Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI GT70-2PC-1282UK
Source: PC Mag Archive.org version
The MSI GT70 2PC Dominator has all the right ingredients for a top-flight gaming PC, with the latest Intel and Nvidia hardware, a Blu-ray drive, and finer touches, like a customizable backlit keyboard and built-in subwoofer. While we would like to see better touchpad support for Windows 8 gestures, it's a small complaint on such a potent gaming system. In terms of performance alone, the MSI GT70 2PC Dominator is well ahead of the Asus G75VW-DH72, and easily replaces it as our Editors' Choice for midrange gaming laptops. If you want even more performance horsepower, you'll need to pay for it, leaving midrange gaming rigs behind and opting for premium systems like the Origin EON17-SLX (2014), which put up better benchmark scores but costs $1,300 more.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/05/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
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. Those are issues that aren't always tackled by the MSI's rivals, though, and the GT70 is faster and cheaper – the top specification versions of both Alienware machines is several hundred pounds higher. That makes the GT70 one of the best value gaming notebooks on the market.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
The GT70 is the fastest gaming laptop we've ever seen but, despite its speed, it's no pricier than the competition: its £1,299 price is in the same ballpark as the Asus, it's barely more than the slimline GS70, and it's cheaper than the Gigabyte and Toshiba laptops. None of the MSI's rivals address all of the minor issues that affect the GT70, and all of them are slower. 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.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/12/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 80%
Source: Trusted Reviews Archive.org version
The MSI GT70 is a traditional gaming laptop, so it’s got the usual range of strengths and weaknesses: incredible gaming power, a strong processor, and loud design that’s designed to attract attention. The screen and speakers are good, and the keyboard is also impressive, but the MSI is hampered by its sheer size, loud fan and poor battery life. Neither of the MSI’s rivals solved all of these problems, though, and the GT70 stands tall over the Alienware 14 and Asus G750JX in two key areas: it’s much quicker in games, and it’s better value than both, with the Alienware’s top models proving more expensive and the Asus costing a similar amount for poorer performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/12/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 100% features: 90% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80% emissions: 60%
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MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.
MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).
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