MSI's GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth gaming notebooks are now available in 17-inch and 15-inch models with Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M and 870M Graphics. Also in the spec sheet are 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Killer Gaming Networking, SteelSeries gaming backlit keyboard, powerful customization options with SteelSeries Engine, Sound Blaster Cinema, Dynaudio Technology and XSplit Gamecaster.
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This is pretty cutting-edge hardware. It's a quad core Haswell, which just by itself means about a $1000 laptop. On top of that it's got a gaming-worthy GPU. It's AFAIK the lightest quad core 15" laptop out there despite having a metal chassis (less than 2 kg) Unlike ultrabooks its memory and drives are all upgradeable. It actually has what looks like two M.2 SSD slots, not mSATA. So conceivably you could set it up with a ~2 GB/sec RAID-0. And you can also put in a 2.5" drive. The panel is PLA (IPS-equivalent) with the lone Russian review so far saying it covers 95%-100% of sRGB. And the keyboard has gotten rave reviews.
If you're in the market for a $400 laptop, obviously it isn't being marketed it to you. But if you're like me and are willing to pay for a truly portable workstation which will let me edit my photos as well as play 3D games, it's very tempting. Cheaper and lighter than both the Macbook Pro and Dell XPS 15 with the same or better features with much better upgradability.
The higher resolution is nicer for viewing the entire picture at once (you can see more details without having to zoom in). But the types of editing you do when viewing the entire picture (color balance, highlights and shadows, etc) aren't resolution-dependent. For the final image sharpening, the high res screen is actually a disadvantage because most people won't be viewing the picture on a high res screen, and you need to sharpen it for best appearance on their screen.
If you absolutely insist on the higher res screen, MSI was showing off a 2880x1620 version at CeBIT with preliminary pricing being about the same as the Dell XPS 15 or Macbook Pro 15 without GPU. And if Samsung made an ATIV 9 with a quad core i7 and GPU, I would own one right now.
Right. I'll just pack up my desktop and monitor and take them with me everywhere I travel.
Maybe your work and lifestyle leaves you at home for all your free time. Others have different work and lifestyles, and we're frequently on the road a significant fraction of the time. That's the whole point of this. If the combination of features doesn't appeal to you, there is nothing wrong with that. It's obviously not the right laptop for you. But it's rather self-centered to write it off as pointless and overpriced just because it doesn't match your requirements, when it exactly matches what others are looking for in a laptop.