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MSI GL62 7QF-1670UK 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop (Black) - (Kabylake Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB DDR IV RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB HDD, GTX 960M Graphics Card, Windows 10)
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LATEST 7th GENERATION KABYLAKE CPU average 10% performance boost compared with last generation INSANELY POWERFUL. GEFORCE GTX 960M DISCRETE GRAPHICS CARD WITH GDDR5 2GB VRAM The GeForce GTX 960M Series brings extreme, next-generation graphics performance to serious gaming notebooks. As the first graphics solution to reach a score almost 5,750 in 3DMark 11, the GeForce GTX 960M delivers extremely fast and fluid gameplay at the highest settings and resolutions in a lightweight and portable design. COOLER BOOST 3: KEEP CALM UNDER PRESSURE Heat is the most original element on earth. It’s pure physics that more energy will generate more heat. Cooling is therefore a knotty task to tackle with. MSI exclusive Cooler Boost 3 technology creates dual thermal modules internally by allocating dedicated heat pipes for GPU and CPU. The thermal system, therefore, actively and effectively push heat out of the laptop. NAHIMIC AUDIO ENHANCER Nahimic audio software offers high definition sound technology which boosts the audio and voice performance of your gaming computer. Enjoy an immersive virtual 7.1 sound over your standard stereo equipment! AUDIO BOOST The MSI Audio Boost design enhances the output sound detail and sound stage by 30% more. The gold flash audio jack provides stable sound transmission (reduced obstruction) and works in conjunction with the optimized headsets AMP (Audio Power Amplifier) design, with low noise and low distortion characteristics, to greatly enhance headphone performance and faithfully reproduce each acoustic detail.
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Gaming starts here with the MSI Range of Gaming Notebooks
Unleash your gaming spirit
Features at a glance
- 15.6" / 17.3" Models
- i5 or i7
- Latest GTX 960M Graphics
The ideal Battle Box for online multiplayer games
7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processors
The perfect combination of MSI gaming laptops and 7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processors shall bring you up to 10% performance enhancement of smoother VR experience.
Get Your Game on with the latest Nvidia Graphics
The perfect combination of MSI gaming laptops and Nvidia next gen. GeForce GTX 960M.
Best meets best
Game like a pro with MSI Gaming Notebooks
It's every gamer's dream to compete on stage, be broadcasted on a jumbo screen in front of huge crowds, have shoutcasters herald their every move and even play alongside their favourite League of Legends star player, all powered by an MSI gaming laptop! These dreams are made into reality for the average gamer through a phenomenon called The eSports Experience by MSI. This is just one of many ways MSI provides an unforgettable gaming experience for it's fans.
The Power of 10, Gaming Perfected !!
GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs give you up to 3X the performance of previous-generation GPUs. They’re built with ultra-fast FinFET, the latest high-bandwidth memory technologies, and support for DirectX 12 features to deliver the fastest, smoothest gaming notebook experiences.
The latest Intel 7th Generation CPU
The 7th generation Intel Core H series processor utilises a power-efficient microarchitecture, advanced process technology and silicon optimisations to deliver faster performance than processors of the previous generation. CPU core performance of Core i7-7700HQ is 8% faster than i7-6700HQ under average usage. CPU multimedia performance is enhanced, making it 10% faster than i7-6700HQ. 4K video decoding/transcoding is also improved 15%.
Latest Architecture DDR4-2400 Memory Support
Get the best possible performance out of your notebook with support of the advanced DDR4-2400 memory, achieving over 32GB/s in reading speed and 36GB/s in writing. With over 40% faster performance than previous generations DDR3-1600, DDR4-2400 is the new laptop standard to take your extreme gaming experience to the next level.
Multi-task with up to 3 Monitors
Expand the vision for extreme gaming experience. MSI innovative Matrix Display supports up to 2 external displays simultaneously through 1x HDMI port* and 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.2. Multi-task is made possible even during competitive gameplays. Connect the laptop to HDTV display, Matrix Display supports 4K output with a resolution up to 3840 x 2160. MSI Matrix Display technology creates an ideal environment for extreme gaming experience and pleasant multimedia entertainment.
* HDMI 4K@30Hz.
Dynamic Temperature / Performance Balancing
The exclusive MSI ‘SHIFT’ technology pushes system to the extreme while minimising noise and temperature. Default setting is at Sport mode. Switch between five profiles ‘Turbo’, ‘Sport’, ‘Comfort’, ‘ECO/Green’, and ‘User’ modes to either push your system to the extreme or in the pursuit of longer battery life.
Nahimic 2 3D virtual surround sound - 'I see your sound'
Nahimic Technology was first adopted by French army into its fighting aircraft training simulators. Nahimic specialises in 3D virtual surround sound processing and audio improvement. Moreover, Nahimic eliminates background noise, thus, enhances clarity of dialogues during conversations. The special function, Sound Tracker, introduced in Nahimic 2, permits gamers to 'see the direction and distance of the enemy's sound'.
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The unit boots very quickly and after a HUGE update from Microsoft, I was able to fully access the system and begin tweaking. The update had left a 23 GB 'old Windows' folder on the primary drive, so if your system does the same, expect to lose nearly a fifth of the space on the SSD immediately. I ran disk clean-up and rectified this after the update had concluded.
I haven't tested out games yet, as it's not the primary use for me - this will mainly be for travel / light work / image editing and some casual gaming now & then.
On the multimedia side & browsing while using public wifi - everything feels responsive with a solid connection maintained. I could easily have multiple tabs running, while streaming a video/audio etc. without any sense of lag in the system.
The keyboard is OK - if you don't mind a flat topography, my old system had slightly angled/raised keys, so the MSI took a little getting used to, but the keys themselves have a nice tactile feel and are well spaced. The track pad seems OK so far, but I had to use the Synaptic software to tweak the sensitivity and other settings, to get the right feel. I'll probably switch to a wireless mouse instead, as I don't particularly like these sorts of pads and the buttons to my taste, feel a little rigid and clicky (you might know what I mean after you purchase the unit).
Overall though and it's early days, very nice and there is a real sense of power in the unit. I would imagine if you want the laptop purely for gaming and want a system that will be capable of running the latest engines at max, you will have to look elsewhere and save up your pennies, as the hardware acceleration is provided by the rather humble 960M (2 GB) - which will likely give a reasonable performance on many games at medium settings, but don't expect this unit to maintain consistent high settings and best forget about ultra.
Anyway - that was probably near useless for most of you, so I'll get the hell out of this text box.
No regrets and for the money you'll spend at this time (around £850 / July 2017) - it's hard to find a laptop in this price range that offers more.
I bought this laptop mainly for animation and illustration work. I have used a range of Adobe programs for heavy workload with 2 or 3 big Adobe files open simultaneously. Most of the time this was fine, on 2 or 3 occassions a window popped up saying the RAM was running low. Therefore 16gb and an i7 for heavy content creation and multitasking seems more important than I initially thought, and for that reason I’d recommend this laptop to any animator/filmmaker - especially student - who wants to create quality work whilst really getting their money’s worth.
The screen is satisfactory overall. I was quite particular about colour accuracy when shopping but this laptop doesn't compromise too much with its display. There's nice vivid colour I've found great for my work so far, apart from the colour white which looks quite washed out and yellowish to me compared to a MacBook screen. You can alter the colour settings easily with the Intel HD Graphics program pre-installed but this doesn't fix the white. Side angles are fine but top and bottom viewing angles are quite poor. (I haven't used an IPS screen before so I don't know how much beter they are than this laptop's TN panel). Screen brightness is quite low and using in direct sunlight is a struggle, even with max brightness. I rarely do this though, and I'm not a huge fan of very bright screens especially during long editing/gaming sessions.
Battery life is mediocre too, I'm getting around four hours at best with battery saver on. Whilst animating/editing I might get 2 hours if I'm lucky, just under an hour with gaming; but with most devices such tasks require lots of AC power anyway, and access to a plug should be easy as a student.
I’m new to PC video gaming so this laptop’s impressed me with it’s performance. I’ve been playing some slightly demanding games like Forza Motorsport 6, Quantum Break and Rise of the Tomb Raider and at High settings I’m getting decent fps (normally 40-60 fps I think). There’s been some rare freezes here and there, and playing at Very high/Ultra settings is not good on this laptop (especially as it’s only a GTX 960 2gb) but as a rare casual gamer I’m loving the experience so far.
There’s actually just 117gb SSD and 915gb HDD space I can use, which is a disadvantage especially for the tiny SSD which I easily would’ve filled by now had I not deleted some programs (not even including one game!). Performance of games stored on HDD has been fine by me, but if you’re particular with SSD-stored games (for maximum speed/performance) don’t get this laptop unless you will add another SSD drive for which there’s another slot (you may risk voiding warranty though!)
On the first day the trackpad was playing up a bit but this stopped after a computer restart or two. The Nahimic software pre-installed definitely helps enhance headphone sound and surround sound of the speakers; the one letdown for me though is the severe lack of bass.
Build quality isn't great, the plastic seems a little fragile but it's not a disastrous compromise for the PC performance. The PC itself quite chunky too but not as heavy as I thought it would be. The airiness inside definitely keeps this laptop cool, and I'm loving the super fast Cooler Button on the keyboard. Carrying daily to and from uni is okay for me, I just wish the AC adaptor wasn't so chunky!
I'm aware there's much better performance in content creation and gaming elsewhere, but this is the best value for money laptop I could find for graphic intensive work under £1000.
Thanks for reading, will update this after I complete 3D modelling and animation , as well as numerous creative projects and hopefully more games.
I’ve since bought a Mac laptop which is much better in terms of screen and user friendliness, so this laptop is now behind used by the kids.
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