The MSI GS70 STEALTH is the proof that a powerful gaming laptop with 17” screen does not need to be heavy and thick. It can be called a “huge gaming ultrabook.” Of course it is not intended to be put inside your backpack and carried along all day, but it is as portable as most of the 15” laptops.

The hardware configuration is excellent: a powerful CPU, a powerful GPU, and a true high-end storage configuration. There are not many laptops on the market (at least, not offered in large scale by a global company) that already comes with a RAID SSD array configured. The inattentive user will not even notice that: he will only notice that programs are loaded really fast.

The only “problem” we found is that the GS70 STEALTH is not easily upgradable. The internal parts are not accessible to the user, and there is no way to change the video card, CPU, or install more RAM. But to be honest, with such a great configuration, the lucky owner of one of them will not have to worry about upgrading for a while.

Strong Points

  • Powerful hardware configuration
  • Two SSDs in RAID 0 configuration
  • Slim and light for a 17” laptop
  • Full HD anti-glare screen
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • High-end Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi controllers
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Sturdy and beautiful aluminum case

Weak Points

  • Not upgradable configuration
  • It could use a high-end audio codec
Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.