Most avid PC gamers will recommend MSI gaming laptops as one of their preferred weapons of choice.
But who are MSI and why are their laptops so good for gamers?
In this article we will look at five of the best MSI laptops. They do tend to be expensive, but we have tried to include MSI laptops to suit all budgets.
We will also examine the history of MSI—Micro Star International Computers—and just what makes their computers so good—and sometimes not so good.
The new MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US is a sub $1000 gaming laptop which offers a decent mid-range gaming laptop at a price most can afford.
You would spend less on this machine than many of the new MacBook computers and get a much more capable gaming device.
This machine from MSI is designed specifically for gaming. With a 7th gen i7 core processor, one of the latest NVIDIA graphics cards in the GTX 1050Ti and 8GB of RAM, it will play most modern titles with medium to high graphics settings enabled.
A 15-inch matte full HD display uses IPS technology for wider viewing angles. With a 94 percent NTSC color range, it gives more realism and a greater life to your games. The MSI’s GTX 1050Ti GPU provides a faster frame rate on most titles with recent games like Overwatch even achieving 73 FPS.
A built in SteelSeries keyboard is comfortable to use and features single key backlighting with an anti-ghosting key. The red lighting uses a silver lining across three zones which offers the maximum customization.
The touchpad on this machine is just as good with a smooth, sturdy action. It is highly responsive with left and right click buttons just below the pad.
Storage is well covered with a hybrid drive of 128GB SATA SSD for your OS and programs, and a 1TB HDD for data storage. Although the SSD may seem small compared to other competitor models, it’s easy to swap out.
MSI laptops are designed for expandability with access to components by removing the bottom of the case. You could even upgrade the RAM to a maximum of 32GB with four slots available.
Unfortunately, the main downside with this laptop is the lack of future proofing. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is not VR ready like the GTX chips and doesn’t yet support 4K gaming. It’s only an average performer which may struggle with some newer AAA titles being released.
The MSI GL62M 7REX-1896 US is a competent gaming machine for the price. The high specs and speedy hybrid storage make it able to handle even the most demanding of productivity tasks when not gaming.
The extra portability of this laptop, combined with a pretty decent battery life and a high specification, make it the best all-around MSI laptop you can currently buy for the money.
The MSI GV62 8RD-034 is one of those systems that tries to make up for the failings of its predecessors. The newer 8th generation Coffee Lake-H processor used in this model is the latest in the series with many improvements over the previous 7th gen core processors.
And while the NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti GPU may not support VR gaming, it does manage to pack a lot of power into the thinner design.
A large 1TB capacity allows for larger game installs. Many of the latest triple-A titles now need over 40GB just for installation.
The case still uses the same matte black plastic of earlier models with a red accent found at the back of the machine. It forgoes the optical drive which is a sacrifice you have to make if you want a powerful machine this thin. At just over 4.8 pounds and 1.06 inches thick, the MSI GV62 is designed to be more portable.
For a surprisingly thin machine it features plenty of connectivity options with a myriad of ports for a machine that doesn’t offer VR capability. The laptop even includes an RJ45 socket for ethernet connection and also includes Intel wireless AC 9462 Sandy Peak for a faster gaming connection.
This model has the same quality screen that we’ve come to expect from MSI and the usual well-designed SteelSeries keyboard that is comfortable to use.
The battery lasts a reasonable 4 hours which is what you would expect from a machine like this, although many newer SSD-based machines are much less power hungry.
The storage on this machine is average at best. A 1TB HDD provides enough space for all your larger game installations and application data. Yet MSI have chosen an older 5400RPM drive rather than the much faster 7200RPM standard.
In addition, many people will bemoan the relatively small SSD, but combined with the 1 TB hard drive this isn't a serious issue.
The main strengths of this latest MSI GV62 are its excellent display, thinner size, large storage and, of course, the price.
If you are looking for a powerful yet portable gaming rig at a reasonable price, then this laptop is definitely worthy of your consideration.