The GV62 series from the MSI is a cheap alternate to their relatively pricey gaming models. This specific version, MSI GV62 7RD-1451 (9S7-16J9H2-1451) is a low to medium grade gaming laptop designed for the budget consumers who wouldn’t mind getting cut a corner or two from their laptop. Anyway, let’s head towards the review.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (7th Gen), 2.8 GHz
- GPU – 2 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
- Memory – 8 GB DDR4, extendable upto 32 GB
- Screen – 15.6-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage – 1 TB SATA HDD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It is equipped with the Intel’s rather more powerful Core i7 HQ version processor along with 8 gigs of RAM which is a tad bit low for gaming according to me. But at least you can extend it anytime up to 32 GB. And for the storage needs, it comes equipped with a 1 TB HDD. All of these in effect means that it can handle even the more strenuous tasks like light video or photo editing pretty easily.
- GPU – It’s powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. While it’s not utterly powerful for your hardcore gaming needs it can safely handle gaming in the 1080p resolution. While less demanding titles like the Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite or Fifa can be made run even in the Ultra settings more taxing games like GTA V or Batman: Arkham Knight could only be played comfortably up to Medium settings.
- Price – MSI was always known for catering great laptops at a pretty competitive price. This one’s no different either. At £860, it can be a lifesaver for the people with an extra tight budget.
- Portability – Gaming laptops generally tend to be pretty meaty and bulky. While gaming notebooks are usually always found weighing over the 2.5 kg mark, MSI GV62 7RD is pretty lightweight at only 2.2 kg (4.85 pounds).
- Display – The included 15.6-inch panel is merely average. The viewing angle and the contrast ratio are pretty terrible. If that wasn’t enough for you the extra dim display would only make the things even worse. But at least the colour coverage of the panel is pretty good at nearly 100% (sRGB colour space).
- Fingerprint magnet – The plastic chassis is quite good at attracting nasty smudge marks. So you should either go for a laptop skin or get ready to wipe all those dirty fingerprints off.
- No Thunderbolt 3 – The exclusion of a Thunderbolt 3 supported port implies that you can’t connect an external GPU dock (such as Razer Core) or a monitor to the laptop via this port. While it comes with a USB-C port it sadly isn’t Thunderbolt enabled.
Honestly speaking, the most striking feature of this laptop is the price. Considering the price, it’s a great notebook for occasional gamers. The only thing that I think is missing is a Thunderbolt-enabled port. Other than that it’s a great deal.