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MSI GE700 review

Tom Morgan
12 Jan 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
799
inc VAT

Solid performance and an excellent screen, but the GE700 suffers from poor battery life and a non-standard keyboard.

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Specifications

17.3 in 1,600x900 display, 3.2kg, 2.53GHz Intel Core i5-460M, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

On first inspection, the MSI GE700 looks like a sleek laptop, with a glossy black lid and metal effect palm rest. Look a little closer, however, and the dedicated graphics card and highlighted WASD keys make it clear this is a desktop replacement laptop that should also appeal to gamers.

MSI GE700

Powered by an Intel Core i5-460M processor, the GE700 has enough power for almost any application. The 2.53GHz chip can increase to 2.8GHz using Turbo Boost and has Hyper-threading for improved performance in multi-threaded applications. Along with 4GB of memory it flew through our benchmarks with an overall score of 94.

We were expecting gaming performance to be impressive, and we weren’t disappointed. The Radeon HD5730 graphics card has 1GB of on-board memory, and it's more than powerful enough for Call of Duty 4. Newer games should also be playable, although you may have to reduce quality settings. High definition video playback was flawless, whether in 720p on the laptop or in 1080p on an external display.

We were impressed with the quality of the 17.3in screen; contrast was great and shadows retained their detail. Colours all looked vibrant, even at the lowest brightness setting. The 1,600x900 resolution looked sharp, although we would have preferred a Full HD display. Viewing angles aren’t fantastic but the screen has a huge amount of tilt, almost managing to lie horizontal to the desk, so it should be easy to find the best viewing position. Unfortunately the downward-facing speakers let the side down. Sound quality was reasonable with a clear mid-range, but bass was lacking.

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