|Screen Size||17.3 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Processor||3.5 GHz Intel Core i7|
|RAM||16 GB DDR3L SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||1 TB Serial ATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||2048 MB|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
MSI GE72 APACHE-235 17.3" GAMING LAPTOP NOTEBOOK Geforce GTX 960M i7-4720HQ 16GB 1TB WINDOWS 10 BACKLIT KEYBOARD
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Aluminum Black 17.3" Full HD eDP Wide View Angle 1920x1080 16:9 Core i7-5700HQ 2.6 - 3.5GHz HM87 NVIDIA Geforce GTX960M 2G GDDR5 16GB (8G*2) DDR3L 1600MHz 2 Sockets; Max Memory 16GB 1TB (7200RPM) _ DVD Super Multi Killer Gaming Network Intel 1x1 Wireless-AC 3160 a/c BT 4.0 SD (XC/HC) HDMI 1.4 mDP v1.2 _ USB 3.0 x 3 USB 2.0 x 1 Steel Series Gaming Backlit 102 keys Multi Touch Speakers x 4 (2W) 720p HD Webcam 720p HD Webcam Win 10 Multi-language 2 year Limited warranty (Include 1 Year Global)
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MSI knows you. If you're a gamer, they know all about what you want in a machine (out-of-box performance goes by the wayside, we all tweak our machines anyways). However, they throw in stuff we love.. hubs for real-time stats, a button that maxes the fans, and versatile hardware that lets you play with the firmware (flash if you like, but honestly, MSI has a pretty solid grip on it).
Pro tips: Update the drivers, first thing you should do if you bought a machine loaded for windows 8 but upgraded to windows 10. Fortunately for you, MSI has them all on their website and in order. (Seriously, anyone here ever try doing a full driver re-haul on their own? This is an underrated feature of MSI, they give you the update order... saves many headaches. )
Now onto the cons:
Anyone coming from a Macintosh without prior windows experience, be prepared. You will need to configure settings, troubleshoot, and wait, and wait some more. For old-school gamers, this is part of the package. For Apple lovers, well, it's not as "simple" as what you are used to. I would advice anyone who isn't "tech savvy" or skilled in the art of google to reconsider.
That being said, this is a killer machine if you know how to use it. No doubts, for a laptop, this thing blows any competitors (under $2k) out of the water. Money well spent if you are looking for a beast of a machine.
2 hour battery life: yep, it's true. if you're lucky, you will get a full two hours out of it. Be warned.
Lastly, no SSD is a bit of a bummer, but it's fast enough that the SSD isn't really an issue. I saw some posts about the quality of the hinges and the trackpad and well.. hinges are fine. Trackpad however, well, all I can say, is; invest in a mouse. As with most laptops, if the trackpad gets warmer than your fingers, it won't work. This is a gaming laptop, it gets pretty warm. Run the fans on max if you plan on using the trackpad (seriously).
That being said, this is a killer machine if you know how to use it.
-Runs Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, & Indesign with no lagging
-Runs Skyrim & Sims 3 with no trouble (I do not max out my settings so unsure how it runs on maxed settings)
-Comes with Windows 10
-Great, sleek look
-Base a little thin. When I pick up this computer when it is open with one hand it "creaks" and doesn't feel stable. Not a deal breaker, just something to be aware of.
-Very short battery life. Hasn't been an issue for me as I usually keep my computers plugged in.
-Speakers are not that great. I tried watching a movie on my computer with my family while we were traveling and even having the volume maxed out it was hard to hear if not right in front of the computer. Not an issue for me as I usually wear headphones with this computer.
This thing cost less than half what my desktop rig did and can play all the same games on the road (with reduced performance, but still). Its been banged around from traveling and has several good dents in it, but still works like a champ.
Annoyances: Too much MSI preloaded bloatware. Windows 10 boots fast, but still takes a few minutes to "wake up" afterwards (i'm probably just spoiled from my desktop). I also hate that its 17.3" versus a 17.0", which makes finding cases and bags it will fit in super annoying. None of those issues are worth the loss of a star IMO though.