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MSI GS30 2M 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.6GHz 16GB 256GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.6GHz 16GB Apr 2015
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19 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of laptops of this age and type is 900MHz, the fastest is 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 one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst portable PCs of this age.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of gaming laptops that have been available for a similar time to the GS30 2M range from 200MHz to 400MHz. At 400 megahertz, the GS30 2M has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

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MSI Has Good Portable PC Reviews

Gaming laptops manufactured by MSI have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all laptops (not just gaming laptops) and found that MSI also has good reviews across its entire range.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of notebook PCs of this type and age is 13GB. With an internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the GS30 2M has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a similar age to the GS30 2M.

There are a number of alternative 16GB internal memory laptops currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the MSI GS30 2M.

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Has a Front Camera

The GS30 2M has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the GS30 2M.

Other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Asus G771JM.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on gaming laptops that have been around for a similar time to it.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

This notebook PC supports a 1333|1600MHz processor memory clock speed, which is the most frequently supported processor memory clock speed on gaming laptops that have been around for a similar time to it.

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SSD Storage Medium

The MSI GS30 2M has an SSD storage medium which is better than most laptops of this age and spec. Most laptops that were launched around the same time as 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.

An SSD storage medium is in fact the best storage medium across all laptops that were launched around the same time as the GS30 2M.

The worst storage medium amongst similar types of notebook PC is HDD.

We compared all the other laptops 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 is also worth considering.

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HD HD Type

The HD type of this notebook PC is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on gaming laptops that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than a year is 3.5GHz. The GS30 2M has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies (3.6 gigahertz) amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

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Two Installed SSDs

Most gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the GS30 2M have between one and three installed SSDs, including the GS30 2M which has two installed SSDs.

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Quite High Speaker Power

With an speaker power of 4 Watts, the GS30 2M has one of the higher speaker power amongst laptops of this age. The lowest speaker power of laptops of a similar age and spec to the GS30 2M is 1.5W, the highest is 8W, and the average speaker power is 2.4W.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This portable PC has a 1.4b HDMI version, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and type to it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Narrow

The average width of gaming laptops that were released around the same time as the GS30 2M is 400mm. When compared to other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the GS30 2M, the GS30 2M's width of only 320 millimeters is one of the narrowest.

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Light

The weights of laptops of a comparable type and age to the GS30 2M range from 1.2kg to 4.8kg. When compared to other gaming laptops that were released one year ago that we have assessed, the weight of the MSI GS30 2M of only 1.2 kilograms is one of the lightest.

If you would consider a laptop with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the MSI GS30 2M (£1,111.00) (1.2kg).

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Very Thin

With a height of only 19.8 millimeters, the GS30 2M is one of the thinner gaming laptops that were released more than a year ago amongst gaming laptops of this age. Across all the gaming laptops that were released one year ago the heights range from 17mm to 49mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of only 1.74 gigabytes, the GS30 2M has a fairly small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than a year. The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of gaming laptops that came out around the same time as the GS30 2M range from 1.7GB to 32GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 7.8GB.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most laptops of this age and type do not have a full-size keyboard. The MSI GS30 2M is no exception to this as it too does not have a full-size keyboard.

We think you might also be interested in other portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard including the Asus GL771JW which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the GS30 2M has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other gaming laptops that came out around the same time as the GS30 2M. The screen sizes of gaming laptops that came out around the same time as the GS30 2M range from 13" to 19", and the average screen size is 16".

If you are looking for a laptop with a bigger screen size then you might want to look at the Razer Blade (14" and higher rated).

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

When compared to other gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the GS30 2M, the MSI GS30 2M's total storage capacity of only 256 gigabytes is one of the smallest. The total storage capacity of notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the GS30 2M range from 120GB to 2.1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 980GB.

If you would prefer a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the MSI GS30 2M (512GB) which also has a higher rating.

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

The GS30 2M is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop. Most of the other portable PCs that were released more than a year ago have between two and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as the GS30 2M, the GS30 2M does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

Across all the comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the GS30 2M the battery capacities range from 47Wh to 92Wh. The MSI GS30 2M has one of the smallest battery capacities (only 47.36 watt-hours) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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Only Four Battery Cells

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

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11ac WiFi standard, which is typical of many portable PCs of this spec and age.

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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 portable PCs of this spec and age have between two and five USB 3.0 ports.

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1 Other reason to consider the MSI GS30 2M

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.6 gigahertz, the GS30 2M has a fairly typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the GS30 2M.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 2.6GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available including the Asus GL771JW which has better reviews.

Portable PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth looking at include the MSI GS70 2QE (£1,224.94) (2.7GHz).

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Specification

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
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 Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
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
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
Full HD
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board 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
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
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 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 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft 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
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
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
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
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...

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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

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 2mshadow023, gs302m023fr, 2mshadow061, 2mshadow061u, 2mshadow023f, 2mshadow061uk, 2mshadow023fr, msigs302m023xfr
Barcodes 04719072380779, 04719072392406

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