The MSI GT83VR Titan SLI gaming laptop is an absolute powerhouse comparable to that of a high-end custom PC, with many desirable and innovative features not typically available in a laptop. Designed entirely with gamers in mind, this behemoth of a computer provides unmatched performance and aims to annihilate the cliché that laptops cannot possibly outperform desktop computers.
Let’s start with the two most innovative features that make this laptop shine amongst the competition. First and foremost, the MSI GT83VR Titan SLI is the world’s first gaming notebook to feature TWO Nvidia GeForce® 1080 graphics cards onboard, providing borderline excessive graphics capability that outclasses most desktop computers.
Without a doubt, this laptop can play almost any game on the market at maximum settings with no dips in performance. Certified by both Nvidia and VIVE, the MSI GT83VR Titan SLI comes VR ready out of the box; offering a “one click to VR” option, users can jump straight into their favorite VR games and be met with a completely immersive experience.
Such a massively powerful GPU requires an equally powerful cooling system to keep things running smoothly. Inside is “Cooler Boost Titan,” featuring three whirlwind blade fans and 15 heat pipes to help prevent components from overheating.
The second feature that gives this machine a lot of allure, especially to gamers and PC enthusiasts, is the built in Cherry MX mechanical keyboard. It’s almost unheard of to see a non-membrane based keyboard featured in any gaming laptop, and per MSI’s website, the GT83VR Titan SLI is the world’s first.
Mechanical keyboards are typically only seen in dedicated gaming keyboards for use with a desktop computer. Not only does MSI include a mechanical keyboard in this high-end laptop, they garnered an exclusive partnership with the market leader in mechanical switch keyboards, Cherry.
The numeric keypad on the far right of the keyboard is not mechanical, and doubles as the touch pad. Users can easily switch between the two modes by clicking the “num lock” area in the top left of the pad.
Even though this gaming laptop is probably the most powerful on the market, there are some drawbacks with so much capability packed into such a small space. Hovering around 13lbs and donning an 18.4” screen, this isn’t really the type of laptop that you want to be carrying every day.
The whole point of a laptop is portability, but I imagine lugging this around in a backpack or briefcase would be simply unbearable over time. Such an enormous machine requires a substantial amount of electricity and as such this laptop needs two separate power bricks that plug into individual outlets, reminding me of a certain gaming console from the 90s.
Given how much energy it consumes, the battery life unplugged would be nothing short of abysmal. Certainly, not a great option for travel. The touchpad on this device is also questionable, as they moved it to the right of the mechanical keyboard. It seems a little bit too slim to be comfortable for consistent use.
The final downside of this system is that it has a maximum of 1920×1080-pixel resolution, which is highly unfortunate given the size of the screen and the large price tag.
For a comprehensive list of what this machine has to offer, I suggest you check out the specifications page on their website. All in all, this gaming laptop is truly one-of-a-kind. If you’re looking for a unique laptop that possesses all the capabilities of a high-end desktop and more, look no further. Presuming the price point isn’t a deal breaker.
- Intel® Core™ i7-6920HQ Quad Core Processor
- Two Nvidia GeForce® 1080 GPUs SLI bridged
- Built-in Cherry MX mechanical switch keyboard
- VR capable
- 18.4″ screen
- Enormously powerful
- On the large/heavy side for a laptop
- Resolution caps at 1920×1080 pixels
- Touch pad is a bit narrow
- Requires two power bricks and two individual outlets
- Very limited battery life
- Incredibly expensive