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MSI GX740 (GX740-061Uk) review

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.


17 in 1,680×1,050 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.


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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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i5 430M
Processor clock speed 2.27GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 40x395x278mm
Weight 3.2kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 17 in
Native resolution 1,680×1,050
Graphics Processor ATI Radeon HD 5870
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 1,024MB


Total storage capacity 500GB
Optical drive model Optiarc AD-7560S
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Total Firewire ports 1
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Modem Yes
Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, Memory Stick, MMC, xD
Other ports 1x eSATA


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option burn own restore disc
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty two year collect and return
Price £917

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