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MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB
  • Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 1TB HDD
  • 17.3" 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • DVD Super Multi
  • 16.85" x 11.34" x 2.17" 8.6 lbs.
  • 2 Year Warranty
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  • LEE A.
  • 12/11/2014 3:01:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood computer but LARGE

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: The computer has good specs for the price
The graphics are decent 1920X1080
the processor is good
the ram is alright
all out of the box
the screen is 17"

Cons: This thing is a tank
the battery is a huge brick (annoying)
the computer is massive. you can always use it as a weapon if your being attacked!

This might scare you
First thing I did after setting it up was uninstall the pre-installed norton. and the OS wouldn't boot, It instantly jumped me into recovery mode (pretty scary on the first day of owning this tank of a machine.)
Recovery mode worked and got me back into the machine. No problems yet. But man I didn't realize this machine was going to be so heavy. ...
Also windows 8.1 is c r a p t a s t i c!
going to put windows 7 pro on it.

I wish it had a back lit keyboard.

Other Thoughts: if you dont mind getting a workout while your carrying this thing around it will do most anything for you. Even play some games. I bought it for work though...

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  • Benjamin d.
  • 12/9/2014 9:07:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: The Screen has great viewing angles and color for it being a TN screen, Fast and the price of it.

Cons: Battery life is pretty poor but who cares since it is a gaming laptop and meant to be plugged in most of the time.

Other Thoughts: I think it is fantastic they added the Intel i7 4810MQ over the 4800 and find for the price I paid for this laptop $1,199.99 this is a great laptop with the Nividia GTX 870m and I actually figured a 17 inch with these specs would be out of my price range.

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  • Robert D.
  • 12/6/2014 10:31:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood enough for gaming

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Came double boxed. The retail box was inside a perfectly sized outer box along with a newegg box covering that.
Good for mobile gaming. Plays most of today's games at fairly high settings.
Display looks amazing.
802.11ac Wi-fi
Nice backlit keyboard with multiple colors and transition effects.
Nice speakers with subwoofer. Has Sound Blaster Cinema software to enhance the Realtek audio it comes with.

Cons: Not even as fast as my GTX670 in my desktop.
No SSD, but transferring all of the partitions over to a SSD I bought with a 3rd party program wasn't too much of a hassle.
Opening the back to install a SSD results in a voided warranty since you have to break a sticker for one of the screws.

Other Thoughts: For the cost, it's a good mid range gaming laptop that will last for a few years to come.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/6/2014 2:48:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMSI did good!

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: great laptop for the price, it looks sharp and plays all my games I throw at it with ease

Cons: It was a pain to register to get the MSI shirt and what not. On top of that windows 8 kind of sucks balls.

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  • Matt H.
  • 9/6/2014 9:19:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat bang for your money.

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Biggest bang for the buck out of most gaming laptops out there.

Comes with an I7 4810MQ not the 4800 which is a nice suprise.

RAM/secondary hard drive easily upgraded (to a point.)

Very slick looking, pictures don't do the brushed aluminium look justice (however it is very finger-printy).

With my SSD installed, it will boot windows in about 10 seconds and i can get to the desktop(with having to enter my password) in about 15 seconds.

I also love the expand-ability of this laptop, almost every component is upgrade-able.

Speakers sound great thanks to the small woofer in the bottom (they don't get super loud but loud enough).

Cons: The laptop comes with two hard drive bays, bay A comes with a drive already installed (this is the stock 1TB drive), this drive is fine for storage but I feel like it is a serious speed limiter. It is a 7200RPM drive but if you are concerned about things like boot time and time required to launch applications I would highly recommend doing what I did and buy a Samsung 840 EVO and re-install windows onto that.

Also if you plan on installing more than a total of 3 extra ram cards, be prepared to disassemble pretty much the whole laptop because the other two ram slots are on the other side of the main-board along with access to the pre-installed hard-drive.

If you want to use MSI's hard core RAID 0 with three mSATA drives you will have to shell out another 100 dollars on top of the cost of the extra drives to MSI because the proprietary board that is used for this, is not included on this model.

Other Thoughts: Benchmarked Tomb Raider with maxed out settings and it came out with an average FPS of 35, while not incredible it is very good considering it is a laptop and you wont really notice the difference.

The fan can be loud but mainly only if you turn on the Turbo fan switch (I mainly only use this to show off or to cool it down faster after a gaming session before I pack it up.

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  • Christopher D.
  • 8/21/2014 6:50:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Value Gaming Laptop

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: - Great performance at a very reasonable price point.
- Handles most games fine at max/high settings.
- Solid construction (read: heavy, but reassuringly so)

Cons: - Inordinate amount of bloatware.
- No SSD
- Heat higher than expected.

Other Thoughts: My order came with a 4810MQ, unexpected but appreciated. The price is outstanding, but it takes a lot of work to get it cleaned up. Two reasons why I took away eggs:

1. Not only was the bloatware very pronounced, but something seemed off in the configuration of the laptop. It took almost a day to fix settings, kill the the unnecessary bloat, and reconfigure the laptop to work efficiently. It would have been easier if I'd just been able to wipe it and start from scratch, but the recovery materials provided were lacking.

2. I added a 256 GB SSD, transferred the "cleaned up" OS image over, and it hums along very nicely now. But this really should have come standard, even for a few extra bucks. The CPU is good, the GPU is good, the rest of the device feels well-constructed and robust - why devalue that by putting only a single, mechanical HDD in there?

All in all, I have no regrets about my purchase and would recommend it to others. But it will need some TLC before it's really ready for use.

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  • Todd K.
  • 8/5/2014 4:25:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsExcellent desktop replacement

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Powerful machine right out of the box coupled with an excellent high range GPU. This machine takes pretty much anything I throw at it at max settings.

The CPU: included in mine was a 4810MQ which was a pleasant surprise.

The Keyboard: is fantastic, it really feels like night and day between this machine and my work Dell machine.

Coupled with an SSD: this machine feels like a tank (More below on that...)

Cons: Mechanical hard drive: I almost thought the machine was broken (using 99% of disk resources) until I remembered I opted to get the machine without SSD. I installed an SSD in mine and now the machine works beautifully.

Upgrading basic components: For some reason, the default configuration for these machines tucks the RAM away under the keyboard. In order to upgrade the stock ram you have to...

- Unscrew the back panel
- Unscrew the tension screws on the GPU/CPU
- Pop the heatsinks (void warranty)
- Remove the cards (GPU, CPU, WIFI...)
- Unplug the keyboard ribbon
- Shim the keyboard on top
- Remove the speakers
- Remove the keyboard
- Unscrew the LCD panel
- Separate the clam shell

That's a bunch of work to replace stock ram.. and it's a pretty bad design. I realize space is at a premium in a laptop but seriously?

In order to upgrade the hard drive:

Do almost the same as above, minus the LCD and Keyboard as the stock hard drive is in a rubber stopper. You have to unblock the drive to remove it.

it's pretty bad in this day and age to have this type of design, period. These are, imo, user replaceable parts that should be supported and embraced.

Other Thoughts: Make no mistake that this item completely trounces the competition on price point. It's a fantastic value, just please understand that they took measures to enforce the fact that other models exist. Don't like the upgrade/repair procedure? order a bigger machine for $$$ more... I would love to start recommending this to others, but RAM and Hard Drive have to be user replaceable without voiding a warranty.

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  • James A.
  • 8/4/2014 2:27:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat semi-mobile gaming option.

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Capable of handling anything I've thrown at it thus far. Perhaps not 60fps @ max settings, but smooth and good looking.

Impressed with the sound. Often sounds better than the TV I hook it up to in whatever random hotel I happen to be staying at in a given week.

Significantly less heat buildup than my last gaming laptop.

Little wasted space in the design. I was able to fit it into my old rolling bag, which was not designed to accommodate such a large laptop. Handles conveniently enough when passing through airport security.

Boots impressively fast, even without an SSD.

Cons: Windows 8. Tried to approach it with an open mind, but I've ended up spending hours trying to make 8 be less like 8, and more like 7. I've strongly considered wiping the system and "downgrading" to 7.

Lots of bloatware and trial software. Once again, I would have greatly preferred to start with a clean OS.

1TB drive isn't exactly small, but it does keep me from keeping my entire steam library on the local machine.

Other Thoughts: I travel most weeks, and wanted a large screen, 1080p option for entertainment. This machine has not disappointed. No real issues, aside from the windows 8 hassle.

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  • Matthew P.
  • 7/28/2014 11:03:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMSI GT Series GT70 Dominator

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Offers pretty good hardware specs for a decent price.

upgrading to a larger screen was the same price which gives me an over all bigger work space with a full 10 key.

The audio is good for being built in.

Quite unless your fan kicks on, which is a good thing.
also have a quick key to turn it on automatically that I like.

Cons: I don't like windows 8.1 (or 8) and really don't like the software bundles when purchasing any pre build computer.

Other Thoughts: I have not owned a laptop for some number of years but this guy gets the job done. I am overall well pleased with it other than windows 8. I do find that it take FOREVER to boot up. (at least 30 seconds) not sure if its a windows 8 thing or the laptop it self. To get a 5th egg I would have liked to have control over the features that take over your computer initially.

I also have not tried any games on this either. so I cant say if its good for gaming just yet. Right now its for solid modeling and it works great.

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  • Omar G.
  • 7/18/2014 8:57:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Gaming Laptop

This review is from: MSI GT Series GT70 Dominator-895 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4800MQ (2.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: If you are looking for a gaming laptop search no more. I have to say that i am pretty impressed with both build quality and performance of this laptop. I upgraded from a Lenovo y500 and i haven't looked back. The laptop is highly customizable offering you enough slots to add in a second hard drive and two sticks of ram. the day i received the laptop i installed a 240 gigabyte Kingston Hyper X SSD and 8 gigs of Kingston Hyper X Ram. I have to say it is an amazing laptop for gaming. so far I've installed about 20 games and it plays through them without breaking a sweat. The computer boots to OS rather quick and battery life has been stellar giving me 5 hours when surfing the web and about ~2 hours when gaming. I have yet to see a problem with the cooling like other people state on other reviews, so far the laptop has ran cool without having the need to manually put the computers fan in turbo mode.

Cons: None

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