Gaming laptops are something that is a bit of a
controversial topic. More often than not they lack behind their desktop
counterparts and even cost more. The biggest justification comes in the form of
mobility. But what if a gaming laptop could bring something more to the table.
What if it costs low enough to pack decent gaming grade hardware and also
function as a portable workstation? The MSI GV62 7RE could be one such laptop,
so without much delay let us get on with the review!
GV62 7RE Specifications
15.6" FHD, Wide View
Intel Core i7 7700HQ
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB DDR5
8GB @ 2400MHz
(2 Slots, expandable up to 32GB)
128GB M.2 NvME SSD
1TB 2.5" SATA HDD
6 cell 41 Whr
The MSI GV62 shares it's design and styling with other MSI
laptops that have been launched recently, which means that it is great to look
at. The smooth dark surface looks sophisticated and the red accent line at the
back is a nice touch. The MSI badge does not glow, however, looks great
nonetheless . At 2.2 kgs the laptop is not too heavy to be a burden on your
back and can be easily taken around. While the laptop looks and feels solidly
built, the display was a bit flimsy and you could bend it even with a slight
application of pressure. Similarly the display hinges were not the most sturdy.
This is one area that I feel MSI could have put in a little more effort.
Underneath the laptop you can even spot the copper pipes that help keep the
laptop temperatures cool. What delighted me the most were the rubber stands
that are tall enough to lift the laptop enough that there is a good amount of
The left side of the laptop houses most of the connections
including two 3.5mm jacks (one for headphone and one for mic), three USB 3.0
ports (2 Type A and 1 Type C), a mini-display port and an RJ45 ethernet port.
The right side is relatively free and has a USB 2.0, an SD card reader and the
charging port. There is no CD drive on the GV62, which is normal these days but
I certainly felt the lack of it while installing some games as the download
speeds were less than ideal.
The display found on the GV 62 is a FullHD (1920x1080p) one
and it is adequately bright and the colour representation is also pretty
accurate although it could not have hurt to have a slightly brighter display.
This is a wide angle 94% NTSC panel and has a 170degree viewing angle but
viewing the display from extreme angles does result is slight deterioration of
contrast but the colours remain same more or less. You have the facility of
connecting two more monitors to the laptop using the HDI and Display Ports and
can achieve a maximum resolution of 3860x2160p. Altogether I had no major
complaints with the display and if you find yourself to not like the display
then there are options in the MSI Dragon Center app to change the display mode.
What we had for review was the 7RE version. This one comes
with a GTX 1050Ti 4GB graphics card. The processor you get is an Intel Core i7
7700HQ quad-core CPU with Hyperthreading clocked at 2.8GHz and it can go up to
3.8GHz in the Turbo mode. The 8GB of
DDR4 RAM running at 2400MHz is pretty modest but you have the ability of
expanding it to a maximum of 32GB. For most games and other tasks 8GB will
suffice. While the processor is pretty powerful for most tasks it is the GPU
that will limit your gaming performance. You can play most of the recent AAA
titles with medium settings at 1080p but higher settings will result in some
stuttering and less than perfect gaming experience. The GV62 is more suited for
playing eSports titles on the go and is also very efficient at video and photo
editing. Now this is where I see this product shining. I can see this laptop
being used by a lot of people who need a portable machine that packs enough
power to edit videos or to some 3D modeling and animation. On the storage front
you get a 128GB M.2 NVMe SSD which is super quick and helps the OS boot up in
no time and you can use it to make some of your applications run faster as
well. For storing data you have a 1TB SATA hard drive which makes the GV62
solid in the storage department. In case you want to tweak the performance of
the laptop then all you have to do is press the dedicated Dragon Centre app button
above the numberpad. From the app you can choose between 4 different modes -
Eco, Comfort, Sport and Turbo (manual mode). The Cooler Boost 4 technology also
makes a return on the GV62 and once again you have a dedicated button that can
kick the two fans to the max speeds for the most efficient cooling but
significantly increasing the decibel levels. I must say that I found the
cooling to be much more efficient on this laptop when compared to the previous
(and more expensive) GE72 laptop that I had reviewed.
The speakers on the GV62 can be found at the front of the
laptop, facing the user. The chiseled
design and the elevation from the rubber grips below allow for enough space to
allow the sound through the speakers to not be muffled. Though the output from
the speakers itself is nothing to write home about. The sound reproduction is
clear but the loudness is not. I would advise either using a headphone or connecting
dedicated speakers to this laptop at almost all times. Once you pair a sound
device of your choice, you can enhance the audio experience with the Nahimic2+
app. There are loads of presets a for various scenarios and you can also
manually teak individual settings. Streamers would really like the option of
triggering some sounds using the app. The keyboard on the GV62 is from
Steelseries (as is the case with most MSI laptops) the keys are decently big
and I did not have too much problem typing on the keyboard. They feel like
normal laptop keys and there is nothing really bad about the feedback. Thankfully
you also have a dedicated numberpad and I always appreciate that. The font on
the keys as well is typical MSI and the red backlight makes it look even more
gamer oriented. The trackpad below the keys is also very functional and
decently big. The left and right clicks also work well, however they do require
a little bit of force to press and can cause fatigue after long usage.
There is a 1080p video cam housed on top of the display
panel that can shoot videos at 30fps. I liked the 6 cell battery on the GV62
quite a bit. It gives a pretty decent backup of about 3 hours if you are using
the laptop in Eco mode and not doing any gaming. Thanks to the 150W adapter
that comes with the laptop, you can fill the battery in about 2 hours.
The MSI GV62 7RE is a gaming laptop costs Rs 1,04,990 and
packs almost all the staple MSI features such as a 94% NTSC display, a stunning
design that will surely turn heads, the handy and functional Gaming Center app
and Cooler Boost 4, which works wonders here. While it is not extravagantly
priced and packed with heavy hardware, making it a somewhat questionable buy,
it comes packed with a great processor that will justify the laptops cost due
to the convenience of have a portable workstation. The GV62 will be great for
LAN parties and if you are looking for such a device then make sure to give
this one a thought.
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