The MSI GT72 Dominator laptop has made its mark in the group of gaming laptops and is one of the best gaming laptops for a while now. It is loaded with amazing specs and has a really nice gamer’s feel added to it. Without any further ado let’s get into the detailed review:
Screen Size: 17.3 inches
Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor: 2.6 GHz Core i7 6700HQ
RAM: 24 GB
Storage: 256GB M.2 SATA + 1TB G-SYNC THUNDERBOLT
Graphics Coprocessor: NVIDIA Geforce GTX980M
View Price: www.amazon.com
Amazon ratings: 4.3/5 (143 customer reviews)
Display and Design
The laptop looks gorgeous with a nice black finish on the top and the rear ends having a combination of both red and black details.The MSI dragon logo sits on the top of the cover along with two angled lines which give it a really nice look. The finish of the laptop is really gorgeous and the hint of red seen every now and then just adds up to its beauty.
This laptop has a 17.3-inch non-reflective HD display which has a really nice balance of colors and does not make the display look and nor it is a dull matte display, it is perfect. The display is perfect to watch your favorite movies or TV shows on it.
The display of this laptop was not very different from the other gaming models having a FHD display, however, looking at the other specs coming up, we might see the reason why this laptop is extremely good when it comes to gaming.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard has a nice black soft touch and it feels really great rest your palm on it.The keyboard comes with the anti-ghosting feature which lets you register multiple key presses simultaneously when you type on the keyboard. I really do not see any use of pressing multiple keys all the same time, though if you got any ideas on this do leave them in the comment section.
There is backlighting in the keyboard making it a gaming laptop standard feature along with the inclusion of number pad on the right-hand side. The multi-zone lighting on the keyboard makes it look visually appealing.
The touchpad is quite good, I do not think there are any issues with it, but it isn’t as awesome like the touchpad that we see in Alienware laptops, but still it is accurate and great to use.Though the touchpad here does have borders that glow up which acts like a demarcation between the touchpad and the keyboard.
The Alienware laptops have really set a standard when it comes to the glowing touchpad and I really hope other gaming laptops, at least the ones in the same price range to introduce that feature.
Audio and Webcam
The audio of this beast is pretty amazing and the integrated subwoofer makes the bass sound really good and powerful.It can get really loud when on maximum volume and the metrics can always be modified.The overall audio quality is good for this hefty laptop.
It has a full HD camera which can be used for video recording and to skype with your friends or colleagues. This laptop is having every feature crafted perfectly and I did find the audio and the webcam quality pretty good as compared to the other gaming laptops.
Gaming and Graphics
The laptop has NVIDIA Geforce GTX980M which is really great when it comes to gaming and it allows you to play almost all the games on high settings. Graphics hungry games like Far Cry 3, Hitman, Dota, Tomb Raider, Battlefield can be played on the ultra settings which makes gaming on high settings a piece of cake for this laptop which such great graphics.
The laptop does introduce the G-sync feature from Nvidia which synchronizes the display refresh rate to the graphics card for a smoother and better performance in order to reduce time lag and avoid any instances of display shutter.This feature does work really well with this laptop as the performance of the laptop when it comes to gaming is extremely good.
The laptop comes with a 24 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD along with 1 TB of HDD for storage of data.You could easily opt for different storage and RAM capacities depending on your needs, however, the laptop is super fast and has a lower boot time. It supports multi- tasking and has a really fast processing speed.
Battery Life and Overheating Issues
The battery life is not great as the Alienware series, it just lasts for about 3 hours when it comes to using the internet and it will not last for more than 2 hours when it comes to gaming.
The laptop barely heats up and even when it does get hot, it is not something unusually hot that you can not tolerate. It remained cool almost most of the times and the rear part of the laptop does have really huge exhaust which is as quiet as it can be.
The heating in this laptop is less compared to the Alienware series and the reason can be the huge exhausts which try and keep the temperature as low as possible.
Ports and Warranty
This laptop has a lot of ports and the placement of the ports is different compared to the other gaming laptops. It has a total of 6 USB ports out of which 4 are USB 3.0 + 2 (USB 3.1 Optional), 1xMic-in/Headphone-out, 1(line in)/1(line out) and a SD (XC/HC) Card Reader.
The laptop comes with a 2 year limited warranty period.
Overall, this is a good laptop and I think the only downside for this laptop is the battery life where all other laptops are stretching for about 5 hours on normal usage which includes surfing the net, the battery life for this laptop stretched only for 3 hours.
Apart from the battery life, the display of the laptop seems to be good including the keyboard and the touchpad quality. I really liked the gaming experience that this laptop had to offer and it is a good deal when it comes to the feature/price balance.
This was my take on the MSI Dominator pro and in the case you have any questions or queries, leave them in the comment section below and I would be happy to help 🙂