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MSI GS30 2M
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MSI GS30 2M 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 16GB 512GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 16GB Jan 2015
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MSI GS30 2M with GamingDock Review: A Powerful and Portable Machine
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20 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This MSI portable PC was given a "Recommended" award by Pricerunner.se who concluded that this gaming laptop was good.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This gaming laptop received a score of 80% from notebook PC expert review site pricerunner.se.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Similar spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the GS30 2M have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 900MHz and 1,400MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,200MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,200 megahertz, the MSI GS30 2M has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released around the same time as the GS30 2M.

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MSI Has Good Reviews for Its Portable PCs

On average MSI gaming laptops have good reviews compared to other brands as do all laptops built by MSI.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The internal memory of laptops that have been around for a similar time to the GS30 2M range from 4GB to 32GB. At 16 gigabytes, the GS30 2M has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the GS30 2M.

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Has a Front Camera

The GS30 2M has a front camera, as do most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the GS30 2M.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available including because of it's better review score, the MSI GE62 Apache, the Alienware 13, or the Razer Blade.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many gaming laptops that were launched more than a year ago.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

This notebook PC supports a 1333|1600MHz processor memory clock speed, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type.

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SSD Storage Medium

The MSI GS30 2M has an SSD storage medium which is better than most gaming laptops that were released more than a year ago. Most similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

This laptop's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium across all gaming laptops that came out more than a year ago.

Across similar types of laptop the worst storage medium is HDD.

We compared all the other portable PCs that have an SSD storage media to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the 13, and the 13 both from Alienware or the Razer Blade is also worth considering.

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HD HD Type

The HD type of this portable PC is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on portable PCs of this type and age.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The slowest maximum turbo frequency of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 2.7GHz, the fastest is 4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.5GHz. The GS30 2M has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies (3.7 gigahertz) amongst gaming laptops of this age.

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Two Installed SSDs

The GS30 2M is a two installed SSD laptop.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The GS30 2M is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity notebook PC. Most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for more than a year have between 8 and 999 solid-state drive capacity.

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4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This laptop has a 1.4b HDMI version, which is typical of many gaming laptops that were launched more than a year ago.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many gaming laptops that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Narrow

When compared to other gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than a year, the MSI GS30 2M's width of only 320 millimeters is one of the narrowest. The average width of similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the GS30 2M is 400mm.

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Light

The weight of the GS30 2M of only 1.2 kilograms is one of the lightest amongst gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than a year. Notebook PCs that were released one year ago have weights of between 1.2kg and 4.8kg.

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12 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of laptops of a comparable type and age to the GS30 2M is 370MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 400MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of only 200 megahertz, the GS30 2M has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as the GS30 2M do not have a full-size keyboard. The GS30 2M is no exception to this as it too does not have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The GS30 2M has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 13.3 inches) amongst gaming laptops of this age. The screen sizes of notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the GS30 2M range from 13" to 19", and the average screen size is 16".

Notebook PCs with a bigger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Razer Blade (14"), the MSI GE62 Apache (15.6"), or the Lenovo Y50 (£995.06) (15.6") which is also higher rated.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The MSI GS30 2M is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age have between two and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

Across all the gaming laptops that have been around for more than a year the total storage capacity range from 120GB to 2.1TB. At only 512 gigabytes, the MSI GS30 2M has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops that came out around the same time as the GS30 2M.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to consider the MSI GE62 Apache (1TB), or the Lenovo Y50 (£995.06) (1TB) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The GS30 2M does not have a touch sensitive screen, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the GS30 2M also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen which you might want to look at including the Alienware 13, or the Razer Blade which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The MSI GS30 2M has a very small battery capacity (only 47.36 watt-hours) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the GS30 2M. Comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the GS30 2M have battery capacities of between 47Wh and 92Wh, and the average battery capacity is 64Wh.

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Only Four Battery Cells

The GS30 2M is a four battery cell count portable PC.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11ac WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on gaming laptops that came out around the same time as it.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

The GS30 2M is a two USB 3.0 port laptop. Most of the other gaming laptops that have been available for more than a year have between two and five USB 3.0 ports.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The maximum internal memory of notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the GS30 2M range from 16GB to 32GB. The MSI GS30 2M has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 16 gigabytes) amongst similar spec laptops of this age.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 2.5 gigahertz, the GS30 2M has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age. The processor clock speeds of laptops that were released one year ago range from 1.7GHz to 3GHz.

If this portable PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to consider the Razer Blade (2.6GHz), or the Lenovo Y50 (£995.06) (2.6GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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1 Other reason to consider the MSI GS30 2M

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when MSI released the GS30 2M.

Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Market Positioning
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Docking Station Included
Docking Station LAN Controller
Docking Station Supported Hard Drive Size
Docking Station Power Supply
Docking Station Power Connector
Docking Station Microphone in
Docking Station Headphone Out
Docking Station Mini DisplayPort
Docking Station USB 3.0 Ports Quantity
Docking Station Ethernet LAN Connection
Docking Station Subwoofer RMS Power
Docking Station Speakers RMS Power
Docking Station Audio Output Channels
Docking Station Built-In Speakers
Docking Station Graphics Adapter Memory Type
Docking Station Graphics Adapter Memory
Docking Station Graphics Adapter Model
Docking Station Connecting Interface
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
3D Compatible
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Video Capturing Speed
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Line-In Port
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Intel TSX-NI Version
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Technical Details
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(2)
28 September 2015

MSI visar att en tunn och lätt 13-tummare kan utklassa många stationära konkurrenter ? men det finns en hållhake...

Pricerunner.se

Lightweight and portable
Generous amount of USB ports
Brilliant display
Comfortable operational area
High performance processor and Iris Pro Graphics
Expensive
Noisy cooling fan
Inconvenient dock usability
Mediocre battery life
Laptop needs to be shut down, before attaching to dock
14 April 2015

I notebook da Gaming sono sempre più ricercati e richiesti, sopratutto ora che si avvicinano le vacanze. Ecco una soluzione che potrebbe fare al caso vostro, si chiama MSI GS30 2M!MSI è leader... Read more…

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 16 September 2015 by Jerry
Jerry would recommend the MSI GS30 Shadow

Riots runs great and is very fast...

Easy To Set Up
Easy To Use
Fast
Powerful
Very Light Weight
Reviewed 13 May 2015 by Adam I.
(Verified Purchase)

Easily one of the best if not the best machines to be had at this price point. Keeps up with more expensive machines with no problems at all. Build quality is excellent, design is attractive... Read more…

FAST. CPU and GPU both lightning fast for this price point. This little laptop will handle anything you throw at it now; there's no game it won't run, though you might need to tweak the detail setting
Gorgeous screen; beautiful colors, endless viewing angles
Great keyboard, easy to use and pleasant to type on. Number pad included. Programmable colors are just a bonus. Touchpad is responsive and accurate
Quite decent sound for a laptop
Temperatures stay very reasonable. The case gets warm but not hot; the CPU seems to stay around 60 under moderate loads, the GPU a few degrees higher. .. far under any sort of safe limit
Fans are somewhat loud
Display is thin and feels flexible. .. possible that it might not be able to take a ton of abuse
Memory is a single 8GB stick so dual channel mode is not supported out of the box, may impact performance in some applications
Battery life is mediocre compared to other laptops in this class
Each of these alone are not worthy of dropping an egg, but all of them made me decide to give a 45 rating

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 2m041tr, 124294358, 2mshadow033, 2mshadow016, 2mshadow020, 2mshadow019, gs302m033es, 2mshadow018, 2mshadow041, 2mshadow017, 2mshadow019b, 2mshadow018n, 2mshadow041t, 2mshadow017n, 2mshadow033e, 2mshadow016u, 2mshadow020l, 2mshadow041tr, 2mshadow017ne, 2mshadow033es, 2mshadow016uk, 2mshadow020lu, 2mshadow019be, 2mshadow018nl, msiporttilgaminggs302mshadow033es
Barcodes 04719072379247, 04719072379414, 04719072379421, 04719072379438, 04719072379445, 04719072383329, 04719072387327

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