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MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Gaming Laptop Review (Page 3)

Trace Hagan | Aug 16, 2013 at 9:01 am CDT - 1 min, 55 secs time to read this page
Rating: 89%Manufacturer: MSI

Keyboard and TouchPad

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Gaming Laptop Review 09 |

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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Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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