September 3, 2013
- Slim, attractive exterior
- Excellent 1080p display
- Tons of connectivity
- Superior performance
- Small numeric keypad
The MSI GS70 has the latest forth-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, a 17.3-inch 1080p HD display and strong Nvidia GTX graphics into one, slim, stylish body. It also offers excellent performance and above average battery life.
The MSI GS70 has a gray, brushed aluminum exterior finish and a red, shield backlit logo on the laptop's lid. To help get a good grip on the laptop, the rear has a gray fake-leather texture. It measures 16.5 x 11.3 x 0.9-inches (wdh) and weighs 6-pounds, so it's a little slimmer and lighter than other similar laptops. We do like the overall design of the laptop because it both looks good and feels good too.
One of this laptop's strong suits is the SteelSeries keyboard, which offers a well-spaced keyboard as well as multicolored backlighting to make it really customizable (more than 1,000 colors and five effects). The keyboard had no noticeable flex and our only gripe was the numeric keypad is a little smaller than we would have liked.
The touchpad gives you plenty of space to get around. Multitouch gestures were easy to perform, so the pad is also quite responsive. The bottom corners act as click buttons and offered a solid, click each time.
The 17.3-inch, 1080p high-definition display is one of this laptop's major selling points in our opinion. We found the display to look absolutely fantastic, mainly due to the above average brightness and superior color accuracy. While watching streaming HD media, colors looked vibrant and even in darker scenes, it looked really great. Because this laptop is oriented toward mobile gaming, we tested out fast-paced action videos. In our viewing, we didn't notice any ghosting or artifacts, even during the quickest action scenes.
The MSI GS70 is loaded with ports. You get four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out, dual mini-DisplayPort ports, Gigabit Ethernet, three S/PDIF jacks, headphone and microphone jacks and a 3-in-1 memory card reader. For wireless connectivity, you get 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Our review MSI GS70 had a configuration that included a forth-gen 'Haswell' Intel Core i7-4700HQ (2.4-GHz) CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, dual 128GB solid-state drives and Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics with 2GB of dedicated video memory. In a PCMark 7 benchmark, the MSI GS70 earned a score of 6,080, which is almost 2,000 points higher than the category average. This is one of the fastest mobile gaming laptops that we've tested, especially among the fourth-gen Intel containing laptops.
Because of the dual 128GB solid-state drives, the laptop boots Windows 8 in 7 seconds flat, also beating out all of the competition. Gaming performance is also very good. We were able to play many of the today's latest 3D demanding games at maximum settings (1080p) with no visible slow downs and excellent frame rates (minimum was 69 fps; maximum was 84 fps). If you want a mobile gaming machine that doesn't cost over $2,000, this is a definte contender for your money.
Battery life, even though it contains high-performance components, was above average. We were able to get just over 5-hours of average life, which is an hour higher than the Windows 8 desktop replacement category average.