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MSI GT725-075US NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P9500 (2.53GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 17.0" Windows Vista Home Premium

  • Intel Core 2 Duo P9500 2.53G
  • 4GB Memory 320GB HDD
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Marc B.
  • 5/2/2009 3:03:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOMENESS

Pros: Excellent laptop!
I was looking for a desktop replacement and I found it. The Turbo button does work and its awesome. I am completely happy with this purchase. It is a great gaming laptop and the price is perfect. I wanted an alienware laptop but did not want to fork out the cash and this was a great buy. Set up was easy just took about an hour due to the fact that it had to install all your programs on first start, but its not a reason to complain.
No bloatware, came with no junk programs.

Cons: Wish it had a volume switch on the quick keys.

Wish it came with better blu-ray software. I purchased the cyberlink power dvd 9 because it has automatic updates for blur-ray software, a big plus.

Other Thoughts: Would recommend this to anyone and everyone it is a great product and the key board does not flex as bad as people say and the mouse buttons just take 5 minutes to get use to. Great product for the price.

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  • Spencer A.
  • 4/24/2009 3:42:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGet it before the upgrade

Pros: Very high quality build - no creaking or flexing at all. The hinges hold the screen firmly in place.

Absolutely the best machine out there under $2000. I would even say that you'd have to go as high as $2500 to compare, and at that you'd end up with a 12 lb bohemoth that requires a wheeled bag to take anywhere. Very light weight for its size.
Intel P processor. Very low battery draw. The Eco button makes it extremely easy to adjust the settings for any usage.

No extraneous software. The only two things that I had to uninstall to make a "clean" machine out of the box were the 60 day trials of Norton Internet Security and Microsoft Office. The other laptop manufacturers could learn a thing or two here.

Outstanding sound quality. The speakers produce rich, clear sounds through the entire range of volume settings. No tinny sounds or distortion at higher volumes. The surround effect is even somewhat impressive when watching Blu-Rays.

Very quiet. I can barely hear the

Cons: The keyboard will take a bit of getting used to. The main trouble I have is hitting the up arrow every time I reach for the right shift key. Still, it's survivable.

The DVD playing software included is a bit dated and will not play the newer BD movies. Not really MSI's fault, but it means having to purchase additional software right off the bat in order to use my machine to its fullest.

Mouse buttons are very loud. Again, not a deal breaker, but if you're trying to not disturb the ones around you it can be rather annoying.

The MSI website is a nightmare to navigate. Very poorly laid out and difficult to find answers to your questions. Other forums online offer much better advice and links to updates. Just be careful with them, and understand that you may have to wade through 15 pages of ways to hack (read "destroy") your new laptop before you find the answer to your question.

Other Thoughts: I saw that this is being replaced by the -220US with the 2.0Ghz Quad-Core processor for the same price. Very cool, but I'm glad I got it with the 2.53 Dual-core. Most programs today cannot use the four processors and so it just cuts your speed down to 2.0 with the added bonus of draining twice as much power (45w vs. 25w) The other specs are exactly the same.

Bottom line: If you're looking for a quality laptop that will last you several years and has the hardware to make it worth keeping that long, this is it! If you want an astounding amount of bang for your buck, this is it! If you're not at all tech savvy and just want to surf the web and write reports, go somewhere else. This takes a little tweaking out of the box to get it to do what you want, but it seems to reward that extra little bit of work in spades. I'm usually the king of "buyer's remorse", but I have absolutely no regrets about this purchase.

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  • Andrew Z.
  • 4/17/2009 9:30:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest for the money (and still better than those costing much more)

Pros: Amazing parts, especially for the low price (compared to others), matte screen, light, everything you'd want to customize into a Dell is already present here. NO keyboard flex, build quality is actually better than I expected: everything is very tight and rigid. Screen is fine (but not exceptional, there is some graininess to brighter colors). Not too much junk pre-installed. Speakers are actually worth hearing, and 1/8" stereo jack actually seems to put out clean audio. MSI doesn't advertise enough to make their laptops cost as much as HP, Sony, Alienware.

Cons: Left mouse button is horrible. I exchanged one to NewEgg and the new laptop isn't much better... it feels like it is almost broken and has to be pushed just right to 'click'. The right button seems fine despite being a mirrored version of the left. Small buttons on keyboard is only bad because of the reason: it appears MSI uses the same keyboard on their 15" models, which explains why there is plenty of room on the sides they didn't make use of with the 17". Just like the mouse button, you'll get used to it soon. Extended battery sticks out the back.

Other Thoughts: I looked at Dell, Alienware, Toshiba, etc and there isn't anything close in terms of price/performance to this laptop. Sure the Alienware has cool stuff like a backlit keyboard (and, well, a better keyboard to begin with) but for those looking for a desktop replacement parts are what win. If you are playing games on this (which is the only reason you should be buying something this expensive) you'll be using an external mouse anyway, and maybe even keyboard.
This laptop plays all the latest games wonderfully... the overclock button helps and is kind of neat.
A quad core might have been nice, but even the one in my desktop (3.8ghz Q6600) that I've had since their release feels more like a frivolous luxury right now.

I've had some issues with it booting since I got the replacement. I hope this is nothing, but sometimes after a hard shutdown, it won't start back up until I pull and replace the battery and external power. I'm kind of worried. No BIOS update out yet to try.

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  • Chris C.
  • 4/7/2009 1:49:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsWhat about Vista x64

Pros: I am impressed with parts list.

Cons: Vista x64 support?

Other Thoughts: Anybody know if this can be upgraded to use Vista 64 bit?

I would buy it now if I knew it could be Vista 64

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  • Rodrigo L.
  • 4/5/2009 10:03:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Gaming Laptop

Pros: Look at the specs. They speak for themselves. I also found the components to be upgradeable which is a plus for a laptop (i.e. quad core). Even Warhammer Online plays great...I can't say the same for my desktop (e6400 w/ 8800gtx).

Cons: Keyboard Layout. Some keys (arrows, "/" key)are smaller then others which makes things interesting. Some people complain about keyboard flex, I have not felt this issue. Vista 32...bleh.

Other Thoughts: At Neweggs price you cannot beat this computer. I looked at several others before buying this one. The setup takes a long time but it's worht the wait. The only thing missing is having a dual HD for a raid setup.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/2/2009 4:49:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad screen quality

Pros: None

Cons: Terrible screen quality. Bad backlight leakage from bottom of screen. At maximum brightness screen is so dim and grainy it's difficult to read.

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  • Michael L.
  • 4/1/2009 6:05:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING

Pros: I love it! the screen is beautiful, the blu-ray drive is wonderous, The LED buttons are a little hard to see in the dark, but when you find them, they light up beautifully (when on)

Also, this thing games beautifully. So far, I've only had a chance to try TF2, and it nailed it like I knew it would.

Cons: Just wish it had volume buttons! I love everything about it, except that it doesnt have volume buttons.

Other Thoughts: Wondering if it has power cord buzz, hooking it up to a sound system tomorrow, so Ill find out then!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/22/2009 8:01:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest bang for the buck!

Pros: 1920x1200 non-glare LCD; HDMI out; Blu-Ray CD/DVD-RW player; 3 USB/1 ESATA/USB; Modem jack; Firewire port; 7.1 audio output; ExpressCard slot; Cardreader; Network port; VGA out...basically everything but the kitchen sink! And I didn't even mention the Intel Core 2 Duo P9500 2.53GHz CPU that can be overclocked to 3.0GHz via the Turbo button, the 4 GB of RAM, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 video card, and the 7200rpm 320GB Western Digital Scorpio hard drive!

Cons: I could nitpick but that defeats the purpose of the MSI GT725 in the first place. Spec out a similar laptop from Dell, HP, Toshiba, or Alienware and you'd be paying well over $2,000. Everything works on my laptop including the webcam and my keyboard, while not in the same league as a ThinkPad, does NOT flex. One annoying thing is one of the fan vents is located on the upper right-hand side of the unit. This is normally where my right hand would be resting while using my mouse. Expect to feel hot air on your right hand. The other vent is on the rear of the unit to the right of the battery and HDMI/VGA ports. The other "con" is the Windows Vista operating system.

Other Thoughts: The 9 cell battery is a bit of a nuisance during transport because it means your laptop is not perfectly rectangle. The battery juts out so I have to remove it in order for the laptop to balance properly. Even though this is a big laptop, it's thinner compared to the competition (i.e. Alienware m17x). At 7 pounds, it's also lighter and very manageable if you want to lug it around. Yes, some of the secondary keys are smaller but you get used to it after awhile. I use an external keyboard 99% of the times at home so this isn't a big deal!

The bottom line is you're getting a dual core 3.0GHz, 1080p, Blu-Ray player, with an ultra high end video card and 7200rpm drive for only $1599!!!

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  • Brian A.
  • 3/10/2009 8:46:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWhen specs are all that matter.

Pros: Excellent specifications for the money. Just across the board. Bright screen, good graphics performance, HDMI, Blu-Ray, etc. This system is loaded.

Cons: In my opinion, the system is ugly. The unit actually looks nicer in person than it does in pictures. Still, there are too many competing colors and textures. The overall result is a system that looks like a jumble of parts without any real design focus.

The keyboard is bad. I dont have the flex problems with mine that others have reported, but as you move left to right on the keyboard, the keys suddenly get tiny when you get passed the letters. In particular, the right shift key is so small its not worth using. The culprit here is the number pad. Completely unnecessary. Give me a normal sized keyboard without the pad and this is a much better system.

The touch sensitive keys at the top are nice, but one of them two of them are hardware switches for the wifi and bluetooth. If those buttons stop working while the cards are disabled.. then what? I would feel more comfortable with physical switches.

Other Thoughts: At the end of the day, its the specs that matter. All of my gripes about the keyboard.. who cares? I have an external keyboard plugged into this thing 90% of the time. I bought it for gaming, not writing term papers. Sure its ugly. I considered an Alienware system. It was the same price, but ALL of the specs were lower. Less ram, slower proc, less powerful video card.. but it looked pretty!

Seriously, think about what you are buying and why you are buying it. I dont go to LAN parties and I dont hang out at Starbucks. I didnt buy a laptop to impress people with how pretty it is. What I bought was a VERY POWERFUL laptop for an amazing price. And at 7 pounds, this is a relatively light weight system considering its 17". The Alienware laptop I looked at was 15" and 7 pounds. Their 17" I looked at was 9.5 pounds!

This is an amazing system for the price.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/9/2009 2:37:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: -10421 3dmark06 turbo mode w/ included vga drivers OC'd GPU to 540/890
-big hard drive
-nice wireless
-fastest single GPU notebook available atm
-blu ray playback
-1920x1200 res(1200p)
-nice 4.1 sound
-excellent cooling(quiet and effective)
-instant overclock button
-long battery life(~2 hours high performance, ~3 power saver)

Cons: -RAM set to 667 MHz as default in bios(simple alt+insert can change it to 800)
-keys can be difficult to get used to at first, but after a week you'll get them
-32-bit windows(not too big of a deal the performance loss of 32 bit emulation makes you not notice the RAM you lose from 32 bit)
-a tad heavy
-1920x1200 on a 17" can be hard to read for some users

Other Thoughts: This is my first laptop. I like it but I also don't think it's for everyone. If you aren't gaming you don't need this kind of power. The Mobility 4850 running WoW at 1920x1200 0xAA gets the same frames my Desktop 4870 gets running WoW at 1440x900 w/ 8xAA, while looking better. This is definitely a gaming laptop. First laptop with 10k+ 3dmark06. I hit 10421 on Vista Ultimate 32-bit w/ the GPU OC'd to 540/890 and the turbo button on. Best bang for the buck currently on the market

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