MSI unveils thin-and-light GP62X and GP72X Leopard Pro gaming notebooks
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The world of thin-and-light gaming notebooks has taken off this year thanks to Nvidia’s power-efficient Pascal GPU platform. While slim gaming laptops offer plenty of power in a portable package, price remains a barrier to entry. Most thin-and-lights packing Pascal start around $1,500 and only go up from there. MSI is looking to change that with their new GP62X and GP72X Leopard Pro gaming notebooks.
Keeping with MSI’s typical nomenclature, the GP62X has a 15.6” display and the GP72X has a 17.3” display. Both notebooks have FHD resolutions, but the GP72X can be configured with a 120 Hz, 5 ms high refresh rate panel. The notebooks also share some specs and features. Both have:
Up to 32 GB DDR4 RAM (two slots)
1x m.2 NVME SSD
1x 2.5” SATA HDD or SSD
Killer Gigabit LAN (E2400)
Intel 3168 AC WiFi
1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
2x USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
1x SDXC/SDHC card reader
1x HDMI 1.4
1x headphone/SPDIF out
1x mic in
4x 2 W speakers
6-cell, 45 Wh battery
The pièce de résistance of both notebooks is, of course, the GPU. Users have their choice of an Nvidia GTX 1050 (2 or 4 GB), GTX 1050 Ti (2 or 4 GB), or GTX 1060 (3 GB) in either device. Notebooks equipped with the higher-end GTX 1060 will come with a 180 W power supply, while the 1050 and 1050 Ti notebooks will have a 150 W power supply. The GP72X and certain models of the GP62X will also come with DVD drives for users that prefer physical media. The notebooks also feature a SteelSeries RGB backlit keyboard with SteelSeries Engine 3 and GameSense, which changes the keyboard color scheme based on in-game action.
Both notebooks are relatively thin and light, considering their hardware. The GP62X measures in at 0.86~1.14 x 15.07 x 10.23 inches (H x W x D, height is from thinnest to thickest), and the GP72X is 1.16 x 16.45 x 10.6 inches. The GP62X and GP72X weigh in at 4.8 and 5.95 pounds, respectively. While these measurements aren’t “Razer Blade thin” (0.71 x 13.58 x 9.29 inches), they’re quite close and still a fair bit smaller than previous Leopard models from MSI. Keep in mind that both Leopard models offer larger screens compared to the Blade’s 14” display. Also, the slightly larger package coupled with MSI’s Cooler Boost 4 will make cooling much easier.
Both notebooks will be available on April 18 at Newegg, Amazon, Best Buy, and Fry’s. Prices start at $1,099 and go up to $1,599, which puts these powerful notebooks into much more affordable territory. Stay tuned to Notebookcheck.net for reviews of the latest thin-and-light gaming notebooks.