• Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX960M
  • Memory: 4GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1 TB HDD
  • Others: Bluetooth 4.1, Full HD webcam, Gigabit LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, SD card reader
  • Dimensions: 383mm x 260mm x 29 mm
  • Weight: 2.3kg
  • Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Great set of I/O options
  • Value
  • Cons:
  • Cooler Boost is loud
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark Home: 2,982 points
  • PCMark Creative: 3,039 points
  • PCMark Work: 2,990 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike: 3,941 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme: 1,979 points

Gaming On A Budget

Gaming laptops are often pricier than its desktop counterparts, for reasons like portability. But this model proves that you don’t really have to break the bank for simple, mainstream games. As PC enthusiasts, this issue makes us happy, because of the desktop PCs and laptops we got to review. Among its number is MSI GL62, a notebook entry that’s targeted at the mainstream market segment. With its built-in GTX960M, you’ll be able to play quite a number of games on it.

The GL62 we received came in a brown box with the black box of the laptop inside, plus a laptop bag to go with it. We’re not sure if this is a specific package MSI Malaysia will be selling, or if it’s optional, so just take note of that.

The 15.6-inch GL62’s general aesthetics is typical of MSI laptops, with the GL series being particularly identical. On the front you’ll find the grills where the speakers are situated, with two larger ones at the back for heat exhaust. At the sides are the I/O ports, which include an optical drive, a USB 2.0 and SD card reader on the right side, as well as two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.0 Type-C port, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and mini DisplayPort, plus two 3.5mm jacks for line-in and audio-out.

Build quality for the laptop’s body is good, though it’s very ‘plastic-ky’. That’s fine, however, since it helps reduce the cost and the weight of the laptop. The lid feels solid enough and has that nice black-metal like finishing that feels great to the touch, but has the unfortunate problem of being a fingerprint magnet.

The GL62 features a Steeelseries keyboard. It performed well overall, especially for gaming. While the key travel could be shorter to make typing easier, it’s not that big of a deal once we got used to it.

As for gaming on it, keep in mind that it’s equipped with a GTX960M. It was about to handle games like Starcraft 2, Dota 2, and generally most e-sports titles. But pit it against titles with high graphics requirements like The Witcher 3 and it starts to falter, barely delivering 30fps on some titles like Crysis 3 and Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor.

Noise levels are low on the GL62 which is great for normal usage. For more thermal dissipation, a button near the power button turns on Cooler Boost and ramps up the fans’ speed to maximum. That’s when they become rather loud. We don’t recommend using it unless you feel that the laptop is becoming unbearably hot.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For its quality and performance level, the MSI GL62 6QF is great value. If you’re need a new general purpose laptop that can game without paying too much, do yourself a favour and check this out.

(previously published in issue June 2016)