MSI has always been at the forefront in the gaming laptop industry. They are highly regarded for their high end gaming machines that are nothing short of a beast.
In this MSI PL62 7RC-001 review, however, we will look at something quite peculiar. It is an MSI laptop so one would automatically think that it is a gaming laptop. However, it has quite the strange configuration.
Is it suitable for gaming? The short answer is yes it is! However, that answer does not do justice to the real purpose of this laptop.
MSI PL62 7RC-001 is a laptop that stays true to the new phenomenon of having affordable gaming laptops. We have seen this trend with Dell and ASUS laptops. Now, MSI has also entered the fray with this series.
Let us explore this machine in this MSI PL62 7RC-001 review.
What is the Purpose of This Laptop?
So who is this laptop suppose to appeal to? Obviously, this is not a full-fledged gaming laptop. It does have a powerful processor, but the same could not be said about the graphics card.
But, one could not let this laptop go without first looking at the amazing price tag that it is available at. It costs less than $800 so this automatically grabs your attention.
A gaming laptop that is far less than $1,000 mark – which is the norm, is quite a surprise coming from MSI.
Therefore, one can conclude that this is a laptop designed for gamers and professionals-alike who are on a tight budget.
Speaking of which, professionals would rejoice at the sight of this laptop as it offers a powerful Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor at such a bargain.
Let us now Explore the Hardware Packed in this Laptop
The hardware configuration of this laptop is a balance between affordability and performance. It does not cost a fortune, yet it has the capacity to deliver in almost all circumstances ranging from gaming to designing in Photoshop or other software.
Design & Display
Measuring at 0.9 inches in thickness and weighing about 4.8 pounds, this is one of the lightest MSI laptop, if not the lightest gaming laptops of this category.
One of the biggest attraction of this laptop is the display quality. It is really on par with the professional monitors out there as it covers 94% NTSC color range.
This would be a dream come true for designers and editors. Furthermore, the more colors, the more immersive would be your gaming experience.
The screen is Full HD with an IPS panel so you get almost 180 degrees viewing angles. IPS panel monitors compared to the older TN panels offer better colors.
We have already touched the basics of what this laptop harbors, now let us explore a bit in detail.
MSI PL62 7RC-001 packs the power of Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core processor with Hyper threading enabled. There is a variant of this laptop available that comes with Core i7-7500U processor. However, if you are remotely into professional work or hardcore gaming, then I would recommend that you stick with the i7-7700HQ.
The difference between the two processors is phenomenal. Where the U processor s low voltage energy saving, i7-7700HQ is an all out beast.
You can read about the difference between the to processors here.
You will notice that this laptop has a strange NVIDIA graphics card. It does not have the corresponding and familiar 1000 series label on it. Instead it is called MX150. So what is this graphics card like?
MX150 is basically GT 1030 in disguise. It is an entry level dedicated graphics card by NVIDIA for laptops and mobile devices. Comparing it with the older 900 series, this graphics card is the replacement for NVIDIA Gefore 940MX.
However, in true reality, it is better in performance than even NVIDIA GeForce 950MX.
The thing about the latest generation of NVIDIA Graphics card i.1 1000 series, is that you cannot compare them with the previous generation. They are far better in every regard.
You should be able to run most latest all AAA titles at medium graphics with FHD resolution and a respectable frame rate.
You can read more about this graphics card here.
RAM & Storage
There is nothing too extraordinary about MSI PL62 7RC-001 when it comes to this department. It offers a standard 8 GB of DDR 4 RAM and 1 TB of HDD.
The lack of SSD makes it less ideal choice for performance oriented professionals. Furthermore, the fact that the hard disk operates at 5400 RPM instead of 7200 RPM is also unfortunate.
The speed, as far as the hard disk goes, can be improved by installing an additional SSD drive.
Ports and Other Additional Features
MSI PL62 7RC-001 comes with all the standard ports as well USB 3.0 Type C. It comes with 3 x USB 3.0 in total, 1 x USB 2.0, SD Card Reader, RJ45, and Audio out ports.
For display connectivity, it comes with a Mini Display Port and 1 x HDMI port with 4K output @ 30fps.
Furthermore, the standard features like Wifi, Bluetooth and webcam are also made available.
If you enjoy typing, then you will be delighted to know that MSI PL62 7RC-001 comes with a premium Steel Series keyboard.
One department where this laptop truly shines is in the Audio. This laptop offers 4 speakers + 1 subwoofer. For a mobile device of this size, it is very rare to find a sound system like this.
Value For Money
I would say that overall MSI PL62 7RC-001 offers a great value if you look at it holistically. Sure, this is not the most powerful gaming laptop, but you have to consider the fact that it is very affordable.
If you are professional designer or editor first and a gamer second, then this is an obvious choice for you. However, if gaming is your first need, then you may need to swell your budget a bit and have a look at ASUS M580VD-EB76.
This is also a bit more powerful variant of this laptop that you can also check out: MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408.
MSI PL62 7RC-001 Review Conclusion
If you are looking for an all rounder laptop that will also fit in anyone’s budget, then MSI PL62 7RC-001 is a no-brainier. It is one of the most affordable gaming laptops that is available for the grabs.
It is sleek and slender, looks professional, yet packs a fairly powerful hardware within.