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Schenker XMG A102 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £859
inc VAT

Perfect for gaming on the go and excellent performance, but battery life is poor


11.6 in 1,366×768 display, 1.7kg, 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-3320M, 4.00GB RAM, 120GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

As we expected from the incredibly compact chassis, the keyboard tray uses slightly smaller than full-size keys that are easy enough to type on, but can take some getting used to. The wrist rest isn’t quite long enough to make typing for long periods comfortable, unless you raise your wrists into the air, and even that isn’t much of an improvement. On the plus side, there was very little flex from the keyboard tray and the keys are quite responsive, bouncing back into place quickly after each press.

The touchpad is made of the same rubber material as the wrist rest, which is less than ideal for quick movements. It’s a decent size, but just wasn’t as responsive as we would have liked. The buttons below it are an improvement, as they are springy and responsive.

Schenker XMG A102

Our review sample came with a matt screen finish, although you can opt for a glossy panel and save £40. Both options use a 1,366×768 resolution panel, which looks pin-sharp at 11 inches. Viewing angles aren’t all that great, and there’s not a huge amount of screen tilt, but the matt finish certainly helps keep light reflections to a minimum. It also doesn’t dim colour vibrancy too much either, so images looked vivid, although brightness was only average.

The A102 is a bit of strange laptop. It’s got great gaming potential in a small chassis and performance is excellent, but the battery life is quite disappointing for an ultra-portable. If you can cope with that it’s a great choice, but the HP Envy 4 is better if you want longer battery life and don’t mind about games.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-3320M
Processor clock speed 2.6GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 16GB
Size 37x287x207mm
Weight 1.7kg
Sound VIA HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 11.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce GT 650M
Graphics/video ports HDMI, VGA
Graphics Memory 2,048MB


Total storage capacity 120GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 2x USB3


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc
Software included none
Optional extras £95

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £859