MSI GT70 Dominator

80
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows (8.1)

Display

Screen surface
Matte / anti-glare

Processor

Processor make
Intel

Optical media

Optical drive
yes (Tray loading) (Blu-ray, DVD, CD) (yes)

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA
RAID support
yes

System

Chipset
Intel (HM87)

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
yes

Battery

Battery type
Li-ion

Input

Keyboard
yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (3 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm, TOSLINK (optical) (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Surround (7.1)
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
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