You might be prepared to pay a lot of money if you’re on a hunt for gaming laptop. True, most of these player computers cost quite much. But not all gaming notebooks are created equal – you might be tempted to choose a cheaper option like MSI GL62M 7RE-407 to save money. Let me tell you, there are mostly good reasons to go for the MSI, but it also has some drawbacks. So, let me tell you about its features and benefits in detail below!
Is this good for gaming?
The graphics card of MSI GL62M 7RE-407 is Nvidia’s GTX 1050Ti. I can say it’s a pretty good gaming unit, however the GTX 1050Ti can still be classified as mainstream/mid-range card. The performance for Quad HD gaming wouldn’t be good, but the resolution of this laptop is capped at 1920×1080. And for that, 1080p gaming, the GTX 1050Ti is all you need. Even the most demanding titles should run smoothly. Some examples on 1920×1080 and high settings:
– The Witcher 3, ~40FPS
– Fallout 4, ~55FPS
– GTA 5, ~60FPS
Just remember that Virtual Reality (VR) is not supported on this card. Otherwise, as you can see from the few examples, there is plenty of oomph for anyone that is content with 1080p.
Performance in general
The 7th generation of Intel processors has hit the market in full force. One of those, the Intel Core i5-7300HQ is solidly planted in the heart of MSI GL62M 7RE-407 as well. There are no reasons to be ashamed of it – the four cores, 2.5GHz clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo the i5 chip offers take gamer and a power user far, very far. The CPU Mark grade for this early 2017 model is ~6800, great for demanding applications and games alike.
There is 8GB DDR4 2400MHz memory installed. That is exactly the amount a player needs – you see, most games won’t even utilize the full eight gigabytes. But RAM upgrade from 8GB to 16GB might come into question if you are into heavy multitasking or, say, video editing. Regarding the latter, the other specs of this notebook are very sufficient for Adobe Premiere etc. use. The maximum RAM is 32GB with two 16GB sticks.
One snappy storage drive is available. I say snappy because it’s a M.2 SATA SSD with 256GB storage. The free storage will be around 230 gigabytes because Windows 10 takes space, obviously. You might want to know there is n empty slot for 2.5″ SATA hard drive too. So installing a traditional HDD works on this notebook. In fact, one version even comes with hard drive pre-installed.
Does it offer good connectivity?
Do not be afraid about limited ports in MSI GL62M 7RE-407, despite the budget price there are many connectors to choose from. Available are four USB ports all in all – one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and one USB 3.0 Type-C port. Hooking up a gaming mouse, perhaps a keyboard and some other peripheral simultaneously will thus work.
There seems to be HDMI and miniDisplayPort outputs for connecting a monitor. Actually, you can connect two external displays to them at the same time if you wish.
The laptop does not include a DVD burner. So, out of the box, you won’t be able to handle CDs and DVDs. With an external drive that will be possible, anyway. There will be a card reader at your disposal, it supports SD, SDXC and SDHC type cards.
Some other things to keep in mind
I would say the display on MSI GL62M 7RE-407 is alright. The size is the most common 15.6 inches and resolution Full HD. Indeed, the low price can be seen in the resolution choice, many expensive models offer Quad HD for gamers to enjoy. In my opinion 1080p is still enough for casual players, easily. The screen type should be matte (anti-glare).
Unfortunately, the 6-cell battery can not be removed – that is usually the case with gaming notebooks. And as you can probably guess, the battery itself is not going to last too long. You will be looking at one-two hours duration while gaming is on, and around three hours otherwise.
For some reason they did not include backlit keyboard on this model. Perhaps because it’s a cheaper gaming laptop.
Summing it up
MSI GL62M 7RE-407 tries to look like a true gaming notebook and in all honesty, it is one. Certainly the GeForce GTX 1050Ti is a mid-range card with which you might need to make a sacrifice or two, but that would be a rare case anyway. The other specs, mainly the 7th generation Core i5 processor and 256GB SSD are very decent options for laptop gaming. I can not really criticize this computer because it offers quite much for the price. If you want a full gaming experience without paying an arm and leg, this MSI is something you should go for.