Adata has introduced its first thin-and-light gaming laptop that was designed in collaboration with Intel. The XPG Xenia Xe notebook is an elegant 15.6-inch machine built around Intel's latest 11th Generation Core i5/i7 'Tiger Lake' processors with the latest Intel Iris Xe graphics and several expandability options.
Adata's XPG Xenia Xe notebook comes in a sleek CNC-machined anodized aluminum chassis that houses a 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS 400-nits display with touch support and has ultra-thin 4.9-millimeter bezels on the sides to make the device slightly narrower. The laptop is just 11~14.9 millimeters thick at its thinnest/thickest points and weighs 1.65 kilograms (3.6 pounds). To add some gaming spirit to the rather strict design, the chassis has a light bar on its front panel.
The XPG Xenia Xe machine is powered by Intel's quad-core Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 processor featuring Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 with 80/96 execution units (which translates to 640/768 stream processors with an up to 1.6/2 FP32 TFLOPS of performance). The processor is paired with up to 16GB of 128-bit LPDDR4X memory and an up to 1TB XPG Gammix S50 Lite SSD featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface and up to 3500 MB/s sequential read and 3200 MB/s sequential write speeds. The modular SSD can be upgraded over time, something that is not common on thin-and-light designs.
To ensure consistently high CPU performance, the notebook has air vents on the front, bottom, and rear panels and a cooling system that does not allow processor temperature to exceed 84°C under loads while producing an (up to) 40.8 dB noise level.
For those who need additional graphics performance, the XPG Xenia Xe has a Thunderbolt 4 port to connect an external GPU box. Other connectivity capabilities are pretty typical for this class of PCs and include an Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6/Bluetooth 5.1 module, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0b output, and a 3.5-mm audio jack for headsets.
Input devices of the XPG Xenia Xe include a membrane white backlit keyboard, precision trackpad, 720p webcam with Windows Hello and presence detection support, quad-microphone array, and standard speakers.
While Adata calls its XPG Xenia Xe a gaming laptop, it was also designed for productivity and light content creation, so the company equipped it with a rather capacious 73Wh battery that allows it to work for up to 12 hours with maximum screen brightness and multiple applications running in the background, as well as up to 16 hours with a looped video running on a screen set to 100 nits (based on BAPCo's MobileMark 2018).
The PC is said to be Intel Evo-certified, so expect it to support all the bells and whistles that Intel's latest Tiger Lake platform has to offer when it comes to responsiveness, performance, and connectivity.
Adata's XPG Xenia Xe laptops will be available in the coming months. The Xenia Xe i5 will carry an MSRP of $1,599, whereas the Xenia Xe i7 will cost $1,799. Both systems will be bundled with Adata's XPG Precog headset as well as the XPG Battleground mousepad.
Agree. It's laughable that they promote it as a gaming laptop. What is for, the led strip?
As a reference, it costs and weight the same as an Asus Zephyrus G14, which is a real gaming ultrabook and hopefully will be updated to new CPUs and GPUs in this first half of the year
Personally though, I'd also rather wait for the new Ryzen APU models...
Note that I am NOT a gamer. I use it as a second laptop at home and for working remotely when AWAY from home. (I have a loaded 32GB Acer Predator hooked up to two 24" Dell Ultra Sharp monitors for working from home).
The XPG Xenia Xe has pretty much everything I love about the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex:
Very portable and reasonably lightweight for a 15.6" laptop
Very good battery life
Great very bright screen.
The XPG also adds the following additional benefits over the Galaxy Book Flex for me:
Nicer keyboard feel (albeit, perhaps, a bit too stiff - high actuation force required)
Better audio (crisper and louder)
Better wifi performance (despite same Intel AX201 Wifi 6 adapter as the Flex). I get almost 50% better speeds with the XPG than the Flex. XPG > 600 Mbps over wifi when far from the router / satellite, vs only 400 Mbps for the Galaxy Book Flex.
Lightning fast SSD (drive)
Additional ports (USB-A most notably and HDMI)
Much quieter so far (likely due to more room under the unit for cooling.
I have tried all of the following and prefer the XPG Xenia Xe for it all around performance and features:
Dell XPS15 (kept about 2 years I believe, then sold)
LG Gram 15 (returned to store)
MSI (returned to store).
Lenovo Thinkpad Extreme Gen 1 (kept 1 year. then sold)
HP Elitebook 1050 G1 (kept 1 year, then given to my wife for WFH, along with her XPS13 - which was also mine before)
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex (owned for 1 year 2 months till I found out about the XPG Xenia Xe).
Aside from it not being cheap, it is a great laptop (again I am NOT a gamer)!
Nice job Adata!
The only thing missing IMO is a 2nd memory slot to support RAM upgrades (to 32GB e.g.)
But 16GB is enough for now.