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MSI GX740 (GX740-061Uk) review

Kat Orphanides
22 Sep 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
917
inc VAT

This chunky desktop replacement is great for playing games but is otherwise underpowered and has poor battery life.

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Specifications

17 in 1,680x1,050 display, 3.2kg, 2.27GHz Intel Core i5 430M, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

MSI’s GX740 is a desktop replacement laptop, built with gaming – and little else - in mind. To this end, it's been kitted out with a moderately powerful Intel Core i5 430M processor, 4GB of RAM and, most impressively, a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics processor. Sadly, the emphasis on gaming also means that the GX740 suffers from traditional gaming laptop styling, with a garish black and red colour scheme. At least the lid is a simple black brushed metal affair.

MSI GX740

Looks aside, the GX740 is sturdy, well built and not overly heavy. Its keyboard includes a numeric keypad which is slightly cramped, but this leaves plenty of space for the main keyboard. It’s a traditional affair, without the Chiclet-style keys we see on laptops at the moment. This makes it instantly comfortable to type on if you’re used to a standard desktop keyboard. However, we were initially thrown by the tiny Ctrl keys and tended to miss-key when using them.

MSI GX740 right

The touchpad is well placed and unobtrusive - we never brushed it by accident while typing and the buttons embedded into the metal below it are clearly separated and comfortable to use. There's a respectable selection of ports, with three USB ports plus one which can handle either USB or eSATA connections. There's also a mini-FireWire connector and a modem as well as the usual VGA, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet connectors.

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