|Screen Size||17.3 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920X1080 pixels|
|Processor||2.3 GHz Core i7-3630QM|
|RAM||16 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||750 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX675MX|
|Chipset Brand||Intel, NVIDIA|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||4000 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
MSI Computer Corp. Notebook GT70 0ND-492US;9S7-17212-492 17.3-Inch Laptop
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The screen is superb... Sound is great.
So what is wrong? The wifi is terrible. I have to troubleshoot and reset the wireless adapter everytime I change locations. I have researched like crazy, and I don't know what is wrong, I almost always get it to work, but it can take from a couple of minutes to half an hour in some cases. I don't know if the Bigfoot Ethernet is to blame or the intel centrino wireless adaptor. But it is frustrating. I'd give this a SOLID 5 stars if it weren't for the wireless problems.
One other worry is the power cord and placement of the jack. It is a hard 90 degree plug in the back and it gets torqued and pulled on a lot. I expect it will eventually loosen and become a problem.
Still, this laptop is SEVERAL hundred dollars cheaper than its closest comparable competitor. A deal for sure. I will go with MSI again in the future!
And it's a shame really, because the idea of a free network management software where you can limit exactly how much bandwidth each of your running applications consume is great, especially if you share your connection with someone who is also a gamer. I can stream movies without bothering my roommate by limiting Chrome's bandwidth consumption. I also loved the fact that Games get a higher priority, and this doesn't really lead to less ping, but it does generate more stable pings while also streaming movies, music and other bandwidth heavy tasks...
Oh but if it all were so simple... The Qualcomm Atheros Killer Network Manager drivers are so promising, but in the end, they are still cow poop because they don't work as they should. For one thing, it appears as if the damned software isn't even able to properly save its settings. The software requires a bandwidth test to determine your internet speed, and this is all good, but it asks me to do it EVERY SINGLE DARN time I start windows, as if it just forgot last time's results.
And the worst part is every time you start windows, you play a gamble with the manager software. It can work normally, or it can screw you over. If it's working normally, then good. If not, what you will experience is the following: Skype switches to the "reconnecting" icon where it turns gray twice a minute or so. That's your first indicator. Next, you go into a game and you have 7000+ ping. You go into a website and it opens normally. You load a 1080p video and it plays normally. You play a 1080p stream on Twitch and it plays normally... But game-wise you are completely screwed. You must restart the PC and pray to win the gamble this time. The worst part is a restart usually fixes the problem somehow. I don't even change any settings whatsoever.
I tried everything. Updating the drivers (a hassle btw, because you don't update them normally like any other driver). Then I formatted the PC. Nothing. Still the same old cow poop. I wish I could just rip the network card off this laptop, go personally to Bigfoot HQ, meet its CEO, show him the card, ask him to bring the team of engineers that made the card, ask him to bring the team of software engineers that made the software and drivers for the card, take off my pants, urinate on the card, and then ask them ALL to go on their knees, lick the card and beg me for forgiveness. But alas, my delusions of grandeur are not to be and I must just suck it up and vent it out on this review.
3 Stars, however, because everything else about this laptop is great. The sweet 1080p 17 inch displays your games gloriously. I did expect a bit more from the GTX 675mx, but that's not really MSI's problem. The keyboard by Steelseries is extremely comfortable. The air flow of this laptop and its temperatures are god-like, and if you need the extra cooling you can turbo-mode the fans. It will sound like a jet engine on Turbo-fan mode, but it will cool it down drastically. Other than that, normal mode I can't even hear the fans. The speakers are very very nice. I do have a 7.1 surround headset, but the speakers on this laptop removed my need to buy a sound system. They're just that good.
The display, I guess it's a TN display with low response times, as those seem to have awful viewing angles. So yeah, sit in front of the computer and don't move too much. Trust me, or you'll start seeing color discrepancies all over the display. The processor handles practically anything, although I don't really use processor-heavy applications that are not games, so I wouldn't really know how it performs on, say, video converting, photoshop or CAD, for example. I'm guessing, though, that it should perform flawlessly. The i7-3630QM is one of the very best processors in this price range.
The mouse pad has two SEPARATE buttons, thank God, unlike my previous laptop. I use it 90% of the time with a mouse, but it's a nice detail to have. The 3 USB slots on the left side of the laptop are very well placed, while having 2 extra slots to the right. As a right-handed gamer, this was really important for me, as my previous laptop had ALL damned USB ports to the right, and cables got in the way of my mouse pad and mouse. For all those complaining about the EXTREMELY NICE lights on the keyboard, I'll just tell you one thing: If you don't like them, disable them and that's it.
All in all, well worth the price IF AND ONLY IF, Bigfoot fixes the cow poop of software and hardware it spawned with its Killer series of networking cards, and fires the incompetent people responsible for its flaws. Worst yet, this line is not even recent, it has more than a year in the market and I can't believe it still has driver problems so god knows when, if ever, they'll get fixed.
EDIT: As of May 18, 2013 I have found a workaround for the extremely-high-ping-in-games-only-on-Ethernet issue. Got to the Killer Network Manager Software and turn down ALL application priorities to 3 (Normal). This effectively gets rid of the problem and will give you a normal ping in your games. Curiously enough, it also gets rid of the WHOLE POINT of owning a Killer Network Gaming card, but still, better than the previous status-quo.
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