Features: 9/10

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This device is literally festooned with ports

If you’re looking for the best hardware laptop that money can buy, the GT73 delivers in spades. Inside, you get an Intel Core i7 7820HK CPU (2.9GHz – 3.9GHz, unlocked), 32GB of 2.4GHz DDR4 RAM, two 256GB NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 and a 7,200 RPM 1TB HDD for storage. The best part? You get a desktop-grade Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5X of memory. Yes, the 1080, Nvidia’s most powerful consumer-grade GPU till just a little while ago.

If that isn’t enough to make you drool at the mouth, there’s more. In terms of connectivity, you get five USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port with Thunderbolt, four audio jacks, an ethernet port, a mini-DP, HDMI-out and an SD card slot. It goes without saying that the laptop supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac on dual-band.

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The rear almost looks like some sort of sports car

The speakers are by Dynaudio and there’s also an ESS Sabre HiFi DAC in-built.

The software is also great. The MSI Dragon Centre gives you full access to system controls, including keyboard lighting, fan speeds, volume control, etc. You can also overclock the CPU and GPU directly from within the control centre. Better yet, you can hook up your phone to the laptop via Wi-Fi and control everything from there as well. Android and iOS are both supported.

X-Split gamecaster comes bundled with the device, you also get a 1-year license. Hell, there’s even a dedicated key for it on the laptop.

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Another interesting piece of software is the Nahimic app. It’s a kind of software equaliser, which is nothing new, but it’s got an interesting sound tracking feature. When enabled, the you get a little pointer that points to the direction of an audio source.

It’s quite nice to use in some games, particularly in tactical shooters like Arma III or Insurgency.

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And did I mention that the hardware is overclockable? The K in the CPU name means that the multiplier is unlcoked. So, just like a desktop K series CPU, you can overclock it. This happens very easily via the Dragon Centre app. The same applies for the GPU clock speeds.

Display: 8.5/10

The display is just short of perfect. MSI claims that the GT73 supports the 100% Adobe RGB colour space, and we see no reason to doubt them. Whites are white, blacks are black and contrast ratios are excellent. Our Spyder 3 tool is on the fritz or we would have had some even more detailed data for you to peruse through.

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The unit we received came with a 4K 60Hz display. You get an option of a 120Hz FHD display as well. As a gamer, I think I would have preferred that to the 4K display. But I’m just nitpicking now.

The display can get extremely bright as well, though I do have a complaint about the backlight. It’s not completetly uniform, which is fine, but watching movies with dark scenes in the dark isn’t the most pleasant of experiences. Colours are superb, better than you’ll find on most computer displays, but backlight bleed is present in patches, especially a large patch in the top left corner, which can get distracting.

Backlight bleed is very noticeable in dark scenes
Backlight bleed is very noticeable in dark scenes

This only applies to very specfic use-cases and could only be a problem on our review unit though. Do look for it before purchasing the device, however.

Publish date: March 15, 2017 11:36 am| Modified date: April 9, 2017 5:30 pm

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