Excerpt: The MSI GS70 Stealth is a slim, yet powerful, gaming laptop. It has a HDD/SSD combo and a high-performing i7 CPU that won't slow down. It does lack a touch screen, however, despite the high cost.
The MSI GS70 Stealth is a light gaming laptop that packs a punch
29 July 2014
Summary: Making small performance trade-offs to fit into a slim, attractive 17-inch body, the MSI GS70 Stealth is a gaming laptop for those who hate the look of gaming laptops.
Pros: The MSI GS70 Stealth looks great, for a gaming laptop, and combines powerful hardware and a generous HDD/SSD combo into a slim body.
Cons: Gaming performance is a step down from the very top of the line, despite the high price. The lack of a touch screen makes it harder to use as an everyday Windows 8 laptop. Despite loud fans, the GS70 gets very hot when gaming.
Summary: Once again, MSI has proven that a powerful notebook doesn't necessarily have to be a hulking behemoth. The $2,099 GS70 Stealth Pro houses a Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M processor in a 0.85-inch-thick chassis. It's a highly successful pairing of portability and power. In addition, the notebook offers a blistering SSD, a matte 1080p display and software to record your best moves.
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.