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MSI Laptop GT725-074US Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.40 GHz) 4 GB Memory 320 GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 17.0" Windows Vista Home Premium

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  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4G
  • 4GB Memory 320GB HDD
  • Windows Vista Home Premium

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • bobby m.
  • 8/1/2009 8:41:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggspretty amazing notebook!

Pros: this is my first laptop i have bought and i have to say. i was very impressed out of the box. its screen is great, very fast pc, the 4850 in it too is blazing.

i can max out almost ever one of my games.

Cons: the cons are...

the keyboard is kinda cramped but not a big deal at all.
and the battery is a 9-cell still only gets 1:30 to 2 hours idle. not a big deal though. mines always plugged in

Other Thoughts: with that said, the pros are too good to pass up. i'd recommend this to anyone looking for a nice gaming laptop

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/31/2009 7:44:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI named it "Eve"

Pros: Out of the box it's truely amazing.
3 hours 25 minutes with webcam, bluetooth, and wireless LAN off and specs throttled down using the given software.
The HD 4850 is beautiful. It can be set to perform as a monster running games and with the touch of the Eco button it throttles down to do its job with the least bit of power possible. Perfect both for games and work.

Runs Crysis fluently on highest settings in turbo mode.
Does well with multithreaded apps.

The reviews I see on other sites rate the screen brightness as sub-par. I can't agree with that. Even on turbo-battery mode [lowest brightness] I can easily see everything while sitting in the park.

The sound is amazing.. both the internal speakers and the output jacks. I haven't used the HDMI out for my system yet, i just hooked up 4 separate stereo systems to the side ports. Very customizable through the software.

Cons: 32-bit. Why? Nobody knows.
Fn and Ctrl keys switched. A bit awkward in games, but you get used to it.
Norton protection software very annoying.

Other Thoughts: Wireless is very powerful, but draws a lot of power. You can set it to save power in the device settings if you know you'll be near the access point without obstructions.
Upgraded the Harddrive immidiately after copying everything off the original. Theres quite a bit of room in the compartment.. I had no trouble.
Arrived in 3 business days.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/28/2009 7:57:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA+

Pros: For the price, this computer is a excellent desktop replacement for gamers on a medium budget. It's been running every thing I throw at it on max settings including Empire Total War with Darthmod (Which is extremely resource taxing). I was a little worried about this purchase at first but if after a day with it, I have completely fell in love with it.

Oh, another thing that makes this computer totally awesome is that it's SILENT, even when running some hardware stressful games.

Cons: There is a few little annoyances with the placement and size of the keys on the keyboard, but then again I have giant fingers.

Also, It comes installed with Windows Vista 32bit, so it doesn't take full advantage of the 4gigs of ram installed on the computer.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am extremely happy with my purchase, so far. For any gamer looking for a desktop replacement for home, or going away to college, this is an excellent choice.

The games I have run beautifully with high FPS: Oblivion(With mods), Empire Total War, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life 2, Call of Duty 4, Counter-Strike Source.

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  • Jeremy W.
  • 7/24/2009 3:32:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggshorrible service

Pros: i guess its a good system but i got the upgrade with a quad core and bluray

Cons: is horrible for tech support and customer service...

Other Thoughts: dont but from them unless you want to wait and have the support know nothing...

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  • Teng L.
  • 7/15/2009 10:39:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThumbs Up

Pros: Everything is very fast for how much it costs. This is a very quick notebook here. Everything on it functions either at normal rating or exceeds it. Speakers, processor, video, keyboard, build... it's all there or above.

Cons: Although this thing can game VERY GPU intensive games, other games such as Prototype and GTA rely a lot on its CPU. The CPU is not as fast as it could have been on this particular model. I understand that things can be swapped out and blah blah into a quad core, but for this model, the processor will lag on the above games. Turning turbo on does seem to help quite a bit. The processor itself is not weak by any means, but it is one of the slower parts of the computer.

Other Thoughts: Call of Duty 4 and 5 both run great. I can max out the graphics with Anti-Alias and native resolution. Prototype runs on highest settings with turbo button. Without turbo I seem to lose a few FPS when my character is running by a busy intersection.

The heat cooling on this thing has been great so far. I have no heat issues other than the upper right part of the keyboard. Although if you buy this, you probably intend to by a cooler anyways, which has done wonders for me. I actually just use a small usb fan that blows air under and on top of the notebook keyboard plane.

Just a heads up though, I don't yet have the latest drivers installed, which of course means my notebook is not running at its prime. Perhaps after installing all the needed drivers, the notebook will perform better on certain games.

Still... this thing should be able to play all the latest games on high or near-high settings. I'm sure this will last me a few more years also.

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  • 7/3/2009 8:25:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGravis

Pros: Impressive Speed, even without Turbo
Great screen size and very glossy screen (also a con)
As previously stated, amazing deal for the price.
Overall, very intuitive, attactive laptop that will turn heads with speed and appearance.
HDMI is quiiite impressive, even on larger screens.

Cons: Subwoofer with 4 speakers? WAY overstated. Its treble is crisp but bass is all but completely missing. Shift key is ridiculously small however dwarfs the arrow keys which seems like a reeeally dumb design choice when designing a gaming comp. Nothing against the comp itself but Vista obviously blows MAJORLY, and becomes quite unstable if anything but legitimate software is loaded. Last off, the operating system was loaded onto the C: drive or perhaps the C:/ partition which is quite small and fills up quickly unless you remember to install to the much larger D: drive. Speed suffers if you forget this. Also the microphone is practically unuseable, a small failure but important for peripheral haters. Last, the HDMI out can glitch at times leaving the main screen blank and vice versa even when unhooked. The mousepad is also very large and will jump across the screen randomly when typing.

Other Thoughts: In summary, its still a really nice deal. Short of seeeveral annoying glitches, they are pretty overlookable, and this laptop will be strong enough to run most programs at full speed for probably some time to come. Keep an eye on MSI to make a strong name for themselves as soon as they stop trying to redesign the wheel (err I mean the keyboard)

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/23/2009 4:04:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNearly Perfect Laptop

Pros: For this price you won't find a better performing laptop. At its native resolution this laptop can run Crysis Warhead at full graphics. The screen is beautiful also; the combination of the high resolution on the 17" makes for a very sharp image; the pixels are still so small that you really don't even need anti-aliasing.

The full-size keyboard is a very welcomed feature but it wasn't executed perfectly (see cons). I like the easy access touch buttons at the top, but much like the keyboard they have their flaws.

The laptop itself is pretty sleek; the brushed aluminum, the red/orange frame, and the chrome accents really give this laptop the "performance machine" appearance. This laptop definitely turns heads.

The battery life is amazing for a laptop of these components; I get a 3:15 battery life on "Battery saver mode" and a 2:00 battery life on average. The amazing part is getting 1:10 life while playing Crysis.

The built in media center remote receiver was a plus also.

Cons: This laptop doesn't have an deal-breaking cons really; there's just a whole ton of fine issues:
-The keyboard layout is very convoluted. Not only is the function key and Ctrl key switched, but the whole right side of the main keyboard is squashed to make way for the numpad. They could've made the keyboard larger if the power button didn't take up the space to the left.

-They used touch buttons to control the wifi. I have already accidentally touched the wifi switch several times, messing up internet related processes. Furthermore the media controls are not labeled, you can only see where they are transparent for the lighting.

-The hard drive and windows setup were done somewhat backwards. Not only did they install 32-bit Windows on a machine with 4GB, but they also installed window on a small partition of the 320GB HDD, leaving very little space for programs to be installed in the default location. (See other)

Other Thoughts: First thing I did was install Windows 7 RC x64 after clearing the two partitions. It worked perfectly fine with all of the drivers included on their disc. The only problem I had was that Catalyst Control Center would not install in 7, so I do not have access to the overclocking and powerplay features. Windows 7 runs and looks amazing on this laptop, I would highly recommend trying that out, even if you just install it on the original blank partition.

As I said above the pricing on this laptop is amazing considering the performance, if you can put up with the quirks then I highly recommend this laptop.

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  • Jack L.
  • 6/14/2009 10:56:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice laptop with a few small nags

Pros: This is a great laptop and it's performance is top notch for the price. The screen is bright and vibrant with decent color saturation. There is little audible noise from the machine the majority of the time. The keyboard is quiet and has good resistance to typing. Feels very durable and the weight is just right for what is offered inside.

Cons: You will probably graze the mouse touch pad while typing which will cause some headaches until you get used to the sensitivity and avoid it. The FN key is in a stupid position. It should be switched with the CTRL key. The shift key is made smaller, and it will take some getting used to, which I have done after approximately 1 month of use. The arrow keys are small as well, but I don't make much use of them, so it's not really a con for me.

Other Thoughts: All software seems to work for me despite the stories on here. I also have not had a problem with it not powering up while attached to the wall outlet and vice versa. Exhaust on the right side doesn't bother me as much as some people had me believe. It doesn't blow that hard or hot all the times I have used this to play WoW and Crysis.

BTW, with the new CAT 9.4 drivers I can play Crysis Warhead everything on enthusiast settings and stay above 30fps about 95% of the time. :D This is one powerful laptop that will make you weep tears of joy.

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  • Stevan
  • 6/12/2009 8:54:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOverall excellent notebook

Pros: For this price it wasn't possible to find another notebook that was this well balanced. A fast Core 2 duo processor, a discrete graphics card, 4G of ram and ample HDD space. It easily handles L4D and TF2 at 1680x1050 which seems to have been a good resolution choice for a screen this size. Installing Windows 7 x64 and Linux Mint 7 x64 on it was a breeze.

Cons: The small right hand shift key takes a little bit of getting used to as do the swapped Fn/Ctrl keys, but it's a small price to pay for a full size keypad.

Other Thoughts: No keyboard flex or backlight issues on mine, the keys are nicely sized and great for typing. I was worried about the red accents, but it isn't that noticeable and the dark brushed aluminum is quite nice.
Battery life is average, about what you'd expect from a notebook with these specs.

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  • Stan H.
  • 5/29/2009 2:11:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGT725-075US - no more available

Pros: Excellent build quality. I used to have high-end Sager with Prescott 3.8Mhz and it was sturdy and heavy. GT725 is much lighter while still feels like it can handle some abuse. LCD quality seems to be also better than my old Sager - much brighter and vivid.
I can barely hear the GT725 fan while Sager sounded like a jet is taking off.
I was especially curious how it can handle new games so I installed Crysis Warhead and MSFS X and boy it can run it on maximum details @ 1900x1200. Even without the turbo on.
The only thing what slows it down a lot is anisotropic filtering. But I'm not a big fan of it since @ 1900x1200 you won't even notice the difference.
You can turn up RAM timing to 800 in bios and also set percentage of overclocking from default 16% to 20% or 24%. I'm running 20% because 24 seems 2 b 2 much 4 it to handle.
No KB flex on mine.
I like that it doesn't have all that silly blinking lights that seem to be so "IN" nowadays. What am I, like 11y.o.?
Runs Win7 excellent.

Cons: As mentioned many times before, small R shift while there is no reason 4 it because there is a redundant (\|) key right beside it. I mean there are 2 \| keys!! That's just plain stupid.
Other than that, the power plug is just flimsy. I'm worried that that'll b the first thing which will go bad.
I had to install SRS Sandbox to bump up the volume a bit. While it might b fine 4 others, it was 2 low 4 me.

Other Thoughts: Newegg dropped the ...egg on my order. I even paid 4 rush processing and after many phonecalls and chats they were keeping telling me that they need to verify my address and it might take up 2 48hrs and there is nothing they can do to speed up the process. One CSR told me that I've given them wrong bank phone#. So I called the # because everyone can make mistake typing and it was perfectly good.
So I cancelled it and ordered from a mazon. Ordered Wednesday and received the very next day @about 11A.M. Oh and no hussle with veryfying address and NO rush processing fee.
Same price.
I don't know what was the problem because I used to make purchases from newegg quite a few times and never had a problem.
Serial # is to b found under the battery. ;)

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