MSI Claims GS70 is World’s Thinnest 17-inch Gaming Rig


Who said gaming notebooks had to be giants? MSI says its new GS70 is not only powerful, but it’s also the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming rig. Measuring 16.5 x 11.3 x 0.85 inches and weighing in at a relatively light 5.73 pounds, MSI’s latest rig beats Razer’s thin-and-light 17-inch Blade Pro, which measures 16.8 x 10.9 x 0.88 inches and weighs 6.58 pounds.

When it comes to gaming systems, though, size and weight are second to performance, and from the looks of the GS70’s spec sheet, it should have no problem competing in that department. Sporting a 2.4-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4700HQ, 16GB of RAM, your choice of a 128GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD or a 128GB SSD paired with a 750GB HDD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB of RAM, the MSI GS70 should offer plenty of computing firepower. The rig with the 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD will set you back a cool $2,000, while the system with the 128GB SSD and 750GB HDD will cost you $1,800.

MORE: Best Laptops 2013

MSI-GS70-Side-shotThe Razer Blade Pro, meanwhile, comes with the same processor as the GS70, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and same Nvidia GeFore GTX765M with 2GB of RAM for $2,299. Bump that up to a 256GB SSD and you’ll have to fork over$2,499. Hit the max 512GB SSD and you’ll end up paying $2,799. That’s a rather big difference in price compared to the MSI.

Still, for less than the $1,800 you’d pay for the base MSI GS70, you could get Toshiba’s Qosmio X75, which packs a 2.4-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD and Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M graphics chip with 3GB of RAM for $1,769. Of course, the Toshiba’s 7.4-pound chassis will put a greater strain on your back than the featherweight MSI GS70.

Stay tuned for our full review on the MSI in the coming days.

Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Daniel P. Howley on
Twitter Google+
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

  1. Steven Simpson Says:

    I believe you meant 1TB and not 1GB. — “The rig with the 128GB SSD and 1GB HDD will set you back a cool $2,000″

  2. Anna Attkisson, LAPTOP Managing Editor Says:

    Steven – You are absolutely correct.

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options