MSI's new Windows 8 GS70 17.3 inch laptop weighs just 5.7 pounds

"Bigger is better" is the phrase many of us like to use for several occasions, but in the case of laptops, having a bigger screen usually means adding in a lot of extra weight. Today, the MSI team has announced its new Windows 8 GS70 laptop, which has a 17.3 inch screen that has a display resolution of 1920×1080.

Even with that big of a screen, it doesn't turn the laptop into a hulking desktop replacement. MSI states that the GS70 weighs just 5.7 pounds with its aluminum chassis, which is much less than the 6.5 pound 17 inch Razer Blade Pro laptop that went on sale earlier this summer. Inside, the GS70 has a Core i7 Intel processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M GPU, 16 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD with the choice of either a 750 GB or 1 TB hard drive.

The laptop can also support connections of up to three PC monitors at once, thanks to its HDMI and mDP ports. As far as cooling, MSI says the GS70 has a dual fan system "that pulls heat from the top side of the laptop and dissipates heat at a 45 degree upward angle." Unfortunately, there's no word on an approximate battery life for the laptop; the MSI GS70 has a starting price of $1,799.99.

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Why is 5.7 pounds prepositioned with "just"? 5.7 lbs is hardly an easily-portable weight for a computing device that is supposedly NOT a desktop replacement. Heck, even some of the Ultrabooks weight upwards of 5 lbs and are not conveniently portable.

my Acer R7 is about 4.4 pounds with similar specs (and price) and it comes with special hinge design and a touchscreen, although it's smaller at 15,6". but it is amazing machine.

Nas said,
Why is 5.7 pounds prepositioned with "just"? 5.7 lbs is hardly an easily-portable weight for a computing device that is supposedly NOT a desktop replacement. Heck, even some of the Ultrabooks weight upwards of 5 lbs and are not conveniently portable.
Please show me a 17" laptop that weights less than 5lbs? Even Apple last 17" Macbook with an aluminum shell weight more than 5.5lbs. Stop crying over nothing. 5lbs is not heavy. If you think it is than you're just being a crybaby.

Might wanna consider weight-lifting.

Skyfrog said,
That does seem kind of heavy for a modern laptop. I'm not sure why that is a selling point.
No it isnt. Its a gaming laptop which tends to be heavier because of larger heatsinks and fans do to using desktop grade components. Basically the took a desktop and shoved it into a laptop shell.

Its not to heavy to tote. Considering these things use to weight 12-15lbs back in the old days, 5.7lbs is light. For everyone being childish and acting like this is heavy and not very portable, really needs to grow some and be a man.

TechieXP said,
... really needs to grow some and be a man.

That is, by far, the most technologically sound argument the Internet has ever published. "Be a man." LMFAO

Nas said,

That is, by far, the most technologically sound argument the Internet has ever published. "Be a man." LMFAO
Glad I could amuse you...lol But I was being serious. Complaining about 5lbs being heavy when everyone I see toting a laptop always uses a bag is simply childish. As I stated, these things in the old says which is as recent as 2008, still weighted as much as 15lbs with 12lbs being the average. In fact you dont even have to go back that far. As I stated the last Macbook 17" weight actually almost 7lbs. I had a 17" HP Envy which was about 6lbs.

This puppy coming in at less than 6lbs is awesome and certainly meets todays expected weight for desktop grade hardware. Anyone complaining needs to "grow some and be a man". LOL

Although I don't disagree that 7-20 pound laptops are heavy and commercially pervasive, I do not believe 2.6+ kg is considered 'light' (yes in relation to 'heavy' but no in relation to truly mobile ultrabooks). What makes matters worse is that 2.6 kg (5.7 lbs) is being characterized using 'just' yet is also 'not a desktop replacement.'

Any laptop of that weight is a classic (definition circa 2005) "laptop/notebook" and everything 3+ kg are really "desktop replacements." But with Ultrabooks ranging as sub-2kg devices, any 2.6kg "laptop" is merely that... a middle of the road portable computer that is not lightweight ("just").

Nas said,
Although I don't disagree that 7-20 pound laptops are heavy and commercially pervasive, I do not believe 2.6+ kg is considered 'light' (yes in relation to 'heavy' but no in relation to truly mobile ultrabooks). What makes matters worse is that 2.6 kg (5.7 lbs) is being characterized using 'just' yet is also 'not a desktop replacement.'

Any laptop of that weight is a classic (definition circa 2005) "laptop/notebook" and everything 3+ kg are really "desktop replacements." But with Ultrabooks ranging as sub-2kg devices, any 2.6kg "laptop" is merely that... a middle of the road portable computer that is not lightweight ("just").

But this isn't an ultrabook classed laptop, its a gaming laptop which tend to run heavy as I said thanks to heavier heatsinks, biger fans, a desktop-like GPU and more. 5lbs just isn't heavy. Its equal to carrying 2 very thick school books, yet this item is slimmer.

I do understand your point, but comparing this to an ultra book is like comparing a Lamborghini to a SmartCar.

Both items are for sale an in stock at Newegg.com Also, if you get the fancier model you get a Free IPS display a $270 value. Also Newegg is asking $1699 for the lesser model and $1899 for the fancier model. SWEET !!!!

Now someone loan me $1000, I have the rest...lol. These puppies are awesome.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16834152443


And for the Apple fans, these are the type of specs a Macbook should have costing roughly the same at retail. Yet it doesn't even come close.

THIS IS A PREMIUM laptop on the consumer grade level. Unlike the Macbook pretending to be such.

Denis W said,
If we're talking consumer grade, pull up the cheapest laptops from MSI and Apple and we can see which one will last.
What's your point? MSI isnt a major brand. However, how long a laptop last depends on how you take care of it. It is that simple. I still have a ThinkPad 760 which came out way back in the mid 90's which still looks as good as new. I have a Dell XPS which is more than 5 years old still looks brand new and works flawless. In both cases I only replace drives. Macs dont last any longer than anything else. I know because my company fixes them or trashes them. We work with several schools that use macs and they all tend to have the same issues for physical and other repairs. They are not perfect and certainly not premium. Macs are mid-grade to the entry level of highend laptops that are over-prices.

A 15" Macbook is $1799. If I go to ANY Windows PC brand and configure a laptop for cost $1799, I will get double the RAM, double the storage, a full HD screen, it will weight almost the same.

Why would I compare a cheap $500 laptop to a Mac? I'm not stupid.

With the beefy specs it has I bet the battery life is in the 4-5hr range, though I could be wrong. Still, if I am, I say 7hrs tops.

GP007 said,
With the beefy specs it has I bet the battery life is in the 4-5hr range, though I could be wrong. Still, if I am, I say 7hrs tops.
With Haswell likely 5. It is a gaming laptop with a desktop grade GPU so if you run it at full HD you better have the charger with you.

jakem1 said,
This is not English.

It's not grammatically correct, but it is American English and North American readers understand the phrase just fine.