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MSI is generally identified for making massive, massively highly effective gaming laptops. The Taiwanese firm switched issues up at Computex 2018 in Taipei, the place it unveiled the Status PS42 laptop computer. A skinny, gentle and classy system, it is making an attempt to compete extra with Apple than Alienware. 

The Status has a 14-inch display and could be configured with an Eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor. However its most necessary specs could also be its dimensions. It is simply 15.9mm thick and 1.19kg heavy (zero.62 inches, 2.6 kilos), which is lighter and thinner than Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Professional ($1,999.99 at Greatest Purchase).

I’ve held it in my palms, and it was an impressively slight machine. It is available in a brush aluminium silver design that is approach sexier than it sounds, and MSI’s insignia appears to be like extra regal on the again of the Status than it does on a hulking 17-inch gaming laptop computer. In the meantime, the webcam rests beneath the display, not atop, permitting for a minimum-bezel show just like the one we see in Dell’s XPS line. This can be a lovely laptop computer. 

It isn’t with none graphical grunt, as there’s an Nvidia GeForce MX150 card inside. That is not sufficient to play a brand new blockbuster sport, however it’s extra highly effective than the built-in Intel graphics you get with most laptops of this measurement. I took a quick second to mess around with the keyboard, and it felt snug to sort on — one other pitfall of such skinny laptops. 

MSI is not the primary gaming firm to make this transfer, as Razer in 2016 launched the Blade Stealth. That was additionally a slim and modern Home windows laptop computer, and is a variety that continues to cough up the products. We’ll have a extra conclusive tackle the promising Status within the third quarter of the yr, which is when MSI says it’s going to hit retailer cabinets. No phrase was given on pricing. 

Key specs

Eighth-generation Intel i7 processorNvidia GeForce MX150 2GB graphics14-inch, 1,920×1,080-pixel IPS show15.9mm, 1.19kg (zero.65 inches, 2.6 kilos)Home windows Hiya fingerprint scanner Underneath-the-display webcamMSI claims 10 hours of productiveness battery life

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