The MSI GL62 is one of the best gaming laptops under $1000. If you ever have to buy a gaming laptop in the given price range then MSI GL62 is a laptop you have to consider before making your choice.In this post let’s look at the detailed review of this gaming laptop.
Screen Size: 15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution: 1920X1080 pixels
Processor: 2.6 GHz Core i7 6700HQ
RAM: 12 GB SO-DIMM
Hard Drive: 1000 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor: NVIDIA GeForce Graphics GTX960M
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Amazon Ratings: 4.3/5 stars
Display and Design
The laptop has the looks of a cool gaming laptop because of its Gaming G Series logo and the nice metallic finish on the cover. The display is a Full HD display with the resolution of 1920×1080 and the size of the screen is 15.6 inches as mentioned in the specifications.It has a nice matte display and the colors pop out really well on the screen making the visual experience on this laptop a really good one.
The design is more towards the gaming laptop. The laptop weighs around 5.3 pounds which neither makes it too light nor too heavy. The laptop does give an impressive 1080p gameplay at even high settings, so the display in this laptop is excellent and something which would make it stand out in the competition(among the same range laptops).
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard in the GL series of laptop is not backlit unlike most of the other gaming laptops in this range. However, this does not throw the laptop out of the game, because you can go ahead and get it installed but that would take some work. If you really want to have backlit keyboard then you can go for the MSI GE 62 which has backlit lights and a memory of 16 GB( the MSI GL 62 has 12 GB memory) but is priced at $1099. So, if you are ready to spend another $100 then I would really recommend you go for the GE62, apart from these two differences they have every other feature similar on the two laptops.
The keyboard has a number pad on the right making it take more space on the chassis and align the touchpad towards the left, which is annoying because I feel the touchpad is much better when centered. However, it is becoming quite popular to include the number pad in laptops these days and giving it more a PC keyboard feel. The touchpad is like any regular touchpad. It is sensitive, accurate and comfortable to use.There are no user complaints about the touchpad making its touchpad a good choice to go for a gaming laptop.
Gaming and Graphics
It has a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD which is a lot of space for all your games.The graphics in the laptop is powered by NVIDIA GeForce Graphics GTX960M, but I do think they could have done a little better with the i7 processor they have by having a much higher specs of the graphics card.The storage space in the laptop does compensate for that, so I think it is still a good choice for gaming.
However, I do find the gaming experience really good in this laptop, and it can easily play games like Dota and CounterStrike in 1080p settings without any troubles.The laptop is fast and hence the performance of the laptop when it comes to transferring files, booting it up and shutting it down is fast and impressive.
The gaming experience on this laptop is really good and of top notch quality for the price range in which the laptop is available. I really think the gaming could be a little better but I have to admit it is not at all bad and does justice to its price.
Battery Life and overheating issues
The battery life is not that great for this laptop and there have been many user complaints on this issue because the battery just lasts for about 3 hours.This is something which is sad for a laptop which is specifically designed for gaming.
The manufacturers have put a lot of efforts when it comes to the laptop overheating issues as they have included the cooler booster 3 along with an efficiently designed dual fan cooling system.The laptop does heat up but considering the turbo mode it cools down as well, hence overheating is not a major issue with the laptop.
The audio in the MSI laptop is powered by Nahimic which offers virtual 7.1 sound for an immersive high definition to experience a better gameplay. However, the placement of the speakers is a little annoying to me but the overall sound quality is good.
I use headphones most the time and using them, the sound is pretty loud and clear. I have no complaints about the audio quality on this laptop.It is good but not great.
Ports and Warranty
The laptop does include a lot of ports and they are RJ45-LAN, HDMI, Display Port, 2xUSB 3.0, USB 3.0 Type-C, microphone, headphones, optical drive, USB 2.0 and a card reader.
This laptop does include the optical drive enabling the user to play older versions of any game that is on a CD/DVD.
The laptop comes with a limited warranty period of 24 months.
The MSI GL 62 is an entry level gaming laptop and it sure does have a lot of good features for a gaming laptop. However, I do feel that you could invest another $100 and get the GE 62, which has more memory and a backlit keyboard as well.While it comes to the MSI GL 62 laptop I think it is pretty good enough for the price but I would rather suggest that you look through Lenovo Ideapad Y700 as well because the specs are almost the same apart from the 1 TB HDD for which in the Lenovo laptop you need to pay more(The battery sucks in the Lenovo laptop as well).
Comparing it with the Lenovo Ideapad Y700, I think the MSI GL 62 would do well when it comes to storage and it does win the battle between the two laptops.
In the case of any further questions, leave them in the comment section below and I would be happy to help.