The Bottom Line
- Very Nicely Designed Case That Feels Sturdy
- Capable 3D Graphics
- Relatively Thin Case Design
- Keys Around Right Side of Normal Keyboard Too Small
- Battery Sticks Out From Back of the Laptop
- Odd Drive Partitioning
- Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17" WSXGA+ (1680x1050) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 Graphics With 512MB Memory
- v.92 56kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Four USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, ExpressCard/54, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 15.6" x 11" x 1.4" @ 7.1 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Guide Review - MSI GT725-074US 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Jul 20 2009 - MSI has made a relatively thin 17-inch laptop with the GT725. It certainly isn't as thin as the MacBook Pro from Apple, but at 1.4-inches thick, it is very svelte compared to the competition. This is achieved at the cost of the 9-cell battery that sticks out from the back of the laptop just below the case.
The machine has decent performance but it is sacrificed somewhat for reduced costs. The Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 processor is middle of the road. Not quite as powerful as some but better than others. It comes with 4GB of DDR2 memory rather than using the newer and faster DDR3. Be warned that not all this memory will be accessible because it ships with a 32-bit version of Vista and its memory limitation.
Storage is fairly typical of what one would expect from a 17-inch performance system. The 320GB hard drive is typical in size but spins at a faster 7200rpm rate for improved read and write performance. It should be noted that MSI has done some off partitioning with roughly 50GB allotted to the Vista OS partition and the rest to a Data partition. This makes installing applications awkward and it is recommended that it be repartitioned.
Since the system is designed for gaming, graphics and the display are important. Th 17-inch screen uses a slightly lower 1680x1050 graphics, but it is actually beneficial as few laptop graphics processors are capable at 1920x1200. The ATI Radoen HD 4850 graphics are able to run games at this resolution without issue.
The keyboard design is clearly the biggest issue with the GT725 design. MSI shrank the right shift key and enter key to make room for the four arrow keys and the numeric keypad. This make using the system somewhat difficult. The left control key is also moved in one for the function key that will make gaming a bit more difficult.