MSI GT780R Review

By on March 1, 2012
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High performance without bankruptcy.

Good: Decent performance in games at 1080p, brilliant keyboard, good audio, anti-reflective screen
Bad: Cannot run all games at highest settings, fan noise may get too loud for some
Price: AED 7,299
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Design & Build Quality

Let’s face it, when it comes to gaming laptops, the most popular brand here is Alienware. ASUS and MSI aren’t exactly household names, but with the recent slew of their gaming laptops, these companies are set to rock the market. Today I’ll be looking at the MSI GT780R which is currently their flagship model in the region.

As with any gaming laptop, one should expect bright colorful LEDs, big and bright screens, cutting edge hardware and a loud set of speakers and exhaust fans to complement the whole auditory experience. And the MSI GT780R delivers on all fronts.

So let’s take it from the top. The whole laptop looks big and bulky, which it is, but when closed it doesn’t look so awesome. Indeed the overall design is rather flat and uninspirational. One could argue that Alienware has had years of sloppy design to come up with their recent ones. On the other hand, however, ASUS’s ROG series laptops have phenomenal design, besting even Alienware. Still, that’s not to say that the MSI GT780R looks bad, far from it; it’s just not appealing.

The majority of the laptop is hard plastic, of course, but the top of the lid has brushed stainless steel with a glowing white MSI logo on top.  On the right we the DVD drive and two USB 2.0 ports.

On the left we have the audio ports, a memory card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and the large exhaust fan grill. On the back we have the large exhaust grill continue, followed by the HDMI and VGA ports, the eSATA port, the LAN port and the Power plug.

Underneath you have the subwoofer, a whole back plate that can be opened up to upgrade or replace the RAM and the two hard drives. There’s also an easy bay for the 7800mAh battery near the front. Not surprising since both the CPU and GPU heatpipes and cooling are focused towards the rear end of the GT780R, where the height of the laptop goes up to 2.2-inches.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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