The new MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 has started shipping and is available for immediate order now through a number of online retailers. The Dragon Edition 2 gaming laptop is the latest highest performance gaming laptop you can currently get from the MSI company. MSI has equipped the Dragon Edition 2 with the latest in everything from central processors, to discrete graphics processors, and all the way to gaming-specific networking solutions for wired and wireless gaming.
You can purchase the Dragon Edition 2 (model name MSI G Series GT70 2OD-039US) from a lot of different reputable online sellers. Amazon.com, Newegg.com and many others are offering the Dragon Edition 2 at its MSRP price of $2,699 with free shipping.
Featuring a large 17.3-inch display that has 1080p native resolution and an anti-reflective coating the Dragon Edition 2 is competing with systems like Alienware’s new 17-inch gaming laptop. The new MSI laptop weighs 8.6 pounds which is lighter than the Alienware 17 by about a pound, but at over 8 pounds the Dragon Edition 2 is far from being as ultraportable as Razer’s new 17-inch Blade Pro.
In the battery department the MSI comes with a 9-cell battery but with its high-performance parts battery life isn’t going to be more than a couple of hours when gaming. So, when you take your Dragon Edition 2 on the go keep in mind the AC power adapter weighs 1.90 pounds and measures a little more than 6-inches in length.
Getting to the performance features, the real reason to buy a notebook like this, the Dragon Edition 2 has some very attractive hardware features. For starters you get the quad-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost), a Haswell processor. In regard to discrete graphics the Dragon Edition 2 is powered by the flagship NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB GDDR5 DirectX 11 GPU, Kepler-based. Storage for this new high-end MSI gaming laptop is where things get interesting, MSI has included three 128GB solid state drives in a RAID 2 config. with a 1TB spinning 7200RPM hard drive for storing anything you don’t need optimum transfer speeds to access (photos, movies, music).
The design of the new MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 isn’t going to be for everyone. The laptops body dies include multiple dragons that have been placed in areas like the lid and palm rest. The laptop itself is a loud Red surrounded by dark Black. However there aren’t very many LED lights around the outside of the laptop, the only LED lighting is featured on the status indicators at the front of the laptop. The keyboard is LED backlit and features 3 color zones with 5 pre-configured settings for lighting. The Dragon Edition 2′s keyboard is the gaming-optimized model designed by SteelSeries that MSI has used for the past few years in their gaming laptops.
As a part of the new Dragon Edition 2′s design MSI has included improved sound with better speakers and amplified audio jacks. The sound system includes four Dynaudio Premium stereo speakers and a dedicated subwoofer. In audio software you get THX TruStudio Pro, support for Dolby® Digital Live, Sound Blaster compatibility, and 3D Stereo enhancements for the sound system. You can enjoy this notebooks audio system when gaming or watching DVD’s and Blu-ray’s because the standard optical drive features 6x Blu-Ray Read/Write and 8x DVDRW/CDRW.
The I/O selection available with the new MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 are all-encompassing. You get 2x USB 2.0, 3x USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, Mini DisplayPort, VGA, mic-in, headphone-out, RJ-45 LAN, and a 3-in-1 Card Reader.
Performance networking is included with the MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2. You get BigFoot brand Killer Gaming Network LAN with the E2200 adapter and Wireless LAN is provided by another BigFoot product the Killer N1202 a/b/g/n adapter.