MSI GT62VR 7RE Dominator Pro Kaby Lake First Look
John Williamson / 9 months ago
MSI’s gaming laptops have gained a special status for their gorgeous sense of style and astounding features. It’s no surprise that the latest data puts their firmly in the lead as the world’s most successful gaming laptop manufacturer. Honestly, it’s thoroughly deserved and I’m pleased to see the MSI pushing the technical envelope further and making laptops a true alternative to traditional desktops. Of course, the advent of NVIDIA’s highly-efficient Pascal architecture played a huge part in this progress and dramatically cut the performance deficit between the two form-factors. Compiling any kind of system requires a balanced, thoughtful approach and ensuring the weakest link doesn’t inhibit the user-experience. While the previous generation Intel processors in the form of the i7-6700HQ and i7-6820HK complemented high-end graphics hardware pretty well, there’s always room for improvement.
Recently, Intel released the higher-end Kaby Lake offerings which feature prominently in MSI’s constantly evolving laptop series. The new MSI GT62VR 7RE Dominator Pro utilises the Intel Core i7-7820HK with a Turbo boost up to 3.9GHz. To put this into perspective, the i7-6820HK could reach 3.60GHz prior to overclocking. The default 300MHz enhancement should offer a good boost when working with CPU-intensive applications. The laptop also employs a 3840×2160 IPS-level screen, 32GB Kingston 24000MHz DDR4 dual-channel memory and the GTX 1070. Not only that, there’s a 500GB Samsung M.2 boot SSD, 1TB 2.5-inch secondary drive an 8-cell battery. As per usual for a Dominator branded laptop, the Steelseries keyboard is a joy to use and supports vibrant RGB illumination. Rather impressively, MSI honed the audio hardware to deliver a higher sampling rate in their latest range. As you can see, the laptop has a brilliant specification and I’m expecting it to provide a stellar gaming experience.
- Name: MSI GT62VR 7RE Dominator Pro
- Processor: Intel Core i7-7820HK up to 3.9GHz
- System Memory: 32GB Kingston Dual-Channel 2400MHz DDR4
- Main Boot Drive: 500GB Samsung MZNLN512HMJP SSD
- Additional Storage Drive(s): 1TB HGST HTS7210010A9E630 7200RPM
- Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
- Dimensions: 390mm x 266mm x 39.8mm (WxDxH)
- Weight: 2.94Kg with Battery
- Display: 15.6-Inch G-Sync 3840×2160 (4K) “IPS-Level” 60Hz
- Optical Drive: N/A
- Wireless: Killer Dual Band Wireless-AC 1435
- Battery: 8-Cell, 75 Whr
- Speakers: Dual 3-Watt Speakers and 3.5-Watt Subwoofer
- OS: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
- Warranty: 2-Years
- Price: £2299.00
Packaging and Accessories
The laptop’s packaging instantly captures your attention due to the vibrant, red backdrop and stunning product snapshot. Additionally, the box outlines the laptop’s 7th Generation processor via an attractive turquoise logo which contrasts rather nicely alongside the packaging’s red theme.
On the opposite side, the laptop’s standout features are discussed such as the Cooler Boost 4 design, XBoost storage optimisation and Killer networking hardware. All of the information is presented in an easy-to-understand manner and the beautifully crafted images encourage you to read more about the laptop’s capabilities.
Once opened, we can see the power adapter is neatly stored in its own compartment which makes the unboxing process more pleasant. On another note, the protective soft foam inserts and felt cover have a luxurious feel while providing impeccable protection. As a result, the laptop shouldn’t have any cosmetic marks caused by inadequate packaging materials.
The power adapter is manufactured by Delta Electronics and has an input rating of 100-240V, around 3.2A at 50-60Hz. Also, the output specification is 19.5V at 11.8A.
In terms of accessories, the laptop is bundled with an AC adapter, drivers/utilities disk, CE Compliance booklet, registration leaflet, warranty service book, user’s guide and an MSI promotion.