MSI GS70 Stealth review

Is this the perfect gaming notebook?

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The MSI GS70 is a consistently impressive laptop: it's got more power than most machines twice its size, and it's crammed inside a stylish, strong chassis that's got more in common with Ultrabooks than traditional desktop replacements.

MSI GS70 Stealth review

The screen is good, and the speakers are decent, although battery life isn't great - and it's noisy when it runs tough applications, too.

We liked

There's little we can criticise about the MSI GS70's design. It's made almost entirely from brushed aluminium, its gunmetal-grey finish looks classier than most of the gaming-laptop competition, and it's covered in smart, demure details that are a far cry from the tacky stickers and garish lights that litter many other machines.

MSI GS70 Stealth review

Build quality is excellent, and the keyboard and trackpad don't go far wrong: the former has consistent, comfortable keys with plenty of travel, and the latter is large and responsive.

The processor has enough oomph to handle high-end work applications, and the graphics card is powerful enough to play the latest games without too much compromise in terms of graphics quality. The storage is great, too: the dual SSDs are rapid, and the 1TB hard disk is more than big enough.

And, finally, there's the screen. Its 17-inch diagonal and 1,920 x 1,080 are good, and quality is generally high, with impressive measured brightness and contrast levels. As it's a TN panel, it's also got excellent viewing angles.

We disliked

The MSI GS70 has a sealed battery that can't be replaced or swapped, and it's not exactly a class leader when it comes to longevity.

The screen's colour accuracy is only average, and that means it's not suitable for imaging work that depends on this kind of thing - a hard-nosed workstation machine, or an Apple MacBook Pro, will have a more accurate screen.

Final verdict

The MSI GS70 is a fantastic marriage of style and substance: plenty of power and a great screen crammed inside a chassis that's thinner, lighter and better-looking than most of its rivals.

Heavy, staid machines such as the Schenker XMG P703 are better for pure power, but if you want a machine that's powerful and portable - and you can afford the £1,679 price tag - the MSI GS70 is a contender.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 765M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Solid State Drive Capacity256 GB
Product FamilyGS70 2OD
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-4700HQ
ColourBrushed Aluminum Gray
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameMSI
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory16 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, ErP
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM87 Express
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height21.6 mm
Width418.3 mm
Depth286.8 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesGS70 2OD
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelGS70 2OD-002US
Product NameGS70 2OD-002US Notebook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number9S7-177114-002
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Thinnest & Lightest 17" Gaming Notebook

Introducing the world's thinnest and lightest 17" gaming notebook measuring at less than 0.86 inch and weighing in at a mere 6 lbs.The extremely lightweight, ultra form factor machine is the pinnacle of portable gaming at the palm of your hands. With designs inspired by the F22 Raptor stealth fighter, the simple yet streamlined brush aluminum chassis is a reflection of speed, aggression, and power.

Latest 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor

Packing speed and power under the hood, the GS70 features the latest 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. Boost your performance and processing speed from 2.4 - 3.4GHz with Intel Boost 2.0

Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • GS70 2OD-002US Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter