With such a high-end configuration, using the MSI GS70 STEALTH is a real pleasure. The Core i7-4700HQ has four physical cores, and thanks to the Hyper-Threading technology, it is detected as an eight-core CPU by the operating system. The default clock rate is 2.4 GHz (3.4 GHz in Turbo Boost mode).

As a gamer laptop, the embedded video card is also one of the highlights of the GS70 STEALTH. The GeForce GTX 765M with 2 GiB of dedicated GDDR5 memory is powerful enough for most current games.

Thanks to the configuration with two SSDs in RAID 0, it takes about five seconds to boot the operating system. We tested the boot drive with DiskSpeed32, and it measured an average read speed of 744 MiB/s, which is impressive.

The absence of an optical drive (DVD or Blu-Ray burner) is justified by the slimness of the laptop. And as games and movies are bought online nowadays, optical drives are not as essential as before.

The Full HD (1080p, i.e. 1920 x 1080) resolution screen is excellent for both work and gaming.

The sound quality is good, but not impressive. The keyboard grants precise and quick typing, as well as a comfortable gaming experience. The retro illumination with programmable colors and effects is a nice plus.

In order to check battery life, we ran the Powermark program from Futuremark, which simulates the average usage of the laptop (web browsing, text typing, video playing, and 3D graphics) and estimates the battery duration. Powermark estimated battery life at two hours and 10 minutes, which is a good mark for a gaming laptop.

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.