- Editor's Rating
- Great performance
- Nice speakers
- Bulky design
- Average screen quality
- Poor battery life
Quick TakeGamers will be more than happy with the gaming performance offered by the MSI GT70, however the build of the notebook is bulky and it lacks decent battery life.
MSI has been one of the leading component manufacturers for gaming desktops for years and the MSI GT70 is the latest 17-inch notebook targeting PC gamers looking for maximum performance. The notebook features unique looks and high performance in a package that is a bit less expensive than the rival Alienware 17. The MSI GT70 is priced at $2,800 at the time of the review.
The gaming notebook features a red and black design with spiral dragons etched on the lid and palm rest. NotebookReview noted most users would either love or hate the design. The GT70 is built with a combination of metal and quality plastics with a thick chassis. The notebook has a polished finish that looks nice on a shelf but easily picks up fingerprints and dust. The lid and palm rests both held up well to pressure and should easily withstand standard notebook abuse. The notebook is 16.85 x 11.34 x 2.17-inches and weighs 8.6 pounds. The GT70 also features a large single access panel, which provides easy user upgradability. In terms of ports, the notebook offers a Kensington lock slot, AC power jack, Ethernet, VGA, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports, media card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, a Blu-ray drive and multiple audio jacks.
The GT70 has a 17.3-inch FHD display with 127 dpi resolution and non-glare surface. NBR found the screen doesn’t produce much glare or reflection even in direct sunlight, and it also produces accurate colors and an acceptable level of brightness. The display offers narrow viewing angles. The notebook has two Dynaudio speakers, which NBR notes produce clear vocals and bass that is “nice and rich even at higher volumes.”
The keyboard includes both the full-sized Chiclet style keyboard, as well as a separate numeric keypad. They keys are completely flat and don’t show fingerprints. NBR found they have a “light cushioned feel with quiet key action but key travel is a little shallow.” NBR also experienced some flex under heavy typing. The keyboard has multicolored LED backlighting. The touchpad is “reasonably sized,” with dedicated mouse buttons, which NBR found work well and are easy to use.
The GT70 runs on an Intel Core i-74700MQ processor with Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics, Super Raid 2 + 1 TB HDD and 32GB DDR3L 1600MHz System Memory. NBR found the notebooks delivers raw performance across the board and then some. Reviewers also found the GT70 offers the same high-level real-world performance as the Alienware 17. The GT70 delivers speedy boot up times and load times and still has plenty of storage for a user’s entire library of games installed locally on the hard drive. NBR also found the notebook “does a remarkable good job with heat management” and the fan remains quiet even when it is on high. The GT70 lasted one hour and three minutes in NBR testing, which is average for 17-inch gaming notebooks.
Overall, NBR was more than impressed with the MSI GT70 and noted it deserves “serious consideration.” Reviewers found the notebook offers fantastic performance, impressive speakers and a cool design, but did not users should be aware of its bulky build, average screen and poor battery life. In the end, NBR found users looking for “an awesome game play experience and can live with the flaming dragons, then the MSI GT70 delivers the goods.”