We got a chance to check out MSI’s GS70 2QE Stealth Pro Silver Edition to see how it fares as a gaming laptop, whether or not it is worth the asking price by seeing how convenient and good it is in our daily lives, but mainly seeing how it preforms when playing games.
We checked out a open boxed and used one so we can really comment on how cool or not it is regarding getting a new one, but getting it out of the box and first impression is looking at the outside of the laptop is that it looks thin and sleek looking.
Upon opening it I’ve noticed two unfortunate design decisions, one is that the boarder of the screen is big and they could have used that space in increase the size of the screen and could have made it better looking, and the other issue is that the touch pad and the left & right mouse buttons are one of the same, meaning that you can control the mouse while your finger is on the supposed buttons, creating unnecessary and annoying complications throughout my usage of the laptop while doing gaming and non-gaming activities.
The laptop was fast and quick in processing my requests in normal usage outside of playing games, but this isn’t a laptop that you can use without having its charger near by, as not for a while regarding non-gaming as it will last you about 2 hours before the battery dies for normal usage like watching movies. The life span of the battery during playing games is around 1 hour. While it doesn’t last long, I’m not the type of person to play with my laptop without a charger so it didn’t matter to me. Plus you need a charger if you want to get the best performance in any laptop.
Talking about the power of the MSI X it really is a powerful machine considering how thin it is, playing demanding games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or Crysis 3 at absolute maximum settings in an acceptable state, ranging from around 25 to 30 frames per second, and that’s with Anti-Aliasing at its maximum, turning that off will give you around 30 to 40 or 50 frames. So that’s great in my book, keeping in mind that this is while the laptop is being charged all the time.
Although one serious issue is that it heats up pretty high, so much so that at a point after gaming for less than an hour I got a slight harmless heat-burn from pressing the power button. It has a heating problem for sure.
It’s a pretty solid gaming laptop overall in terms of power, but to get comfortable with it you’d have to get extra peripherals like a keyboard and a mouse to use it, alongside a cooling fan to try and subdue its heat a little bit. The price is 1850 USD over at Amazon, and while the power for its size is nice disregarding its heat and design issues, I can’t recommended such a laptop for that kind of price. While we are pro-desktop for obvious reasons, we can see the uses of a laptop and we have our own recommendations of ones, but the MSI GS70 is not one of them. If you’d really want to get it, a price point of around 1000 or less is cutting it close of a recommendation.