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August 05, 2013

MSI GS70 Laptop Claims Title of Thinnest, Lightest 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer

The tools of the gaming trade are almost as important—perhaps only slightly less—than the games that appear on said devices. PC gaming especially is full of this kind of care in tool selection, from controllers ranging from gamepads to joysticks, to keyboards and mice and beyond to the very computers used for gaming. MSI Computer, meanwhile, has rolled out a powerful new entrant into the field with the MSI GS70 laptop, which carries with it a significant claim to fame.

MSI Computer (News - Alert) has claimed that the GS70 laptop represents the thinnest and lightest 17-inch portable gaming laptop ever, and given that the machine itself is a mere inch thick and weighs only 5.7 pounds, it's got a pretty fair claim to that least for now.

But the GS70 isn't just about the super-slim dimensions; it's also about the sheer power under the hood. Specifically designed to take on some of the most resource-intensive titles—and some PC games can be downright hoggish about resources—it's got plenty of juice in that slim chassis, offering up the Haswell-based Intel (News - Alert) Core i7 processor. The processor is in turn backed up by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics chip powering a 1920 x 1080 resolution display, as well as Killer DoubleShot networking, Sound Blaster Cinema software—which is said to be able to deliver 5.1 surround sound quality from 2.1 channel speakers—16 gigabytes of DDR3L memory, a 720p webcam, four USB 3.0 ports, and three separate audio jacks. What's more, it can even support three separate external displays, and can even deliver 4K resolution output.

All of that hardware will need serious cooling, and so, the GS70 not only boasts a pair of fans, but also a thermal solution that vents heat at a 45-degree angle. Just to top it all off, it's housed in a brushed aluminum chassis for extra style and lighter weight. Those interested in owning one—and what gamer wouldn't be?—may be put off by the $1,799 price tag (News - Alert) for the starter version, but it's clear that this has power and to spare for most any game around.

While the GS70 likely won't be able to keep its title for long—the GS70 took its title from the Razer Blade, which was released only in May—it's got the title at least for the time being. Even without the title, it's still clearly got the chops to handle most any game on the market, which is absolutely a good thing here. With a new generation of console gaming approaching rapidly, and likely to bring some great new games along with it, having the kind of hardware that can take such games on will be well worth having on hand.

Edited by Alisen Downey
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