A 15-inch Thin Laptop For The Road: No More Dongles With The XMG DJ 15by Dr. Ian Cutress on October 1, 2020 8:00 AM EST
As a journalist and an editor that in any given year travels around the world to attend events, having the best device that helps me write news and generate content is always on my mind. Having a device with more battery life, or more performance, or can deal with dodgy Wi-Fi connections, or can process photos and video while having a good display at a nice price are all factors. Weight is also an important one, as it gets lugged around for 12+ hours a day, and I don’t want to be carrying around too many dongles for everything. The new XMG DJ 15 might be a contender for one of the best devices to do this with.
The XMG DJ 15 is a 15-inch notebook that is designed to be light but also has an array of connectivity unlike any other notebooks I’ve seen in this segment. Despite the size, there is no discrete graphics card in this design, saving space and also allowing the cooling system to be reduced from a typical gaming notebook. This keeps it thin, measuring only 19.9mm at its tallest point, but the use of aluminium keeps it light, weighing in at only 1.6 kg.
For connectivity, the unit has two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a Thunderbolt 3/Type-C with 60W fast charging, a full-sized HDMI port, a mini-DisplayPort, an SD card reader, a gigabit Ethernet port (!), two 3.5mm jacks for headphone/microphone, and a USB 2.0 Type-A port for legacy.
Inside is an Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake processor, with the base specification using the Core i5-10210U, 16 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and a 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe storage drive, all for a pre-tax price 1052 Euro / $1237. The memory is SO-DIMM and the storage is M.2, making both upgradeable.
That also gets Wi-Fi 5, the 15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS thin-bezel display, a HD webcam, a backlit keyboard with number pad, a Microsoft Precision Touchpad with a fingerprint sensor, and a 54.4 Wh battery. Moving up to Wi-Fi 6 is another $5.
This device isn’t so much aimed at workers, but DJs. XMG claims the unit is built with components that minimise DPC latency, even when Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled. It is pre-tested with all the major DJ software, such as Serato, Traktor, Rekordbox and Virtual DJ. This makes it suitable even for simple DAW projects. It will ship with an optimized installation of Windows 10 Pro, and XMG quotes a maximum DPC Latency of a millisecond. XMG will also work with DJs that have custom needs and offers a bespoke service for those that might need additional features.
The XMG DJ 15 will be available in a traditional silver color or a more striking red design. Even in the base configuration, that price seems great for a workhorse machine on the road, and hopefully the display quality is decent. The version I’d be interested in, with the i7-10510U, Wi-Fi 6, and 32 GB of memory, runs at €1,337 (incl. tax). That can’t be a coincidence.
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pixelstuff - Thursday, October 1, 2020 - linkOr if you are going around plugging into control panels, you really want all the ports built in.
niva - Thursday, October 1, 2020 - linkIt's interesting how people have become convinced that the more something costs, the less capabilities it should have. This is not just ok, but it's the preferred way.
SaolDan - Thursday, October 1, 2020 - linkI see how it would make apple users confused and angry. Too... Many... Ports... Lol seriously dude usbc and dock? U must be trolling.
Lord of the Bored - Thursday, October 1, 2020 - linkThat's right! One single USB-C port and a rat-tail you can plug into it to turn it into useful connectors!
Or we could just build the useful connectors into the laptop to start with... naaaaaaahe
Spunjji - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link"All you need is to have to carry around an extra device dangling off the side"
I'll never understand this mentality. As it is, there are loads of devices that cater to your particular demographic of people who like having to daisy-chain anything they want to plug into their notebook.
Mr Perfect - Thursday, October 1, 2020 - linkWow, look at all those tasty ports!
I've never heard of XMG though. Will AT be reviewing one of these?
Spunjji - Friday, October 2, 2020 - linkYou may be more familiar with the name Schenker? They're a fairly reputable brand that resells notebooks made by OEMs like Tongfang and Clevo.
Danvelopment - Thursday, October 1, 2020 - linkWhat Legacy purpose does a USB 2.0 port have that a USB 3.0 port doesn't?
lmcd - Thursday, October 1, 2020 - linkThere's a decent number of devices out there that break USB spec in such a way that 3.0 isn't backwards compatible. AFAIK 3.0 also has higher average latency, though that might not be true now that USB 3 is so much more integrated into the PCH/whatever runs it.
lmcd - Thursday, October 1, 2020 - linkDecent = a few %, not an actual problem for the average consumer. I wouldn't be surprised if some MIDI equipment falls into that category though, hence its relevance.