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MSI Launches Latest Gaming Laptops

Gordon Kelly


MSI Launches Latest Gaming Laptops

While I've never been converted to the idea of a gaming laptop (one word: upgrades) for those who are MSI has something for you...

The GT740 and GT640 are 17in and 15.4in variants designed to get Crysis blazing around your screen and making your mates' desktops look rather silly until they upgrade and you can't. Consequently inside you'll find Intel's high end Core i7 720QM processor on a PM55 chipset, a near-prerequisite 4GB of RAM and nVidia's GeForce GTS 250M tour-de-force with 1GB DDR3 VRAM.

Naturally enough both models also ship with Blu-ray, 2MP webcams, 4-in-1 card readers, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and wireless N while a 640GB HDD also hits the spot. Windows 7 and HDMI make their obligatory appearances. Apart from the screen sizes, where they differ is the GT740 packs in four speakers and a sub compared to the 2.0 arrangement on the GT640.

As you might expect, neither is particularly portable at 395 x 278 x 33-39.5mm and 3.2Kg (GT740) and 395 x 278 x 33-39.5 mm and 2.7Kg (GT640) tough that's reasonably compact for this category. The six cell batteries aren't likely to last long, but that's not really the point.

Interestingly, MSI is shipping both models at extremely similar price points with the GT740 retailing now for £1,399 and the GT640 just £50 less at £1,349. Personally speaking, if you're going down this route then you might as well cough up the minimal extra to get the even more uber-beast with the better sound.




November 26, 2009, 2:04 pm

I own the MSI GT725 quad version and I can certainly vouch for build quality and performance. Pricewise it really put the cat amongst the pigeons (well, at least it did on release 7 months ago or so) with better known brands with similar specs costing up to twice as much.

I know a lot of people dont "get" gaming laptops but being someone who hates being stuck behind a desk all day at work the freedom of playing games anywhere in the house is worth the extra cash.

I only seem to play Footy Manager at the moment though so I guess thats like buying a Ferrari for grocery runs!!!


November 26, 2009, 4:59 pm

I can certainly see the appeal of being able to play RTS games or something like Football Manager around the house, but if you're a serious FPS gamer then you really need to sit at some kind of desk to use the mouse properly. At that point, it seems the gaming laptop becomes largely pointless. They're not as powerful as a decent desktop, not portable enough to use for work on the move and they're not exactly cheap either.


November 26, 2009, 5:22 pm

The problem with (all) gaming laptops is that they aren't balanced. They always have a higher res screen than the GPU can cope with. So you either run it native but turn all the quality settings down (so blurry textures, no aa/af etc), or run non-native and get crappy upscaling.

I would much prefer a gaming laptop that could power games at the monitors native res at normal/high quality settings. If that means the panel is only 720p then fine.

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