Conclusion: The Stealth has some gaming chops, too, as our experience with BioShock Infinite shows; you just shouldn't expect it to blow away bigger and heavier gaming laptops. Think of it as the 17-inch version of MSI's 14-inch GE40—a notebook for users who want above-average portability along with their entertainment, rather than a killer rig for hardcore gamers.
Pros: Slim design, Relatively light weight, Great display
Cons: Runs hot, Mediocre Webcam, Power cord placement interferes with mousing
Conclusion: It's rare that I'm legitimately sad to have to send back a review unit, but sure enough, that's where I'm at with the iBuyPower Battalion M1771 (nee MSI GS70.) This notebook practically exists on the opposite side of the spectrum as the MSI GT70 Dragon Edition I reviewed; where the Dragon Edition was almost all disappointment, the M1771 is a sleek and (mostly) efficient piece of gaming kit that I would only be too happy to cart with me to LAN parties.
Summary: These days the question with gaming laptops isn't how low you can go, but how thin. The $1,999 MSI GS70 offers good overall performance, solid battery life, and a lovely 1080p display in a svelte design. However, some beefier rigs outclass this one in terms of graphics and audio performance.
Conclusion: The MSI GS70 is a fantastic marriage of style and substance: plenty of power and a great screen crammed inside a chassis that's thinner, lighter and better-looking than most of its rivals. Heavy, staid machines such as the Schenker XMG P703 are better for pure power, but if you want a machine that's powerful and portable - and you can afford the £1,679 price tag - the MSI GS70 is a contender.
Excerpt: Desktop replacement laptops are traditionally heavy and bulky units, but MSI aims to banish convention with its MSI GS70 Stealth. It might have a 17in full-HD screen, a quad-core Intel processor and a discrete nVidia graphics processor, but it's all contained in a chassis that's just 22mm thick. See all: laptops buying advice .