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alaTest has collected and analyzed 211 reviews of MSI GT72. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and sound. The screen and keyboard also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the touchpad and size. There are some mixed comments about the durability and usability.

performance, keyboard, screen, sound, price

portability, size, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the MSI GT72 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for MSI GT72

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of MSI GT72 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: MSI GT72 Dominator Pro 445-UK-HID1 17.3" i7 4980HQ 4.0GHz 8GB GTX 980M 32GB RAM Super RAID 3 2TB SSD + 1TB HDD BDRE Windows 8.1MSI GT72 Dominator Pro 445-UK-HID1 17.3" i7 4980HQ 4.0GHz 8GB GTX 980M 32GB RAM Super RAID 3 2TB SSD + 1TB HDD BDRE Windows 8.1

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Seth Macy (techradar.com)

MSI GT72S Dominator Pro review

 

A very expensive laptop with a surprisingly cheap feel

Desktop-quality graphics ; 4K display

Battery life ; Poor sound ; Plastic body feels cheap

The MSI GT72S Dominator Pro has plenty of power thanks to a desktop graphics card, but it can't overcome its terrible battery and cheap plastic feel.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Nick Pino (techradar.com)

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro review

 

A 17.3-inch gaming laptop that's more powerful than most desktops

SteelSeries keyboard ; Top-tier components ; No heat problems ; Smart networking technology

Terribly heavy ; No 3K display ; But costs $3K ; 2-hour battery

If you're a most sedentary gamer, but want a potentially mobile machine for a handful of events, the GT72 is one of the best "portable" PC gaming machines around.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Allan 'Zardon' Campbell (kitguru.net)

MSI GT72 2PE Dominator Pro (072UK) Review

 

If you are in the market for the 'ultimate no expense spared desktop replacement laptop' then today' If you are in the market for the ‘ultimate no expense spared desktop replacement laptop' then today's review will certainly interest you. The new MSI...

GTX880M is a powerhouse.

Isn’t cheap.

Kitguru says: A complete gaming powerhouse which sets a new benchmark in the high end.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by (engadget.com)

MSI GT72 Dominator review: a worthy successor to a great gaming notebook

 

The GT72 take everything that was great about its predecessor and wraps it into a new, more attractive package. The result is a well-built, ridiculously powerful gaming rig that lives up to the "Dominator" name.

New, improved design ; Screaming game performance ; Great speakers, keyboard and display ; Decent battery life (with GPU switching)

Annoying trial software pack-ins ; Trackpad has no tactile boundaries

Objectively, there was never anything wrong with the original GT70 Dominator. Sure, I grew tired of its design, but it still featured top-notch internals, excellent speakers, a solid keyboard and a great screen. The GT72 took all of those elements and...

Dec, 2014

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-1438

 

The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-1438 gaming laptop improves 3D-animation speed and quality with the combo of a fifth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics with G-Sync. With smooth 3D rendering, it eliminates the glitchy...

Latest Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics. Lots of connection options, including USB 3.1 ports. Room for upgrades. Flat touchpad helps with Windows 8.1 gestures. G-Sync displays smooth 3D graphics.

Big and bulky. No touch screen. Rivals have higher resolution displays. 128GB SSD is a little tight for a gaming PC. Many preloaded apps.

Conclusion The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-1438 is a midrange gaming laptop that performs like a high-end gaming laptop. While it does come with a lot of bloatware, and its C: drive is a little on the small side, you can't argue with its best-in-class 3D...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

MSI GT72 Dominator (Xotic PC)

 

Known for its custom aesthetic tweaks and high-end components, Xotic PC can transform your run-of-the-mill gaming system into a real standout piece -- provided you have the money. The company took the MSI GT72V2 Dominator (starting at $1,799; reviewed...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Dragon Edition Review

 

Just when you think gaming laptops have reached the zenith of their capabilities, along comes MSI to shatter your misconceptions. Sporting an absolutely gorgeous dragon-themed metallic-red chassis, the GT72 Dominator Pro Dragon Edition ($3,099 as...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by : Jarred Walton (anandtech.com)

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Review: GTX 980M Reigns Supreme

 

MSI has several lines of gaming notebooks catering to different types of users. In the past few months we've looked at MSI's top-of-the-line GT70 Dominator Pro with NVIDIA's GTX 880M GPU, the GE60 Apache Pro with GTX 860M, and the GS60 Ghost Pro 3K...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro

 

The Dominator returns. With the arrival of Nvidia's powerful new Maxwell graphics, MSI's gaming laptop series has undergone a significant internal refresh, creating the GT72 Dominator Pro (starting at $1,799, configured at $2,999). In addition to its...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Jarred Walton (anandtech.com)

Investigating NVIDIA's BatteryBoost with MSI GT72

 

We previewed the performance of MSI's new GT72 notebook earlier this month, and while we're still running a few additional tests for the full review, one area that we wanted to look at in more detail is BatteryBoost. Initially launched with the GTX...

The bottom line is that BatteryBoost is certainly improving battery life, though it does so at the cost of frame rates. Considering many console games target 30FPS it's not a horrible solution, but gamers willing to fork out the money for a notebook...

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:ESS SABRE HiFi Audio DAC / Nahimic Audio Enhancer / Nahimic sound technology / Sound Blaster Cinema / Sound Blaster Cinema 2
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in subwoofer:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:2 / 6
Speakers manufacturer:Dynaudio

Battery

Battery Capacity:7500 / 7800
Battery capacity (Watt hours):83 / 87
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:9

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Video capturing speed:30

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black / Black, Red
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:4 / 16:9
Display diagonal:43.9
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

CUDA:Y
Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 2 / 32 / 64
Maximum Resolution:3840 x 2160
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
NVIDIA 3D Vision:Y
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y / Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:Y
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300 / 350 / 400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 11.2/12 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1150 / 1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Pro Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1612 / 0x191B / 0x416 / 0xD26
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):2560 x 1600 / 3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel HD Graphics 530 / Intel HD Graphics 5600 / Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200 / Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub) / DisplayPort, HDMI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO) / DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard layout:AZERTY
Numeric keypad:Y / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 24 / 32 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32 / 64
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):64
Memory clock speed:1600 / 2133
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000,100
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-ray RW / DVD Super Multi

Other features

Audio system:ESS SABRE HiFi Audio DAC / Nahimic Audio Enhancer / Nahimic sound technology / Sound Blaster Cinema / Sound Blaster Cinema 2
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x / VT-x, VT-d

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Mouse included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:N / No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in:Y / Yes
Microphone in:No / Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1 / 2
S/PDIF out port:N / No / Yes
SmartCard slot:N / No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3 / 4 / 5 / 6
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:11.8
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:180 / 230

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2 / DMI3
Configurable TDP-down:35
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:No / Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1600,1866 / 1600,1866,2133 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel CM236 / Intel HM170 / Intel HM87
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x4, 1x8, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x8+2x4, 1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.5 / 3.6 / 4
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Crystal Well / Haswell / Skylake
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-5xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.5 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:I7-4710HQ / I7-4710MQ / I7-4980HQ / I7-5700HQ / I7-6700HQ / I7-6820HK
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4900 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-5700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6800 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440 / BGA1364 / BGA1440 / FCBGA1440 / PGA946
Processor threads:8
Stepping:C0 / G0 / R0
System bus rate:5 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45 / 47
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:78930 / 78931 / 83503 / 87716 / 88967 / 88969 / I7-6700HQ / I7-6820HK
Processor code:SR1PQ / SR1PX / SR1ZY / SR2BP / SR2FL / SR2FQ
Processor package size:37.5 / 42
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0 / SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, SSE4.1
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N / Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 HOME / Windows 8.1

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:RS-MMC, SD, SDIO / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2 / 4
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / mSATA
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 1256 / 1512 / 2000 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:28.8 / 287 / 29.4 / 294
Height :4.8 / 48 / 5.5
Height (front):2.4
Height (rear):4.9
Weight:3.78 / 3.9
Width:42.8 / 428