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MSI GT70 Laptop Review

MSI GT70 Laptop Review

AVERAGE CONSUMER RATING 4.2 WITH 13 CONSUMER REVIEWS

Overview

One look at the MSI GT70 0NE and 0NC should confirm that they are gaming rigs. They were even launched at almost the same time as the Alienware M17X, the current king of gaming laptops. Like the Alienware, the GT70 is bulky and comes with a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Ivy Bridge architecture.

At a little less than 4 kg, it is also a little lighter than the M17X, but still heavy for a laptop in general. What is odd about the MSI GT70 is that it opts for a less flashy design while almost every gaming laptop goes the other way. Some people may find it nice to see a gaming rig with a conventional design, but others would prefer a little boldness to complement the laptop’s performance.

Moreover, the build quality is questionable with cheap-looking plastics and poor speaker grills, and the design lacks any smoothness that even mid-range laptops offer.  The Steel Series keyboard does come with backlights that can be customized for different colors, but the keys feel too sharp and the track pad’s buttons feel too clunky. Nevertheless, the keyboard keys have been set up for a better gaming experience with the Windows key moved away and the W, A, S, and D keys arranged nicely. Moreover, screen quality is great with the Full HD display, and the Audio Power Amplifier offers surprisingly good sound quality.

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Specifications

MSI GT70 0NE Gaming Laptop Angle 2In the end, the MSI GT70 0NE and 0NC are meant for gaming, and their specs are set up for exactly that. The GT70 comes with a vibrant and vivid 1920 X 1080 display that makes HD videos and games mesmerizing. The deep blacks and crisp colors are sure to impress every gamer, and the video playback is fantastic. The laptop also comes with an optical drive and Blu-Ray writer, which is a rarity even for gaming laptops. In fact, even the Alienware M17X come a Blu-Ray drive at best, but not with a burner. Below the tacky speaker grills are THX speakers with TruStudio Pro software offering a nice boost to audio performance. However, the laptop can also easily be connected with a surround system with the gold-plated audio jacks and inbuilt amplifier.

In terms of connectivity, the MSI GT70 0NE and 0NC come with the usual package, including two USB 2.0 ports and three USB 3.0 ports, 7-in-1 card reader, and eSATA, VGA, and HDMI ports at the back. For storage, the MSI GT70 gets a RAID 0 array of two 128 GB SSDs for fast booting, along with a 750 GB hard drive. There are a lot of preinstalled software programs, some of which are useful, but most of which are just bloatware.

Other key specifications in the model we reviewed include:

  • Operating System – Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit EditionMSI GT70 Side Right
  • CPU – Intel Core i7-3610QM/2.3 GHz
  • Hard Drive – 750 GB + 128 GB dual SSD
  • Memory – 16 GB
  • Optical Drive – BD-RE + DVD+/-RW +/-DL, DVD+/-RW +/-DL
  • Maximum Resolution: 1920 X 1080 (Full HD)

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Performance

MSI GT70 0NC Gaming LaptopThe performance of the MSI GT70 0NE and 0NC is delivered by Intel’s quad-core Ivy Bridge processor, 16 GB of memory, and a 4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU. With these kinds of specs, it comes as no surprise to see the GT70 offer great scores on benchmark tests. It can easily support modern and intensive games with a framerate of 30 fps. It runs Crysis in its highest quality at Full HD in 36 fps. In comparison, the Alienware M17X does the same with a framerate of 38 fps. While the MSI GT70 performs admirably with games, it is not that good with multimedia performance. Those who plan to use the laptop for heavy photo and video editing would probably be better off with other choices.

The MSI GT70 0NE and 0NC suffer from the same problems associated with gaming laptops in general, namely- MSI GT70 Side Leftpoor battery life and bulkiness. However, even with the low expectations we have from gaming laptops, the GT70 performs very poorly. There is also the issue of the large form factor and the heaviness, but that is a curse for every other gaming laptop.

Verdict

The MSI GT70 0NE and 0NC offer a lot of good things but also come with their share of cons. When you look inside the laptops, you find powerful gaming systems that run modern titles with ease and at playable frame rates. However, they are not so good at multimedia multitasking even with 16 GB memory. When it comes to the exterior, the GT70 has a dull and uninspiring design and questionable build quality. In the end, you can get a much better Alienware M17X for the same price as that of the GT70.

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.