MSI GT72 Dominator review: a worthy successor to a great gaming notebook

The last time I saw MSI’s Dominator laptop, I was sick of it. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, but at the time, the product name belonged to the GT70: a powerhouse gaming machine that hasn’t evolved much since its introduction in 2012. Back then, I loved the machine’s heavy chassis, superb keyboard and excellent sound — but over time, the machine’s aesthetic trappings began to bore me. Someone at MSI must have felt the same way: Earlier this year, the company released the GT72, a new Dominator with a whole new design. Soon after, it relaunched the machine with NVIDIA’s latest graphics architecture. OK, MSI, let’s see if you can make me fall in love again.






  • New, improved design
  • Screaming game performance
  • Great speakers, keyboard and display
  • Decent battery life (with GPU switching)


  • Annoying trial software pack-ins
  • Trackpad has no tactile boundaries
SUMMARY The GT72 take everything that was great about its predecessor and wraps it into a new, more attractive package. The result is a well-built, ridiculously powerful gaming rig that lives up to the “Dominator” name.

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