The GT725 sports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet. MSI also throws in a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium and a two-year collect-and-return warranty.
The GT725 refused to run our full PCMark05 and 3DMark06 benchmark tests, but we were able to test the speed of the CPU in isolation. In the CPU suite component of PCMark05, the Q9000 quad-core CPU romped its way to a score of 6,077 -- an impressive tally. We were, understandably, expecting big things with the turbo button pressed, but were disappointed to see a clock speed improvement of just 80MHz, which translated to a CPU suite test result of 6,313. That's certainly slightly faster, but to use the word 'turbo' is to overstate the case.
The GT725 isn't any good away from the mains. It lasted a paltry 38 minutes in Battery Eater's intensive Classic test, which is designed to run the battery down as quickly as possible. It should last just over an hour with more sedate use, but we recommend keeping the power brick nearby just in case.
The MSI GT725 is a fast and well-equipped laptop, with a relatively low price tag. It's definitely worth considering if gaming or media playback is a priority, but there's no getting away from the fact its closest rivals, such as the Alienware M17, are more aesthetically pleasing.
Edited by Charles Kloet