Review: MSI GE62 Apache Pro-004 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop

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The MSI GE62 Apache Pro-004 is a remarkable gaming laptop. Although not quite a cheap gaming laptop, the MSI GE62 certainly exists in the upper portion of the affordable spectrum of gaming laptops. This action packed gaming laptop is a good gaming laptop and comes with a variety of performance enhancing features, guaranteed to light up the battlefield of any modern gamer’s experience. These features include, but aren’t limited to: An Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6-3.5GHz Quad Core Processor, 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, 1TB hard drive, NVIDIA Geforce GTX960/970M 2G GDDR5, a touch screen 15.6’ HD that’s stylus friendly, hot key customization, an innovative SteelSeries keyboard engine, and an external casing made of brushed aluminum, showcasing an impressively lit MSI logo, illuminated on the backside of the screen. With respect to performance and specs, the MSI GE62 is, undoubtedly one of the top in its class, and one of the best gaming laptops for a decently affordable price.

KEY FEATURES

  • Intel Core Core i7-6700 HQ 2.6
  • 16 GB (8GB x 2) DDR4 2133MHz
  • 1 TB 7200 RPM
  • 15.6-inch Full HD, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M 2G GDDR5
  • Windows 10

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Sublime Performance

Right off the bat, you’ll probably want to re-run a clean Windows 10 install, in order to get rid of the small amount of bloatware present in the MSI GE62’s system. This bloatware, however, is at an impressive minimum compared to other manufacturer’s operating systems. Additionally, supplemental LAN and WIFI drivers may have to be downloaded in some situations, in order to properly establish an internet connection. On a more positive rather than neutral note, the MSI GE62  performs well with animation and rendering software,  if you’re looking for a high-performance/gaming laptop with talent for many types of software, beyond computer gaming. If you want the most out of this model, with respect to graphical performance, consider paying $200 more for 970M NVIDEA graphics card. It will be well-worth the price, and will be capable of running 100% of games at ultra-high graphical settings. With that taken in to consideration, the NVIDIA Geforce GTX960M 2G GDDR5 graphics card is more than capable enough to run a ton of performance-demanding, graphic-intensive games such as Overwatch, Witcher 3, and Battlefield 4. Across the board, performance of the MSI GE62 is supreme, to say the least, with the processor, an Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6-3.5GHz Quad Core Processor, performing well across many types of software, not just computer games.

MSI GE62 Apache Pro-004

External Innovations

Externally, the MSI GE62 features a wide variety of innovative features, adding ease and craftsmanship to the overall user experience. A rare feature, the MSI GE62 features a touch screen, with stylus capabilities. Although this feature is relatively unnecessary with relation to the gaming laptop world, it certainly can be utilized in the world of other software. The keyboard is a prominent feature of this gaming laptop, with a rainbow light spectrum backlight, and exclusive hot-key customization, making computer gaming a little easier. Additionally, the MSI GE62 comes pre-loaded with a SteelSeries keyboard engine, making this good gaming laptop stand out even more, when compared to the best gaming laptops. The external casing of the MSI GE62 is brushed aluminum, adding a sleek look to this beast of a machine. The pinnacle of the exterior design is the illuminated MSI logo, located on the top of the backside of the 15.6 inch LED screen. Another handy external feature is the MSI GE62’s controllable fans, which can be activated at the control of the user. Varying levels of fan control exist, with the top level of fan intensity keeping the gaming laptop remarkably cool. If you do decide to turn the fan intensity to the highest degree, however, be aware of the fact that they sound like a blender on the lowest setting, which is still quite loud. However, they do their primary job successfully, and if you’re playing with headphones or surround sound, they shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Design and build flaws

With top-notch performance, the MSI GE62 is certainly a prize amongst the best gaming laptop, and is almost unrivaled and surprising, unflawed. With this laptop, most of the flaws can be found with the external design and build, as well as durability. Compared to the mobility of most mobile gaming computers, it’s remarkably light. However, this added mobility certainly comes with a price. The pressure on the bottom panel of the computer, below the track pad, is so weak that upon storage, it is often inadvertently forced upward, pressing buttons such as the left and right mouse button. This causes the laptop to turn on while in a storage bag. Another negative aspect of the MSI GE62’s mobility is the thin nature of the two halves of the laptop. Often, they creak and bend, which can damage the long-term durability and use of the laptop, especially if you plan on taking it many places. Although the keyboard is impressive, it can present issues to those who prefer a strictly conventional setup. The Windows key is located on the right side of the space bar, as opposed to the left side, and certain buttons appear to have their places swapped, such as the “insert” key and the “home” key. Additionally, the case is very fingerprint prone, if you’re particular about pristine exterior look/condition. One final note is the painfully short battery life. Expect to keep this bad boy plugged in, or get ready to endure a excruciatingly short, two-hour battery life, at max.

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Conclusion

Overall, the performance of the MSI GE62 usurps the strange amount of durability and exterior build flaws of the gaming laptop. If you are interested in purchasing this laptop, you’ll get incredible performance bang for your buck, but don’t expect to travel with it much, unless you want to risk deterioration of external hardware, such as the hinges. With that being taken into account, however, the GSI GE62 boasts decent affordability for its amazing range of performance specs, and if you decide to buy it, be ready to experience gaming at its highest class. Definitely would recommend for all gamers on a budget, who are looking to spend a little more cash, for quality performance.

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8.4

Design
9.0
90%
Graphics
8.0
80%
Battery
7.5
75%
Speed
8.5
85%
Keyboard
9.0
90%
Speakers
8.5
85%

Pros

Extremely powerful performance; almost unrivaled price-wise
Limited bloatware
Decently cheap based on specs
Innovative features setting it apart from most other gaming laptops
Extremely light-weight and mobile

Cons

Durability is questionable at most
Sketchy bending occurs on both top and bottom half of laptop
Panel below trackpad falls loose
Hinges are garbage

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