MSI GS30 Shadow
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI GS30 Shadow
Transformation. Compact subnotebook or fully fledged desktop replacement: The MSI GS30 wants to be both at the same time. Our review will reveal whether the GamingDock model does so successfully or whether it sits on the fence.
Source: Comp Reviews
The MSI GS30 Shadow on paper offers an amazing combination of extremely small size and impressive performance. That performance comes at a very high literal price and with some major caveats. Battery life is very poor and gaming requires using with the Gaming Dock. This makes it a less than perfect choice for the mobile gamer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Benchmark.pl PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 100% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 60%
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Compact size; powerful gaming dock. Negative: Expensive; poor noisy cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/18/2015
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Compact size and light weight; very good performance; matte display. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/14/2015
Model: The MSI GS30 Shadow is laptop with GamingDock, which can turn the device into powerful gaming machine. The GamingDock can house any GPU in order to improve the GS30's performance and allows to run most if not all the hottest games in the market now at highest graphic details. The Shadow is designed to be small and light since it doesn't have a discreet graphics card. It has a 13.3 inch matte anti-glare display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels . It runs on the Intel Core i7 processor with a maximum of 16GB of DDR3 RAM.
The GamingDock is the size of a small printer and was designed to hold a full-sized desktop graphics card. It connects to the gaming laptop with a 16-pin PCI Express connector and requires a self-owned GPU to be fitted in, in order to acquire the best performance of this extremely powerful combination. The GamingDock also features a sound system with a 2.1 speaker setup, a 450-watt power supply, and an extra 3.5 inch compartment for an extra hard drive. Additionally, it also has an Ethernet port and four USB 3.0 ports adding on to the laptop's own two USB 3.0 ports.
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200:
Integrated graphics (GT3 + eDRAM) as found on certain Haswell CPUs. It is the fastest version in its family.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4870HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.7 GHz. Offers an integrated Iris Pro Graphics 5200 GPU and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.
MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).
74.33%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.