MSI GL62M 7RD 1407 Review – A Well Equipped Cheap Gaming Laptop

The MSI GL62M 7RD is an entry level gaming machine that promises lot of performance in its affordable price. The hardware configuration is not disappointing for around 700 dollars. What we have here is the Intel I5 7th generation processor and GTX 1050 that should be useful on running many AAA games in such a nice experience. You would see different choices outside there, but I think this is one of the best choices you could get at this range right now. I have checked the ASUS FX504, but sadly the build quality and display are not so impressive. In other hand, MSI provides much better design and build although the performance is quite lower here.

For this review, we are going to check it further whether the system is recommended or not to afford in 2018. The display and performance are becoming main concern here as similar competitors offer better hardware here. Let’s just hope it would be turned into a nice deal here. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Construction and Connectivity

In comparable with MSI GL62 6QF, the design is pretty similar here and one thing that makes different is the missing of an optical drive. The company decides to put it away here as not many users using it right now. In good side, the weight is now lighter and the system has better room for breathing here. The entire chassis itself is created from plastic and covered in matte black finishing. Some light color accents are featured here and adding of premium touch to its plastic shell. The only thing completely missing is the lack of maintenance hatch and users forced to open the entire back cover for upgrading the hardware. Not a big idea, so better picking the right configuration here.

In term of stability, I think the chassis holds everything pretty well here although the build quality should be better here. The base area is weak and the lid is possible to twist. Thankfully, the hinge system is much better here as it’s flexible and durable enough. Build quality is a common case in cheap machine, so I cannot make a complaint. As for the connectivity, we have three USB type-A port which one of them is USB 2.0. There is a USB type-C without Thunderbolt support alongside with HDMI, display port, Ethernet, audio jack, and power slot for charging the battery.

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Gaming and Productivity

MSI GL62M 7RD 1407 2 I am impressed on seeing how great the 15.6 inch matte display here. The color accuracy and brightness are better than most machines I have seen at this range. It produces 100 percent for SRGB and 234 nits for brightness. For streaming and gaming, the images are sharp and accurate enough here. I play Fortnite for dozens of time here and I always see the color from its colorful graphic is so popup here. For a professional usage like photo editing, I think doing a calibration is needed here as for some reasons some colors are over exposed here. Not a big case, but should be taken seriously here.

As for the productivity, the keyboard is not my favorite here as its lack of pressure point and light. The key travel is not balance here and making the experience is slightly lower than I expect. MSI uses of their own layout, so don’t be surprised the keys placement are quite weird here. The overall quality is decent here, but the competitor will have more improved and comfortable keyboard. I recommend you to take look further here and see how it works on satisfying your needs.

Last price update: 2019-02-01 19:21:08

MSI GL62M 7RD 1407Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I5-7300HQ 2.5 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1050
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD

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Hardware Configuration

The GL62M is available in few different configurations and what I have now is the lower version that powered by Core I5 7300HQ, GTX 1050, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. The processor and GPU are okay here and almost all of games are playable at medium and high setting. The big problem here is the storage which easily filled in short time. Most of games right now take 20 to 40GB and means we can only save of 5 to 7 games only here. Adding a HDD is recommended here and thankfully the 2.5 inch slot is available and users just need to pop it up. The same case happened to RAM in case you want more performance and multitasking here.

Moving into its battery life, for most all of time the system is capable of delivering 3 to 3.5 hours in gaming and streaming 1080p video. The result is not quite good considering it has 41 Wh battery. Plugging it to the charger is the only solution here as reducing the brightness won’t make big difference on battery result. Keep in mind this is a gaming system where you always put it at your home and means the battery is not an issue here.

Last price update: 2019-02-01 19:21:08
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Final Thought

The GL62M is still a worthy option in case you do not want to check the ASUS FX504 and other notable options. The performance is slightly lower here, but MSI offers better overall design and crisp display. Everyone will have their preference, so feel free to take any consideration here. I just hope the information is good enough for you on making an option. Thank you very much for reading the article and mind leaving some comments regarding the article for further assistance.

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