MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US Gaming Laptop Review

     
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When you think of the history of gaming laptops, you most often see big, bulky and ugly computers. Those with heavyweight performance needed plenty of room for the bigger components, thus resulting in such larger designs. But in 2017, since everything is about mobile, also manufacturers have taken a step up and releases new kind of gaming laptops. In the case of MSI, their new GL62M (7REX-1896US) is advertised as thin and light gaming notebook. This sounds sweet, but how does these claims hold to be true in real life?

The Display is Spacious, Size Not Ultrabook

MSI GL62M (7REX-1896US) rolls with a 15.6″ display, the most common diagonal of all times. This makes a rather good size for gamers who are often after bigger-than-ultrabook diagonals. On the other hand, the actual weight and size of this laptop does not differ from your average 15-incher much. It weighs 5.3 pounds and thickness is 1.1 inches – just like every other notebook that exists. There are even other gaming laptops smaller than this MSI. So, the claims of “thin and light” should be taken with a grain of salt.

The screen itself seems to enjoy IPS technology, so wide views (more or less 180 degrees from sides) and realistic colors are to be expected. The resolution is decent 1920×1080. The screen has no touch support, and G-Sync support is not available here.

Graphics Well Done, General Performance As Well

Graphics card makes or breaks gaming laptop. In the case of this MSI, the card makes it – GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (with 4GB GDDR5) is running the system. It’s one of the better cards you can get, although for optimal performance, GTX 1080 would still kick its ass. Nonetheless, all games will be playable at Full HD resolution, most even on high/maximum settings. With some of the heaviest ones you might want to drop the settings a bit to keep smooth frame rates. All in all, for the money it’s a very good deal for the modern gamer.

Finding complaints in the other departments is tough as well. For instance, the processor is Intel Core i7-7700HQ which is the favorite of many gamers, power users and IT professionals. That is, for the simple fact this CPU is so fast. You can bash it around with complex software, such as virtual environments; there is a quad-core setup and 2.8GHz clock speed welcoming all kinds of applications. The turbo boost of 3.8GHz will definitely help in tight spots. This should be your go-to processor if high-end performance is of utmost importance to you.

Storage drive setup is as follows: a one terabyte 5400RPM SATA hard drive, and a 128GB M.2 SATA solid-state drive. The SSD means snappy operations, especially when Windows 10 Home is installed on it for optimal performance. True, its size is not big – around 100 gigabytes of free space – but at least you can place a few of your favorite games and apps on it. The one terabyte hard drive will then act as the main storage for everything else. The memory section has a single 8GB DDR 2400MHz stick installed, with another slot free for upgrade (maximum 32GB). Indeed, all the drives and RAM on this unit can be upgraded but as there’s no service door you’ll need to disassemble the laptop to get access to the insides.

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How About Interfaces and Ports?

MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US is equipped with one USB 3.0 Type-C port. It might come handy for you, although keep in mind it has no Thunderbolt support. Furthermore, the notebook must be charged through the regular DC power jack, USB-Cdoes not support charging here. You’ll find two regular USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 on the laptop as well – four USB ports in total, in another words.

For connecting a PC display, HDMI and Mini-DisplayPort are provided. The HDMI will spit out 4K signal at 30hz to external monitor. For gaming this refresh rate would be subpar, although for everything else it works.

This laptop does not work with discs out of the box; no internal optical drive is provided. Hence, you can’t install games from discs unless you get an external DVD burner. However, another way of uploading data locally is the laptop’s SD card reader – and of course the USB ports with high-capacity USB sticks.

The MSI offers a modern Intel’s 802.11ac WiFi adapter for smooth wireless networking. It also works with Bluetooth 4.2 so you can hook up mobile phone. There’s also a Gigabit RJ-45 port which seems to be made by Qualcomm Atheros.

Doesn’t Run That Long on Battery

As always, gaming laptops are not known for great battery life. Even with a heavier 6-cell 41Whr battery like on this MSI, you are not getting much operating time. The laptop will run for more or less 4 hours under battery when you are not gaming, and a maximum of two hours when the game is on. There’s not much you can do but accept the fact that pretty much all gaming laptops are like this.

This model has a backlit keyboard, and it seems to be a single-color white or red (meaning you can not adjust the colors to your liking).

Pros:
Boots OS and games quickly - As Windows is installed on the SSD part you will see the laptop booting from cold to desktop in under 10 seconds. In the same vein, if you install games and programs on the SSD you will also find them starting up very, very fast.

Real 1080p gaming experience - The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti card is enough for playing on Full HD resolution, even if you like to keep settings high or maximum for the sweetest graphics.

Cons:
Plastic body - Doesn't look so neat as aluminum laptops, in my opinion.

This laptop, on paper, seems like a good deal for gaming. It has a proper graphics card that works with all games on Full HD resolution. Furthermore, the processor, memory and storage drive are in check as well – or would you say otherwise about Core i7 and SSD combo? The notebook has also received good reviews from users, them thanking the laptop for its performance and snappiness. I can not find too much to complain about; click on the link below if you want to see some disadvantages that people noticed – anyway, the MSI is a good companion for gamers in 2017 and beyond.

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