Keyboard and TouchPad
The GT70 comes with the now-standard island style keyboard. The keyboard is definitely comfortable to use and feels more like a desktop keyboard than a laptop keyboard, something I count as a big plus. This could be due to MSI using a SteelSeries keyboard.
The keys have a great travel distance thanks to the system's thickness, though the keyboard has quite a bit more flex than I would expect to see from a system of this caliber. The WSAD keys have quite a bit of flex, whereas the Y key has basically zero flex. The entire keyboard has a noticeable bow, which makes typing not quite as enjoyable as it could be.
Key travel and sound are good. The overall typing experience is enjoyable, though there was a weird feeling that I couldn't quite put my finger on. The keys have a matte, grainy texture on the surface and are concave from left to right. The surfaces of the keys are black, which cause them to blend in with the surround. They have a good tactile feel that I could type on for hours.
The GT70's keyboard comes with a multi-color backlight, a feature that I love on any system. The GT70 provides varying brightness options and colors, which adds a premium feel to the system.
The touchpad is made from three pieces of material, with a larger piece being the touch-enabled portion of the touchpad. The left and right click buttons are mirror images of each other. The touch-enabled portion of the touchpad could be a bit larger.
The touchpad is recessed down into the palm rest of the machine, making it easy to detect whether or not you're on the touchpad. The touchpad surface has a slightly rough surface, but it overall provides an excellent experience, albeit a bit small.
The MSI GT70 features a massive 17.3-inch display with a full HD 1920x1080p resolution. The surface features a matte coating, which helps reduce glare. Despite running Windows 8, the panel is not touch-enabled.
Color reproduction on the GT70 isn't as good as an IPS display. It appears to make use of a TN panel, though color reproduction doesn't suffer nearly at all when looking at the display from an off angle.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Specifications, Configurations and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Temperatures, Cooling and Noise]
- Page 3 [Keyboard, TouchPad, Screen and other User Interfaces]
- Page 4 [Testing Methodology]
- Page 5 [Accessory Port Layout and Performance]
- Page 6 [Gaming Performance]
- Page 7 [System Performance]
- Page 8 [Battery Life Performance]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]