XMG P303 13.3" Laptop Review
For a decade or so now manufacturers have been trying to build portable systems which offer some form of desktop like performance… or gaming prowess… for enthusiast users. The problem is that almost always they have come with some major drawbacks. Too heavy, too hot, too slow, too large… sometimes all of the above. I can remember carting a 17" Alienware on my back, via the train, to work a number of years ago and it was a killer… and on top of that if it wasn’t plugged in I was lucky to get over an hour of use.
In recent times though things have started to look up in the portable gaming market. First there was the M11x which was pretty impressive for its form factor and more recently we have seen some really nice Intel based slim gaming machines from the likes of Razer and MSI. Yes there are still some compromises but we are getting closer and closer to a completely useable portable gaming system… in fact XMG launched their C703 just yesterday which tries to be just that.
Of course 17" ultra-thin laptops are not the only option when it comes to portable gaming/power use. The other end of the scale see’s us dip into the 13" form factor and while those systems might not be quite as thin they are very portable. So today we take a look at XMGs P303 which sticks to that 13" size while still including high end Intel and NVIDIA components. Let’s see how it does against the 17" competition in the form of the Razer Blade R2 and brand new MSI GS70 Stealth.
Packaging and Bundle
XMG tend to stick to pretty plain packaging for their systems and that continues here. Inside we find the laptop suspended in foam and wrapped in protective plastic with the extras off to the left.
Bundled with the system is a 120w PSU, manufactured by Chicony, product documentation and various software CDs. Battery wise we have a Simplo branded 5600mAh Li-Ion model which is rated at 62.16Wh.