The highly-customizable Schenker XMG P701 PRO is available in numerous configurations, and our 2024 euro unit takes gaming notebooks to a new level with its 2.4GHz Intel i7 2660QM processor, 16GB RAM and 2GB AMD Radeon HD6990 graphics card. Normally 8GB of RAM satisfies even power-hungry gamers, but in case anyone is wondering, the XMG P701 PRO’s four memory slots allow memory to be expanded to 32GB. An assortment of processors can be configured, Intel i5 and above, as well as standard gaming graphics cards such as the NVidia GTX 560M. The array of available storage configs is bewildering, encompassing HDD, SSD and SSH (solid state hybrid). The DVD drive can be upgraded to a Blu-Ray combo or even a Blu-Ray burner.
Our test unit of XMG P701 PRO featured a hybrid 128GB SSD with a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. The XMG P701 PRO measures 412mm x 276mm x 52mm and tips the scales at an appropriately heavyweight 3.84 kg. Schenker offer Windows 7 64-bit Premium, Professional or Ultimate – our 2024 euro model had Premium installed. Let’s take a little break to look at some pictures of the Schenker XMG P701 PRO :
The XMG P701 PRO design is minimalist matt black – even the XMG Logo on the lid is removable. And it’s durable. The lid and wrist-rest are high grade aluminum. Overall build quality is first-class, even if the plastic screen bezel is a weak point. Actually we noticed slight teeter in the lid, too. Solidity brings weight, of course.
Connectivity options are predictably good, with four surround-sound ports, HDMI and DVI sockets, five USB ports, of which two are USB-3, a FireWire interface and an eSATA socket. Noticeable by its absence is an ExpressCard slot, but we do get a 9-in-1 card reader. There’s even an antenna input, although no TV card is supplied. Fortunately, all sockets are confined to the rear half of the notebook, well out of the way. WiFi-n is here but no Bluetooth, as often is the case with high-end security-conscious notebooks. The XMG P701 PRO features a fingerprint scanner, and an integrated microphone. A 2MP webcam nestles above the screen. Very useful for system back-up is the original Windows 7 data stick included in the box. And at this price, the optional 4-year guarantee is welcome.
The matte backlit 17.3-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixel full HD resolution gives good contrast and brightness, with fine viewing angles.
The XMG P701 PRO keyboard presents free-standing keys with good travel, and a dedicated number-pad helps with data entry. But backlit it isn’t. Shame. For gamers, on the other hand, the W,A,S, and D keys are highlighted in red. The generous touchpad enables high precision control and responds pertly, with impeccable multitouch gestures.
The five speakers and a subwoofer lack volume and are somewhat tinny – better audio is found on the Dell XPS 17 or Toshiba Qosmio.
The 2.4GHz i7-2660QM with 6MB cache and 3.4GHz Turbo Boost is almost 20% more powerful across all 4 hyper-threaded cores than the 2630QM. With the 2GB Radeon HD 6990M graphics card, current games with full resolution and at the highest settings are a piece of cake, the machine reaching twice the average benchmark score of other gaming notebooks. Even video-editing is passable with this rig, thanks to a 200MB/s write speed, in comparison with 80MB/s for normal 5400rpm drives. Admitttedly the two chassis fans can be a mite loud when the notebook is working flat out.
Maximum XMG P701 PRO notebook performance gives 27 – 27!!! – minutes battery life, and DVD-looping tests gave marginally over an hour. Plug it in. It’s heavy anyway. The odd minor gripe, but performance-wise, the Schenker XMG P701 PRO is phenomenal.
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