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AMX XP 60 review: an affordable, efficient multi-port charger

On: July 16, 2020

There are multiple ways to set up a clean desk, such as cable organisers, cable ties, and multi-port chargers. I prefer having the last option, as it also allows me to carry fewer accessories when I am travelling. I usually end up carrying at least 5 different chargers in my backpack, including my MacBook Air charger, Kindle charger, iPad Charger, and two smartphone chargers.

A multi-port USB Type-C charger is an ideal solution to minimize the clutter on my desk, and also have to carry just one charger for all my gadgets. I received the AMX XP 60, one of the most affordable multi-port chargers with USB PD. If you haven’t heard of it yet, AMX is a Delhi-based company that has a diverse catalogue of chargers, wireless chargers, charging cables and earphones. I have been using the XP 60 for the past month, and here’s my opinion on whether you should put your money on it.

Design and build

The AMX XP 60 is a massive charger and has a tall design. However, that’s because of the components required for each port as well as the USB-C PD. The charger features a glossy finish that gets smudged easily. The charger is bulky, but it’s not heavy thanks to the all-plastic construct and even weight distribution.

However, there’s one glaring design flaw that needs to be addressed. Even with the bulky form factor, AMX has opted for a horizontal setup instead of vertical and as a result, the charger either ends up blocking the adjacent sockets or won’t plug in if you have a switch next to the socket.

AMX has addressed this concern by adding an adapter in the package. The adapter raises the charger above the socket, so you can turn on an adjacent switch. Plugging in something if there’s a port alongside is still close to impossible, unless the other charger or plug is compact.

Ports

As for the ports, the AMX XP 60 features three USB-A ports with a maximum rating of 17W each and a single USB Type-C PD port with a maximum rating of 45W. However, the total charging output from the charger at any given point is 62W, which means if you are utilising USB PD port for charging a phone, only one of the three USB-A ports will be able to charge at 17W. If you decide to connect a third device, each will get 8.5W power output and so on.

Charging performance

While USB PD on the charger can juice up laptops at high-speed, unfortunately, I didn’t have one which supports this standard. However, laptops like the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 13, ASUS ZenBook 3 and more can be charged using the XP 60 easily.

To test phone charging with USB PD, I used the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite. Do note that your smartphone needs to have support for USB PD to take full advantage of the fast charging port. The Note 10 Lite takes close to 80 minutes to charge fully from zero using the bundled charger provided in the box. With the AMX XP 60, the phone charged completely in 60 minutes, which is impressive.

I tested the standard USB-A port by using the OnePlus 6. Since the output on these ports is limited to 17W, the smartphone took almost 2 hours to charge fully from zero, whereas the original 30W Warp charger does the job in 65 minutes.

Bottomline

For its asking price of Rs 1,699, the AMX XP 60 charger is a great value for money buy in its segment. There is no other option at this price providing a 45W PD port in a multi-port setup, which works in the favour of AMX XP 60. Therefore, if you are in the market for a multi-port charger on a budget, the AMX XP 60 is as good as it gets.

Pricebaba’s rating: 8 / 10

What works:

  • USB PD charging
  • Multiple fast charging ports

What doesn’t:

  • Bulky size
  • No simultaneous fast charging
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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman is obsessed with all things tech. His hobbies include reading on his Kindle and clicking random pictures on his phone. His secret superpowers happen to be mixing great cocktails and lip reading. In his spare time, you are likely to find him cleaning his aquascape, researching new species of aquatic fishes and planning which aquatic plants to buy next.