The MSI GE40 is a lightweight, yet high-end gaming laptop from the Taiwanese company which went official without a price, at the Computex 2013. MSI has now started to ship the device across the US and it has made the notebook available in 2 choices, both carrying the latest chips Intel and Nvidia have to offer.
The MSI GE40 wasn’t the only new gaming rig the company showed off earlier this month. The laptop was accompanied by the GE70 and GE60 under the same series, the flagship GT70 Dragon Edition 2, the GT60 3K Edition with a WQHD+ display as well as the GS70 Stealth. Like the other systems in the current portfolio, the 14-inch one in question is deployed with the latest Haswell processors, the i7-4700MQ to be precise, carrying a clock speed of 3.2GHz.
Complementing the fourth generation high performance CPU is the newest GeForce GTX 760M GPU from Nvidia which sports 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The MSI GE40 falls in the super slim category like the refreshed Razer Blade. It measures 22.3mm at the thinnest point and weighs 4.4 pounds. Fitted under the hood is an HD+ anti-reflective panel which spans 14 inches wide.
For a rich entertainment experience, the device is bundled with Sound Blaster audio speakers, a 720p HD webcam and HDMI 4.1 video output. The MSI GE40 Dragon Eyes comes with high memory provisions. The base system memory is listed as 8GB which can be updated to 16GB max, while storage is delivered through a 7200rpm 750GB HDD that can be coupled with an optional 128SSD.
The 14-inch GE40 notebook carries a tag of $1,399.99 for the 2OC 009US variant and $1,299.99 for the 2OC 008US model. Both rigs are available for purchase through retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Excaliberpc and New Egg for $100 less than the original retail amount. Potential buyers in the UK can pick it up for £979.99 through Overclockers.
Specifications at a glance:
– Platform: Windows 8 (Pro upgradable)
– Display: 14-inch anti-reflective screen; 16:9 aspect ratio
– Resolution: HD+ 1600 x 900 pixels
– Processor: Intel Core i7-4702MQ
– GPU: GeForce GTX 760M 2GB GDDR5
– Storage: 750GB HDD at 7200rpm, optional 128GB SSD
– RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
– Connectivity: Giga LAN, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0
– Battery: 6-cell
– Dimensions: 339mm x 239.4mm x 22.3mm to 29.2mm
– Weight: Below 2kg