MSI GS70 Hands-On: Attractive Design, Powerful Graphics

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Clearly comfortable on its own turf, MSI used this year’s Computex trade show to launch several new gaming systems. In addition to the lightweight GE40 and the powerful GT70, the Taiwanese company showed off the upcoming GS70 a 17-inch gaming system with a sleek industrial design and the latest Intel 4th Generation Core Series processor.

We had a chance to take a closer look at the GS70 and were pleased with its slim design language and customizable keyboard. The notebook is a slim .85 inches thick and a modest 5.7 pounds, which is light for  17.3-inch notebook with powerful specs. We really liked the industrial design which has a very subtle gunmetal-gray color and a set of air intake holes above the keyboard which are designed to keep the gaming experience cool by sucking in air and then venting it at out the side at a 90 degree angle to avoid warming gamers’ hands. The back of the lid sports a subtle but attractive MSI Gaming Series logo with a dragon on it.

Like other MSI gaming laptops, the GS70 uses a Steel Series keyboard with customizable backlight colors. Using the included backlight software, we were able to configure three sections of the keyboard in three different colors and even choose an animation for the light movements. The keyboard felt springy and pleasant under our fingers.

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On the inside, the MSI GS70 has an Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 2 mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 combined with a 750GB hard drive. The laptop also features Killer DoubleShot Ethernet for lag-free gaming. 

The 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display had strong viewing angles and seemed reasonably colorful though we were staring at it under the harsh lights of the convention center. Using MSI’s Matrix Display Feature, the GS70 can output to two monitors in addition to its internal display.

The MSI GS70 should be out this August with prices starting around $1,699 U.S. We look forward to putting it through its paces when a production model becomes available.

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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