updated 12:00 am EST, Thu March 5, 2009
GT725 gaming notebook
MSI has released the GT725, a gaming notebook featuring the ATi Radeon HD4850 GPU with 512MB of VRAM and a 2.4GHz Intel Centrino 2 processor. The device offers a 17-inch LCD screen with options for either 1920 by 1200 pixel or 1680 by 1050 pixel resolutions, along with an HDMI output for connecting to an external display or projector. The standard configuration includes 4GB of RAM, a 9-cell battery, and a 7200RPM 320GB SATA hard drive.
The exterior of the notebook is made from brushed aluminum with stamped sheeting to help offer increased protection and durability. Four speakers are built into the housing for surround sound playback, while a subwoofer is located on the bottom side of the notebook.
Turbo Drive Engine technology is claimed to allow users to overclock the CPU by up to 15 percent, with a dedicated button located above the keyboard, while the standard setting can be used to save battery life when disconnected from an AC outlet.
The GT725 is available with a 1680 by 1050 pixel screen for $1450, or with an upgraded 1920 by 1200 pixel display for $1700.