MSI VR Ready GP62MVR Leopard Pro-218 Gaming Laptop Review

MSI have updated their long lineup of hard core gaming laptops with the release of the GP62MVR Leopard Pro 218 Gaming Laptop that allows playing of VR games and other applications for an enjoyable computing experience. The system is powered by 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core processor and 16GB of 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM capable of handling multiple tasks and efficient access of files and programs. The CPU can run up to 3.5GHz when demanding tasks are thrown at it and the RAM is expandable to a maximum of 32GB for an improved system performance. The 15.6 inch display laptop comes with an IPS panel that provides wide viewing angles with a resolution of 1920×1080 for clear full HD content viewing. The system is good for hard core gaming thanks to a dedicated pascal based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM for better visual settings when gaming. The laptop passes across as an excellent choice for gamers that does not hit the wallet too hard, but we need to have a closer look on the system.

Design

The laptop measures 15.1 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches and weighs 4.8 pounds thus making it to the lightweight category for playing on-the-go and portability. The 6 cell battery in the systems performs dismally when it comes to gaming as it offers around 1.5 hours of gameplay and 2-3 hours for web browsing. As such, you got to keep your charging adapter close and stay closer to the power supply sockets! If you are after a battery champ when it comes to gaming, then you may consider the Asus ROG G750JZ-XS72 which offers up to 5 hours and 30 minutes of gameplay.

Performance

The MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-218 is powered by a sixth generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with four core. It comes with a 2.6GHz clock speed that can run up to 3.5GHz with Turbo boost technology thus making it an all-round machine. The system is capable of handling any task thrown at it ranging from graphic editing to programming tools without shading a sweat. It combines with 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, which is more than enough for running all programs. The memory is expandable to 32GB, which is rare for any individual to need such a massive memory for everyday use.  The combination of a high clock processor with a massive 16GB memory enables the laptop to run high-end games, play 4K media files, handle serious multitasking and launch complex software such as video editing and graphics design apps without stuttering.

The system throws in a massive 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive that offers massive space for storage but not ideal for performance purposes. The hard drive is suitable for keeping all your videos, photos, games, music and videos. The laptop could have done better as a gaming monster with the inclusion of a fast Solid State Drive for fast loading of programs and booting time. If you know a thing or two about computers you can replace the hard drive or add an SSD using the free M.2 (PCIe/NVME & SATA3) slot inside. Those who might want a system that includes an SSD out of the box, then the MSI VR Ready GE62VR Apache Pro-026 15.6″ Powerful Gaming Laptop is a better option with some extra bucks of course.

Gaming is the primary function of the MSI GP62MVR 6RF Leopard Pro, so it is no surprise that it harbors a powerful GPU that most gamers will find comfortable to work with. The system comes with a Geforce GTX 1060 gaming card with 3GB GDDR5 video memory that delivers an excellent performance. However, it is important to note that the GTX 980 is still on top of the game when compared to our GTX 1060 embedded here but that is not here or there, the thing is that the system still delivers for gamers. Gamers can play new titles such as the Division 2016 at high settings on 1920 x 1080 with smooth 64 fps and Doom 2016 at Ultra settings on 1920 x 1080 at super-smooth 85 fps.

Connectivity

Connectivity on the Leopard Pro-218 includes a one USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports for connecting other devices and peripherals. There is a USB 3.1 Type-C connector for multiple use with other compatible devices. The inclusion of an HDMI 1.4 output port allows you to extend the display to bigger screens such as HDTVs and monitors to play your games or watch your movies comfortably. A mini Display 1.2 Port is also available for connecting the laptop to an extra display. There is an SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader that allows you to copy and store information from your memory cards with the system. The laptop lacks a DVD drive, so if you want to access your games saved in DVDs then you will have to buy separately an external hard drive. When you are done with playing games or you want to play online, internet connectivity is possible by use of a Gigabit LAN RJ-45 port or A/C Wi-Fi. There is a Bluetooth card available for you to connect with other compatible devices for transfer and sharing of data.

Display

The MSI GP62MVR 6RF Leopard Pro features a 15.6″ non-touch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p and an IPS display with a 60Hz refresh rate. The full HD resolution is pretty good for gamers who need a system with a sharp and a brilliant image quality. It is also a good match that goes hand in hand with the efficient GPU power embedded on this system. Despite the simplicity of its display, this does not hold it back from delivering a pleasant gaming experience. There is also a 720p HD webcam that comes in handy for video conferencing and chatting with friends and family via skype.

Other Features

The laptop comes with a backlit full-sized keyboard with a comfortable actuation and spacing of the keys that are stable without any feeling of resistance or being rigid. The trackpad on the MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro 218 is smooth and responsive with detached buttons that makes it easier to differentiate between the end of the left click and the beginning right of the right click. There are to dedicated mouse keys that are comfortable to use as they provide a firm feedback when pressed. MSI includes a hotkey for disabling the track pad, since gaming is more enjoyable and comfortable with the use of a mouse.

The audio quality in this laptop is quite good thanks to the Nahimic Sound Technology and audio boost. The system comes with four built-in stereo speakers thus delivering a 360-degree immersive audio experience for gaming. The Nahimic Sound ensures that you receive excellent sound whether you are using headphones or external speakers.

Conclusion

The MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro is the prototypical entry-level, VR-ready gaming laptop, offering enough horsepower to get in the door without breaking the bank. The inclusion of a a sixth generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ and 16GB of Memory enables the system to handle any task thrown at it. Gamers are on the comfort zone with the GeForce GTX 1060 that does a wonderful job with Triple A titles, and the 1080p screen makes the gaming experience more pleasant. The inclusion of a mechanical hard drive takes the system some steps back, but adding an SSD will boost the performance. The system lacks an optical DVD drive that most gamers would like to use it occasionally. The lack of HDMI 2.0 is also surprising given the 10-series GPU under the hood. The battery life in the system performs dismally, but if you have no problem with that then the MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro will offer you excellent gameplay at 1080p and is an ideal choice for the budget mobile VR gamer.

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