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Everything it's supposed to be, not much else

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MSI's GT70 Dominator is everything a 17-inch gaming laptop is supposed to be, but it's nothing more than that. It's a powerhouse in every sense of the word: a monster in both performance and size. Sure, it shrugged off everything I threw at it, but so did last year's build. It's a low-risk machine, a mere spec upgrade on a previous model. There's nothing wrong with that, but the world of gaming laptops is slowly evolving. In a market where thin, powerful and gorgeous gaming portables exist, MSI's GT70 is decidedly old-school.

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    5.1
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    3.8
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8.0
Engadget Jun 4, 2014

The GT70 Dominator is everything it promises to be: fast, powerful and a true desktop replacement. But the only thing that sets it apart from last year’s model is its new GPU.

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8.0
PC Mag May 5, 2014

The MSI GT70 2PC Dominator is a powerful midrange gaming PC, boasting some of the best hardware around, making it our top pick for the category.

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9.0
PC Advisor Mar 14, 2014

The MSI is exceedingly quick, it's got a good screen, and its ergonomics and speakers are all impressive. But it has a huge, flashy design and it lacks any battery longevity. ... the GT70 is faster and cheaper ... one of the best value gaming notebooks on the market.

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7.0
Eurogamer Apr 6, 2014

Certainly, the GT70 2PE has got it where it matters. When it comes to a contest with the latest home consoles, we're not just impressed that it wins out in games like Battlefield 4, but that it does it with significant room to spare.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Mar 12, 2014

The MSI streaks ahead of its rivals in games benchmarks, and it’s got the processing performance to match – even if battery life is poor, like many other gaming notebooks. It's by no means perfect, but it delivers where it counts and that's why we recommend it.

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8.0
TechRadar Mar 12, 2014

If you need a brutish gaming machine and you're more concerned with benchmarks than batteries, then this is the best gaming notebook on the market.

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8.0
Computer Shopper May 29, 2014

The MSI GT70's blazing performance, Blu-ray player, and Dynaudio speakers combine to form a topnotch, barely portable gaming and entertainment behemoth.

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7.0
Gizmodo Australia Apr 16, 2014

It’s very much a desktop replacement — if you’re the kind of user that needs serious number-crunching power, or if you’re looking to play a few games in your downtime from work, this is a laptop that is more than capable of filling that role.

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