MSI Computer revealed on Friday two more laptops for professionals looking for on-the-go productivity. But unlike the previous workstation models launched last week, these new MSI GP Series solutions rely on Nvidia's mainstream GeForce GPU instead of the Quadro chips. This new line has a starting price of $899.99.
The new GP Series consists of the GP70 2OD-027US with a 17.3 inch screen, the GP60 2OD-072US and the GP60 2OD-052US with 15.6 inch screens. All three have Nvidia's GeForce GT 740M GPU with 2 GB of GDDR3 vram, 8 GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, an SD card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI 1.4 output, a 720p HD webcam, and a multi-touch pad.
All three laptops -- designed for both professionals and PC gamers in mind -- also feature Gigabit Ethernet, an AW-NB114H Wireless N combo card with Bluetooth 4.0, a headset amplifier with gold jacks, and the company's signature SteelSeries non-backlit keyboard with 102 keys. Surprisingly, Windows 7 Home Premium is the operating system of choice.
"MSI's newest laptops are also a multimedia lover's dream, combining Sound Blaster Cinema, Matrix Display and Audio Boost technology with gold-flashed audio jacks to pump out crystal clear surround sound, connect to up to two additional monitors and maximize sound quality to create a more immersive experience," reads the company press release.
The 17.3 inch GP70 2OD-027US features an Intel Core i5-4200M processor clocked up to 3.1 GHz, a 1600 x 900 resolution, a 1 TB hard drive, and a 90 watt 6 cell battery. This model weighs 5.95 pounds, measures 1.53 inches thick, and is priced at $949.99 USD.
The 15.6 inch GP60 2OD-072US has an Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor clocked up to 3.4 GHz, a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 750 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, and a 120 watt 6 cell battery. This model weighs 5.29 pounds, measures a fatter 3.58 inches thick, and costs $1049.99.
The other 15.6 inch model, the GP60 2OD-052US costing a cheaper $899.99, has an Intel Core i5-4200M processor clocked up to 3.1 GHz, a 1366 x 768 resolution, and a 90 watt 6 cell battery.
"The GP Series is designed to give the mobile user a balanced combination of processing power, graphics performance and gaming components," stated Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI Pan America Region. "MSI understands that mobile professionals also need a unit that delivers incredible multimedia experience and enough power to handle the newest games."
Both the GP70 and GP60 models are currently available at all major e-tailers and retailers.
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