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XMG announces "re-designed" 15-17 inch NEO and PRO gaming laptops with Ryzen 5000 processors and RTX 3000 graphics

The new XMG PRO 17 E21. (Source: Schenker)
The new XMG PRO 17 E21. (Source: Schenker)
XMG has announced that the 2021 iterations of its PRO and NEO 15/17 laptops will have new, slim cases in addition to new specs. The NEO 15 and 17 also boasts fresh Ryzen 9 5900HX or 7 5800H AMD platforms, while the PROs stick with a Core i7 processor so as to be among the first on the market to combine RTX 3000 graphics with Thunderbolt 3.
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In the wake of the NVIDIA RTX and AMD Ryzen 5000 for mobile announcements of CES 2021, Schenker has introduced new (or E21) generations of its XMG PRO and NEO gaming lines. Not only do these laptops have examples of this new silicon, they also have new chassis focusing on slimming down compared to their predecesors.

Nevertheless, the brand still asserts that it has kept performance in mind: for example, the NEOs 15 and 17 E21 come with a "redesigned and optimized heatpipe layout", with a "more powerful fan" with a height increased to 11mm. These internals share space with Max-P RTX 3080, RTX 3070 or RTX 3060 graphics, although the NEO E21s' Ryzen 9 5900HX-powered SKUs are only paired to the most powerful card. 

However, a buyer can combine the Ryzen 7 5800H with either new card. These graphics can drive a choice of 2 displays in these new XMG machines: the 165Hz/WQHD IPS panel seen in a recent predecessor or a 240Hz/FHD IPS alternative. 

The new XMG PROs 15 and 17 E21, on the other hand, offer the RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 in Max-Q form. They both remain on the Core i7-10875H of yesteryear, although this does allow them to boast Thunderbolt 3 alongside their new graphics.

The 15 E21 can be configured with FHD IPS display with either a 300Hz refresh rate, or one at 144Hz and G-SYNC compatibility. Alternatively, the laptop has an UHD OLED panel. The 17 E21 also has a UHD display option, with 100% of the extended Adobe RGB color gamut - however, it is still IPS. There is also a choice of FHD IPS at 300Hz here.

XMG currently aims to start pre-orders for the PRO/NEO 15/17 E21 series at the end of January 2021, with shipping from the end of February and March respectively. They start at approximately €1699 (~US$2066) on Schenker's Bestware or xmg.gg stores.

The XMG NEO E21 series. (Source: Schenker)
The XMG NEO E21 series. (Source: Schenker)
At just under 20mm tall, the XMG PRO E21 series focuses on portability in 2021. (Source: Schenker)
At just under 20mm tall, the XMG PRO E21 series focuses on portability in 2021. (Source: Schenker)
 

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01-13 (Update: 2021-01-13)