A laptop for gamers

Gaming notebooks have garnered a lot of attention lately, ever since the gaming industry began to flourish like mad. Companies try to keep track of everything that’s new in this world, so naturally their manufacturers have to come up with laptops that include different modern technologies if they want their devices to sell. The $1961 – $2614 GT780DX is MSI’s try at gaining attention from gamers and it’s already been available for sale since October. The full high definition resolution, the display with means of keeping reflections at a distance and a i7-2670QM CPU are some of the weapons this device brings to the battle. Are they enough to guarantee a success? We think our review has the answer.

Elegant design

The design is our first stop and the MSI GT780DX does very well here with its black attire that oozes elegance and style. The carcass of the notebook is covered in plastic and brushed aluminum, a powerful combination resisting the attack of fingerprints and protecting the exterior against getting scratches or dents if dropped accidentally. The hinges are also well-made, but you can experience some teetering when adjusting the screen. Saying that the GT780DX is a portable device can’t be further from the truth when we look at the dimensions and weight.MSI-GT780DX

To see if it was suitable for outside work, we used MSI’s new product in our garden and can only say that if you love the outdoors, the GT780DX has the perfect 17″ display for you to use. Thanks to the resolution we got the best brightness, contrast and sharpness we could have wished for. The angles for watching different stuff on the screen were of the superior kind, with outstanding image stability; not one single distortion darkened our testing day.

2.2 GHz Intel i7-2670QM processor

The available keyboard and touchpad are every user’s dream; the keyboard has number block, quite unusual on older models and the comfort sensed when typing is great, if you can get past the noise produced when pressing the buttons. Typing in the dark is a possibility thanks to the backlight offered by the device’s keyboard. The touchpad provides sensible navigation and no noise when pressed.

With the 2.2 GHz Intel i7-2670QM processor, the MSI GT780DX performs very well. The clock of this type of CPU sees a definite improvement when the technology called Turbo Boost is applied. The speeds become even faster and they supply the laptop with the ability of doing several things at the same time without slowing its pace. But the best was yet to come and it happened when playing games with very high resolutions, like 1920 x 1080 pixels. But when we loaded a game we heard a great deal of noise coming from the fan. Heat was no problem when we didn’t put the CPU to too much strain: 27°C on the top and 29°C the bottom were all that we registered after half an hour, with 45°C after an hour.

Good sound quality

The sound was respectable and, when it was time to test the quality of the sound in games, the HX TruStudio PRO put on a very good show.

The GT780DX reported a big value when discussing power consumption, so much so that the battery reached its peak in a short time, after 3 hours of working with the Internet, playing games and increasing the brightness. Simple use meant 4 hours of battery life.

Review conclusion

In general, the MSI GT780DX is a strong performer with many possibilities, the gaming one being the strongest element at the end of this review.

Technical specifications

Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Processor type Intel® Core i7-2630QM
Frequency 2.0 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz
Diagonal Size 17.3″
Resolution 1920 x 1080 (FHD) / 1600 x 900 (HD+)
LED backlight
Video card nVidia GeForce GTX 570M with 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM
RAM DDR3 1066/1333 MHz
Internal storage 500 GB SATA 7200 rpm + Intel 120 GB SSD
750 GB SATA 7200 rpm + Intel 120 GB SSD
Audio 2.1 channels speakers
Connectivity 1 x HDMI v1.4
2 x USB 3.0
1 x headphone-out
1 x line-in
1 x eSATA
1 x microphone-in
1 x line-out
3 x USB 2.0
1 x D-Sub (VGA)
Dimensions and Weight Width : 428 mm
Depth : 288 mm
Height : 55 mm
Total Weight 3.9 kg
Power Battery : 9-cell
Turbo Battery+ AC Adapter : 180 W

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