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Eurocom’s Core i7 Notebook: Walking The Panther

MSI GT725-212US

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.

  • lemonade4
    I really don't understand the point of this review. The two products in here are so different from each other.
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  • Crashman
    lemonade4I really don't understand the point of this review. The two products in here are so different from each other.
    Second fastest mobile processor vs second-fastest desktop processor, it shows the weakness of mobile CPUs AND the weakness of the latest notebook GPU's.

    It had to be compared to something...and it's the only notebook platform available with Core i7 so you can forget about that type of comparison.

    The real point of picking the MSI notebook was to compare the HD 4850 to the GTX 280m. None of Tom's Hardware's suppliers were able to deliver an HD 4870 notebook.
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  • the brick: 20 volt x 11 ampere is merely 220 watt?

    I'm not that familiar with those kinds of power supply, but isn't that way to low for these kinds of hardware setups?
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  • Crashman
    bodyglovethe brick: 20 volt x 11 ampere is merely 220 watt?I'm not that familiar with those kinds of power supply, but isn't that way to low for these kinds of hardware setups?
    Did you look at the power draw numbers on Page 12?
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  • falchard
    I think the point of the review is to show how much the Eurocon $5000 model is a waste of money. The MSI model should have been so outclassed in every aspect, yet it managed to be competitive at lower power envelops.
    Just look at the game selection, 2 games based on the same engine that heavily favor nVidia Architecture and 1 that is more processor bound.
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  • mike989
    I think the main problem with this review is, that people forget that Laptop's are designed to be portable, you obviously loose some performance. It’s a compromise between battery life and performance.
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  • scook9
    These 2 laptop articles today have only made me more and more happy with my Flextronics/Arima W840DI (thats an Alienware M17 for the less informed - I got it barebones though). Coming in at around $2500 now, I have 3870x2, a QX9300 (ES but still latest revision - TY ebay), 4GB DDR3 and 2 320GB 7200RPM hdd's. My system is slightly more capable than the eurocom above for gaming but of course is crushed in the CPU oriented benchmarks (not that mine does badly). Given that I am paying half as much for a smaller and lighter notebook, OK by me.
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  • sublifer
    Some of the productivity benchmarks are also likely helped by the DF900's RAIDed hdd set up vs the single hdd. Not sure if you forgot about that but I thought it would help to remind people.
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  • scook9
    well the m17 (w840di) can do raid as well, albeit, only across 2 drives.
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  • xi1inx
    Eurocom is reputed to lunch big desktop replacement at high cost. The only thing I suppose to be the point on this review, is the hype of the first Core i7 desktop replacement. The worst is the cost of this computer with another g92 derivate whith slighty poor performance. However, you can have 5k$ stover under your hands!
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