This year, MSI has introduced a lot of new products, one of the most recent and anticipated was the model MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review, which was published in the summer of 2014 at the Computer trade show held in Taiwan. The manufacturer is positioning it as the best mobile replace your home computer, but still accustomed to perceive laptops MSI GT series as a pure gamer solutions. MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review is the flagship model, which absorbed all the best from previous laptop line GT, but in addition it has acquired a new filling and appearance. Among the possible set number series high-end graphics cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M and high-performance Intel Core i7 processors fourth generation.
Scope of delivery – MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review
The information presented in this review, grade MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review will please the owner of a large set of various optional accessories. So, except for the laptop battery and power supply, supplied will also be present: Headset SteelSeries Siberia Full-size Headset v2, mouse SteelSeries Kinzu v2, mat, and a backpack to carry all this stuff. But, unfortunately, not so lucky for all owners of this model, a more modest trim you will not see any accessories from SteelSeries, or backpack, and a warranty card, user manual and power supply.
Design – MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review
MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review closed looks pretty strict, catches the eye unless the MSI logo with his game emblem, concave lines on the lid and red bars on the rear face. By the way with regard to the latter, in such a situation laptop something vaguely similar to the ASUS G-series. In comparison with previous models MSI, the interior of the MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review looks more modern and practical. In general, the laptop is made in black and red style, which is typical of MSI and it cannot but rejoice.
As for the interior materials, the cover MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review is made of aluminum, which not only looks good but also gives it rigidity. The internal workspace is also aluminum, but on the surface there lining of soft-touch plastic. All other elements, in particular the bottom frame around the edge of the notebook display, and made of hard plastic and quality. In terms of practicality, these materials are not the worst, though fingerprints and gather on the surface; it’s worth noting that they are fairly easy to remove.
The bottom of the MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review is quite different from what we’ve seen before. It is whole, and the whole central part occupies a large ventilation grille, which stretches almost from the front to the rear face. The battery compartment is not here, that says that he built, and to get to it and other internal components unscrew the seven screws and remove the cover, but they must tread lightly so as not to damage the latch. Underneath you can find a lot of interesting things: built-in battery, two slots for memory strip (two more are inside the laptop), hard drive, SSD format M2, wireless adapter, as well as the ventilation system consisting of two massive coolers and a variety of radiators. Also here you can see the slot for additional storage, but it can be deprived of connectors, so it is worth paying attention to.
Though the laptop and it seems cumbersome to look at, look at the numbers (428x294x48 mm) understand that it is not so big. As regards weight, it is at 3.8 kg, compared with all his direct competitors weigh more than 4 kg. But this does not mean that the MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review is a complete mobile device, because this weight is still necessary to add another 800-gram power supply.
Display, sound and webcam – MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review
Display MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with 17.3 inches diagonally. Today it is quite common combination among the big gaming laptops. The Matrix is built on technology TN, and not IPS, but it is a standard situation for a 17-inch gaming notebook. Generally meet gaming laptop with IPS-matrix is a rarity, fresh novelties comes to mind only ASUS G550, it is because the response time from the IPS greater than that of TN-matrices, and for gamers, this figure is more important than color accuracy or contrast.
But, fortunately, our display is not only fast response time, but also not inferior to a high-quality IPS-panels. In support of this is to say that the maximum brightness is nearly 300 cd / m2 and contrast are at 1040: 1. True it is worth noting that the uniformity of illumination and color accuracy is not as good as we would like, the picture may give some blue.
The good news in this notebook is not only a great diagonal, but a matte finish screen. It is an undeniable plus; since glare and reflections on a sunny day will be to spoil life and matte finish makes it possible to avoid it.
MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review features Dynaudio sound system consisting of two speakers and a subwoofer. The sound of this model, as well, and the entire line of GT, are of high quality and playback of virtually the entire frequency range, and that is important, including bass. By the way, for true music lovers and perfectionists in MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review present Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 and Audio Boost 2 – these technologies can improve sound quality by using different settings. In general, the headphones have a specific need, all the game moments, and so will be clearly audible through the built-in speakers. In this regard, MSI can be proud of.
If the speakers are located on top of the keyboard, then went to place the subwoofer on the bottom, but it has no effect on the quality of his work. He closed shallow protective netting that protects it from damage and dirt.
Webcam MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review has a resolution of 2 megapixels and can record video in Full HD at 30 frames per second. This would be enough not only for Skype, but also to broadcast your image from your webcam, for example, streaming, which is important for gamers. By the way this is an excellent opportunity to show your emotions from the gameplay on Youtube.
Keyboard and Touchpad – MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review
The good old tradition of game model from MSI is equipped with a keyboard from SteelSeries. It is a full-size island keyboard with separate numeric block. The keys have a fairly large size and average speed, which is quite convenient to use. But the layout of some of its elements has come under criticism in the first place is insufficient dimensions [Enter] key and somewhat hemmed pointer block. Just like its predecessors, can be seen here is not quite the standard keyboard shortcuts: Button [Windows] «traditional» moved to the right side, and backslash additionally duplicated in the bottom row near the gap.
Also, to the left of the keyboard there are some multimedia keys and buttons on your notebook (top of them). But they do not like the usual functions increase and decrease the screen brightness or volume, and special buttons, which are mainly only on gaming notebooks MSI (though they are now in a not very usual for MSI place). Among them: a button to switch to the discrete graphics with built-in (to restart the laptop), key management technology Cooler Boost (increase turns cooler for maximum cooling), programmable button to which you can assign any application, as well as the call button utility SteelSeries Engine. The latter, incidentally, allows you to program the keypad buttons: to create and assign any key macros, customize the keyboard backlight on zones and colors. In addition, this utility you can create different profiles for users and for the various connected devices from SteelSeries.
Traditionally, the GT-series has a backlit keyboard here, and it’s not just some corny white glow, and a full design element. The entire keyboard is divided into three zones, and each of these areas can be highlighted with its own color, with a palette of colors is quite rich. However, if you want you can always choose a single highlight color to your taste. For lighting control, a special utility SteelSeries Engine.
The touchpad MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review has a rectangular shape and large size (108×61 mm), and its rubberized surface, which positively affects the work. It supports basic multi-touch gestures, and when you connect an external mouse has the function of automatic locking, which is very important in the hot battles. By the way, this feature is game models. Of the features of the touchpad would like to mention the backlight, which is located around the perimeter, it not only looks beautiful, but also improves the comfort of work at a laptop in the dark. Its color, as well as backlit keyboard, you can choose your own menu SteelSeries Engine. At the bottom of the touchpad are two mechanical keys, pressed them pretty hard, but it is a significant disadvantage cannot be considered, as soon the owner of all MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review do not use the touchpad, but would prefer an external mouse game.
Performance – MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review
To us came across grade MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review, which takes an average price category and, accordingly, has an average filling, although such components are the envy of any other laptop. By the way, works this monster is running a 64-bit version of the operating system Windows 8.1.
As the processor uses Quad- Core Intel i7-4710MQ. Its core clock speed of 2.5 GHz and a maximum (with Turbo Boost) – 3.5 GHz. Also, the processor is capable of handling up to eight data streams simultaneously, thanks to technology Hyper-Threading. TDP of the processor is 47 watts, and the cache memory of the third level – 6 MB. In general, this CPU is quite powerful and it can easily reveal the potential of gaming laptop.
Suitable for simple tasks integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600. It has 20 execution cores and is clocked at 400-1350MHz. But not integrated graphics this famous gaming laptop, and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M. This is one of the fastest graphics card on the market, thanks to the 1536 shaders, 256-bit memory bus with a capacity of up to 160 GB / s and higher clock frequency. Also worth noting is the presence of as much as 8 GB of video memory standard GDDR5.
Needless to say, that this laptop MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro reviews will cope with almost any modern game even at ultra-settings. For example, Battlefield 4 shows the maximum speed of nearly 50 fps, Call of Duty: Ghosts and ultra – 46 fps, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 35 fps. What can we say about the less demanding games, if all of the above are at the highest possible settings with the native Full HD resolution with such high rates. In general, if you’re an avid gamer and like to play to the limit, the MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review will not disappoint you.
Such as high performance, use 16 GB of RAM standard DDR3L, which works with a clock frequency of 1600MHz. The maximum in the laptop can be set to 32 GB, as we have a four slots for memory strip, two of them are under cover quickly access, and two more – in the depths of the laptop, so to get to them, will require complete disassembly.
Like all high-end gaming models, MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review is equipped with a solid state drive capacity of 256 GB, this allows you to quickly load the operating system and frequently used applications or games. But for long-term storage of large volumes of information that are not so demanding on the download speed in a couple of SSD hard drive has 1TB, this should be enough to store multimedia collections and modern games.
Ports and Communications – MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review
MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review has a large number of modern ports that everything else is very well placed. On the left side there is a long line of connectors consisting of arranged one behind the other four USB 3.0 ports and audio ports four. Among the latter, there are linear input and output, microphone input and headphone output combined with S / PDIF. Due to this the number of audio connectors has the opportunity to connect the system 7.1. Also on this side of the company is a card reader that reads formats SD, SDHC, SDXC.
On the opposite faces, there are two USB 3.0 ports and an optical drive that can read and write as well CD- DVD-drives, but the Blu-ray format only read.
Other important connectors are located on the rear face, among them you will find: two video outputs Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Network RJ-45 port, and power connector. All the rest of the space is occupied lattice massive cooling system. As you can see, MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review has a lot of modern communications, through which you can connect a mouse, keyboard, external hard drives or other equipment, as well as up to three monitors.
Communications are provided by the card Killer N1525, which supports standard Wi-Fi 802.11 ac / a / b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.
Battery – MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review
Even large 9-cell lithium-ion battery capacity of 7800mAh is not able to provide this notebook long battery life. Since the maximum load MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro can hold just over an hour, which, however, is common to all gaming laptops. But two and a half hours of video playback – it is not enough even for a gaming devices, as, at best, that’s enough for one film. While reading GT72 will refuse to work about 3 hours. Charging the laptop comes with a huge 230-watt power supply, which weighs almost 800 grams. Such a high power charger selected a reason, because even idle MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review consumes about 30 watts, with regard to Web surfing, this figure raises to 110 watts. What can we say about the full load operation, in which the consumption of up to 200 watts.
By the way, to such powerful components do not overheat and given maximum performance in a laptop uses a very efficient cooling system, consisting of two large coolers and a variety of heat pipes. Not surprisingly, while the MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review clearly audible noise, however, it does not irritate, and the headphones and it does not discriminate. In the idle state, we have about 40 dB, under load – 49.7dB.
Conclusion – MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review
MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review true flagship in the model number of MSI. It has unrivaled performance thanks to quad-core Core i7-4710MQ and powerful gaming graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, the overall picture is also enhanced by a large amount of RAM and high-speed SSD. Also worth noting is durable body materials and superior build quality. For this indicator, MSI is almost leveled with their direct competitors – Dell Alienware and ASUS ROG. Of course, one cannot fail to mention the other three components: a high-quality and large display, excellent acoustics and ergonomic keyboard with a spectacular light.
But for all the above advantages would have to pay, and quite a few, so MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review in our complete set costs just over $ 2,300. If you do not consider this notebook as a gaming device, you should pay attention to its use as a replacement for a home computer, the benefit of MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro review has everything you need for this.
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