MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES
Reviews for the MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES
Source: Putoinformatico ES→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Large screen; decent hardware; nice display; good price; good connectivity; decent speakers. Negative: Heavy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2018
The MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES is a powerful 17.3" gaming notebook that could go unnoticed in an academic or professional environment. MSI has always tried to stand out in the gaming market and compete with other brands such as Hewlett-Packard (HP OMEN) and ASUS (ROG STRIX). The new MSI PE72 presents an exterior design almost identical to its predecessor, with silver-gray surfaces covering both the work area and the cover of the laptop, whereas the base of the laptop is black. Its elegant silver-gray cover has an attractive brushed finish, which contrasts perfectly with the black keyboard. The hinges are quite sturdy, allowing for an opening angle close to 180°, and they keep the screen in the selected position during normal use of the laptop. The MSI PE62 7RD-1814XES opted for a 17.3-inch LED panel. Of course, this laptop has a Full-HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is ideal for playing games, watching movies or any multimedia content really. The panel’s matte finish offers good brightness, high contrast and, although far from those offered by IPS panels, relatively wide viewing angles. It would be possible to use the laptop outdoors.
As for the hardware specifications, the MSI PE72 7RD-1040XES uses an Intel Core i7-7700HQ microprocessor from the Kaby-Lake range, which, thanks to Intel TurboBoost technology, is capable of operating at a clock frequency of 3.8 GHz. The Cooler Boost technology keeps the temperature at adequate levels. The laptop also integrates two memory modules of 8 GB with DDR4 architecture. For storage, the speed of a 256GB SSD is combined with the higher capacity provided by a 1TB HDD. This hybrid system is the most recommended system and one that many prefer. The graphics section excels thanks to a Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 GPU. Its 2 GB of VRAM GDDR5 memory will allow a user to enjoy gaming at high performance. With such hardware, this model can also perform all kinds of advanced tasks such as photo retouching and video editing. One of the strengths of this model lies in the good sound quality provided by its Dynaudio speaker system, which consists of two stereo speakers of 4 W. each and a subwoofer of 3 W. that offers a defined bass and a high volume level. The keyboard provides a good typing experience thanks to the good size of its keys, the generous spacing between them, the proper stroke when pressing, and the pleasant touch of the keys. It has very good networking capabilities, being compatible with both Gigabit Ethernet, Wifi-AC and Bluetooth version 4.2. Other features include three USB Type-A ports (two of which are USB 3.0), one USB-3.1 Type-C port, HDMI output, mini-DisplayPort output, S/PDIF digital audio output, an SD/MMC-card reader and an HD webcam.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i7-7700HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Besides four CPU cores (including Hyper Threading), the chips also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU and is manufactured in an improved 14 nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI) was founded in 1986 in Taiwan. MSI is especially known as a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards for PCs, but also offers computer accessories, complete systems, motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktop PCs, monitors and other components. However, the Microstar brand name in Germany belongs to the Medion company. MSI is known for its gaming products and has developed a wide range of gaming laptops and desktop PCs. The company is also active in workstations, servers and industrial automation. MSI has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
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