Good Price-Performance Ratio: Schenker XMG Core 15 (Tongfang GK5CP6V)

XMG Core 15: An affordable gamer
XMG Core 15: An affordable gamer
The demand for compact gaming laptops is increasing. With the XMG Core 15, Schenker is offering a suitable 15-inch notebook that is able to convince, besides having a few weaknesses.
Florian Glaser (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪

Those who are on the move a lot and don't want to make do without a decent portion of (gaming) power, might like the XMG Core 15 from Schenker Technologies. With a weight of 2 kg (~4.4 lb) and a footprint of 36 x 24.4 cm (~14.2 x 9.6 in), the 15-inch notebook is not only comfortably light, but also pleasantly compact. Although the notebook offers graphics switching and has a low power consumption, it lacks in battery life, due to the small battery (46 Wh). In practice, you should not count on more than 3-4 hours.

On the other hand, the Core 15 offers a quickly responding and relatively contrast-rich 144-Hz panel. Additional positive points include the RGB illumination and the decent price-performance ratio. For less than 1500 Euros (~$1637), buyers will receive a hexa-core processor, 16 GB of RAM, an NVMe SSD, and, most importantly, a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which allows playing almost all games smoothly at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and maximum detail level.

However, we also notice see some places where corners were cut, such as the connections (no Tunderbolt 3 and not even USB 3.1 Gen2) and the sound system. In addition, like most other gaming laptops, the device becomes quite loud under load. You can find more information on the Core 15 in our detailed reviewTest Schenker XMG Core 15 (Tongfang GK5CP6V) Laptop: Budget-Gamer.

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Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming Laptops - 633 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood, growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 1990s. I was especially fascinated with computer games, even from an early age. From Monkey Island through Lands of Lore to Doom, I tried every game I could get my hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with my focus mostly being on high-performance gaming laptops.
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Florian Glaser, 2020-02-14 (Update: 2020-02-12)