MSI GS30 Shadow Review

MSI GS30 Shadow Review

MSI GS30 Shadow

MSI GS30 Shadow Review

MSI successfully combines its laptop and GamingDock into a powerful gaming machine, but neither part of this dynamic duo shines on its own.

MSI GS30 Shadow

In the pursuit of even greater mobile computing performance, some gaming laptops makers have turned to desktop parts. The latest Origin EON-15X leans on a desktop processor, while the Alienware 13hooks up to the company’s Graphics Amplifier unit with a discrete desktop GPU humming inside.

To help gamers scratch the same itch for bleeding edge performance, MSI created the GS30 Shadow with GamingDock. The latter of which acts as an enclosure for just about any desktop GPU you can fit inside. By itself, the Shadow is an unassuming thin and light, 13-inch laptop that has more in common with most Ultrabooks. Lock the system into its GamingDock, and the GS30 turns into a beastly machine able to play most modern games on ultra settings at 60 fps.

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On paper, this sounds like a winning combination: a compact, but powerful, 13-inch laptop that you can not only take anywhere, but can plug into a full-size graphics card for some serious gaming. As with most intriguing technology, we have to ask how it really handles in the real world.

Design

The GS30 Shadow does not look like anything like a gaming laptop at first blush. The machine is incredibly small and light, even compared to some of the thinner machines I’ve reviewed recently, like the Origin EVO15-S. In fact, the machine is so light that it almost feels a bit hollow. This is partially due to MSI skipping out on including a discrete graphics card all together.

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Image Source:Pierre Lecourt