The MSI GT780R was first seen at Computex 2011, and is a 17-inch full HD gaming powerhouse, equipped with Intel Sandy Bridge Quad Core, Nvidia GTX560M for graphics, impressive 1.5 terabytes of speedy RAID-0 storage and multi-colour LED backlighted SteelSeries keyboard. We check out the firepower of this mobile tank and take it for a spin in Battlefield 3!

Unboxing / Exterior

Front of Box


Laptop Specifications


Manuals, Warranty and Driver CD


7600mAh, 87Wh Lithum Ion Battery


150W Power Adapter by Delta Electronics


Exterior of the MSI GT780R


17-inch 1920×1080 (16:9) LED Display

Brushed Metal Cover


LED indicators for charging, harddisk activity and others


2 USB 2.0 on the Right Side. Our review unit came with a DVD Super Multi drive


From left to right: Kensington lock, Charger Hole, Gigabit Ethernet Port, Analog VGA, eSATA and HDMI port


From left to right: a large vent for cooling, 2 USB 3.0 ports, Card Reader, 1 USB 2.0 port and 7.1 channel audio ports


30fps@720p Camera with a Array Mic 


Excellent Dynaudio Speakers on both sides, Hotkeys and a Large Power Button


Obligatory Stickers


Shortened Right-Shift Key mashed together with the arrow keys – don't like this. We'd rather they do away with the numpad and have larger keys


With the Usual WASD/Space/Ctrl/Shift keyboard game assignment, the touchpad can get accidentally actuated by the user's hand. Fortunately, MSI has included a nifty touchpad disable button


Provided Software to change keyboard lighting colors and intensity.