MSI GT80 Titan Laptop Review

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MSI GT80 Titan Laptop Review

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 MSI GT80 Titan Laptop Review

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MSI GT80 Titan Laptop Review

This has been an incredible year for gaming laptops,
with Nvidia’s latest Maxwell graphics cards and two new gaming laptop-desktop hybrids – the MSI GS30 Shadow and Alienware 17. But perhaps the craziest addition of this year has been the MSI GT80 Titan, a larger than life, 18.4-inch gaming rig with its own built-in mechanical keyboard.
That’s not a giant typo, either. This gaming laptop comes packing a full-size mechanical keyboard that clicks and clacks with each keystroke.
The GT80 goes above and beyond to give gamers a desktop experience in a notebook, with an Intel Core i7 processor and two Nvidia GTX 980M graphics cards in SLI.

However, weighing in at nearly 10 pounds and measuring roughly two-inches thick, this laptop is seriously pushing the limits of what you can call portable.

Design

This is definitely one laptop that stands out from the crowd. For starters, MSI’s Titan is a beast of a gaming laptop that eclipses even the massive Asus ROG G751JY. If the GT80’s large footprint wasn’t enough to attract attention, the design of this laptop just screams gamer from end to end.
Whether it’s the various dragon insignias on the back of the screen lid and laptop interior, or the red backlighting that consumes the keyboard. The Titan looks unmistakably like a gaming machine.

In this case, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With a machine like this, you want everyone in the room – or on the convention floor – to know you mean business. With a portable rig that can even outperform some miniature gaming PCs.

Titan

The Titan also sports a few useful, gamer-oriented flourishes, namely dedicated buttons to turn up the fans to max and switching between GPU modes. The latter of which requires a full restart to swap between discrete and integrated graphics.
Though the MSI GT80 is massive, it’s not without its charms.

It has a unique design unlike any other laptop before that does away with the palm rest and in its place is a keyboard that sits much closer to the edge. All the machine’s components, meanwhile, have been pushed up and tucked beneath an aluminum upgrade panel adorned with the subtle shadow of a dragon.
The laptop frame is also completely solid, despite a primarily plastic construction.Gaming PC GT 80 Laptop

That said, MSI made a few smart additions.  brushed aluminum to elevate the GT80’s aesthetics and make parts of the laptop more robust.

The screen lid for instance is backed with one entire sheet of brushed aluminum. Adorned with an illuminating MSI gaming logo and two red lines to add a distinctive highlight.

The Titan’s strange arrangement afforded MSI the necessary room to fit a full-size mechanical keyboard. It’s not just for looks, either.
The width, height and even resistance of the keys feels just as responsive as a dedicated gaming keyboard. Outfitted with the same mechanical switches. The only thing I miss is the ability to raise the keyboard to a more elevated angle.

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14 Comments

Amber Myers

January 3, 2017at 1:44 pm

This looks like a cool laptop! We do need a new one.

Clara

January 3, 2017at 2:21 pm

I’m not much of a gamer so I’ve never bought a laptop just for that. However, the specs on this seems like it would be lightening fast.

Milica

January 3, 2017at 3:15 pm

Nice

AnnMarie Brown

January 3, 2017at 5:06 pm

My son is a big gamer and I am going to forward this review on to him. He is always looking for a better laptop. Great review!

Michelle Catallo

January 4, 2017at 1:22 am

Nice specs on this and the physical design is edgy IMO ~ at 10 pounds it is on the hefty side but, the housing is solid.

Elizabeth O.

January 4, 2017at 4:00 am

I’m sure a lot of gamers will be after this laptop. MSI is a good brand and they know how to make top of the line laptops that will surely make anyone drool! I love the look of this one!

Wren

January 4, 2017at 4:17 am

This laptop would work great for anyone in my family! We love portability with the option to be able to game as well! I will have to look into this as an option. Thanks!

Kim

January 4, 2017at 5:35 am

That laptop looks very sleek and durable! Any gamy would love this!!

Anne

January 4, 2017at 7:00 am

Great! It has some amazing features. Perfect for gamers.
Thanks for sharing.

Robin Rue

January 4, 2017at 9:50 pm

This laptop looks really great for those that use them for games. I know that my kids would probably really enjoy this.

Dawn McAlexander

January 4, 2017at 11:06 pm

Dang! That is one super sleek laptop. I wouldn’t need it for gaming, but I could sure use it for blog work.

Carol Cassara

January 4, 2017at 11:37 pm

This is such a powerful laptop! It’s definitely made for hardcore gaming and I’m sure a lot of gamers would like to get their hands on this!

Maria Han

January 5, 2017at 12:34 am

Sounds like a cool laptop for me, I love this and I want this my laptop was too old

katrina gehman

January 5, 2017at 5:49 am

my daughter needs a new one, i’ll have to check this one out more.

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