MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro G Review
Like so many technophiles in the world if there is one thing we can do well at OC3D it is be accepting of changes to the landscape. Of new technologies taking us to unexpected places. With that said you don't get to the deep levels of knowledge we've acquired without having been around for a while, and that means that there are some old habits however much we might be on the look out for them. One of those old habits, or perhaps beliefs, is that even a monster gaming laptop will never come close to even the most basic desktop system. Maybe, dear reader, you also believe that. If so, like us, you need to smash that preconception from your mind. The MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro G is a behemoth of a laptop.
Think of a hardware innovation and this has it. Powerful CPU. Most certainly. Indeed the i7-5700HQ at the heart of the GT72 betters some serious desktop CPUs. Memory? In spades, and with plenty of bandwidth too. The Dominator Pro isn't in the name for fun. Storage is catered for by a mixture of speedy SSD and regular big HDD. How about a GTX980M. Yes it isn't as fast as a desktop GTX980, but that's cooling limitations if anything. It certainly isn't lacking in performance as no matter what we threw at it, even maximised games with more anti-aliasing than is necessary and the GT72 just spewed framerates like a fratboy after an all-nighter.
It isn't solely the headline grabbing bits that have had plenty of attention either. The display is crystal sharp with excellent colour definition and fantastic viewing angles ensuring that people on the train can marvel at your fragging skills. Perhaps the most surprising element of the whole package is that the display supports G-SYNC, which makes a massive difference to the quality of your gaming experience. It's truly magnificent. The keyboard is up to SteelSeries' usual high standards with a combination of responsiveness and customisation that can humble some desktop keyboards. The touchpad, often a piece of kit where costs can be saved, is responsive without being either annoyingly sensitive or belligerently uncooperative. Add to the mix USB 3.1 support, an MXM slot allowing you to upgrade your graphics in future without making the entire laptop redundant, plenty of M.2 slots free for bigger storage capacity, and sound quality which is up there with both the loudest and best solutions we've heard, and you can see how easily the GT72 2QE Dominator Pro G ticks every box you could require and plenty you didn't know you wanted.
There are a couple of slight negatives. For this price we'd like to see a better webcam although that's probably a chassis limitation. We abhor Norton in all its forms, particularly when it's a nagging old git and options like Avast exist. Lastly although there is a data storage option, 128GB is getting very much at the thin end of storage these days. Windows and GTA V and you've nearly filled it up already. Lastly the amount of power available means that battery life can be short if you're gaming hard. Again that is more to do with limitations of the chassis than anything else. Bigger batteries mean more weight and size, which negates portability.
However they are like complaining about the parsley that came with the finest steak and chips you've ever eaten. The MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro G is bristling with the latest hardware and has performance that belies its laptop form. Easily worthy of our OC3D Performance Award. If you're in the mood to game, you owe it to yourself to try this.