MSI GL72 7RD: Another Gaming Laptop – specs review & price
While the MSI GL62 featured a 15.6-inch display, the MSI GL72 comes with a larger 17-inch screen for a more pleasurable viewing experience. The upgraded display is perhaps the only major improvement as virtually every other detail remains the same.
The MSI GL72 pretty much looks like its predecessor in many ways. You have the same black plastic chassis but in this case a larger one due to the bigger screen.
Also, this newer model is heavier than the prequel as a result of some obvious reasons. This model weighs a hefty 3kg, which is about 0.2 kg more than its predecessor.
Moving on, the large 17.3-inch display is what makes this laptop stand out. However, it still maintains the 1920 x 1080 resolution found on the GL62, which is pretty disappointing. Nevertheless, with the mid-range GPU included and a 120Hz refresh rate, this display is good enough for a seamless graphics experience.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Furthermore, the MSI GL72 comes with a good keyboard that has enough travel. Unlike the MSI GL62 that comes with a single-level backlit keyboard, the GL72’s keyboard has a three-level backlighting.
The touchpad area is large enough with a polished surface that is a fingerprint magnet. The two clickable buttons can be found at the bottom of the touchpad, unlike in its predecessor where they were hidden.
In terms of performance, this laptop is a good performer as it still features the high-end Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor. This CPU with a base frequency of 2.8GHz is a great chip with low power consumption. This is paired with the same Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics processor found on the GL62 – but with 4GB instead of 2GB of VRAM.
Internal storage for the MSI GL72 7RD is similar to what we found on the GL62 7RD: the main 128GB SSD with 1TB HDD combination. This new model comes with more RAM when compared with the older GL62: there is 16 gigs available against the former’s 8GB. Lastly, there is Windows 10 OS pre-installed on this computer.
The MSI GL72 comes with a six-cell Li-ion battery to keep the show running. With this battery, the laptop can last for an average of about 5 hours on medium settings and low usage. This is slightly better than what we get with the GL62.
The usual connection ports are present on the MSI GL72 7RD gaming laptop. One USB type-C port, a mini DisplayPort, HDMI, SD card slot, a USB 2.0 port, Ethernet port, and a headphone jack. Surprisingly, there is also a DVD drive on this device.
The MSI GL72 7RD starts at a price of around $1000 and is available in most online stores.
Specs at a Glance
|Maximum Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Internal Storage||128GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-7700HQ|
|Operating System||Windows 10 OS|
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The MSI GL72 7RD is a good example of a gaming laptop that makes good use of its hardware. While the device comes with a few shortcomings such as the low-res display and the low battery life, it still performs pretty well. In conclusion, the high-end CPU and good GPU are high points for this laptop.