We're not usually ones to call a company "on fire," but MSI
definitely just that. Notebook
after notebook has been announced from
the company over the past week or two, and instead of taking Friday
off, these guys and girls have popped out a real stunner. The GE700 is
the company's latest big boy, a 17" gaming and entertainment machine
that sports a jet black chassis, brushed silver accents and Intel's
newest Core i5 CPU.
The desktop replacement sector definitely needs the competition, so
we're happy to see another entry from MSI making its debut. This
machine will ship with Windows 7 Home Premium, ATI's Radeon HD 5730 GPU
(1GB VRAM), twin DDR3 RAM slots, a 17.3" HD+ panel, a 2.5" hard drive
slot (250/320/500GB HDD with dual drive support as an option), a 4-in-1
card reader, HDMI and VGA outputs and four USB 2.0 ports. There's also
eSATA, mic-in, a headphone out, Ethernet, a 6- or 9-cell battery,
Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, an HD webcam, stereo speakers and a
subwoofer, a numeric keyboard and support for DirectX 11.
There's plenty of horsepower here for the vast majority of users, but
it's not quite as potent as a Core i7 machine. We view this as a happy
medium between a hardcore gamer's notebook and a multimedia viewer's
notebook. The Core i5 will handle most games with ease, and it should
lead to lower prices and better power ratings than Core i7-based
alternatives. MSI isn't revealing price or release data yet, but they
usually ship machines fairly soon after announcements.
Exceptional multimedia and processing performance
ATI Radeon HD5730 discrete graphics card (with 1GB DDR3 VRAM):The
GE700 is equipped with the ATI Radeon HD5730 discrete graphics card
with 1GB DDR3 display memory for superior display performance and lower
power consumption. It also supports DirectX 11 for outstanding 3D
All new 2010 Intel® Core™ Processor:The MSI GE700 comes with
Intel's powerful, energy-sipping Core i5 processor with Intel Turbo
Boost and Intel® Hyper-Threading technology for dynamic enhanced
processing efficiency. It handles more data and greatly enhances
overall system performance.
All new style goes high tech
High tech black and silver body:The GE700's all new high tech
exterior comes with MSI's own color film print technology. The cover
has a bright jet black coating, while the area below the keyboard has a
layered silver brushed finish. The blending of silver and black gives
the GE700 a distinctively high tech feel.
Luminescent Touch Hotkeys:The GE700 continues the MSI gaming
notebook tradition of high tech style. Above the keyboard is a unique
luminescent touch hotkeys strip with fire-engine red shortcut keys,
including GPU Boost, Cinema Pro, and Multimedia Control, are arranged
systematically to highlight the GE700's speed.
Flexible performance to maximize battery time
Exclusive ECO Engine Power Saving Technology:The GE700 comes
equipped with MSI’s exclusive ECO Engine Power Saving Technology which
allows you to select from among five power management levels—Video
Game, Film, Presentation, Word Processing, and Turbo Battery, for just
the right amount of performance, when you need it.
Exclusive GPU Boost Technology:MSI’s exclusive GPU Boost
Technology allows the GE700 to strike the ideal balance between
multimedia performance and battery efficiency. When using applications
that require high performance image processing, a touch of the GPU
Boost key puts the GE700 into discrete mode for the ultimate in
multimedia performance. When extended battery life is a priority,
however, simply depress the Battery key to cut off the discrete
graphics card and switch the GE700 to integrated display chip mode.
Exclusive Cinema Pro Technology:The GE700's powerful hardware
maximizes both your gaming and film viewing experience. A touch of the
Cinema Pro key switches the GE700 to film mode for higher screen
resolution and richer colors.