MSI GT740-021UK - 17in Gaming Laptop - MSI GT740-021UK

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

If its gaming performance is merely okay, the GT740 springs a surprise with some excellent battery life results. In fact, it gives one of the best performances we've come across from a gaming laptop, lasting close to three hours in the Productivity segment of MobileMark 2007 thanks to its capacious 7,800mAh (85Watt-Hour), nine-cell battery. DVD playback with 100 per cent brightness was less impressive, but at an hour and a half still more than enough to watch most films.

Ultimately, though, this isn't the metric by which we judge a gaming laptop, and despite the extras (the rucksack and mouse) and a generous two year warranty, MSI can't boast outstanding value, either. A new version of the Qosmio X500 we reviewed, the Qosmio X500-11M, is now on sale for £1,399 offering a comparable overall spec and a faster GTS 360M GPU. It might have a smaller hard drive and its screen probably won't be as good, but if you can get past the overall glossy finish it will offer a Full HD resolution and an extra inch of viewable screen, a backlit keyboard with a superior layout and a multi-touch touchpad, not to mention the best laptop speakers around.

If you don't mind a smaller display, there's also the 15.6in Novatech X70 to consider. Its faster GTX 260 graphics card and Full HD screen only cost £50 more, though battery life, speakers and keyboard will be far inferior to either of the previous machines.

Verdict

While the MSI GT740-021UK offers decent value and an excellent screen combined with impressive battery life for a mobile gaming machine, it is let down by an awkward keyboard layout, underpowered graphics card and a 32-bit OS.

Jones

March 31, 2010, 1:12 pm

I have the year old GT725 Quad and would recommend MSI to everyone. Out the box performance was pretty good with the GT725 but with some simple tweaking you can really crank up the frames per second and other qualities without a serious risk of overheating.





Two minor faults of my machine are that the touch pad buttons have started to bend downwards a little at the points where they tend to be touched most. There is also a slight 1-2cm bar along the bottom of the display that is noticeably brighter in movies but not so much in games - this is a common issue with MSIs and a fair few other laptops.

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