7.4 Total Score

The MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 is one of the few gaming laptops fitted with Nvidia’s Pascal graphics and the most recent Kaby Lake processor, but nonetheless fairly priced. It sweetly balances a thin design and powerful performance, while still offering useful port options and a backlit SteelSeries gaming keyboard.

PROS

Top-notch performance
A huge amount of storage space
Useful port options
Backlit keyboard
CONS

Physical design may well not be attractive to some

The MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 can be an entry-level device that checks all boxes in the prosumer gaming world. Its pricing and classification in the MSI line-up point towards something which makes a few trade offs, though not prohibitively so. In the end, its specification isn’t bad either: A Kaby lake processor quad-core processor, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, 8GB system memory, a 128GB solid-state-drive (SSD) plus 1TB hard disk drive storage.

It isn’t among those systems which will blow through the most recent AAA titles with butter-smooth frame rates, however the fact that its super thin and lightweight helps it be appealing to almost all of us. If you want something with a thin profile and lighter compared to the Acer Predator Helios 300, our Editors’ Choice, you then should seriously have the MSI GL62M 7RDX near the top of your list.

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Design
MSI uses the same case as almost all of its predecessors in the MSI GL62M-line, only that it gets thinner here. And some more distinctions too. Like, the MSI 408 doesn’t get an optical drive, that is a sacrifice you should embrace in obtaining a slender device. Your body is mainly matte black plastic, with a thin red accent on the trunk, joining the dual fan grilles. MSI laptops are designed for expandability, and achieve that you’ll need to remove the underside.

Its design is stylish, to a sizable extent, it’s something you could possibly be tempted to use at work -were it not for the red accents and ‘gamer-inspired’ SteelSeries keyboard. Measuring about 1.06 by 15.07 by 10.23 inches (HWD), and weighs about 5.29 pounds, which is way both lighter and thinner than its 17-inch sibling iteration, the MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 (1.16-by-16.45-by-10.6 inches; 5.29 pounds).

Still, it doesn’t beat the Asus ROG Strix GL502VM in portability; measuring about 0.9 by 15.4 by 10.5 inches and weighs 4.9 pounds, but packs a formidable Intel Core i7 Kaby lake processor, GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) and 16GB of RAM.

Display and Keyboard
The matte display features full HD resolution and In-Plane Switching technology that gives wider viewing angles, however the effect isn’t well prominent when the screen doesn’t have a glass coating. In the event that you factor the brand new graphics card, 1080p continues to be well suited for notebooks, which aren’t configured to contend with desktops that run QHD+ OR 4K resolution, nevertheless, you don’t get meaningful performance drops.

The built-in SteelSeries keyboard is smartly designed and comfortable to use. It boasts single backlighting and an anti-ghosting key. The red lighting pattern with a silver lining over the three zones is well-crafted, the keys are comfortable to type on, but an excessive amount of travel makes them feel somewhat bouncy.

The touchpad is slightly offset towards the left, but its smooth and sturdy; with responsive left-and right click functions underneath the touchpad.

Connectivity
Port options on the GL62M are plentiful and varied, due to the fact you won’t be doing VR gaming -that occupies some of your ports simultaneously. That feature isn’t supported on GTX 1050 cards, but if it’s a must-have, you’ll need to grab something with a GTX 1060 GPU and above which supports that feature.

On the proper flank is a USB 2.0 port, an Sdcard slot and the energy jack. The proper side holds one USB 3.0 Type-C, two USB 3.0 ports, a mini-display port, a HDMI port with 4K support and audio tracks jacks. An RJ-45 port enables you to hook up to the web, and for wireless you have Intel 3168 Sandy Peak 1 (1×1 802.11 ac) and Bluetooth 4.0. On leading is a 720p HD Webcam which is decent for an entry-level system.

Storage
A whole lot of storage is up to speed the MSI GL62M: 1TB 5,400rpm hard disk drive and a 128GB M.2 SATA. It’s surprising to visit a slow hard disk drive make its way here, rather than a faster 7200rpm, nonetheless it isn’t a deal breaker. That is a lot more than the Acer Predator Helios 300’s storage options since it only offers a 256GB SSD, but skimps on a storage hard disk drive. While 128GB is just a little tight once you install games on the drive, the machine is practically upgradable, in order to swap it with a bigger capacity SSD.

Performance
Alongside the newest 2GB GTX 1050 graphics card, the MSI 7RDX has an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and 8GB RAM. The CPU’s base clock is 2.8GHz, nonetheless it can stretch because of Turbo hitting no more than 3.4GHz (four cores). These clock speeds are almost 200MHz greater than what you’d get from its direct Skylake opponents (intel Core i7-6700HQ).

For that, the machine yields greater results in benchmark tests (4819 on PCMark 8, and 142 points on CineBench R15), and it gets a performance boost aswell. However, any meaningful in performance isn’t directly due to change in architecture, apparently Kaby Lake and Skylake aren’t so different-focus is on energy efficiency.

Graphics Performance
Given the brand new graphics system, though, we’re more considering the 3D and gaming performance. With the brand new GeForce GTX 1050 graphic card, Nvidia adds an entry-level range model to its GPU line-up in early 2017. It is one of the Pascal generation, with support for DirectX 12. It includes a 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, rendering it an improved performer over its predecessor the GTX 960M.

The GL62M performs about ten percent much better than the ASUS ROG G752VT-DH72, because of the brand new GPU and efficient coolant system that allows the machine to seamlessly clock higher speeds. The machine is muscular enough to play modern PC games smoothly.

It won’t provide you with the butter-smooth frame rates you’d get from high-end systems just like the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501, nonetheless it still gives playable frame rates on Full HD resolutions -Resident Evil 7 (56FPS); GTA V (65 FPS) and Dependence on Speed (61 FPS). If you plan to run games in 4K on an external display, the GPU might disappoint. It isn’t cut for such a requirement, you’ll need to look at a notebook with a GTX 1060, just like the Predator Helios 300, and even better, a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080.

Battery Life
Finally, the 7RDX-1408’s battery lasted 3 hours, 42 minutes, on rundown tests, which is expected of a gaming laptop. That is way lower than a good desktop replacement, but we’ve a few scoring well like the Dell Inspiron 15 – 11 hours 06 minutes; Razer Blade (early 2017) – 10 hours 29 minutes; and, Acer Predator 15 which will last 5 hours 36 minutes. As always, this ilk of gaming notebooks are simply lightweight enough to permit you move around in a pinch to the next destination, nonetheless they aren’t suitable for use all-the-way.

The Bottom Line
The MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 do not need to struggle to be an inexpensive entry-level gaming notebook. Not that it’s the least expensive, but it’s uncommon to find an MSI ringing a cost that may …just maybe – get you a desktop replacement, at the most effective. It wouldn’t be considered a stretch to label it a budding prosumer’s choice, since it inches nearer to a desktop than most notebooks in the same category can on all but form factor. You’re likely to make it with you often, it’ll match a backpack, it features the most recent GTX 1050 graphics category and scores well on productivity alike.

We expected the hard disk drive to be faster (preferably 7200rpm not the 5400rpm), and the memory is mean -can be upgraded later on, but it’s among those sacrifices you accept with a pinch of salt, to own it affordable. Having said that, there is more storage and gaming aesthetics than its rivals, and, it’s hard to recommend it not the hottest graphics card, powerful processor and elegant design, especially as of this price.

The MSI GV62 8RD-200 (released mid-2018) is a more recent version of the MSI GL62M 7RDX, with the same components, but adds 16GB Intel Optane Memory and Coffee Lake chip (New Intel 8th Gen Core i5-8300H). With this module, it amends the only issue we’d using its predecessor -lack of a solid-state-drive (SSD). Still, the Acer Predator Helios 300 remains our Editors’ Choice midrange gaming laptops, since it effectively demonstrates the energy of Nvidia’s new Pascal notebook cards.