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MSI GS30 Shadow

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 reviews of MSI GS30 Shadow. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the durability and design are overall positive. The keyboard and size are also appreciated. Many are critical about the sound and price. There are some mixed opinions about the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the MSI GS30 Shadow is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for MSI GS30 Shadow

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of MSI GS30 Shadow from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Views about the price and design are on the whole positive. The portability and performance also get good opinions. Views are divided on the reliability.

usability, performance, portability, design, price

76% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for MSI GS30 Shadow

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of MSI GS30 Shadow from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the usability and reliability. The portability and performance also get good reviews.

performance, portability, reliability, usability

50% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

MSI GS30 Notebook Review

 

Transformation. Compact subnotebook or fully fledged desktop replacement: The MSI GS30 wants to be both at the same time. Our review will reveal whether the GamingDock model does so successfully or whether it sits on the fence.

Low and ultra-lightweight chassis, Docking station with desktop GPU, Backlit Keyboard, Elegant design, IPS display

Too few ports (notebook), Turbo utilization is not optimal, Very annoying fan noise, Throttling under full load, Poor battery life

Apart from Alienware, MSI belongs to the few gaming companies which have the courage to offer a notebook with optional graphics amplifier. However, the risky concept was implemented quite well. Due to the hot-headed Core i7-4870HQ, the notebook can...

May, 2015

Expert review by : Kevin Lee (techradar.com)

MSI GS30 Shadow review

 

An Ultrabook with desktop graphics power

Unparalleled performance ; Attractive, sophisticated styling ; Simple upgradeability

Short battery life, Gets fairly hot, very loud ; Requires extra equipment

Scores in depth Update: Now with video, see what we thought of the MSI GS30 Shadow with GamingDock

Mar, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Bad Screen; Impossible Customer Service

 

Buy the extended warranty. My screen problems did not appear (or I didn't discern them) until after the usual warranty had expired.

Very fast. Light

After several months, small light (bright) dots started to appear on my screen Customer service website is a nightmare and no email contacts for US The computer feels cheap Cannot turn off the lighted band around the outside, bottom. Fan seems to run...

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Perfect for commuting

 

Though this is laptop is being marketed for Gamers I find it the perfect solution for going back and forth from the office and traveling. For years I have been totting a desktop with a handle to and from the office and a super heavy Alien-ware laptop...

Super Fast and Light

Fan in a bit loud but not a problem because I put the base unit behind my monitors

Nov, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great Dock, Laptop Problem

 

I understand that this is a great setup, but the laptop fan rattling sound appeared randomly (Never dropped, handled with utmost care). I paid 2300 for this machine it should not have an rattling fan 1 week in. Overall I am currently disappointed...

-Great Dock (No problems) -Nice Setup (Portable Laptop, its a great machine tbh) -Compatible with a high end g card (Got myself a gtx 960 evga and it is beautiful)

-Noise (Laptop is noisy but I don't mind the regular fan sound) BUT the gs30 fan started rattling (Off Axle,or something??) AND the dock is on solid ground.... -Nothing else, other than maybe price?

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great Dock, Laptop Problem

 

I understand that this is a great setup, but the laptop fan rattling sound appeared randomly (Never dropped, handled with utmost care). I paid 2300 for this machine it should not have an rattling fan 1 week in. Overall I am currently disappointed...

Great Dock (No problems) ; Nice Setup (Portable Laptop, its a great machine tbh) ; Compatible with a high end g card (Got myself a gtx 960 evga and it is beautiful)

Noise (Laptop is noisy but I don't mind the regular fan sound) BUT ; the gs30 fan started rattling (Off Axle,or something??) AND the dock is on solid ground ; Nothing else, other than maybe price

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Best laptop I've ever had (2nd Review)

 

The docking station has been fitted with: - AMD FirePro W8100 - Seagate Hybrid 4TB 8GB MLC SSD as Cache - x2 SAMSUNG SM951 M.2 256GB (SSD) - Never recognized by the Bios

Small portable that performs very well for the size. This is the fastest laptop I've ever owned and still has room to be even faster. The dual SSD's can be upgraded to a higher IOPS counter parts. The processor and Iris graphics are good for regular...

The display is so thin that it makes it feel like its going to break but I rather be careful than make it heavier. The surface material feels nice but absorbs the oil from the hands and has to constantly be cleaned. The MSI Gaming badge and the shiny...

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Best laptop I've ever had (2nd Review)

 

The docking station has been fitted with: - AMD FirePro W8100 - Seagate Hybrid 4TB 8GB MLC SSD as Cache - x2 SAMSUNG SM951 M.2 256GB (SSD) - Never recognized by the Bios

Small portable that performs very well for the size. This is the fastest laptop I've ever owned and still has room to be even faster. The dual SSD's can be upgraded to a higher IOPS counter parts. The processor and Iris graphics are good for regular...

The display is so thin that it makes it feel like its going to break but I rather be careful than make it heavier. The surface material feels nice but absorbs the oil from the hands and has to constantly be cleaned. The MSI Gaming badge and the shiny...

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

The Business Geek's Laptop

 

Ok, so I payed in total 1600 for the laptop, dock and a 980, all used. At this price, everything is totally worthwhile and I am very very happy with my purchase. At this weight and battery life and all, it could have easily been made into an 11"...

Ok, so I am the proud 3rd owner of this machine in a one month period. Sold new on newegg, then returned, someone bought it open box and then sold it to me on the bay site. That right there goes to show you this laptop is not for everyone but it is for...

Hot, Fan noise, Low battery ; Literally the only major cons, and yes they are much talked about and deserved. This 4870hq is no joke, and is rated for high thermals. It doesn't slow throttle when it gets hot, just keeps going. Which, is why the fan is...

Jul, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

The Business Geek's Laptop

 

Ok, so I payed in total 1600 for the laptop, dock and a 980, all used. At this price, everything is totally worthwhile and I am very very happy with my purchase. At this weight and battery life and all, it could have easily been made into an 11"...

Ok, so I am the proud 3rd owner of this machine in a one month period. Sold new on newegg, then returned, someone bought it open box and then sold it to me on the bay site. That right there goes to show you this laptop is not for everyone but it is for...

Hot, Fan noise, Low battery. Literally the only major cons, and yes they are much talked about and deserved. This 4870hq is no joke, and is rated for high thermals. It doesn't slow throttle when it gets hot, just keeps going. Which, is why the fan is...

Jul, 2015

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