XMG have built some quality gaming laptops over the last few years. This time we are looking at the XMG P505. Inside you will find an Intel i7, a tonne of RAM and a tasty Nvidia GeForce graphics card.

Looking around the outside of the laptop you will find the power and SATA connections on the rear, three USB 3.0 inputs, a headphone and microphone jack, an SD card reader and generously three display ports down one side for multiple monitor setups. Everything is conveniently placed down the sides of the laptop freeing up the front keeping it quite skinny. There are large fan exhausts on the left side and back for decent airflow around the powerful components. The chassy has a matte black finish which can be prone to greasy finger marks, but with a quick wipe down, the case looked good as new. There is a black logo print on the top which I was expecting to light up in that gamer fashion but it doesn’t. Keeping it as black gloss gives it some style. The dimensions when closed comes in at 385x271x29mm and weighs 2.5g which I didn’t think was too bad, but it could be a problem if carrying it around for long periods of time.

Opening up the XMG P505 is easy as there is a lip on the front to grip onto. You’re greeted with a large 15.” 3K Panasonic monitor with a maximum resolution of 2880×1620. There is a Sharp 4K monitor available too. The screen has a matte finish giving it a seemingly higher quality image with a large viewing angle. The keyboard is backlit enabling you to still use it in low light environments. On the top of the keyboard it advertises the use of the laptop’s very good built-in Onkyo speakers.

Before I run through any kind of specification I want to let you know that there are several customisations you can make to your finished product. XMG are very good in giving you various options depending on what you really need out of the laptop. I will give you the specs of the review model we were sent plus the changes you can make at time of purchase. First up is an Intel i7-4720HQ CPU with a base frequency of 2.6GHz and a max turbo frequency of 3.6GHz. This is paired with its Intel HD4600 graphics processor with a max frequency of 1.2GHz as well as the choice of dedicated NVidia GeForce card. In our review model we had a 4GB GDDR5 GeForce 980M. We also had 8GB of DDR3 RAM. XMG give you the choice of whether to have HyperX or Crucial sticks.

xmg p505 component test

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The laptop performed superbly and handled every single game we threw at it. We ran the Unigine Heaven benchmark test to determine the performance of the GeForce 980M graphics card in the P505. Here are the results:

xmg p505 graphics benchmark

The XMG P505 is an extremely plain powerhouse. And by plain I’m talking about the chassy. Although I like it. It’s subtle and doesn’t scream attention like some of the other over the top gaming laptop designs. The customisation options that XMG offer are pretty unbounded. Depending on what you want out of your laptop depends how much you pay, and with prices starting at just under £1000, I would say this laptop is priced extremely fair. Unfortunately the battery life will only last around one hour of solid gaming and around four hours of general use. I would have liked to have seen more but that is pretty standard in the current gaming laptop world. I would also recommend not using the highest resolution on your desktop as it becomes very small and hard to read.

During our tests we found that the XMG P505 handled every single game well and could easily compete with a desktop gaming rig. Even though it’s a mobile chip, the added power from the nVidia GeForce 980M really pushed gaming performance from standard to phenomenal. I would definitely recommend the XMG P505 if you’re in the market for a reasonably priced gaming laptop. Check out the customisation options you can choose on the XMG website.

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