Ultrabook that transforms into a PC

MSI recently brought the new kit it unveiled at CES in January to show off in South Africa.

Among the gear it demonstrated was a 13-inch ultrabook — the GS30 Shadow — that docks with something that looks like a Mini-ITX PC.

The GamingDock, as dubbed by MSI, houses a standard 450W power supply and PCI-Express x16 graphics card, and can also hold a 3.5″ hard drive.

MSI has promised that the GS30 will have full-speed access to the components in the GamingDock.

The notebook itself features a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of DDR3L 1600MHz memory, up to two mSATA solid state drives, and a full HD 13.3″ display.

With the dock, MSI estimated that the GS30 will retail for around R30,000 in South Africa.

MSI emphasised that prices for the two devices haven’t been finalised yet, as distributors are able to customise the specifications.

MSI GT80 Titan

MSI GT80
MSI GT80

Another interesting piece of hardware MSI unveiled was an engineering sample of the MSI GT80 Titan, a beast of a notebook that lives up to its name.

Not only is the GT80 physically massive — with its 18.4-inch screen — its powerful components also pack a punch.

It sports two Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics cards in SLi configuration, up to 4 solid state mSATA drives in MSI “Super Raid 3”, up to 32GB RAM, and a 1TB hard drive.

It also has a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches built in and a large touchpad that doubles as a number pad when needed.

A maximum spec MSI GT80 Titan will weigh in at around 4.5kg, and is expected to retail in the region of R70,000.

Reducing the specs to 16GB RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics card should bring the cost down to R45,000, MSI said.

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