Pros: Very nice laptop with one of the high-end Skylake laptop chips. Furthermore, it doesn't overheat and throttle when put under an intensive load. (By intensive, I mean like AVX2-intensive.)
I got this laptop because it's currently one of the only gameable laptops that can be upgraded to 64GB of ram.
If you plan on upgrading the memory on this thing, there are 4 memory slots. Two accessible from the back side and two under the keyboard. The ones on the back are more accessible since the ones on the front require removing the keyboard.
For this model, the 2 x 8GB sticks that come with the laptop are under the keyboard and the empty slots are on the back. This is very convenient for upgrades. I currently run it with 48GB of ram by popping a pair of 16GB sticks in the back.
There are four m2 SSD slots. Plenty of room for upgrades. And great if you prefer dual-booting from different physical drives.
As far as aesthetics go: The screen is very sharp and crisp. And the colored keyboard looks really nice. For those who are not a fan of bright colors, the keyboard leds are software/driver controlled. So you can turn them off. The software and driver seem to be required to turn on the colors. But unfortunately, they are also very bloated.
Cons: The overclocking support in the BIOS is very clunky. It's not like your normal overclockable desktop BIOS options. Settings that are at default show up as zero which makes it tricky/risky to adjust things since you don't know what they are currently at. The base clock is the exception and the bios shows it as 10000 at default. (Again non-intuitive since there's an implicit decimal place as it's supposed to be "100.00".)
If the CPU multiplier is set to anything other than zero (default), the BIOS will reset to default settings on the next reboot. So overclocking via CPU multiplier is not persistent.
Even though the chip is overclockable and the BIOS supports it, it clearly isn't meant to be overclocked. Likewise, they probably didn't spend too much effort writing the overclocking menu.
In addition to that, (perhaps I lost the silicon lottery), but a bump of 200 MHz (3.2 GHz -> 3.4 GHz) increases the power draw from 45W to >60W. I didn't go any higher.
In order to open up the laptop, you need to break the warranty sticker. You need to do this even if you're doing something as simple as upgrading the memory and/or storage devices. That said, MSI claims to honor warranties with a broken sticker as long as there's no physical damage.
There are two 2.5 in. drive slots. But I only found one power/data cable plug. So don't expect to fill both slots without mods.
As with nearly all off-the-shelf computers, this one also comes with plenty of preinstalled bloatware. So power users may wish to wipe everything and reinstall Windows from a separate disk. The license key is in the hardware. So any Windows 10 installation disk will pick it up automatically. The DVD that comes with the laptop has all the drivers.
Overall Review: The fn and windows keys are switched on the keyboard. So fn is on the left side and windows is on the right. This makes a lot of sense for gamers who have a tendency to fat-finger the windows button and task out. But it messes with those (like me) who expect keys to be where they are supposed to be.
The number keypad uses non-standard key sizes. They are narrower than normal keypads. Again this may take some getting used to for people with muscle memory for normal keyboards.
This is a 17 in. laptop, but it's actually slightly bigger (and thicker) than my previous 17 in. laptops. This one doesn't have rounded corners so it may have trouble fitting into backpacks that comfortably hold other 17 in. laptops.
Pros: The item would have had two eggs but the price was unbeatable -Black Friday deal. However it's really going to cost in upgrades, due to misinformation regards the M.2 chip.
LCD is bright and a full gamma color experience.
Fast boot (caveat later)
keyboard is a pleasure blue/green/orange and very good tactile feel to the keys.
Laptop does feel very soild.
Switching GPU's is a real bonus.
Cons: This was the single worst experience trying to find upgrade parts, even trying to figure out the multiple model references to this one unit.GT72 Dominator Pro G-1252, GT72 Dominator Pro G034 / GT72 6QE Dominator Pro G. The latter is actually what the laptop is. This all begs why MSI would use THREE different model numbers ?
Upgraded immediately to 32G DDR4 and that was well worth doing -Gskill $91. Support stated the Warranty sticker removal did not apply to North American bought laptops. Also added a Blu ray burner (Here on the egg) for $68 -Had trouble getting support to provide size base (12.7 or 9.5) after a hold it was 9.5 (for those needing that upgrade.) because you won't find that information anywhere. Removing the screw did not free up the DVD already in place -Deal with that later.
The M.2 is a substandard chip,, it's a Kingston 497G RBU-SNS8152S3512GG2, Had me believing this was a Samsung 950 Pro 512G. The bevel touches the screen in several places.
. Do NOT install from the install DVD, it's badly scripted and is guaranteed to provide corruption errors, [SCM ] -Still have to deal with that. Upload from either MSI or/ directly from the device manager files -specifically blue tooth/network drivers by right clicking/properties and drivers "update driver." That will obtain WIFI connection.
. I have not received an answer regards changing out the battery, there is a 2nd back plate & I'm not sure what springs loose when that is removed to access more than the DDR/SSD & HD. The HD is loose on a tray, but that's an easy fix.
.DO NOT attempt to register the product until you have the laptop on hand, I did & found it was a witch hunt to get to anything on the MSI site because both were not done at the same time. I was trying to get technical data to upgrade on the front end.
Overall Review: Don't care for WIN 10 and will be upgrading to a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 chip soon [Have on hand] and Debian dual boot WIN 7 Pro.
Technical support could be better, regards technical data information, the response received for removing the screw did not release the DVD writer from the laptop bay resulted in "You don't need optical drivers."
Overall, would I do it again -YES, with these hints on the front end it was worth it, though I'm left sorting through which documents actually apply to this particular model, don't expect a manual specific to this model.
MSI needs to get it's USA support together, starting with the install disk and the appropriate manual.
Newegg has not let me down, so that's the upside.
Pros: It's a highend gaming desktop in laptop form.
Very quiet at idle.
Cons: Product specification is 2x256 GB SSD. The unit I received has 4x128 GB. I scrutinize specs before I buy hardware and so I expect to receive exactly what I order, not something close, so -1 egg for that.
Windows 8.1, Windows 7 will not install after several attempts so I am stuck with it until 10 comes out.
Touchpad meh, granted I feel that way about touchpads in general, being as my mouse is still tied up until I transfer all my junk from my desktop I have been suffering with the touchpad.
Overall Review: It's big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is.Ok...maybe not that big. The Titan is bigger still, but this is only 1 lb less.I bought this as a desktop replacement that is a little more portable. You are not going to use this on a plane unless you are sitting in first class.
Fans at full throttle are LOUD. About 40 db. To be expected so not counting it as a con, but it is something to be aware of.
These are my initial thoughts as I just received it yesterday. Have not had time to game yet so will do a more thorough review later.
Pros: Good, solid gaming laptop. Also does a good job doing renders of 3D artwork. Graphics card hardly blinks at just about anything you throw at it. Hard Drive is nice and fast. Steelseries keyboard with the pretty lights is not something I'd normally find necessary but it is very appealing. Probably my favorite feature is the button that lets you optionally kick the fans into high gear... it will do this automatically when the CPU or GPU reach a high temperature, but I like that I can pre-empt it. Even doing high-caliber DAZ3D renders, with the fan on full, the CPU and GPU stay well below 50 C. Very nice.
Cons: I only have one major con for this laptop - the calibration of the monitor is insanely cool blue. I have not measured it with an external device yet, but reports from tech sites have it at 13,000K. That is insane. Standard monitor color temp is around 6500 K.
Overall Review: Overall, this is a solid machine and I would recommend it to someone who wants a high end laptop, because in most every aspect, this computer rocks. But I do not understand why MIS hass set the monitor's color temperature to be this cool. And since there is no easy way to set the color temp of the monitor in the software, I'm probably going to have to buy a $100+ external device to recalibrate. I find that pretty darn annoying given all the money I spent to buy this high-end ubermachine... after all what is the point of an 8 GB super-vid-card when the monitor is putting out badly calibrated color? On the other hand, I mostly notice this while trying to work on artwork, not while gaming... so if you are going to JUST game on this thing, it may not be an issue for you.
Pros: -This laptop came quickly and proved to be great from the start.
-New gen GTX was a selling point from previous models.
-Fans were silent when off the cooler booster, when on cooler booster they got louder or course, but quickly lowered the temperature a substantial amount.
-Loaded a couple games including Skyrim which ran on high settings perfectly fine.
-The keyboard is highly customizable with different modes of flashing/fading backlights.
-The system turns on from being completely off in only a few seconds.
Cons: -Battery life will last 2 1/2 hours on a power saver mode, or a little over an hour while playing a game.
-Weight is a little much to have it actually sit on your lap for awhile.
-The keyboard, touchpad portion, and the rest of the surrounding areas get fingerprints and smudges all over them easily.
Overall Review: When I received this laptop it seemed great, but when I loaded the first game on it, I noticed an issue. There was a light blue vertical pixel line that spanned from the top of the monitor to the bottom on certain grays and brown backgrounds in and out of the game. (Hooked it up to an external display and it was not there among other things. So I determined it was something with the monitor.) So it looks like I'm going to have to get this mended somehow.
I'm really glad that the fans work as well as they do since I had a previous MSI laptop that overheated right after my 2 year warranty ran out. So hopefully I don't get a repeat of this.
The cons aren't really too bad because they are to be expected in a laptop with the powerful hardware this one is running and I do not plan to use it unplugged from a power source for too long. Portability was more so my concern.
Overall: The looks and power of this laptop are spectacular and all the little added features make it really feel high end.
Pros: Really cool laptop, feels great, looks, great, plays great (so far I've only played Kerbal Space). Specs are on point. Graphics switch button. Customizable keys. I haven't had enough time to play with the many other features that come with this badboy.
Cons: As I mentioned, it came with a dead pixel and keeps crashing. I hope it's just this specific computer. If Newegg sends me a flawless replacement, I will update this review.
Overall Review: Sending back: we'll see how long it takes to get a replacement.
Pros: By far the most powerful "laptop" I've ever used. The laptop is well build and robust. The CPU and GPU is unlocked, so you can overclock them if you want. The cooling is very good, with my CPU and GPU overclocked (and under heavy load), it hit 92F, which is very impressive. Just running under moderate load, it rarely gets up to 85F. There is room to upgrade, you can add another hard drive and two more SSD chips. It has enough power to play most games at max settings. It has great RAM, and you probably won't ever need to upgrade to 64GB (It has 4 RAM slots, each with an 8GB card). The speakers are amazing for a laptop! They keyboard is very nice, and the lights are a nice feature. The wireless adapter is pretty great, at home I got over 200Mb down over wifi. The GTX 980M and the i7 6820HK are beasts, and more than enough for most people. 6 USB ports, yes please. The long and short: the laptop is beast, and definitely worth the money.
Cons: High price, but is worth every penny! It's heavy, which is expected of a "laptop" like this. It comes with windows 10, which is okay. I personally like 7 better. I doubt anyone will ever use the disc drive, but it's there. 60Hz refresh rate is good, but it would be nice if it had a higher refresh rate. The raid system stopped working, so I can't get anything off the SSDs or use them for that matter. I'm now using the 7200rpm optical drive and will just deal with it since the raid system isn't under warranty.
Overall Review: I would recommend buying this laptop over the MSI GT72S 004. The 004 has the GTX 980 compared to the GTX 980M. The 980 is about 20% faster than the 980M, but costs $500 more. The 980M is better than the vast majority of graphics cards, and should stay up to date for at least 5 years IMO. I plan to keep this laptop for at least 5 years, maybe more. Okay so I've had this laptop for about 4 months and the raid system went, so no more SSD. I can still use the optical drive, but the raid system isn't under warranty, so I wont be getting a new one.
Pros: A great high powered gaming system... until it died prematurely.
Cons: I waited patiently for this laptop to be available, since it was the first with a desktop GPU. Four months later, I am gaming and hear a POP and everything goes dead. A faint smell of smoke says to me that it was a blown power supply. After spending over $3K on what I thought was a top-of-the-line gaming laptop, I now have to spend more on getting it repaired. All of my other laptops (Dell) went for 10 YEARS before they went! I will NEVER buy an MSI product ever again. Ever.