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MSI Unleashes Domination with the Help of NVIDIA

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Posted March 12, 2014 by Josh Jackson in Full Systems & Notebooks
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Geronimo was one of fiercest Native American Warriors known today. He led numerous successful raids, eluded capture many times, and became one of the greatest pillars in trying to preserve the Native American way of life. It seems fitting then that MSI has named one of it’s newest gaming notebooks after the tribe Geronimo came from. These deadly new instruments are powerful, while remaining super efficient, and much like the Warrior in battle, these devices plan on taking no prisoners. Please welcome the MSI GT Dominator and the GE Apache Gaming Notebooks!

The phrase “Gaming laptops” almost seems like an oxymoron. Gaming brings in the sense of power draining, but laptops need battery efficiency. This leaves a delicate balance for a manufacturer to straddle because if the device is powerful, it has to stay plugged in lest it die in an hour. On the other hand, if there isn’t any useful hardware, the gaming experience suffers. This is where the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M series GPUs come in. If you haven’t already guessed, this is Maxwell architecture. The GTX 750 Ti already showed some impressive performance for remarkable power consumption. These mobile GPUs are primed to follow that lead so that, combined with Intel Haswell technology, a gaming experience can still have a decent battery life.

If that was the only exciting thing about these laptops though, it would only be a matter of time before that became the mainstay of every gaming notebook. The particularly intriguing aspect of these devices is the keyboard. There’s an instant attraction with the back-lit LED keys that also allow the user to customize the color scheme. This is a feature all too rare in laptops, but the story only gets better from here. The SteelSeries Engine not only sounds powerful, but has functionality to match. Specifically, MSI says that this allows gamers the power to personalize playing styles with over a billion options, but what this sounds like is a full macro-customization keyboard! On laptop keyboards with limited options, the ability to macro any key could be super useful, especially for games that don’t support intuitive key binding settings. Without the specifics however, the world will just have to wait and see exactly how functional this is.

The Dominator and Apache have more in their arsenal that make them seem like a great product, but the stealthiest attack seems to be the price. The Dominator is starting at $1,499.99. This isn’t a bad price at all for high end hardware, but the Apache starts at an impressive $1,299.99. When comparing hardware, features and the fact that these should be the first available notebooks with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs, these sound like exceptional values for a gaming notebook. One thing’s for sure, if any consumer doesn’t already have a plan for that income tax return, MSI looks like they could help with that problem very nicely.



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