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This review is from: MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G-037 G-Sync Gaming Laptop 6th Generation Intel Core i7 6820HK (2.70 GHz) 16 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3 GB GDDR5 17.3" IPS Windows 10 Home
Pros: Large, solidly built, great aesthetic design. Can't really say much the other very detailed reviewers before me haven't said. It's faster than my aging desktop machine in most respects. I was hesitant to upgrade to Windows 10 until now but now I'm glad I did (I didn't have much of a choice, but still). Have yet to run any benchmarks but I played BF4 on Ultra without any issues. I got the machine mostly for 3D work and gaming as a secondary purpose, and the CPU/GPU will get up to 50+C as I'm working. The simple fan button on the left side toggles the fan and cools things down rather quickly. It's not as loud as you'd think either, especially since I'm almost always listening to music while I work.
Cons: I hate the position of the Windows key because I use it often in it's standard position on the left side. Will take some getting used to.
The top of the lid get's really fingerprint-y and smudgy.
I'd rather have finer control of the fan than a simple toggle. As far as I'm able to tell there's no way to control the exact RPM, not even through MSI Afterburner which comes provided (the newer UI is ugly and I can't make sense of it, personally. I installed an older version of EVGA Precision which is basically the same thing and the ability to control the fan speed was greyed out).
It's pretty heavy for a laptop but nothing too crazy. 2 weeks after ordering the laptop and a nice carrying bag at the same time the bag has yet to arrive, but that has nothing to do with the machine in particular. I wish I would've waited a week or so and gotten Rise of the Tomb Raider free as I've been really looking forward to that. But what can you do...
Other Thoughts: I looked through the specs after buying it but before it arrived and noticed it can output to 2 4K displays from a single port. Hopefully that applies to this machine and not one of the higher-end models as that'll certainly be my next monitor upgrade.
Overall it's very solid and I can see it working out nicely barring any unforeseen catastrophic failures. I'll probably turn around and sell it after a year or so in favor of a new desktop, I just needed a laptop to be more mobile in the coming months.
Nearly went with an AlienWare but I couldn't quite justify the price. This machine can go toe to toe with an equivalent AW any day of the week. I got it specifically for the mobile CPU which to my knowledge is currently the highest-end Laptop CPU you can get that isn't a mobile Xeon.
Pros: Fast while it worked. Easy to install.
Cons: Starting having failure after roughly a month. Unable to format, even from a Gparted Live USB. Came back on and off but is too inconsistent to be worth it. Will be RMA-ing.
Other Thoughts: I had an 80GB Intel SSD for 4 years by the time I bought this one and it had literally zero problems, and is still going strong. I bought this one for the obvious capacity improvement. Might just stick with Intel next time.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I suppose they look decent but looks can be deceiving. The ribbon cable doesn't tangle.
Cons: My first clue should have been that I had never heard of the company before, and didn't do much research beyond what I thought was necessary.
The shipping took awhile, but that was made clear before I bought them and was willing to wait. No biggie there.
However, I was utterly frustrated in not being able to even pair the bluetooth for quite some time. The instructions are unclear. I finally read a review on here which explained how to do it and figured it out. It's not hard, mind you, it just came with bad instructions (with tiny font).
Once I was able to pair them, I played one of my songs (which I can't name due to Newegg's review policy, but suffice to say it was a Metallica song). I immediately noticed something strange while it was playing the intro, which involves a pretty obvious guitar riff. It simply wasn't there. It's as if an entire frequency range cannot be played at all. I was playing the song from my Samsung Galaxy Note II, and remembered that when I transferred the music it had asked me to convert the file, and thought that was the culprit: that it had somehow culled the particular frequency range during conversion. Not so. I then played the same song on my iPad and it still didn't play it.
I don't have the patience to go through my entire library of music and compare which songs have certain parts missing; the only reason I noticed the first one is because I've listened to that particular song at least a hundred times and knew what to listen for.
Regardless of that whole issue, even if it was non-existent, the sound quality overall is pretty bad. I've had better quality with cheap earbuds that I bought in a 3-pack for $10 bucks off a certain online retailer that starts with "e" and rhymes with "ray".
Furthermore, they fell out of my ear too easily, even with being able to switch the little nub things. And I'm not sure what those little "anchor" things are supposed to attach to/wrap around, but they're also utterly useless. There's no way they stretch far enough to go around my entire ear. Maybe they hook around your earlobe? Heck if I know, or care at this point. All I know is I was barely moving, let alone running/moving/exercising, and they fell out quite easily.
At this point, I've started the RMA process but it's hard to convince myself it's even worth the trouble. The worst part is, if I kept them, I couldn't even use them as a paperweight. How's that for useless!
Other Thoughts: I tried to find something in a decent price range instead of getting more cheap garbage, while still avoiding an expensive brand name like Apple. I could have went with either of those and still had better luck than this product. Never again.READ FULL REVIEW