SCHENKER XMG C703
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the SCHENKER XMG C703
Mobile Gaming Deluxe. The Schenker XMG C703 is yet another version of the MSI GS70 barebones to come on the market. The notebook's appeal stems partly from the fact that you can select from a variety of configuration options when you purchase the device from the retailer. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, a GeForce GTX 765M and a thin, light case, the notebook debuts in the mobile arena.
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
A laptop of this size is still likely to spend most of its time indoors, but it's undeniably impressive to see a 17-inch laptop that is genuinely light enough to carry around in a backpack without spending six months training in the gym first. It's not cheap, but it does provide gaming performance that would previously have cost £1500 or more, and is a great option for any gamer who wants a powerful laptop that they can take round to a friend's house for an evening of hard-core gaming action.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Hardwareheaven Archive.org version
While XMG don't do anything special with their packaging, just providing decent protection really, and the bundle is nothing special the C703 still manages to impress when first unboxed. The metal chassis looks/feels great and should be durable. The matte screen is also a bonus, ensuring minimal light reflections regardless of the lighting when out and about.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/16/2014
Source: T3 Archive.org version
The XMG C703 is the best 17-inch gaming laptop around right now. It boasts great performance, lots of connectivity, an excellent screen, slim form factor and lots of customisable options, and starts at a very reasonable £1,109 (although that's without a copy of Windows, and the SSD option is definitely worth the investment). The only real weaknesses is that it becomes hot and noisy during gaming, but those are alleviated by putting it on a surface and wearing headphones. Overall, the C703 is a good-looking gaming laptop that offers impressive performance at a very competitive price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/11/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Hexus Archive.org version
Laptops arriving with a retail price the wrong side of £1,000 need to be special in order to attract interest from the well-heeled consumer. German manufacturer XMG's 17.3in C703 offers big-screen gaming thrills and spills in a slimline form factor usually found on much smaller laptops.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/03/2013
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN Archive.org version
Positive: small and thin body Negative: several minor weaknesses
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/27/2013
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M:
High-End Graphics cards as part of the Geforce 700M series based on the Kepler architecture.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4700HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.4 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
80%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.