MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 Review

MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 review

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MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 is the more costly version of the MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 and MSI GL62M 7RD-1407. It excels in one aspect in comparison, but unfortunately lacks in another.

Brief Comparison between MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 vs MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408

The prime difference between MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 and MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 is the former lacks an SSD drive. However, it features 16 GB of RAM which the other lacks.

Although the lack of SSD seems disappointing, rest assured because the hard disk it boasts is not the ordinary one. It operates at 7200 RPM, which is much faster than the conventional hard disks that operates at 5400 RPM.

Other than that is really no difference between the two and is it stands, the MSI GL62M line of gaming laptops in general is extraordinary in all respects when it comes to affordable gaming laptops.

Intro MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 Review

MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 is an affordable gaming laptop based around the NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card. It’s prime and the outstanding aspect is the price point. This is a laptop, that along with the rest of the laptops in this series, aims to provide the most out of each dollar that you spend.

Another highlight of this laptop is that it offers the powerful Intel Core i7 processor at a great price range.

Specification and Features

Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core 2.8 GHz per core
Graphic Card: GTX 1050 2 GB VRAM
Storage: 1TB @ 7200 RPM
Memory: 16 GB DDR4
Connectivity/Ports: USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), USB 3.1 Type-A, USB 2.0, & HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth, Card Reader
Display: 15.6″ FHD 1080P, IPS display


  • Large amount of RAM and HDD operating at 7200 RPM.
  • A powerful Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor
  • GTX 1050 for less than $1,000


  • No SSD Drive
  • Not enough battery endurance

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Why buy this laptop?

This laptop solves three issues at the same time. The first and foremost is the budget. For the people with a tight budget, this is a great gaming laptop.

Secondly, this is a professional laptop. If you consider the amount of RAM and the processor that this laptop harbors, then what you really get is a workstation grade laptop that is capable of withstanding heavy loads. Plus, professionals would appreciate the subtle looks of this machine. It is thin, light and sleek.

Thirdly, this is a gaming laptop with a fairly decent graphics card. NVIDIA 1000 series brought with it revolutionary changes. In the previous series, the 50 sub-series i.e 950M, 850M, etc were not really considered proper gaming graphics card. However, that has changed with the 1000 series as the GTX 1050 is a powerful graphics card in every sense of the work gaming.

Let Us Delve Deeper in this MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 Review

So how does the hardware of this laptop look? Let us talk a bit more about it.

Design & Display

The display is of the MSI GL62 series is a dream come true. This is not an ordinary display. On the contrary, this is a display that would satisfy even a professional designer.

It features a 15.6″ FHD screen. The highlight of which is the IPS panel that covers 94% of NTSC color space. For those who work with a lot of colors, would be quick to point out the obvious benefits of this. Gamers who are not so keen about colors would also find a whole new experience with the display.

The design is sleek and thin. It has the red accents on black primary color. The backlit keyboard is red. Fortunately, thanks to the SteelSeries RGB premium keyboard, the colors of the backlit keyboard can be changed to any color you want.

Thanks to the innovation in processor, heat dissipation, and graphics card designs, a gaming laptop of this caliber can have a thickness of about an inch.

A few years back you wouldn’t expect such a slim profile even from multimedia laptops let alone a gaming one.

Hardware Configuration


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One of the central features that makes this laptop a workstation grade one is the powerful Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad core processor with hyper-threading enabled. The processor has base clock speed of 2.8 GHz and can boost to 3.8 GHz per core if needed.

It has the same thermal design as compared to the previous high end quad core i7 processor for notebooks but has a significant increase in the clock speed. This basically means that for the same amount of battery life consumed, you get a much faster processor. On top of that, this is the first series of high end laptop processors that supports DDR4-2400 RAM.

In terms of performance, you cannot get anything better, unless you want to invest at least a thousand dollars more. Even then the difference is only marginal. Therefore, for a high end processor, this has the best performance per dollar value.

Of course, if you think that your work would not involve high level professional editing, rendering and simulating jobs, then you can even settle for an i5-7300HQ version MSI GL62M 7RD-1407. That way you should be able to save up at least a 100 bucks. As far as gaming is concerned, the i5-7300HQ goes as well with the GTX 1050 as does the i7-7700HQ.

Graphics Card

Like all MSI laptops from the GL62M series, MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 also features an NVIDIA GTX 1050. As mentioned earlier, the 1000 series from NVIDIA is unlike any other. Unlike the older 50 sub series i.e. 950M, 850M, the GTX 1050 is no longer considered an entry level graphics card for casual gaming.

This is a full-fledged graphics card that is capable of supporting most of the latest titles well above the 30 FPS range at high graphics.

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RAM & Storage

RAM is one department where MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 shines compared to the rest of the laptops in the GL62M series. It offers a sufficient 16 GB of RAM that should last you through heaviest of tasks. Couple this RAM with the i7 processor and you get yourself a very capable machine.

As far as the storage is concerned, MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 offers 1 TB of HDD. But the HDD is not an ordinary one as it operates at 7200 RPM instead of the normal 5400. These drives are much faster than the conventional models.

It is unfortunate that it lacks and SSD drive.

Ports and Other Additional Features

MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 REviewThe laptop not only has the latest in ports configuration, it also support 4K resolution over the HDMI that works at @30 fps. So if you ever wanted to enjoy games on 4K you can do so with this laptop. Of course, you will need a 4K monitor and you will need to dial the graphics down to play the games at 4K.

It also offers a mini display port; therefore, you can use the the HDMI and mDP to connect two external monitors for a total of three working displays. This is great for creating a workstation.

Other than that, this laptop has all the other standard ports like 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 ports, USB 3.1 type C port, RJ45 and SD card reader.

The cherry on cake is the RGB SteelSeries keyboard. Not only does it have million of color to choose from, it is built with gamer’s in mind.

MSI GL62M 7RDX-1096 Review Conclusion

MSI GL62M 7RDX-109 is a great combination of gaming and professional grade workstation laptop except the fact that it costs a lot less than one.

It checks out with a powerful processor, large amount of RAM and a fairly decent graphics card as being one of the best deals in the market.

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