Following in the footsteps of previous notebook models, the GE72 adopts a professional looking brushed aluminium lid which really makes the notebook stand out. Rather than attaching a flat lid, MSI has engineered two accents on either side to create a sleek concave. In the centre there is an MSI gaming emblem which lights up when the notebook is powered on.
From the above pictures it’s evident how aesthetically pleasing this notebook is. MSI has placed the build quality and styling at the top of priorities.
Flipping GE72 over, we have five rubber feet to prevent the unit from sliding on smooth surfaces. There are various areas which feature ventilation cut-outs for the internal components to have an outlet for heat dissipation.
The reverse also features the serial number and technical details in case you need to contact MSI for support.
Over on the left edge of the notebook there is a wide selection of functionality. From left to right we have:
• Kensington lock support
• Ethernet Gigabit LAN port (w/ Killer E2200)
• 1x USB 3.0 port
• HDMI port
• Mini DisplayPort
• 2x USB 3.0 ports
• Gold plated headphone/microphone jacks
It’s great to see MSI completely replacing the USB 2.0 ports on this side with the 10x faster USB 3.0 ports and it’s also pleasing to see the option to output to external displays (4K resolutions) via HDMI or Mini DisplayPort.
While on the alternate side there are just a few features.
There is a Bluray drive, a single USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader (supporting SC/XC) and the AC power port which working in conjunction with the supplied power pack.
On the next page we’ll be continuing our exploration of GE72.