CES 2019: MSI launches a range of new laptops

Posted: 8 January 2019 2:20 pm

MSI's new line of laptops has enough RTX for the whole family, plus a PC case for desktop gamers.

Gaming hardware is frequently announced and shown off at CES, and this year is no exception. First on the list of four new laptops announced by MSI is the GS75 Stealth, featuring a GeForce RTX 2080 and an Intel Core i7 in a frankly impressive aluminium body that comes in at less than 2 centimetres thick.

All that processing power drives a 17.3-inch 144Hz IPS panel for smooth gaming when you're away from home.

MSI is calling the GS series the one that "breaks the stereotype of bulky and heavy gaming laptops", and with the GS63 weighing less than 2 kilos, it might be right. The GS65 comes with a 15.6-inch display and "the latest CPU and GPUs", but the announcement doesn't state what they are or give any hint at what they might be.

Taking a completely different route than the GS series, the GE75 Raider's MSI Cooler Boost 5 set-up uses 2 fans and 7 copper heat pipes, which tends to have a "thickening" effect. This means that the temperature of the Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2080 should be handily lower even under load.

Moving on from gaming-oriented devices, MSI also unveiled its PS63 Modern, a "slim" and "elegant" device aimed at providing a balance between performance, battery life and portability. The PS63 Modern is powered by the "latest" Intel Core i7 processor, with its 15.6-inch screen getting its graphics horsepower from the GeForce GTX 1050.

Staying on the path of functionality on the go, the PS63 Modern has an "extra-large responsive touchpad", similar to that on the MacBook Pro, a fingerprint sensor and a whopping "16 hours" of battery life with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 to boot. The device comes in at 0.63 inches (1.6cm) thick and weighs 1.6kgs (3.53 pounds).

As an added bonus, MSI have also announced a case designed and named after the spear wielded by Odin (Norse god), the MSI's GUNGNIR 100. RGB lighting features prominently around the case at the front and on the rear fan, controllable through MSI's Mystic Light software. The case also supports the surprisingly common feature of 3D-printed parts in some places for "a new level of personalisation".

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