When you’re engrossed in an alternate reality, slaying foes on the battlefield and boasting of incredible powers, you need lots of speed, glamour and space. Making all three possible is the brand-new MSI GE75 Raider – the world’s first 17” gaming laptop that realizes GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics in an immersive thin-bezel design. Driven by a powerful eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM (DDR4), and Windows 10 Home, this incredible gaming laptop boasts of GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics with 8GB dedicated memory.
It is currently available in two models—the MSI GE75 Raider 8RE and 8RF—with the former offering a slightly lower configuration of GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics with 6GB dedicated memory.
Design That Stands Out
Take one look at the diamond-cut body (“3D Dragon Spine”) with anodized-red finishing and triple laser-texturing, and you feel certain that this laptop will grab eyeballs wherever it goes. The makers claim that the design is inspired by the might of the mythical dragon, and, as it turns out, the outcome justifies these tall claims.
The design is both visually stunning and infused with a powerful vibe—exactly what you expect a gaming maestro to look like. The computer has dimensions of 397 x 268.5 x 27.5mm and weighs 2.61kg.
Upping the Processing Game
Fueled by an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor (with six cores), this computer delivers a speedy and smooth performance that is adequate even for the most intense AAA games. The extra cores significantly improve the processor’s ability to multitask and minimize lags/delays as you achieve heady victories on the battlefield. Allegedly, the performance improvement is as much as 40% over the previous generation. You can maximize it by choosing the mode that suits the needs of the hour: turbo, sport, comfort or eco mode.
To keep things cool, this computer employs the Cooler Boost 5 technology that uses seven heat pipes to dissipate heat and ensure longer, cooler hours of gaming.
Display & Graphics: Glorious Gameplay Experience
The GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics create a compelling gameplay experience that’s further elevated by several notches by the thin-bezel design. With a thickness of only 5.7mm, the unique design helps make this 17.3” computer almost 15% smaller than the average 17” laptop! Talk about a lot more space for stunning gaming experiences minus the intrusion of borders or the inconvenience of a bulky screen!
Further, the refresh rate of 144Hz, 100% sRGB support, and compliance with In-Plane Switching also help to make the display vivid and free of distortions. The accuracy of the display can be largely attributed to the industry-leading MSI True Color technology that uses factory-calibration to ensure tremendous color fidelity.
For purposes of screen sharing, projecting or merely upping the ante of gaming, you can connect up to three external monitors with the HDMI and the mini-display port. This lets you enjoy 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and experience true-blue grandeur. When it’s (finally) time to slow down, let the anti-blue night shift mode relax your eyes by filtering out blue-light emissions that lead to eye strain.
The World of Sound
Every ardent gamer knows that half the thrill of the game rests in sound—the purer and truer the sound, the more exciting the gameplay. True to this thumb-rule, the MSI Raider is fitted with two large speakers (with five times bigger chamber space), two woofers, Dynaudio sound system, and Nahimic 3 audio software. It delivers loud and immersive audio, 3D surround sound, and highly detailed customization. For example, you can fine-tune the bass, voice clarity, and treble based on your needs. This lets you make the most of every experience: movies, games or conference calls.
Let’s talk about the VR experience: it is splendid! Even through a standard stereo headset, you experience sound (7.1) with spectacular clarity that lets you delve deep into the virtual world.
A Keyboard That Knows Its Game
Expanding on the basic RGB keyboard is the gorgeous, customizable keyboard of the MSI Raider that lets you control every key in sync with the game. A “SteelSeries” application allows you to customize every key in line with the game stats. The result is stunning, and it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that it adds significantly to the overall gaming delight. You can choose from several lighting modes including Warp Drive, Disco, and Horizontal Wave.
Particularly noteworthy is the silver lining used to print the keys. This surpasses regular backlighting by enhancing the visibility and letting you work or play with zero-hassle. (In fact, the arena of lighting is splendid all through; even the USB ports are lit distinctly, so you don’t fumble around looking for them in the dark.) The keyboard is well-built with keys that last for a good, long time irrespective of the intense action you subject them to during gaming.
Connectivity with an Edge
In the realm of connectivity, the Raider offers an edge with the Killer xTend; it lets you expand the network range and workaround Wi-Fi-dead zones. Also useful is the Killer Doubleshot Pro that lets you choose which networking traffic to prioritize (read anything to do with your game!). If you want to game seamlessly between your phone and computer, you can do that with the MSI APP Player.
Note that the laptop supports 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v5. It also has one USB 3.1 port (Type-C), two USB 3.1 ports (Type-A), an SD card reader, an HD webcam (720p), and an RJ45.
MSI GE75 Raider – The Verdict
As the world’s first 17” gaming laptop that delivers GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics in a thin-bezel design, the MSI GE75 Raider sets high expectations right from the outset. It then proceeds to fulfill them all, combining the fantastic performance of the latest Intel i7 processor, 144Hz refresh rate, thrilling RGB lighting, captivating sound, and competent options for wireless connectivity and device support. Irrespective of the gaming world you delve into on this computer, the experience promises to be enthralling beyond measure.