MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 Review – Simply Laptop

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The MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 is the perfect gaming laptop for the avid gamer with a tight budget. MSI is famous as a classic gaming machine maker. They have taken their expertise to the next level by cramming as much power as they could into the MSI GL72M while still making it affordable so you won’t have to rob a bank to get it.

MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 Overview

Operating System: Windows 10
CPU: 2.8GHz 7th Gen Intel Core i7 7700HQ
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Display: 17.3 inch 1920X1080 pixels LED-backlit display
RAM: 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
VRAM: 2GB
Harddrive: 1TB 5400RPM HDD, 128GB SATA M2 SSD

Design

The MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 comes with a stylish modern black metal build. Its stylish look makes it one of the best looking laptops for its price range.

Opening the lid reveals a beautiful SteelSeries keyboard with red backlights nested on an island in the middle of the deck. The 17.3-inch laptop weighs a comfortable 6 pounds, which make it a convenient beast to carry around with you if you have to. However, the sheer size of it might not allow it to fit in many normal backpacks.

Display

It comes with a 17.3 inch LED-backlit widescreen 1920×1080 pixels display. The colors are vivid and immersive, accurate and with a good contrast ratio. You will enjoy watching your movies, shows and playing your games on this display.

The screen is also non-reflective, which is perfect for gaming in a room with windows and lights. Reflection can distract from the immersive gaming experience, so this feature is godsent.

Hardware

1. Ports and Slots

It comes with a pretty standard set of ports and slots. On the left side, there is the Kensington lock, an ethernet port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI slot, a display port, 1 USB type C port, a microphone jack, and a headphone jack. It has been designed to host all permanently connected devices to the left. On the right, there is the DVD drive, a USB 2.0 port, SD card reader slot and the power supply slot.

2. Webcam

The Webcam is a standard 720p HD camera. Perfect for simple skype calls or pictures, it captures all the colors accurately. However, the images are a little grainy, and the colors get washed out if you are using the camera in a room with bright lights. If you want a camera for serious purposes, such as making Youtube videos, then you should consider investing in an external camera addon.

3. Keyboard and Touchpad

When you open the lid, you are greeted with the beautiful SteelSeries keyboard. It looks amazing especially with the red backlights that give every key an awe-inspiring glow. The keys have a travel distance of 1.9mm, which may give a little resistance when typing. The optimum travel distance is 1.5mm. It has an optimized WASD zone that any gamer worth their salt would appreciate.

It also has a smooth, responsive touchpad that will transmit all your motions instantly. The touchpad can also handle all the various gestures that Windows 10 supports. You can pinch to zoom or do the two finger up and down scroll, among other convenient shortcuts that will make your experience using this computer a breeze.

4. Cooling System

The MSI GL72M 7RDX-800, being a gaming laptop, needs a cooling system that will efficiently get the job done. MSI used the Cooler boost 4 cooling system, which is an awesome cooling system with 7 heat pipes. It also has two fans that will run whenever things begin to heat up. All in all, it has a pretty cool cooling system. Pun intended.

Software

MSI understands that people hate bloatware. This is why their laptops usually have a minimal number of preinstalled software. The only software from MSI that you will get with your MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 are all useful. For example, it comes with the MSI Battery Software, which will help you calibrate and optimize the performance of your battery.

All the other software that come preinstalled are those that come with the Windows 10 installation. You can easily ignore these or uninstall any that you do not need.

Performance

The MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 has a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor. The CPU performs beautifully no matter what you throw at it. It, however, comes with only 8GB of 2400MHz DDR RAM. This is enough to handle most games out there, but as new more demanding games are being made every day, it won’t be long before a game that it cannot handle comes along. However, it can handle most games really well, and you will be able to play online games like a dream.

It comes with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card with 2GB of DDR4 RAM. The performance quality you will be able to get from this will allow you to run most games at high settings. However, some really graphic-intensive games might lag, so you should consider lowering the in-game settings a bit for a better experience.

Finally, it comes with a 1TB 5400RPM HDD and a 128GB SATA M2 SSD. This hybrid combination gives you both performance and space, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. The SSD comes installed with Windows 10, so your boot times will be extremely fast.

Audio

It uses a powerful set of Nahimic 2 speakers that allow it to have an impressive audio output. All the treble and bass will be clearly heard as sound fills up whatever room you are in when you crank up the volume to max. It also minimizes sound distortion, even at high volumes, and you will be very pleased with the sound quality. However, every true gamer should have a trusty pair of headphones if they want a truly immersive gaming experience.

Battery

The battery life is 4.5 hours, which is average for most gaming laptops. MSI also preinstalls a pretty useful battery calibration software that will really go a long way in making sure you get the most out of your battery.

Pros
1. It has a large immersive 17.3 inch 1920×1080 pixels widescreen display that is non-reflective and non-distracting.
2. It offers a pretty decent performance. You will be able to play most games on it without experiencing any lag or system crashes
3. The keyboard is comfortable to use, with ok 1.9mm travel and clear pressure points.

Cons
1. The 8GB of RAM that it comes with is pretty low for a gaming laptop. Many similar laptops have way more memory.
2. The matte plastic can be extremely prone to fingerprints
3. The screen has narrow viewing angles

Final Thoughts

The MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 perfectly combines raw power and performance with awesome premium features that are usually only found in way more expensive laptops. It is the perfect gaming laptop for the gamer with a tight budget. If you have been looking for a gaming laptop that will let you push it to the limit, then this is it. Try it out and be amazed at just how much you can do with it for such a fair price.

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