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MSI GT725-212US

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Rather than following the luggable workhorse theme, MSI’s GT725 is designed to be a truly portable gaming machine. One-third lighter than Eurocom’s D900F, its 9.1 pound transit weight (including adapter) should be relatively comfortable to all but the weakest gamers.

The brushed-aluminum lid of MSI’s 17” 1920x1200 display extends around the edges, its style interrupted only by a metallic accent band at the top edge.

Rear panel connectors include HDMI, 15-pin VGA, and power. We were disappointed not to find a DVI connection, though analog video does work very well on this notebook model.

The GT725’s left edge has modem Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and two USB 2.0 ports. The optical drive features the same Blu-ray disk reading and DVD writing specifications as the one chosen by competitor Eurocom.

Beneath the ExpressCard slot are a flash card drive, USB 2.0 port, eSATA port, and FireWire 400 port. Audio connectors include headphone, digital out, line-in and microphone. Some of us right-handers would have preferred to see the audio connections on the left side, since cable clutter on the right-hand side can get in the way of a mouse.

The GT725’s 120W power adapter weighs barely over a pound, its lightness attributable to the low power requirements of the system’s low-voltage Core 2 Quad.

Because the GT725-212US is already on the market, its software and document kit are fully developed. MSI also included two pre-recorded system backup DVDs and two blanks with our pre-tested sample, though retail units include only the blank media to be used with pre-installed backup software.

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