This Monster Gaming Laptop Is VR Ready
The machine, the MSI GT72S Dominator Pro Dragon Edition Gaming Laptop is quite big and it has a peculiar design. The keyboard comes with backlight and it can light up in a variety of colors. There’s a red dragon insignia atop the laptop with a single white eye. No attempt was made to make the fit and finish of this monster laptop understated. It also comes at a pretty interesting price for a gaming PC. You’re basically paying all this money to put desktop power into something more portable. With $2,737, you can own your own piece.
Highlighted below are some of its main specifications:
Display: MSI GT72S Dominator Dragon Edition, 17.3″ IPS FHD, anti-glare 1920×1080 [SKL] G-Sync display, Dragon Edition
Processor: Intel Core i7-6820HK (4x 2.7 GHz/8 MB L3 Cache) [GT72S]
Memory: 16 GB [8 GB x 2] 2133 MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM Laptop Memory (free upgrade to DDR4-2400 G.SKILL Ripjaws)
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 8 GB GDDR5 [GT72S] – desktop graphics performance [DE]
Primary Hard Drive: 500 GB 7200 rpm super slim laptop hard drive (free upgrade to 1TB 7200 rpm)
Optical Drive: 8x dual-format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW combo drive [GT72]
Media Card Reader / Writer: built-in SD memory card reader/writer [Laptop]
Sound Card: HD Audio with Creative Soundblaster Cinema 2
Network Card: Killer E2400 Gaming Network Internal
Wireless Network Adapter: 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo [M.2]
How does it handle Virtual Reality?
The main bone of contention here is how well this device handles virtual reality with all of its impressive specs. The GT72S did very well with the Oculus compatibility test and scored a 7.2 on the Steam VR performance test. This puts it in good standing. It won’t have any problems running any of the virtual reality games and content available out there. The high end specs make it an ideal device for virtual reality in so many ways.
It is also connects seamlessly with the HTC Vive with plenty of USB cables to charge the controllers should they need to. The highlight of this VR ready laptop isn’t just the lighter weight and enhanced portability but also the fact that the monitor is powered and put in a single package. The laptop is one piece of equipment with one solitary power cable and this reduces a lot of the bulkiness of the whole thing.
It might not be the best to watch a movie on a plane or write an essay in Starbucks but the ease with which you can set up the virtual reality rig wherever you choose to is quite spectacular and this is why you probably should pay the premium for this laptop.
In conclusion, portable virtual reality is an excellent thing and it’s a good avenue to invest in a serious gaming laptop like this one. VR enthusiasts are going to be very interested in the portability that this system offers as they can now take it with them on the road but the main audience of this is going to be developers and exhibitors who want an easy way to bring their VR games to events and shows.