MSI has announced the impending launch of the GT80 Titan, claimed to be the world's first gaming laptop to feature a mechanical keyboard based around Cherry MX switches.
Designed to sit at the very top of MSI's gaming laptop line-up, the GT80 Titan uses the same Cherry MX switches and 27mm keycaps as external desktop mechanical keyboards. As you might imagine, that adds a little something to the size at nearly five times the thickness of a normal laptop keyboard. The laptop itself, however, is surprisingly svelte: using a larger-than-average 18" display to spread components over a larger footprint has allowed MSI to construct the laptop to 17 per cent thinner and a whopping 22 per cent lighter than its nearest equivalent - despite the presence of the keyboard.
The use of full-size keycaps and Cherry MX switches in the keyboard isn't the only thing that makes the GT80 Titan stand out from the crowd. The keyboard itself is shifted to the bottom of the laptop, rather than the top, while the trackpad is located to the right-hand side and doubles as a touch-sensitive number pad. All these parts are back-lit, although it's not yet clear whether MSI intends to stick with single-colour lighting or offer gamers a choice of colours.
'Performance is key for gamers and the GT80 Titan will forever change the mobile gaming experience,
' boasted Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America, of the upcoming laptop. 'We are proud to be at the forefront of the gaming evolution and will continue to provide solutions that deliver the most outstanding gaming experience in the world. The GT80 Titan blends the performance of a high-end gaming desktop with the mobility of a laptop.
MSI has indicated that it will launch the GT80 Titan with Cherry MX Brown switches - tactile with no click - exclusively, but has yet to confirm pricing and availability. Interested parties are advised to keep an eye on the somewhat detail-light product page