Give me a laptop to review and I’m happy. There’s always plenty of clever little gadgets and features to play around with and learn from. I also get a real kick when I deliberately leave the charger at home to see how far I can get in a day (living on the edge and all that) but not really as my trusty Macbook is never far from me.
But give me a GAMING laptop and I’m truly ecstatic! There’s something special about getting an amazing cappuccino (shameless plug) put in front of you while owning some noobs in CS:GO while using that first free hour of WiFi. Yes, I still play bots so lag isn’t an issue before you attack me with you righteous crusade!
Although, I’m now playing hard bots so maybe I need to take the plunge soon!
So when I unwrapped (read: opened the box). The MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro awaited me and I was pretty freaking stoked.
- I now had an excuse to hit all the new coffee shops with free WiFi and
- I didn’t have to go back to my bro’s house to play some games. Winning!
So what makes the GT62 a gaming laptop?
Rapid fire specs to get all the details out the way:
- The MSI GT62VR comes with an i7-6700HQ processor
- desktop-grade Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card (Yes you read that right)
- 1TB storage Hard drive and a 256 Solid state OS drive
My particular model also had 16GB of RAM along with Windows 10. If you aren’t content with 16GB of RAM (wtaf?), you can upgrade to 32Gb or even 64gb but prepare to pay. So its basically a beast that you fit in a backpack. Unfortunately a backpack is required as the Notebook is quite large (for obvious reasons) so it won’t be fitting sneakily into your handbag, unless nothing else is in your handbag but why would that EVER happen?
So here are my thoughts as I sit at coffee shop no.4 wired on cappuccino and the sweet salty tears of those bots.
It’s big. Big enough that I can easily imagine it becoming a nuisance if I needed to carry it around each and every day, and while I understand why it is big, it still begins to wind up like a jet engine when you start pushing that GTX 1070 which attracts some dodgy looks. The battery life is also disappointing, especially in game. I never felt safe enough to jump into the action without plugging it in regardless of the percentage, so you will find yourself hugging those plug points.
However, the MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro set up in the comfort of my home is an absolute pleasure. Easily packed away when work needs to be done and easily set up when I want to pewpew. I don’t feel limited because I’m gaming on a laptop when I compare to my bro’s desktop setup. I actually feel that this is the next step instead of a desktop, which I think MSI wanted all along – My brother agrees.
The MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro is the perfect next step if you are looking to upgrade your PC. Yes, it is a laptop and you can easily take it anywhere, but you wouldn’t want to. It looks much better on my desk at home with my Steelseries mouse pad and Rival fade mouse plugged in anyway. However, you are given that unique privilege of laughing at everyone struggling to carry their desktops when you walk into your next LAN with a simply backpack and a delicious cappuccino in your hand.
I think I have a coffee problem…
Photos by Megan Perks