MSI GP62MVRX Leopard Pro-653 Gaming Laptop Review

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MSI laptops might not be the best sellers in top charts but they are rather well-known in the gaming circles. Truly, the company has found their niche with powerful laptops for gaming and heavy-duty use, with the MSI notebooks continuously getting good reviews from users and tech bloggers. One of their new model, the MSI GP62MVRX Leopard Pro-653, will be examined closer in this post – hopefully you find a reason to buy or ditch it after reading!

All Good Performance

While there are many versions of the new MSI GP62 laptop, they all seem to sport the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor. This is not a surprise, since the i7-7700HQ is one of the best processors in 2017 (and even in 2018) so there will be some future proof in the MSI rigs as well. The technical specs are sweet: four cores, 2.8GHz clock speed and 3.8GHz turbo. Surely, such a heavyweight unit also draws plenty of power (45W TDP), but battery life has never been the strong point in gaming notebooks anyway!

The storage drive configuration depends on the exact model, ranging from a single terabyte hard drive to SSD and HDD combinations. For example, the MSI GP62MVRX Leopard Pro-653 model we’re mostly concentrating on here has a 256GB M.2 SATA drive only. But yes, there is also one 2.5″ slot inside so you can install hard drive later. On the machines that come with solid-state drive and hard drive, Windows will be installed on the SSD. The memory for all of these laptops is 16GB DDR4 2400MHz – depending on the model either on one 16GB or two 8GB sticks. The Leopard Pro-653 has two 8GB sticksinstalled. The most memory these new MSIs take is 32 gigabytes which is more than anyone would currently need!

Large Displays, Great Gaming Suitability

You can choose 15.6 or 17.3-inch screen, both being large enough for enjoyable gaming sessions in my opinion. The resolution isn’t that exciting anymore as all the screens support 1920×1080 – nothing like Quad HD available here. The 15 inchers all have the basic 60hz refresh rate, although most of the 17-inch displays come with 120hz! The higher refresh rate, at least in theory, reduces motion blur and increases smoothness in playback. The color gamut of NTSC 94% provides decent color reproduction for the screens, however the (low-quality?) TN panel on some models might reduce the overall impression of the image quality.

The graphics card comes from Nvidia – it’s either the GTX 1050, GTX 1050Ti or GTX 1060 you are getting depending on your choice of the model. 1050 is the slowest, 1050Ti a bit faster and GTX 1060 much faster than the other two, as you can see from this comparison. In fact, all of them are decent for Full HD gaming, and if you go for the Leopard Pro-653 version with GTX 1060 you can even use ultra settings on any game. I would estimate heavyweight titles such as GTA 5 and The Witcher 3 running at over 40FPS with that card!

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Plug In Your Peripheral, Ports Are In Check

MSI GP62MVRX Leopard Pro-653 is well-equipped for the modern gamer. There is one USB 2.0 legacy port, two USB 3.0 ports and more importantly one USB-C to make the laptop bulletproof for the future. In addition to those ports, there is a full-sized HDMI and miniDisplayPort 1.2 available. The HDMI outputs 4K video at 30hz refresh rate. Thus, a couple of external monitors may be connected to the laptop.

There is no optical drive available on these MSI gaming rigs, although SDXC card reader is present. WiFi card is the Intel 3168 with 1×1 802.11ac standard and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Friends of the wired networking are not forgotten either as Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port is available too.

The Only Problem is the Battery Life

Not even can the 6-cell 41Whr battery keep this notebook running for too long. The manufacturer estimates 2-3 hours for regular use, and less than that for gameplay. So, if you are dreaming of gaming when traveling and power socket is nearby, well, forget those dreams. There’s not much you can do about this except to play games only when you can keep the laptop plugged in.

As a side note, the laptop has a backlit keyboard and you are able to change the color of it.

Runs anything - With the 7th generation Core i7 processor powering this laptop, the computer will run any program you want to use. Moreover, the models with solid-state drive will also offer extra performance in the form of fast boot-up times!

Gaming is smooth sail - Sometimes the GTX 1060 raises doubts because it's the slowest engine of the GTX 1000 series, but these doubts are without a base. The card has been proven to play games on high frame rates with 1080p resolution.

Need to recharge often - For sure, this is a common problem with gaming laptops, but also the MSI GP62MVRX suffers from bad battery life. You will need to have charger and power socket nearby, especially if you are gaming on battery.

Making the conclusion, I must say the new MSI GP62 laptops do their core job – keeping games running – well. Even if you pick the model with GTX 1050 card you will get to enjoy high (30 and onwards) frame rates on most games, and going for the GTX 1060 model ensures smooth FPS no matter how high settings you desire to use. And it’s not only a gaming laptop, but also for software on the heavier end – like Photoshop work – the MSI is a good choice, as new i7 processor and (in most versions) SSD are working hard inside its black shell. Some disadvantages are present, such as poor battery life and possibly questionable TN panel on few models, but no laptop is perfect. It’s a gaming notebook with future proof for a few years, say!

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