Be worried if someone decides to buy the MSI GT80 Titan and bring it in for a bout of gaming.
The latest gaming laptop from the Taiwanese company, unveiled during CES 2015, was touted as a behemoth of a system, what with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M SLI setup that’ll burn through graphics rendering like hot knife on a butter. That, and the latest Intel Core i7 to power through the day.
But what’ll really drive you mad is the clickity-clackity sounds from the mechanical keyboard, armed by the Cherry MX Brown switch, built into the system. This, by the way, is the first gaming laptop that adds the amazing tactile feel from mechanical keys to its arsenal. While our hands-on time with it was very short (think mere minutes), we can safely say that it’ll give you an even better gaming high when you feel the tap and click of each mechanical key.
Where’s the mousepad? To the right, just beside the mechanical keys. Sounds like a pity that there isn’t a numeric keypad included, but hold that thought. The mousepad is essentially a touch screen, one that turns into a touch-enabled numeric keypad. Admittedly, quite a nifty idea.
Design-wise, we noticed that the mechanical keyboard meant most of the hardware had to be moved further up the chassis. Hence, you’ll notice a smooth panel just above the keyboard. But here’s the great thing about this new design - similar to the GT72, you have the option to add modular components to the system easily. Just remove the panel, add a few more GB of RAM or insert more storage space, and you’re done. Sounds easy, but MSI still recommends that this be done at an authorised MSI reseller.
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The remaining specs worth mentioning on this gaming machine includes Matrix display that lets you output to three displays simultaneously using HDMI 1.4 mini and dual Display-Port 1.2. Speaking of ports, there's an abundance of them - think five USB 3.0 ports should be enough for every gadget you have in your inventory.
Overheating shouldn’t be an issue with the laptop’s Cooler Boost 3 thermal system, though we did hear the fans going ballistic when it was pushed to the highest speed.
Pricing? Get ready for the huge shocker. Given the heavy duty hardware that’s available on this system, the MSI GT80 Titan is not some cheap pony you can get off the shelf. If you don’t have S$5799 to spare, then you’d better look somewhere else. Because that’s how much cold, hard cash (or plastic credit card) you’ll need to bring this bad boy home.
But hey, at least you can tell the other half that you’re really getting your money’s worth and you’ll spend more time at home. Just don’t mention the part about being glued to the system and neglecting everything else.