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MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro review

Katharine Byrne
12 Mar 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
1,299
inc VAT

An extremely powerful gaming laptop in a stylish chassis

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MSI hasn’t compromised on the laptop’s large 17.3in Full HD screen either, and our colour calibrator showed it was displaying a huge 84.5 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut. This is excellent for a laptop, and the screen’s even colour coverage meant that all our subjective image tests looked fantastic. Reds, greens and blues were all bright and vibrant and uniformly lit across the screen, and the display’s low black levels of 0.30cd/m2 meant that blacks appeared dark and inky with no traces of grey whatsoever.

MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro

The screen’s contrast levels were even better, and we measured a huge contrast ratio of 1,262:1. This is one of the highest contrast ratios we’ve ever recorded and it meant that all our high contrast test photos showed plenty of fine shadow detail. This is easily one of the most detailed screens we’ve seen in recent months compared to other gaming laptops such as the Gigabyte P35K and the Chillblast Defiant Mini. Fans of first-person shooters (FPSs) will love it.

The GE70 2PE Apache Pro also has several gamer-specific features, including a dedicated cooler button above the keyboard that helps keep the laptop’s core temperature under control, and a Killer E2200 LAN chip. The Killer E2200 identifies and prioritises online gaming data so you get the fastest response times when playing online. There’s plenty of space to store your games, too, and our review sample had a 1TB mechanical hard disk and 256GB of mSATA SSD storage.

MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro

The GE70 has a good range of connection ports, including four USB ports, two of which are USB3. There are also VGA and HDMI video outputs for connecting the laptop to an external display, a multiformat card reader, a DVD optical drive and separate headphone and microphone jacks. The laptop’s matrix display function also lets you use both the VGA and HDMI ports to connect an additional two monitors, which means you can work on up to three displays including the laptop’s own screen.

MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro

Unsurprisingly, the GE70 2PE Apache Pro isn’t designed for portable use, and the laptop’s battery lasted just 4 hours and 12 minutes in our light use test with the screen set to half brightness. Playing games will drain the battery even faster, so we’d recommend keeping this plugged into the mains at all times.

MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro

CONCLUSION

The MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s immensely powerful. The GE70 may not be substantially more powerful than other gaming laptops with GTX 7-series graphics chips, but if you want a laptop that can play graphically challenging FPS games at playable frame rates with good quality graphics, there’s no competition.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorIntel Core i7-4700HQ
Processor clock speed2.4GHz
Memory16.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory16GB
Size39x418x269mm
Weight3.0kg
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad

Display

Viewable size17.3 in
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce GTX 860M
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory2,048MB

Storage

Total storage capacity1,256GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11ac
PC Card slotsN/A
Supported memory cardsSD, SDHC, SDXC
Other portsheadphone, microphone

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 8.1
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedN/A
Optional extrasN/A

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years collect and return
Price£1,299
Detailswww.msi.com
Supplierhttp://www.scan.co.uk

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