Intel’s New NUC X15 Laptops Let You Choose Your Loadout

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Gaming laptops have come a long way in very little time. Hulking units are few and far between, with companies now prioritising thin and light designs to appease all kinds of users. And while this has seen the gaming laptop space grow significantly, being able to actively swap out parts and customise a gaming laptop’s build has never been something prioritised by companies. Intel’s NUC X15 line of gaming laptops is out to change that.

Intel has taken an interesting step with their NUC X15 line of laptops, focusing on the unit’s customisability. You’re able to customise certain aspects of the unit, like the core components (the screen and graphics card, for example), the memory and system storage before it’s shipped out to you, allowing for a range of different options to suit both your gaming preference and budget. This is all crammed into a sleek, elegant design that isn’t too loud no matter where you set up.

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Configurations can all be done through MWAVE’s website, ranging from 15.6” QHD 165hz i7-11800H RTX 3070-powered units to 15.6” FHD 240hz i7-11800H RTX 3060-powered units. The configurator allows for a range of different pc parts to be put into the laptop, like single stick RAM and super-fast NVME storage. The beauty of this system is that you get a piece of kit that is designed to match your preferences – you can beef it up or tone it down to your heart’s content through the litany of customisable parts on offer. You’re also able to pick whether you want to have Windows 10 or 11 installed, too – super handy.

The NUC X15 laptops also ship as barebone kits, allowing you to install RAM, SSD storage and Windows yourself if you have the right parts for the system. You can install up to 64GB of 3200MHz DDR4 memory and two M.2 SSDs, as each unit comes with an M.2 PCIe 3.0 slot and an M.2 PCIe 4.0 slot.

When everything’s set up and ready to roll, the Intel NUC X15 packs a serious punch when it comes to gaming features and I/O. The line of laptops ship with an optical keyboard with silent switches and programmable per-key RGB backlighting. It also has a glass precision touchpad with Windows Precision Drivers, an RGB lightbar and a magnesium alloy chassis, in turn promoting a piece of kit that feels premium.

The X15 also ships with a Thunderbolt 4 port, full-size HDMI 2.1 port, an ethernet port, an SDXC card reader, a 3.5mm combo jack, a Kensington Lock and three USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports. The variety on offer here should be more than enough to offer up excellent gaming and productivity sessions on a TV, monitor or the laptop itself. It also weighs under two kilograms, making for relatively easy transportation.

Shipping with the extremely dependable eight core i7-11800H processor and either an RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 means Intel’s NUC X15 laptops will offer up fantastic gaming performance, no matter what you throw at the system. Expect to get very high frame rates across competitive titles like Fortnite and Apex Legends, while churching out great performance in the latest AAA blockbusters — whether that’s the excellent Halo Infinite or Final Fantasy VII: Intergrade.

Intel’s decision to include a 94W/hr battery in the NUC X15 series of laptops means you’ll be getting some of the best battery performance in a gaming laptop out there. Of course, don’t expect to get over an hour and a half of game time out of the intensive titles, but certainly be conscious in knowing you’ll be able to game for a little bit while not connected to power. As always, a gaming laptop is great thanks to its sheer portability – with the NUC X15 no different – but expect to have it plugged in when you want to churn out those longer gaming sessions.

Gaming isn’t the only thing the NUC X15 will excel at, of course. Productivity sessions will be blisteringly snappy on Intel’s line of laptops, with the quick refresh rates across both units fantastic for sifting through docs and excel spreadsheets with ease.

Lightweight, portable gaming is at the forefront of Intel’s NUC X15 series of laptops. Further to this, the customisability available with the kit gives everyone a chance to almost fully configure how they want their laptop to work and play. This is a huge step in the right direction for this space, giving gamers the freedom to finetune their piece of kit in way that’s only really been available through PC towers. Whether you already have a pre-configured kit in mind that’s caught your eye or you want to customise to your heart’s content, there’s something here for every kind of gamer with Intel’s line of NUC X15 laptops.

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