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XMG P505 Review – Conclusion

Starting with the overall design of the P505 we have a laptop which is essentially pretty plain to look at, though that is no bad thing. It looks decent and there are no garish sections which often feature on gaming laptops. The build quality is decent, though there is plastic mixed in with the aluminium. Inside the components are all good, branded parts from the likes of Samsung and Kingston. We also appreciate the use of a matt screen on the 1920×1080 model, minimising glare.

In terms of performance there are plenty of configuration options such as alternate CPU, GPU and drive configurations. Memory too, though we did find it odd that our model shipped with a single stick of DDR3 which meant reduced bandwidth. Really, any knowledgeable consumer will stick to two modules (or more) as their config. That didn’t have too much of an impact on performance though with the i7-4710HQ used here competing well with an alternate laptop. Where the P505 really shines though, apart from a REALLY fast SSD, is in its use of the GTX 980M. We have used the GTX 970M before and it was impressive, the 980M though is just phenomenal. And not just for a laptop, this is a mobile GPU which can compete with desktop parts as far as FPS are concerned.

In each of the games we tested the XMG P505 and its GTX 980M breezed through at 1920×1080. Alien Isolation with everything turned on, no problem. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare with maximum detail, easy. This should be a mobile GPU which is capable of running games for at least the next few years. Battery life is also decent with just over an hour of gaming which is pretty standard and just under 4hrs of general use on a single charge.

Finally, with prices starting at 1046 pounds/1286 euros the XMG P505 also seems fairly priced, though we do need to pay extra for the more advanced components.

Summary: A pretty basic, no frills chassis which holds a system capable of exceptional performance.

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  1. jackjackduank

    Thanks for the review. Pretty powerful gaming laptop, very nice.

  2. Very good review and an impressive system. The difference between this GPU and the 880m is striking.
    How was the noise from the fans? Any idea if RAM/HDD are easily user replaceable?

  3. pff..
    mysn.eu don’t ship to Russia 🙁

    • XMG UK

      Hi Big Badaboom, our UK office deals with all orders placed from oustide of Europe. Shipping to an individual in Russia is tricky though, but please contact us at sales@mysn.co.uk and we will do what we can do. Thanks

  4. Rich

    Does this laptop feature optimus?

  5. L1ber8

    I have a couple of questions.
    I see that the MSI GS70 with GTX970M has a DOTA 2 benchmark FPS from 139 AVG and the P505 with the GTX980M 78 FPS AVG. How is that possible.?

    Is it normal that everybody can see the windows 8.1 key.? Don’t know if that key is usable.

  6. Stan

    Hi! I’d like to use this computer for photo editing. I don’t know which to choose between this one and the Macbook pro. I heard the xmg has a really good fhd panel. But what about the durability, solidity of the xmg? I travel a lot and I’m often at sea (ac rooms, but still). I will use it plugged in most of the time btw. Can someone help me?

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