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on 27 June 2009
OK, firstly i have a very slightly different model to this, the GT725-087, which is exactly the same except it has a core II duo instead of a quad, and has 1680 x 1050 screen resolution rather than the full HD 1920 x 1080 that this one does ... but it was a couple of hundred pounds less

If you can get over the rather poor aesthetics and design of the machine(the battery sticks out at the back, you cant read what the media button do, and it is truly ugly), you will be very very pleased if you are after a gaming machine.

I have read it will play Crysis with every setting on full ... but let me give you an idea of what it is capable of

Last night i was playing Sims 3, at 1920 x 1080 over hdmi to my plasma tv, every setting on full and getting between 70 and 110 frames per second

Maybe sims 3 isnt the most taxing game graphically but i was still mightily impressed ... Drakensang will be my next test when it arrives, and I will update my review then

it has 4 speakers and a subwoofer which sound pretty good, an e-sata port, which will triple the speeds of external hard disks when esata becomes the norm, and as MSI havent loaded it with heaps of useless software it boots and runs like a gamers dream

On the downside, although you do get a full keyboard, its layout leaves alot to be desired for non gaming use. On the right hand side the 'shift', 'enter' and period keys are very small, and as they are so commonly used can be a pain. The '@' symbol is also directly above the small shift key making typing your email address with one hand difficult.

Minor niggles when you compare this machines gaming ability to the better known brands competing models... and buying this will save you a small fortune compared to them.

The included gaming mouse is excellent and the backpack is also a nice extra

Always a supporter of the underdog ... i LOVE my msi :)
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