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MSI GT80 Titan gaming notebook has an integrated mechanical keyboard

By Shawn Knight · 15 replies
Oct 30, 2014
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  1. Notebook keyboards typically aren't that great. Even some of the best on the market can't hold a candle to a quality desktop keyboard which is something MSI is hoping to change on its latest gaming notebook, the GT80 Titan.

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  2. Seems like a terrible idea for a laptop, I can't imagine being near someone typing on a mechanical keyboard.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,476   +3,035

    In the world of today's ultra-books this one stands out as an abomination.
  4. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    I don't get the point of mechanical keyboards.

    It seems like the speed increase is marginalized by lag from other areas.
  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Evangelist Posts: 384   +138

    Try them; you'll understand. Especially MX Blues or Reds.

    Anyway, I was interested when I saw this, but then I saw the switches were MX Browns. Those switches are terrible in my opinion, and I don't know anyone who likes them over Red, Blue, or Black switches.
  6. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,540   +918

    Competitive FPS gamers like the browns and the blues. I went with browns on a Tt Poseidon eSports keyboard and love it, but I might try blues and 10-keyless next time around.
    Arris likes this.
  7. What are people saying?, it looks totally amazing, I would love to have one of those beauties, for gaming or for anything. Incredible lap, not a kids one though :cool:
    psycros likes this.
  8. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    I dunno. I'm pretty happy with my Asus ROG laptop already. Besides, I will hook up a keyboard and mouse anyway if I really wanted since you need to have the laptop connected to the power supply. I think MSI will have the same as Asus. It says its a gamers laptop but try playing the latest games without being stuck to the power supply. So its a laptop and its a gaming computer but not both at the same time.
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,696   +427

    Went with the Logitech G710+ because of the brown keys, mainly for gaming. Very happy with them. Not as noisy but with similar feel and responsiveness.
    hahahanoobs likes this.
  10. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,938   +1,487

    Oh my god this is so ugly.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    All that money wasted on something that'll be obsolete next week, no thanks.
  12. I primarily use my laptop for work, which includes a lot of typing. I wouldn't be interested in a gaming laptop (too high a premium for specs that won't come close to my desktop), but it'd be great if mechanical switches caught on. For those who haven't tried typing on a mechanical keyboard, you really don't know what you're missing. It can feel awkward for the first couple of days, but then you'll wonder how you ever got anything done without it.
    psycros likes this.
  13. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,235   +1,429

    I know its been a long week but damn people.
    So much b!tching in so few posts.

    Mechanical keyboards are sweet and putting them on a gaming laptop is a good idea, since many PC gamers have them on their big rigs.

    Yeah, basic notebooks. Gaming laptops have had decent keyboards for years, (well the few I have used, MSi G70, L702X, AlienWare 14) the backlight keyboard on my L702X is crisp, quiet and smooth.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2014
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  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,382   +5,010

    I wonder if there is a notebook without a mechanical keyboard? I'm tired of all these mechanical keyboards!
  15. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    Cool idea, probably won't catch on, too much wasted space internally.
  16. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,712   +2,507

    This is absolutely fantastic..with one fatal exception. For lefties, the numpad is our ASDW equivalent. Making it a touchpad renders this beauty essentially useless. Truthfully, a touchpad has no place on a gaming laptop AT ALL when you're going to be plugged into AC and using a mouse but I guess they wanted it to be usable for non-gaming on the go. I can understand the logic as only about 15% of users are left-handed (outside of Japan, that is). But still, what a bloody shame. Why not an all-mechanical k/b and a pointer nub like Thinkpads have? Oh well, at least you can probably use that huge forward area as a hotplate. MSI should sell a matching spillproof coffee mug with metal base for maximum convection.

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