I’ve tested, lived with, and reviewed hundreds of laptops in my career, and I’ve spent hands-on time with countless other models while covering the CES trade show, attending events, and visiting stores.
I’ve reviewed most gaming laptops released in the past four years, and I’ve spent thousands of hours gaming on laptops since high school. To get the power to play games at decent settings, they sacrifice portability, battery life, and value.
It has the best combination of price, performance, and build quality of all the gaming laptops we tested this year.
The new MSI GT72 Dominator G-831 is our runner-up, and the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G-034 is our upgrade pick if you want the top-of-the-line Nvidia Ge Force GTX 980M graphics card.
All the other specs (and the chassis itself) are identical to those of our runner-up.