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There are three key control panels installed on the A505 at the factory. One to manage the keyboard such as Macro commands, another for the Sound Blaster Cinema 2 audio features and a third to give quick access to performance/power saving modes.

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XMGs bios is a standard APTIO layout with all the basic options we would expect from a system of this type.

XMG A505 Review – Performance

Selected tests vs MSI GS70 Stealth (i7-4710HQ/GTX970M), MSI GT80 Titan SLI (4980Q/2x980M), MSI GE62 Apache (4720HQ/960M) and XMG P505 (i7-4710HQ/GTX980M).

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XMG A505 Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the A505 we have a system which lacks the brushed metal effect of some competitors however we rather like the matt finish used here. It appears to be durable and the branding is discrete which is nice. The plastic base is an area which could be improved by applying the same matt finish used on the lid and hand rests. Elsewhere the components used are good quality. The keyboard feels solid and the touchpad responsive. Our mouse buttons have a decent click to them and quality branded parts from the likes of Samsung and Kingston are used inside.

The port layout of the A505 is good, offering easy access to the most used ports and we are always fans of the display outputs being on the back of a system rather than the side.It keeps the areas around the USB ports free for larger connectors.

Performance wise the A505 in its i7-4720HQ and GTX 960M configuration performs exactly where we would expect, including impressive performance in the latest games. XMG could really help themselves in the review stakes by installing 2 memory modules in review samples to show the true memory bandwidth performance and we absolutely recommend a storage drive to go with the M.2 SSD. That too is worthy of note as the Samsung model in our review sample was offered class leading performance.

So that brings us to value where the configuration reviewed here retails for around £150 less than some competitor models at £1029. Configurations are available from £869 and we can add items such as Killer-NIC wireless and Blu-Ray to enhance the build. Overall a great mix of price, performance and configuration options.

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