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Aaron I.

Aaron I.

Joined on 08/20/11

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Okay, but not great for gaming

MSI GP Series - 17.3" - Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4210H (2.90GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce 940M - 8 GB DDR3L - 1TB HDD - Windows 8.1 64-bit - Gaming Laptop (GP70 Leopard-490 )
MSI GP Series - 17.3" - Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4210H (2.90GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce 940M - 8 GB DDR3L - 1TB HDD - Windows 8.1 64-bit - Gaming Laptop (GP70 Leopard-490 )

Pros: Good build quality nice keyboard runs cool

Cons: power hog okay GPU no "home" or "end" key

Overall Review: The laptop feels pretty nice. Textured trackpad which is a plus to some and a minus to others, but it doesn't seem to hurt my fingers so that's good. Also gestures on the trackpad like two finger scrolling and bringing up the windows 8 sidebar by swiping in from the right side feel really responsive. The biggest issues are that the GPU is not even technically a gaming GPU. I was hoping it would be good enough, given the allure of the great price on the unit, but I can't even seem to run dark souls smoothly, and I can't max out Crysis either which is an 8 year old game by now. The processor is also a big power hog. Maybe not the best choice to put in a laptop. The battery life is somewhere in the 2-3 hour range idling and this thing is brand new. It told me less than 2 hours at full charge a couple days ago, but now it's telling me just over 3, so maybe it just hasn't really been "broken in" yet or maybe there were some processes running in the background earlier. In addition, the keyboard layout is a little strange with buttons like home and end completely missing, a slash key next to the space bar, and the arrow keys bleeding into the numpad. The plus side is the screen is very nice, the price is good, and since it runs so cool, I was able to overclock and get a more steady framerate on Dark Souls. Unfortunately I've only tried the two games on this computer so far. Overall, I'd say the price after rebate is pretty good so maybe consider getting it, but the balancing on this model is somewhere in the limbo between being a power efficient business machine and a worth while gaming machine.