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MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro Gaming Notebook Review: The Baddest Gets Better

12/12/2014 - 14:41

[inline:files/review/2014-12-11/five_pictures10_3271_20141008101747.png] MSI’s unapologetically large GT70 “Dominator Pro” series of machines knows its audience well: for every gripe about the notebooks’ hulking sizes, a snicker...

Conclusion

12/11/2014 - 23:14

[inline:files/review/2014-12-11/PA260271.jpg] The $2,999 GT72 2QE leaves no doubt; it is the fastest gaming laptop we’ve ever reviewed, thanks almost exclusively to its NVIDIA GTX 980M and its class-leading performance.  But let’s not...

Performance Part 3: GPU/Gaming

12/11/2014 - 23:04

Synthetic GPU Benchmarks

Performance Part 2: Storage Devices

12/11/2014 - 22:59

[inline:files/review/2014-12-11/PA260292_0.jpg] Now let’s take a closer look at just what that quad-SSD RAID can do for the GT72. AS SSD [inline:files/review/2014-12-11/ASSSD.png] Yeah, that’s kind of what we expected.  Again, to...

Performance Part 1: Processor and General

12/11/2014 - 22:51

[inline:files/review/2014-12-11/PA260273.jpg] Performance Since we’ve covered the GTX 980M already once (again, see Ryan’s review), the GT72 has already been put through its paces graphically.  But general system performance is still a...

Battery Life Part 2: Battery Boost Functionality (cont'd), Traditional Battery Tests

12/11/2014 - 22:44

Continuing our Battery Boost testing from the last page... StarCraft II Battery Boost OFF: [inline:files/review/2014-12-11/battery-starcraft2-bboff.jpg] Just 49 minutes of runtime is likely to do you in even quicker than a Zerg rush.  Fortunately,...

Battery Life Part 1: Introduction and Battery Boost Functionality

12/11/2014 - 22:34

[inline:files/review/2014-12-11/five_pictures10_3271_20140930093231_1.png] Battery Life and Power Management

User Interface, A/V Quality, and Thermal Design

12/11/2014 - 21:55

User Interface We’ve already touched on the GT72’s far superior physical buttons, replacing their capacitive GT70 counterparts which we so frequently maligned.  But a few other minor improvements to the user interface have also snuck...

Lenovo Y50 Touch Gaming Notebook Review: In Touch With Your Budget

10/03/2014 - 09:40

[inline:files/review/2014-09-23/P8020019.jpg] A little over a year ago, we posted our review of the Lenovo Y500, which was a gaming notebook that leveraged not one, but two discrete video adapters (2 x NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M in SLI, to be exact) to...

Conclusion

09/23/2014 - 14:14

[inline:files/review/2014-09-23/P8020002.jpg] The IdeaPad Y50’s goal of providing gaming-grade performance with a budget-friendly price tag is mostly a success. It manages to unseat the Y500 in every meaningful benchmark and it provides respectable...