CUK MSI 17.3-inch Notebook i7-4710MQ 16GB 240GB SSD + 2TB HDD NVIDIA GTX 960M 2GB Full HD Windows 8.1 Gaming Laptop
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|Brand||Computer Upgrade King|
|Specific Uses For Product||Gaming|
|Screen Size||17.3 Inches|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1|
|Human Interface Input||Keyboard|
|Graphics Card Description||Dedicated|
|Hard Disk Size||2 TB|
|Graphics Processor Manufacturer||NVIDIA|
|CPU Model||Core i7|
Computer Upgrade King sells computers with upgraded configurations. If the computer has modifications (listed above), then the manufacturer box is opened for it to be tested and inspected and to install the upgrades to achieve the specifications as advertised. If no modifications are listed, the item is unopened and untested. Defects & blemishes are significantly reduced by our in depth inspection & testing.The GT70 represent the first time that MSI has incorporated Killer Gaming Networking - Killer E2200 Intelligent Networking into its notebooks, endowing them awesome online speeds. The Advanced Game Detect technology recognizes online game data packs and processes them first, accelerating them in the process. The best weapon against stuttering characters, freeze-ups, and lagging, it vastly improves the prowess of online gamers. Now, whether FPS or MMO gaming is your cup of tea, youll have that extra edge you need to be victorious.Specifications: Display: 17.3" Full HD Non Reflection Display (1920x1080)Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 870M 3GB GDDR5Chasis Ports: 3 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x VGA, 1 x Mini Display, 1 x HDMI, SD Card Reader (XC/HC)Keyboard and Touchpad Steel Series Gaming Backlit 102-Key Keyboard, Multi-Touch TouchpadAudio: Dynaudio Tech (2 speakers, 1 subwoofer)Optical Drive: BD-RW with SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW Dual LayerOperting System: Windows 8.1 x64-bitWireless: Killer-N 1202 Wireless LAN + Killer E2200 Gaming Network + Bluetooth 4.0Battery: 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery, 180W Power SupplyDimensions: 16.85" x 11.34" x 2.17"Weight: 8.6 lbs
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First, the Pros:
This machine is an absolute monster when it comes to power. It comes with a i7-4810MQ processor, even though it's advertised as i7-4800MQ. So, you actually get a more powerful processor than what you think you're paying for. I took it through all of the paces, I threw everything I could at it, including running over 30 simultaneous high-definition videos over 500MB in size at the same time. No lag at all. My last laptop would show lag at around 6-8 videos. This is truly powerful. I don't think there is a game I could throw at this that it couldn't run at the highest settings. In fact, I think I would've been fine with the 16GB RAM instead of the 32GB RAM. I could never do anything that would get the RAM to clock over 23% usage. The CPU would come close to maxing and it still never went over 23%
The build is incredibly sturdy and high caliber. From the moment you whip it out of the box, you know you've gotten something far beyond some HP brand laptop. It's beautiful and feel like you could kick it into a wall and it would still work. (Don't kick it into a wall, though...)
The screen runs 1080p native. The picture on the monitor is very sharp and crisp. I immediately could see the difference between it and my 720p laptop. I also love that it's non-glare on the screen. I often work with my back to the window and I hate it when the Sun gets in the way. This doesn't reflect any glare, so I love that.
The computer comes with very little bloatware. I didn't have to spend a bunch of time deleting things off of it that I didn't want. I noted that before I purchased this some people complained about the bloatware. I don't know if Computer Upgrade King did something about it, but mine only had about 3 or 4 programs on there, and all of them are helpful for gaming. Plus it had Norton, but most computers come with that now days. I'm used to like 20 extra programs on there I would have to delete. This was far less than what I've experienced in the past.
Typing on the laptop is more enjoyable than the usual laptop. The laptop is very thick, so your hands rest easier on the laptop when you're typing because its higher. Also, the backlit keyboard is really cool to look at.
One thing I love in particular is the ports. 5 USB ports for all of my devices, I don't have to keep switching out peripherals. In addition, most of the wired connections you need like your power cord, HDMI connection, Internet cables, etc... is in the very back of the laptop. I love this because I lay in the bed with my laptop alot and work, and it's irritating to have the cords pulling on the laptop, or dragging underneath it and pulling out.
The laptop has surprisingly good sound for a laptop. You can actually hear the bass when you turn it up, as opposed that empty tinny sound you get from most laptops. It doesn't matter much to me, however, because I tend to use headphones or the speakers on my TV, but it's something I thought I would point out.
Now for the Cons:
It doesn't run DVDs, apparently. It's a Blue-Ray player and so I couldn't get my DVDs to work on it. That caused a headache for me, because I was using an old version of Word and ended up having to upgrade as it wouldn't play the disc. I had the same problem with my workout DVDs. I'll have to use my Xbox to play my older DVDs. Everything else it played fine, but just not DVDs.
It's very heavy. It's heavy because of the study build, thickness and all that they've packed into it. This is a tank, so consider that if you're going to be mobile with it. It's not a big deal for me as mine will be mostly sedentary. But it's big and cumbersome.
That is literally the only two cons I can think of when it comes to this laptop.
Overall, I would give this laptop a 10 out of 10. I would also give Computer Upgrade King a 10 out of 10 as a company. I researched for a good month for the best deal and this laptop blew everything else out of the water. You're not going to find a laptop with these specs that jump between 1200 and 1400 dollars like this does. (I got mine at a 1300 dollar price point, but it went up.) Plus CU King's service was top notch as well. Their representative took less than 12 hours to e-mail back when I had questions or requests. The computer was very safely packaged within THREE boxes, with Styrofoam, and Bubble wrap between them. Even if you got a bad delivery guy who flung the box like you see in the news, I doubt it would damage it the way they package this. And most importantly, it came on time. I couldn't be happier with the service or this product.
PS: On an aside, I have to mention that I also got a gaming mouse called the "Redragon Perdition". The two of these items combined have totally transformed the speed and efficiency in which I work, game and surf the web. I highly recommend you check that out here on Amazon, too. I'm not a shill for those guys, it's just that I got these two things in conjunction and both of them are absolutely incredible together. I even got their lighting to match. I love it!
This laptop is great for work or play, but to be honest, if you're just going to use it for work (unless that work is something related to graphic design maybe) it's a waste. This was meant for play, and it plays well. The graphics on games like Borderlands 2 and Dragon Age Inquisition (my two games of choice at moment) are fantastic and I haven't had any problems with crashes even when I ran DA:I at high setting for everything. The Dragon Gaming software is pretty neat to keep track of speed and heat of comp and you can customize graphic settings or so on with other software too. I would suggest an external fan if you're going to run games on high settings, however, since it can run a little hot, and while the internal fan it comes with is pretty darn good, it's kind of loud and doesn't quite work to keep it that cool when I'm running certain games (I'm a bit rough with my stuff though...it's terrible, I know). I find an added external fan works really well to keep it cooler while running those high settings.
The only thing not up to snuff for me is the built-in webcam. It's very grainy and pixelated, and I was expecting something a little better than that for this kind of a computer. My webcam on my Toshiba that's over 15 years old (I call it my dinky backup baby) is better than this one, and that's saying something. But, it works overall if you just want to chat with friends over Skype, I guess. If you're thinking about gamecasting though where you have your face showing, I'd suggest an external HD webcam (I use a logitech HD webcam and it's crisp and works fantastic). The screen quality as a whole on this model is good. And the 17.3 inch screen?! Apparently, I was doing this all wrong with my tiny screened laptops because it's like a whole new world for me, and there are other models and brands with even larger screens. Sound on the laptop itself is very good for me, and even with a headset is good, clean sound. I love the blu-ray DVD player too. My favorite feature, however, is a shallow one and totally cosmetic, but the led back-lit keyboard is awesomely amusing! The software it comes with is easy for anyone to use and customize up to four different color settings (you better believe I have a Christmas theme one!). I have a special setting that lights up only certain keys I use for certain games and then my basic work setting. I can't believe that's what I would enjoy most out of a gaming laptop, but I sure as hell do.
While it's a laptop, don't be fooled, this is not your ordinary kind of laptop and I would warn you against lugging it around often. Doesn't mean never, but from what I've seen from myself, it's not a computer you want to take with you if you travel several days within a week where it sits in the car for several hours (I live about 2 hours from my school and would take it...totally for work, umm, totally). If you travel a lot and need to take it with you on the go, however, invest in a good laptop case. I've seen good ones by Alienware and I have a Solo Urban pack, which works fine because I wasn't going too far anywhere, nor driving more than twice a week, but if I were, I'd have gone with a more expensive brand like Alienware that has more prominent padding and shell-like casing bags - they also have great TSA approved bags now that you just zip open and don't have to pull the laptop out. And if you do put in your bag, always shut the laptop down, even if you're just heading from your house to coffee shop. If you put it in sleep mode and don't pay attention to processes running in background, the laptop can turn on and that can be nightmarish if it's running in a small space leading to possible overheating (no, I totally did not do this once, what are you talking about? Did you not get that I'm a bit of a noob and only now really learning? Yes, it's okay, I embrace the status, I will grow from it, and I write this for any other nooblets themselves moving up in their gaming computer world).
One big warning: after 6 months, my computer started acting up where it would boot up but then shut right back down. It would do that several times before booting up. After about a week of that it just stopped starting back up at all and wouldn't turn on. At first I thought it was an error because of a Windows Update, but after the problem persisted with a system restore to point before the whole update, I knew it was something more. Some digging online led me to find that other people with this model reported the same or similar problem roughly 6 months after use. However, Computer King Upgrade was excellent in helping me and after I tried to go in to the laptop myself with not being able to fix the problem, they took over. They determined it was a hardware problem and it got shipped back to MSI who fixed the problem in about 3 weeks with no issues, and that's where I'm at right now having had my laptop back for two weeks, and running even better than before.
All in all, for my first "real" gaming laptop, I enjoy it for the level of gaming I'm at right now. While I was upset about the hardware issue, especially this having been the most expensive computer I've ever bought as of yet, which was scary for me, stuff happens, but the way it was handled was excellent from both seller and manufacturer, which is why this is a 4. Now, I'm already looking forward to adding upgrades and playing around more and learning about computers to eventually building my own gaming PC.