MSI GE40 2OC DRAGON EYES

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MSI G-Se­ries prod­ucts rep­re­sent the com­pany’s of­fer­ings to gamers, and ac­cord­ing to MSI, each G-se­ries prod­uct has been de­signed for gamers by gamers. Its of­fer­ing in the 14-inch ul­tra­portable gam­ing note­book seg­ment is the GE40 2OC Dragon Eyes.

The GE40 2OC Dragon Eyes is called thus be­cause of the unique dec­o­ra­tion on its lid: Two slits of per­fo­rated holes that light up to look like the eyes of a dragon when the note­book is turned on. Ad­mit­tedly, this de­sign cue does come across as gim­micky, but it does well to add some spice to an oth­er­wise un­in­ter­est­ing-look­ing note­book.

In terms of over­all di­men­sions, the MSI GE40 comes in at just un­der 30mm thick and tips the scales at around 1.9kg. This means that al­though it is slightly slim­mer than the Af­ter­shock XG13, it is still con­sid­er­ably bulkier than the Razer Blade. Nev­er­the­less, it is still one of the more por­ta­ble and com­pact gam­ing note­books in the group.

The GE40 uses a mix­ture of alu­minum and plas­tics to keep weight down. The lid and palm rest are alu­minum whereas the rest of the chas­sis are made out of plas­tic. Un­for­tu­nately, un­like its com­peti­tors, the GE40 does not feel as solidly built. The chas­sis felt flimsy in some ar­eas, and when typ­ing, we no­ticed some flex in the key­board. That said, the key­board is well­sized and de­cent to use, while the track­pad is re­spon­sive and ac­cu­rate but too small to be used for ex­tended pe­ri­ods.

Out­put con­nec­tiv­ity is pro­vided in the form of two USB 3.0 ports, a sin­gle USB 2.0 port, mem­ory card reader and a full-size Eth­er­net jack. The GE40 also in­cor­po­rates MSI’s Ma­trix Dis­play tech­nol­ogy, which lets it out­put video via its HDMI and VGA ports si­mul­ta­ne­ously. This means that in­clud­ing its na­tive dis­play, it can drive a to­tal of three dis­plays.

Speak­ing of dis­play, the GE40’s dis­play is not one of its strong suits. The 14-inch dis­play uses a TN panel and sports a res­o­lu­tion of 1600 x 900. Though not Full HD, the res­o­lu­tion is de­cent, and one up­shot is that com­pared to play­ing games at Full HD res­o­lu­tion, play­ing games at a res­o­lu­tion of 1600 x 900 pix­els will net ap­pre­cia­bly higher frame rates. That said, the TN panel looks badly washed-out and is dis­ap­point­ing when com­pared to the com­pe­ti­tion.

As for spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the GE40 is pow­ered by a quad-core Core i7-4702MQ pro­ces­sor with 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M dis­crete GPU. The GeForce GTX 760M has the same num­ber of cores as the GeForce GTX 765M found in the Af­ter­shock, Dell and Razer note­books, but has a lower core clock speed - 657MHz on the for­mer, ver­sus 850MHz on the lat­ter three.

Stor­age is pos­si­bly the GE40’s strong­est suit be­cause it fea­tures MSI Su­per RAID tech­nol­ogy. This means two 64GB mSATA SSDs in a RAID 0 con­fig­u­ra­tion and an ad­di­tional 750GB HDD for stor­age pur­poses. This is truly the best of both worlds. On the flip side, de­mand­ing users might find the com­bined 128GB ca­pac­ity of the two mSATA SSDs in­suf­fi­cient for game in­stal­la­tions.

“STOR­AGE IS THE GE40’S STRONG­EST SUIT BE­CAUSE IT FEA­TURES TWO 64GB MSATA SSDS IN A RAID 0 CON­FIG­U­RA­TION.”

The GE40 can power two ex­ter­nal dis­plays at once via its HDMI and VGA out­puts. There’s no op­ti­cal drive, the bay has been con­verted to house the 750GB HDD.

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