MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 is the lower end version of the MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408. The primary difference between the two is that this one features a Core i5 processor whereas the MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 boasts the more powerful Intel Core i7 processor.
As far as the hardware configuration goes. there are few more slight differences, but the real point to note here is that with this laptop, you are getting one of the lowest possible deals for a gaming laptop with NVIDIA GTX 1050.
MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 hails from the latest line of MSI’s thin and affordable gaming laptops. They have received flawless reviews from their customers and are being celebrated for providing a great deal for the budget-centric customers.
Let us talk a bit more about this laptop and what makes this a great deal in this MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 Review.
Why get this laptop over others?
There is a such a vast collection of gaming laptops out there. So why settle for this particular one? For starters, MSI is no stranger to gaming devices. Not only have they been making gaming laptops for a long time, their gaming components like motherboards and graphics card are also second to none.
MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 is a laptop that has been created to replace the conventional multimedia laptop. There was a time when one would not go for gaming laptops because they were big and bulky. However, that has changed and this laptop is the proof of that fact.
The amount that you would invest in a multimedia laptop can now be used to get a powerful gaming laptop like this.
Secondly, not every gamer has an unlimited budget to get a high end gaming laptop. Some of us have a tight budget. In that case, MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 is the best laptop as you can squeeze out the most performance/dollar.
It does not feature an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and instead offers Intel Core i5-7300HQ knowing that the i7 is an overkill for NVIDIA GTX 1050. Therefore, why waste the money getting a powerful processor when it can get bottle-necked by the rest of the hardware?
Let’s Discuss MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 Hardware
As mentioned earlier, the hardware configuration of MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 has been designed to squeeze the most performance/dollar value in terms of gaming.
The aim of this laptop is to provide you with the best possible gaming experience at the lowest possible cost.
Let us discuss this further in this MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 review.
Design & Display
Like the MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408, MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 also has very subtle looks for a gaming laptop. This is has been done to attract non-gamers as well. So although this is a gaming laptop from the inside, it can be used perfectly by college students, businessmen, and professionals alike.
The laptop is thin, sleek and slender. It does have the most loved black color with red accents. It measures almost an inch in thickness, which makes it slimmer than many conventional laptops out there. Furthermore, it weighs about 5.3 lbs. Which is about the average weight for a 15.6″ laptop.
The screen of this laptop is a work of beauty. It is definitely a designer’s dream come true. MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 comes with a 15.6″ FHD screen with IPS panel that covers 94% of NTSC color space. The beauty of this will not only reflect if you are designing graphics on Photoshop, but also while you are gaming.
IPS panels in itself is a great display technology that has started appearing in laptops. It is quite common with high end laptops, but now with this laptop we can see it being offered at a great price.
We have already touched on this, but now let us discuss in depth.
Unlike most of the gaming laptops out there that boast an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 experiments differently and offers the Intel Core i5-7300HQ.
For starters, this is not the average Intel Core i5. Conventional laptops generally offer Intel Core i5-7200U processor. i5-7200U is a much weaker version of the i5 processor. The i5-7300HQ is the much more powerful version but drains the battery life much quickly.
The point of having this processor over the i7-7700HQ is that it makes sense at this budget range and with the rest of the hardware taken into account. Taking into consideration the graphics card and the RAM that this laptop has, it makes sense to not have an overkill processor as you will end up wasting money on something that you will not be able to utilize to its full potential.
Especially when you consider gaming, Core i5-7300HQ is more than sufficient.
MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 comes equipped with NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050. If you are upgrading from the older series of NVIDIA Graphics Card like 900 series, then just bear in mind that there is a profound difference between GTX 1050 and GTX 950M.
The NVIDIA GTX 1050 is 30% better performing than the NVIDIA GTX 960M.
The Graphics Card comes with a total of 2 GB of GDDR VRAM.
RAM and Storage
MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 is unfortunately a bit lacking when it comes to RAM amount and storage space. It only offers 8 GB DDR 4 RAM. Although this should be more than sufficient for gaming, you may want to upgrade if you do a lot of professional work.
As far as the storage goes, this laptop offers 256 GB of SSD. We all know SSDs provide great boost to system’s overall speed. However, 256 GB isn’t a lot if you have plenty of large installation files, videos, and pictures.
You would want to invest in a cheap external hard disk for large files and keep the SSD on board the laptop only for the most used software, apps and installed games.
Ports and Other Additional Features
The port configuration on this laptop is as follows: 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 port, HDMI (supports 4K@30hz) x1, mDP 1.2 x1, USB 3.0 Type C x1. Furthermore, this laptop offers the standard Wifi, Bluetooth and Webcam.
It also offers a premium SteelSeries non-backlit keyboard. There is not optical drive so if you want to use disc, you will need to get a portable optical drive.
Value For Money
If you are trying to get the most out of your money, then this is a great deal. MSI does have other great laptops. For example MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 is great for professional work as it offers an Intel Core i7 processor with a similar configuration.
There is also the MSI PL62 7RC-001 which comes with a decent NVIDIA’s GTX MX150 for casual gaming and an Intel Core i7-7700HQ for professional level of work.
However, if you are a hardcore gamer and will not use your laptop for hardcore professional work ever, then MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 is the way to go.
Note that it is not the intention to imply that MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 is not great for professional softwares. This is a gaming laptop after all. It is great, just not great enough to be used for hardcore development work.
MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 Review Conclusion
If you are looking for laptop that is a true gaming laptop in all respects but costs low, then MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 is one that I would recommend you keep your eye on.
As off writing this review, this is available at a discount. If you are lucky, then you can get for a price that is lower than its already amazing price tag.