We have a love-hate relationship with gaming machines.
We love them because, well, they let us play our favourite games, but we hate them because they cost as much as a liver or a small villa in the crevices of a village in Bihar. Especially when they come with the MSI logo on them. Good thing, then, that we have yet to know the prices for these beauts launched by MSI at CES 2016. Let’s drool and dream to own these, at least till MSI shatters our aspirations when they unveil the price tag.
MSI makes some of the best gaming laptops in the world. There’s no question about that - case in point, the insane MSI GT80 Titan SLI. While the Titan might be an intense performer, CES 2016 saw a number of new offerings from MSI.
The GS40 Phantom. Sounds like something Tony Stark would game on, but is actually an ultra-portable 14in gaming laptop. It runs on the Intel Skylake processor and Nvidia GTX 970M graphics, weighs only 3.75lb, measures less than 0.87in thick, and we think Mr. Stark would want something a bit more flashy.
Tobii or not Tobii
“The MSI GT72S is the world’s most advanced gaming notebook and the world’s first PC with integrated eye tracking from Tobii,” claims MSI. Indeed, that caught our eye.
Yet to be fully realized though, eye-tracking gaming is the next evolution in PC gaming, influencing not only the game, but also the computing hardware. And for such trickory-tocks to work, both MSI and Tobii are driving the growth of eye-tracking gaming, supporting thousands of forward-thinking developers to create new experiences for gaming and streaming.
The GT72S Tobii will also be the only notebook to provide both eye-tracking and facial recognition support for Windows Hello, enabling Windows 10-ready biometric authentication and eye-tracking functionality.
The new GT72S Tobii will be available later this month and will come bundled with Tom Clancy’s The Division, which will also support Tobii Eye-Tracking technology. For a complete list of Tobii supported games, go to http://www.tobii.com/apps/. Mr. Stark approves of this and only he might be able to afford Tobii when it’s up for sale.
While fancy laptops that let you play your games through your eyes are pretty much unbeatable, the Vortex Gaming Tower scores a cool second. MSI’s Vortex is a mini PC that fits anywhere. Potent yet small, like a mini tech-laden dustbin, the Vortex is only about 6.5L and comes packed with power utilizing a desktop Intel processor, dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 SLI graphics cards, and a 360° Silent Storm Cooling design with a fan on top. It will also support multiple 4K video outputs simultaneously and allow expandability with an easy-to-upgrade design for users who like to fiddle around with their machines.
Along with the Vortex, MSI also launched another ‘world’s first’. The MSI’s Gaming 27XT is the world’s first All-in-One PC to support an external desktop graphics card. It comes with the regular bunch of features including Nahimic Audio Enhancer, Killer Lan networking and a stunning 144Hz Full HD display. Will MSI ever stop?
The answer is NO
Old-school desktops just got a jolt of cool. The Nightblade X2 and MI2 platform come equipped with Military Class 4 components and an Intel Skylake chipset motherboard and support for Nvidia GeForce GTX 980ti/970 graphics cards.
Don’t like something that big? The MSI Cubi 2 Plus is one of the latest and smallest mini-PC desktops equipped with Intel’s 6th-gen Skylake-S processor. With support for an M.2 SSD, a 2.5in SSD slot and enough ports, the Cubi 2 Plus can serve as an HTPC at home, all-round media PC in the office, or commercial project PC. We’d keep it just for funsies.
Yes, yes, dream about it all till they unveil the prices. *evil laughter ensues*