Gaming laptops suffer from an identity crisis. On the one hand, they want to be portable devices that aren’t insanely heavy to carry around. On the other, they want to deliver the type of performance that is required to run the latest and greatest games. The latest gaming laptop from MSI, however, knows exactly what it is.
The latest gaming “laptop” from MSI won’t be the type of machine you’ll want carry around daily. With a weight of 3.8kg, the GT72 is clearly a desktop replacement that is easier to move around than a normal tower, but definitely not something for the extremely mobile gamer. Although, it all makes sense when you take a look at what’s under the hood.
The GT72 sports Nvidia’s flagship Maxwell mobile chip, with the GT880M ensuring you’re gaming needs will be more than catered for. The chip features 8GB of GDDR5 memory, which is almost unheard of even for desktop chips. The 17.3’ laptop is powered by a fourth generation Intel Core i7 chip, along with a ludicrous 32GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM. That’s seriously more than you’ll ever need, but it’s there anyway.
Wrap that up with a 512GB SSD drive in Raid 0 configuration, a SteelSeries keyboard with backlighting and a battery that is probably going to hate its very existence, and you’ve got the GT72. Gaming laptops come with a premium price most of the time, but the GT72 offers a lot more than other products in the same price range. It’s retailing for just under R40 000 at Evetech, and they’re expecting stock in the first week of August.
It’s an expensive laptop that is likely never to move from your desk, but you probably won’t find anything close to as powerful in any other price range. Not a laptop, of course.
Last Updated: July 23, 2014