MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 Gaming Laptop Review

     
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After taking a look at plenty of gaming laptops, one trend seems to be prevalent: all of them look bulky, big, like a spaceship in miniature size. But because the modern era screams for mobile, small and compact, manufacturers of gaming laptops need to adapt. Hence, they have created notebooks for the mobile folk; for example, the MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 laptop is marketed as “Thin & Light”. If this is true, gamers will surely like it – but as we know, what is promised in ad copy does not always resemble real life…

Mainstream Graphics for Decent Performance

MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 is one of the cheaper gaming laptops, hence it doesn’t sport the best of the best graphics card such as GTX 1080. Instead, MSI has chosen to use GTX 1050, a mid-range chip from 2017. It’s not slow model by any means, with considerably better performance than the older GTX 960M. In general, you can utilize this notebook’s Full HD resolution with all the games; moreover, having high to ultra resolution with most titles is reality. On such settings, Far Cry Primal would run at a decent +40 frames per second while Fallout 4 would fall in the similar range. These are good numbers in my opinion, but bear in mind you can not change the graphics card on this model later.

i7 Brings A Lot To The Table

Currently, there’s hardly any better processor than Intel Core i7-7700HQ. It has many features making it the best: the i7 family for high end users, and 7th generation for the latest processor technology from Intel and four cores for multitasking capabilities. Surely, a few processors will bypass it in the benchmarks, but out of the common CPUs the i7-7700HQ is the fastest one. It is a common choice for power users, photographers and video editors who require only the best performance from the laptop. From what I can see, the only bad side would be the power consumption; having this processor won’t be good news for battery life.

The memory amount in the notebook is 8GB. If you ask me, the 8 gigabytes is pushing it for multitasking; fortunately it’s the fast DDR4 2400MHz type, and upgradeable to 32 gigabytes. In addition, the mainboard seems to have one free slot which means that adding more RAM will be effortless.

The storage drive setup is two-fold, as it often is in modern gaming laptops. There is a hard drive with 1TB storage and 5400RPM spindle speed; big in capacity albeit not the fastest one available. But the lower speed doesn’t matter as 128GB M.2 SATA solid-state drive is installed alongside. As far as I know, MSI always configures Windows installation on the SSD part, so you can truly enjoy the performance solid-state drive brings here!

Gaming Test Video

1080p Display Good Enough

It’s quite normal for even more expensive gaming notebooks to have Full HD resolution, which is also the choice for this MSI rig. That goes very well together with the GTX 1050 graphics card, as beyond Full HD might be a bit too much for that graphics engine to handle. The screen should have matte coating without bigger reflections. The panel type is IPS-like, so expect viewing angles closer to 180 degrees without the colors starting to fade. You can not touch the screen (well you can but it won’t respond); however this is never the number one requirement for gamers anyway.

Want To Plug In Peripherals? Sure, This Laptop Has Connections

The connections of this (and pretty much any laptop) revolve around USB – four of them are available here. One is USB 2.0, but more importantly one USB 3.0 and one USB 3.1 are available for better transfer rates. Also the USB Type-C with big potential in the future is there.

You might want to hook up an external display to this model; feel free to do so through the HDMI output on the left hand side. You can also utilize the USB-C as long as you have the right kind of adapter.

The wireless networking is taken care by Intel 3168 chip, with 802.11ac technology support, 1×1 antenna and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s also Qualcomm Atheros 8171 network adapter for Gigabit Ethernet cable.

As it is, the notebook does not come with a DVD burner. So, in order to access discs you would need to use external optical drive on this model. Luckily, such drives are cheap and easy to plug in to USB port. With this laptop, you still get access to SD memory card reader, it’s useful for transferring photos and all.

Miscellaneous But Important Things

With ~1.1 inches height and 5.3 pounds weight the MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 is one of the lighter gaming notebooks. This is still big compared to regular notebooks with thin profile, but this one comes with gaming-friendly components so you can not expect to have everything.

The laptop has a backlit keyboard with single red color – meaning you can not change the colors.

I’ve read from user reports MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 has minimal fan noise. This is good news if you’re not gaming with headphones, loud fans could disturb your gaming experience.

Pros:
Quad-core i7 - Is there anything a quad-core i7 processor can not do? Not much. Gamers and demanding users enjoy!

SSD - There's a solid-state drive (albeit small one) to keep programs and games starting quickly!

Great bang for buck - Even though the laptop packs a bunch, you will not be paying a lot for it!

Cons:
A few minor things - The backlight color can not be changed. The 8GB memory might not be enough if you're up for heavy multitasking.

MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 tempts people with its budget price; very often, gaming laptops cost more than this. There is always a reason why something is cheap – often bad quality or performance – but in the case of this MSI, the situation is not bad at all. In fact, the notebook seems to be one of the better mobile computing solutions, as you are getting quad-core i7, solid-state drive and modern GTX 1050 running your graphics. 8GB memory is enough for general purpose and gaming, and you can also add more should you feel the need. The display seems to be a reflection-free quality display. All in all, I have no bigger complaints about this MSI system!

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