When we first see GE72 the phrase “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” comes to mind. MSI has used identical styling to previous generations of the GE72 notebook for the simple reason that it works. As such, GE72 adopts a professional looking brushed aluminium lid which really makes the notebook stand out. Rather than attaching a flat lid, MSI has carved out 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. Build quality and styling are obviously a high priority here.
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.
You'll notice there is no detachable battery on G72 - the battery unit is permanently fixed on the underside of the cover. Any replacements must be carried out by MSI technical support. The battery unit is a 6-Cell Li-Polymer(60Wh).
The reverse also features the serial number and technical details in case you need to contact MSI for technical 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 (Doubles up as a smart charging port too)
• HDMI port
• Mini DisplayPort
• 1x USB 3.0 port
• 1x USB 3.1 Type C port
• Gold plated headphone/microphone jacks
It’s great to see MSI embracing USB 3.0 which is 10x faster than USB 2.0. We even see USB 3.1 Type C making an appearance too which has only just hit the market. It’s also pleasing to see the option to output to external displays (4K resolutions) via HDMI or Mini DisplayPort.
Over on the other side we have some additional features too.
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.