When it comes to gaming laptops, the era of two-inch-thick, weighty monstrosities is truly over. Systems such as Razer's Blade and Blade Pro have carved out a decidedly more pleasing form-factor for the category, and with the GS70, MSI is ready to stake its claim at the top of the market. The new system is particularly thin for its category and packs some high-end hardware within its svelte body.
The GS70 is aimed firmly at the top end of the market. It starts at US$1799.99, comes in at 0.85-inches (2.15 cm) thick and weighs 5.73 lb (2.6 kg). Running Windows 8, the system boasts some impressive internals including an Intel Haswell Core i7-4700HQ processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2 GB GPU and 16 GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM.
The GS70's 17.3-inch anti-reflective display comes in at a full 1920 x 1080 resolution and it's possible to output to three displays at up to 4K resolution through the built-in HDMI and Mini DisplayPort. In terms of connectivity, there are four USB 3.0 ports, three audio jacks and a 720p webcam. There are also Killer E2200 Game Networking and Killer N1202 2x2(a/b/g/n) cards on board.
The system's SteelSeries keyboard features anti-ghosting technology and color backlighting and the laptop is fitted with a six-cell 120w battery, though there's no word on how long it will run on a single charge.
The GS70 also employs a dual fan thermal solution to keep the machine cool. The system pulls heat from the top of the laptop, dissipating it at a 45-degree upward angle, a technique that MSI claims will guarantee a cool gaming experience.
There are two versions of the GS70 available, coming in at $1799.99 and $1999.99. The lower cost system features a 128 GB SSD hard drive and 750 GB HDD, while its more expensive cousin comes with a 128 GB SSD RAID and 1TB HDD configuration.
In terms of competition, the GS70 looks fairly well placed. It matches the Blade Pro's specs while offering more RAM, and while it might lack its rival's LCD trackpad feature, its prices do start $500 lower than Razer's machine.