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Old 15-01-15, 05:04 PM
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GS30 Shadow - The Gaming Dock

The GS30 Shadow was just launched at CES, and already there are questions going around, mainly related to the Gaming Dock. For those of you still unfamiliar with the GS30 Shadow, it's a slim 13.3” notebook with a high-end Core i7 CPU with Iris Pro graphics, Super RAID with a bunch of SSDs – with no real gaming capabilities of its own.

The Gaming Dock though, changes all this. You simply dock the notebook into it and through magic (a PCI-E 3.0 x16 connector), you can hook up any desktop graphics to your GS30. The dock holds said PCI-E connector, a bunch of USB ports, a Killer LAN port, audio jacks, a 3.5” HDD as well as speakers in the front panel. The idea is that you have everything plugged in at home (including external monitor(s), keyboard and mouse) and simply pop in the GS30 when you get back home from work or school.



Obviously there are technical limitations as well, that we want to highlight. You can't use the built-in monitor on the GS30, because all PCI-E signals are being sent to the gaming dock when plugged in. This also extends to the keyboard, touchpad and speakers, meaning you must have these separately on your desk. It's sort of the point of the Gaming Dock, using the keyboard on top of the dock would most likely be uncomfortable, but we still want to make it clear.

All in all, we're excited to have launched the GS30 Shadow with it's full-bandwidth Gaming Dock, as it fuses full-powered desktop graphics where you want it (at home) with a properly mobile notebook for the road.
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