model for the i5 you can get it with a bundle with headphones and some other gear and stuff like that and we have intel iris xc graphics so the interior expandability the parts are just unusual and a company like a data they make ram they make ssds they focus on these things perhaps and that’s a good thing again in today’s ultrabook where almost everything is soldered on board except for the ssd we actually have two ram slots in this skinny little light thing we have not one but two m.2 ssd slots the first boot one is pci e4 and you get an a data 512 gig ssd and a socketed wi-fi card intel ax-201 so it takes a lot of boxes for those who are more enthusiastic and are inclined to upgrade their laptops one plus and minus at the same time is xpg aka a data thought it would be a good thing to give you 16 gigs of ram as a single module there are two slots so that way it’s single channel so performance isn’t quite as good as it could be especially for the intel iris xc integrated graphics they did this so if you did upgrade memory you wouldn’t have to throw a stick away but at the same time you’re not getting the maximal dual channel performance so there’s that the keyboard is backlit and white and it’s multi-stage and it’s really good feeling actually it’s pretty crisp it return springiness is nice it’s only 1.2 millimeters of travel that’s pretty short but it doesn’t feel that short somehow probably because of the cushiness yet the springiness and none of that bottoming out feeling that you might get say with a razor blade or an xps 13. and it has a very large microsoft precision track pad obviously it’s finished in black and matte black i know a lot of you like matte black i think it’s really nice and classy looking it’s hard to fault the way this thing looks either it’s pretty shocking how many things they’ve done right here in terms of performance is your standard ultra bug with a core i5 or core i7 cpu we have the core i7 so i it’s just where it should be for an ultrabook like this it’s you don’t see actually a lot of variety among premium ultrabooks that have the same processors and the same graphics inside thermals are well handled it is ultrabook 11th gen 10 nanometer so pretty efficient platform there and no complaints about thermals no throttling no noisy fans you really don’t hear the cooling much when we look at the motherboard we’ll talk about some other interesting things too because you’re going to want to see that lastly there’s battery life 53 wattage batteries so that’s about like an xps 13 that’s a good capacity battery for a 14 inch ultrabook and you get a 65 watt charger so obviously this is going to vary depending what you’re doing with it but our usual light test of microsoft office a little bit of slack a little bit of zoom calls that sort of thing with brightness set to 150 nits and we reach 10 hours so that’s pretty nice obviously most of you might want to set the brightness a little bit higher do something more demanding but pretty much this should be a most of the day laptop for those of you out there taking off the bottom cover is easy it’s just phillips head screws the two in the front are shorter remember that when you put it back together again obviously the ventilations here and these are the speaker grilles the speakers are actually pretty loud and pretty full sounding for a very thin and light ultrabook don’t expect it to replace your stereo system you know what i mean and taking off the magnesium alloy cover that’s what the underside looks like and here are the internals so battery right here is right here the a data ssd is right there 512 gig is what you get pcie 4. those are still a little hard to find and pretty expensive so i’m happy that they actually did put that in for this new intel 11th gen platform and one thing to note is see this whole spot right here with nothing in it sure it looks like they’re going to make a version of this with dedicated graphics now don’t expect an rtx 3070 or something in here obviously that’s just not the room and the cooling for that but maybe some nvidia mx level graphics i don’t know what they have in store but this is where it would be soldered and this is where the fan would go if and when they actually do that if you want to put in a second ssd the slot is over here for a 2280 drive would run the length right there with your screw mount for that and that extra special sauce you just don’t see in an ultrabook anymore is the ram slots right here so there’s the ram made by no surprise a data now again like i said the way it ships is with one 16 gig module they sent us a second to put in ourselves we could benchmark it both ways didn’t make a huge difference in performance except for intel iris xc graphics benchmarks there but keep that in mind because here in the united states uh you know most of us shop at big box stores where you just don’t get things like ram upgrades typically and lastly the socketed wi-fi card is right there intel ax201 standard fare for this platform so that’s the xpg xenia 14 really i am impressed and never expected to be like i said this much the build quality on this is nice it’s insanely light and has a 16 by 10 aspect ratio display it’s unusually upgradable for an ultrabook it has plenty of ports including thunderball 4 and a full-size sd card slot the only thing i would fault them on is their choice to give you 16 gigs of ram as a single module i know they think that’s efficient so you don’t have to throw out any ram if you upgrade but you’ll get a little boost if you do put a second module in for dual channel but a lot of folks are not technical enough to know about that in the united states most of us don’t have computer services tweak our laptops before we bring them home from big box stores right but other than that thumbs up

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