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MSI GT72 2QD Dominator Review

July 29, 2015 — by Mad "r4gs" Zombie0

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MSI GT72 2QD Dominator Review

July 29, 2015 — by Mad "r4gs" Zombie0

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A beast of a machine

MSI’s been releasing one amazing laptop after another in the Indian market and we couldn’t be more pleased. The thing with their gaming laptops so far is that you’re guaranteed an excellent screen, a great keyboard (by SteelSeries), great audio (by DynAudio) and a sensible thermal design. Is the MSI GT72 2QD Dominator any different? Of course not. It’s exactly the kind of exceptional gaming laptop that we expect from MSI and to top it off, it comes with just about everything you’d expect from a gaming laptop. SSDs in RAID 0? Check. A monstrous GPU? Check. An i7 CPU, a backlit keyboard, piles of RAM? Check, check and check.

Pros
  • Superlative performance
  • Great battery life
  • Superb speakers
Cons
  • High price
  • Minor software issues

You also get 6x USB 3.0 ports, 4 audio jacks and a Blu-Ray combo drive. If that wasn’t enough, you also get some useful software for monitoring the state of your laptop, XSplit GameCaster to allow you to stream your games and SteelSeries Engine to customise your keyboard backlight.

Performance

It’s there in spades. We saw frame-rates in excess of 65 in Bioshock Infinite (at max settings), 56 in Tomb Raider, 60 in GRID Autopsort. Hitman: Absolution was the only game that managed to stress the PC enough to bring FPS down to 26 at max settings, but this game brings most PCs to their knees.

Impressive as these figures are, these are numbers that you’d expect to see on a laptop boasting of a GTX 970M GPU. What’s even more impressive is the 1000 MBps read speed on the SSDs and the one hour 40 minutes of battery backup while gaming non-stop. If you’re not playing games, you should be able to eke out approximately 3 hours of usage from this beast.

Speaking of beasts, this laptop is a true desktop replacement and definitely not portable. Weighing in at almost 4 kg, this is quite a heavy device and a height of 48mm means it’s quite thick. All that space isn’t wasted though, the cooling system is extremely efficient and temperatures never exceeded 69-degree Celsius on full load. The screen is also very good, though to be honest, we have seen better, but only on a handful of other laptops available today.

Final verdict

The asking price is high, but the performance is worth it. MSI’s thrown in everything but the kitchen sink, and maybe a mechanical keyboard, and we can’t think of any other laptop that offers such compelling performance and ergonomics.

MSI GT72 2QD Dominator Review
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Mad "r4gs" Zombie

Deposited on this planet sometime in the late 1980s, this being was quick to discover the joys of binge-gaming and has long since mastered the art of the 16-hour game session, and evolved to survive on a minimum of food.

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