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MSI GS Series GS70 Stealth-280 Gaming Laptop 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4720HQ (2.60 GHz) 16 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2 GB GDDR5 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2 GB GDDR5
  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4720HQ (2.60 GHz)
  • 16 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD
  • 17.3" Full HD 1920 x 1080
  • 16.47" x 11.29" x 0.85" 5.7 lbs.

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  • Brittany W.
  • 11/4/2014 6:52:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Darn Nice

Pros: This laptop is a beast. Going down the list:
- With two SSDs in RAID 0, it of course boots fast
- I love that there's a spare mSATA slot for yet another drive
- Doesn't come with too much junk software by default
- Speakers are pretty nice for a laptop. I have no problem hearing at LAN parties that are moderately noisy.
- Easy to disassemble for cleaning and upgrades
- Ports are nicely laid out
- Incredibly thin for what it has in it
- Keyboard backlighting is nice and bright if you have all three zones turned on
- It'll handle multiple VMs and games at the same time
- On my unit, light bleed on the screen is present, but minimal. I'm not insanely picky (though maybe I should be for $2k) so it doesn't really bother me. Otherwise the screen is easy on the eyes.
- People complain about battery life, but what do you expect for this class of hardware? It's what I expected.
- If the touchpad makes you unhappy, open the Elantech tool and fix it. I was able to make it work exactly how I wanted. I think it's great.
- The travel of the keys on the keyboard is fine for me. I can type like a madman without issue.
- It'll handle darn near anything you throw at while it looks nice on your desk doing so.

Cons: - I'm not the biggest fan of the matte finish of the keyboard. It's a little too matte for my taste.
- Ugh, the Windows key being only on the right hand side of the keyboard is insanely annoying.
- It does have a tiny amount of light bleed around the edges of the screen.
- While thin, it is very wide and deep. I need a new backpack.
- The screen resolution should be a hell of a lot higher than HD for it's size.
- At full tilt, the fans are pretty noisy, like they're trying to change the jet stream or conjure a tornado. As in everything in life, there are tradeoffs and this is one that has to be made to get that svelte look. The speakers can overpower them but I think a gaming headset is an excellent accessory.
- I really wish it had four RAM slots instead of only two. With several VMs, 16GB gets cramped.

Other Thoughts: TL;DR: I'd buy this laptop again.

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  • Pranab H.
  • 9/27/2014 3:37:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEverything I wanted

Pros: Light weight, slim and portable
Fits in my backpack
Handles games with great FPS and Graphics settings
Backlight is beautiful
Battery lasts more than 4.5 hours usually (plug in while gaming)
Audio is AMAZING, especially with soundblaster cinema
Very fast boot
Screen has great viewing angles
Great aesthetics
Plenty of memory and processing power.

Cons: Battery life is a little low, but more than enough for gaming laptop
Gets a little warm (50C according to cpu temp monitor) but it is not noticeable unless you look for it)
Gets very hot when gaming, especially the gpu
touchpad takes a few days to get used to but not bad after that
the port for the charger is on the side which is a little odd, but the charger can rotate so not inconvenient
Doesnt fit most 17inch laptop bags (comes with sleeve)

Other Thoughts: Happy with purchase and I hope it lasts more than 4 years for me because of its steep price (which is competitive for all of its specs.)

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  • Nathan S.
  • 9/9/2014 7:52:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop!

Pros: I didn't specifically buy this for gaming, but figured if I ever needed to game why not have the hardware to allow me too. Overall, I am a network engineer and use it for work. I came from a 13 inch Asus Zenbook Prime to this laptop because I need a larger screen for my multiple terminal sessions.
Pros:
-This laptops build is very very good. I would say equal to the Zenbook quality and very close to a Mac Book Pro quality.
-The display is very good. 1080 is plenty and the color are nice and accurate.
- Fast boot time. Literally 6 seconds from cold. Every time.
- Tons of storage with 1TB secondary mechanical drive.
-Nice and light for it's size and thin. I get lots of compliments of this laptop.
- Windows 8.1 has been rock solid stable on this laptop. I had some stability issues with 8.1 on my Asus Zenbook.
-Plenty of ports
- Quality Keyboard very accurate and the feedback is decent.

Cons: Cons:

Only a few cons:
- The keyboard again. While it high quality, the size of the keys are smaller than I expected and the keypad is pretty much useless cause the keys are so small. Their is plenty of room where they could have increase the size of the keys.
- The keyboard lights. Yes I knew the laptop would have them. What I didn't know that they stay on all of the time and you can disable them. I have to change the colors to black to have a "no light" effect.
- The power port is in the middle of the side of the laptop instead of the rear of the side. Kind of annoying.
- The felt carrying section on the undeside should have been on the screen opening side instead of the back of the laptop. When you carry it. The lip somewhat claps while you walk.

Other Thoughts: Overall a great laptop. I am very happy I chose this one over the Aorus laptop. I also was able to buy it when NewEgg marke it down to $1750 for a day. Great laptop for the price!

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  • Kody B.
  • 5/30/2014 8:44:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat, but the keyboard, come on.

Pros: It's fast, really fast. The laptop is very well built and has a sleek design that screams high end. It's subtle, and that's what I like about it.

Battery life is also good (for a PC this powerful) Getting around 3 to 4 hours on normal use.

It's relatively quiet (except for when gaming) and stays cool (except for when gaming). However that's to be expected.

The sound was also something that I was a bit surprised by. No the speakers don't sound AMAZING, but they are LOUD which is a quality you'll be hard pressed to find in most laptops, plus the added sub woofer at the bottom doesn't hurt either.

Cons: I'm not sure if it's just my unit, or blatent false adverstising by MSI. This whole RGB backlit keyboard business is complete Horse Malarkey. In a pitch black room with the lighting on the keys are barely visible. There is no brightness adjust, keys are unevenly lit and everything IS JUST SO DIM. The pictures you see advertising this thing are so overblown it's disturbing. The keyboard it's self though performs well and has little give when typing. I will just say if you are getting this for they fancy keyboard prepare for disappointment.

The size can be a bit cumbersome.

The track pad is not good, and the gestures keep making me open the charms bar when I don't want to

Other Thoughts: Over all it is a wonderful laptop. It is ashamed that with a 2k price tag they wouldn't have opted for a but better back lighting. It's a small complaint and is in no way meant to diminish the absolute power that this thing packs underneath a remarkably thing casing. If you are looking for a PC the puts the P in power then go for it. Just as long as you don't mind sub-par backlighting.

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  • Jimmy O.
  • 5/22/2014 7:23:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMore than Capable

Pros: Enough processing power for majority of tasks, sleekest looking Desktop replacement, and 870m packs a punch for the casual gamer. Comes setup with a Raid 0 which is pretty snappy for a lappy and with enough capacity to put your most frequented games (3-5; 20-30gb games) on a quick boot.

CPU rated at 2.5ghz soldiered onboard (no upgrades on this one but should suffice for a long time). Can throttle to 3.5ghz but theoretical cores drop off if I understood the architure right - google for more info.

GTX 870m great contender. Can't say much, just try one. May not handle OMGQTFBBQ ULTRA 9000 settings but handles high settings smoothly and sweetly, will be using it to play mainly GW2, Wildstar, Any games that go on sale for Steam, GOG, Humble. Should be able to handle watchdogs, BF4, Crysis # at modest settings.

Steel Series color chicklet-ish keyboard has a nice tactile feel (obviously isn't and won't compare to mechanical keyboard), interesting gimick but kinda meh for a gamer. It works, haz pretty colors you can adjust, right thumb spacebar smashing might feel slightly odd.

16GB of ram, rated 1600 ish. Wish it was at least 1866 but small gripe. More than enough capacity for any gamer.

220GB QUICK boot drive in RAID 0. Comes with intel software for error prevention/repair. Slight worry that it requires such software, but company has put effort for error prevention vice run to failure. She boots fast.

NIC and WiFi are on point. Like Katana Sharpness/Broadsword width on point. Getting 6000 kbps and 4500 kbps respectively (I think). Translates to around >1MB/s. Downloaded GW2 (27GB) on WiFi/Wildstar (17GB) on NIC over dinner.

17" plus some change Matte screen, nuff said. 1 Hdmi, 2 Display Ports, and Miracast or WiDi equivilent, display options to kingdom come.

Touch pad feels like you can push it pretty far, grainy feel. Will probably use with mouse 99% of the time.

Has all the sweet hardware in all the right places, greatly satisified.

Does get toasty, but MSI designed air to vent away from user. Who still uses a laptop on their lap, probably why it's coined a notebook. Expected for putting so much technology in a thin and sleek form factor.

Majority alloy casing, good use of materials all around

Cons: Fingerprint Magnet, but sexy use of materials makes you want to molest the casing, not so rigid lid due to size making you want to handle it gingerly - not designed to be a tough book. Limited possibility to upgrade: M.2 cards and 1 SATA. Does not come with OS Disc, QQ. Could do factory refresh on 8.x. Oh, no optical, but I had a BD-RW 3.0 laying around.

Other Thoughts: MSI listened to gamer needs and followed thru. Touches all the sweet spots hardware wise. Great mobile desktop replacement. Material construction has a masculine feel, even if it has a slight blue/purple tint. It's a METAL plate of awesomeness. May seem on the pricey side for what one can build

"GET YOU ONE!" ~S.

Not used to Win 8.x, might as well get accustomed.

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