MSI reveals its Computex lineup of VR-ready desktops, updated backpack PC

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Prior to Computex opening its doors in Taipei, MSI revealed its lineup of products heading to the show. These include an updated backpack PC for anchor-free VR gaming, a new line of gaming desktops, new entries to its GT series of gaming laptops, and a new entry in its Vortex family of compact gaming PCs. The laptops are actually available to purchase now, while all other products have no release dates and pricing.

VR One Backpack PC

For starters, the company updated this wearable PC for virtual reality with seventh-generation Intel Core processors. The device weighs a mere 7.93 pounds, enabling users to freely move around in their virtual experience without feeling weighed down and anchored to a stationary VR-capable PC. It comes with two hot-swappable 90-watt-hour batteries to keep users in the virtual world without having to completely exit due to a dead battery.

The two VR One models are mostly the same outside their obvious graphics chip and price differences. The GTX 1060 model only has 6GB of GDDR5 video memory and 256GB of internal storage whereas the GTX 1070 model has 8GB of GDDR5 video memory and twice the storage. Either model is a great cord-free VR option although you may find that the 256GB SSD may fill up extremely fast.

GeForce GTX 1070 Model GeForce GTX 1060 Model
Model: VRONE065 VRONE067
Processor: Intel Core i7-7820HK
2.9GHz base, 3.9GHz boost
Intel Core i7-7820HK
2.9GHz base, 3.9GHz boost
System memory: 16GB DDR4 @ 2,400MHz 16GB DDR4 @ 2,400MHz
Graphics memory: 8GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5
Storage: 512GB SSD
M.2 NVMe, PCIe Gen3 x4
256GB SSD
M.2 NVMe, PCIe Gen3 x4
Audio: Nahimic Sound Nahimic Sound
Ports: 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x Thunderbolt 3
1x HDMI 2.0
1x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1x Audio port
4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x Thunderbolt 3
1x HDMI 2.0
1x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1x Audio port
Connectivity: Wireless AC (2×2) (Killer 1535)
Bluetooth 4.1
Wireless AC (2×2) (Killer 1535)
Bluetooth 4.1
AC power adapter: 230 watts 230 watts
Battery pack: 2x 8-cell 90-watt-hour batteries 2x 8-cell 90-watt-hour batteries
Dimensions: 15.9 x 11.5 x 2.4 inches 15.9 x 11.5 x 2.4 inches
Weight: 7.9 pounds 7.9 pounds
Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Pro
Color: Black Black
Price: $2,299 $1,999
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