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These days there are quite a few so called gaming notebooks to choose from on the market, ranging from fairly affordable prices to really insane prices. MSI's new GX780 model is likely to end up in the expensive category, although not the insanely expensive category. That said, the GX780 looks set to be worth the asking price, at least if it's as good as MSI's older GT6x0-series of notebooks.

These days there are quite a few so called gaming notebooks to choose from on the market, ranging from fairly affordable prices to really insane prices. MSI's new GX780 model is likely to end up in the expensive category, although not the insanely expensive category. That said, the GX780 looks set to be worth the asking price, at least if it's as good as MSI's older GT6x0-series of notebooks.

The GX780 is a massive 17.3-inch notebook which weighs in at a not entirely inconsiderable 3.9kg which makes it more of a luggable computer than an easy to bring with you notebook. That said, this includes a 9-cell battery, but not the 120W power adapter that you'll also have to bring with if you're going to want to get any kind of game time out of it. Then again, it's still going to weigh far less than any comparable desktop system with a screen, so the tradeoff is pretty reasonable if this is the kind of system you'd want.

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The large screen means that you can also get a decent resolution panel and MSI will offer the GX780 with either a 1600×900 or a 1920×1080 LED backlit panel. We're not sure if the GeForce GT 555M with 1GB of GDDR5 graphics memory is going to be enough to drive the full HD display as this 96 shader GPU doesn't appear to have the oomph needed for the latest games at high resolution. At least the quad core Core i7-2630QM processor should make things a little bit more interesting alongside the fact that MSI has added four SO-DIMM slots, so the GX780 can pack up to 16GB of DDR3 memory. Add to that the option of fitting a pair of hard drives ranging from a pair of 320GB 5,400rpm drives to a couple of 750GB 7,200rpm drives, or why not a couple of user upgraded SSD drives?

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Other more rudimentary features include an optical drive (Blu-ray optional), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, a memory card reader and a 720p webcam. Connectivity options include an HDMI 1.4 port, a D-sub port, three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port and three audio jacks. Overall, we're so far looking at a very decent notebook in terms of pure specifications, but this isn't even the selling points of the GX780, something which may come as a surprise.

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For starters, MSI has teamed up with SteelSeries to design a unique gamer specific keyboard for the GX780, or at least that's the marketing spiel and as we have yet to see the notebook or try out the keyboard, we'll reserve our judgment as to how good the keyboard is as a gaming keyboard. However, it does have a couple of unique features, the first one being what MSI calls the keyboard LED manager, or KLM. This allows the user to set the colour of the keyboard backlight LEDs and there's no less than 29 different colours to choose from. If this still isn't good enough, then a combination of the colours can be set up for various segments of the keyboards, or they can be set to circulate in either a "breathing mode" or a "wave mode".

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For whatever reason, MSI also went through the trouble to move the Windows key to the right hand side of the space bar to prevent it to be accidentally pressed during gameplay. Oddly enough the Fn key is left in its place and this can at least in theory cause just as much of a problem on a notebook if pressed in combination with the wrong key. The keyboard also supports 10 keys to be pressed simultaneously which should be more than enough for your average gamer, although it's not clear if this is across the entire keyboard or as is sometimes the case, limited to a selection of keys per area of the keyboard. MSI also claims that the GX780 keyboard offers better tactile feedback than your average notebook keyboard with a "solid rebound" to make for an overall better gaming experience.

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Then there's the speakers. If you've heard the speakers in MSI's GT6x0 series notebooks, then you'll know what we're talking about, if you haven't, well then let's us explain. MSI teamed up with a Danish speaker specialist called DynAudio for the original GT660 notebook and the audio quality of the speakers are as far as we've experienced unprecedented for a notebook. In all fairness, a 15.6-inch notebook has a lot of space for speakers and a 17.3-inch notebook has even more space, but even compared to the Bang Olufsen speakers in Asus' monster N90JC notebook, the DynAudio speakers are in a league of their own.

We don't want to go out on a limb here and say that the GX780 will be the greatest gaming notebook ever, as we don't have the faintest idea as to how it performs, but we have a feeling that it'll be a very compelling product for the price. If it's anything like the GT6x0 series then it should be one to add to your shortlist if you're looking for a gaming notebook of the slightly larger kind. Apparently MSI is also planning to release a GT780 and hopefully we'll see a bit more powerful graphics card in it, although there are no details as to when it will arrive.

Source: MSI