MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 Review
Today, we make a trip through one of MSI’s long list of gaming laptops; one that got updates back in 2016. Lenovo made an overhaul of their gaming rigs improving their PSUs and GPUs for better gaming performance. And as a result, we’ve seen fast gaming and less frame drops. Featurung a 15.6 inch Full HD display with moderate 60Hz, the MSI GP62MVR isn’t exactly the best compared to other 120Hz displays. But it shows promise on other fronts. Read the MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 Review for more detail.
- Large 15.6 inch screen
- IPS panel display meaning great viewing angles
- Fast Core i7-7700HQ processor
- Top of the line graphics unit (Nvidia GTX 1060 3G DDR5)
- Full HD advantage (1920×1080)
- 16 GB of DDR4 RAM enables multitasking
- Strong brushed metallic build
- Limited battery life
- Quite weighty at 9.6 lbs
- Single color backlit keyboard
- No optical drive
- Slower HDMI -1.4 port rather than 2.0
- The MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 Laptop is a powerful gaming laptop specifically intended for gamers on a budget. It made its debut in the gaming scene owing to a pack of recently released new generation hardware (bound only make you smile). The laptop features Intel’s Core i7-7700HQ processor, 256 GB SSD, decent port selection, a full SteelSeries keyboard, 3GB Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU and a great starting price to crown it. We recommend it as a budget VR ready gaming laptop but the Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition remains our Editor’s choice for under $2,000 dollar gaming laptops.
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DESIGN AND FEATURES
The MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 has a toned down design compared to most of other gaming laptops. In fact, most MSI gaming laptops are not flashy. Of course they still feature the red and black accents and backlit keyboard (RGB enabled for premium laptops). But nothing in the line of muscle lines on the lid, tapered edges or aggressively looking vent systems.
The MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 has MSI’s signature look, an all back metallic exterior and for our reviewed unit a red line running around the laptop’s vents. It’s a little black shiny corvette in industry of red and black accentuated hatchbacks. MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 further has its conspicuous red insignia on the lid that can’t help but catch the eye.
Meanwhile, the 1,920 x 1,080 FHD display gives a beautiful, clear picture and is designed to cut down on glare. The IPS panels translate to large viewing angle excess of 178 degrees and 94% NTSC color coverage. If you need more than just Full HD, there is a 4K display available if money is no object.
The port system of the MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 is well thought out. We had absolutely no issues with it except for the choice of a HDMI port, a subject we’ll broach shortly. The ports available were: an Ethernet (Killer E2500) port, a single HDMI 1.4 port, one Mini DisplayPort, a Headphone/ Microphone combo, a single USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 ports, and a single USB 3.1 Type C (gen2) to keep the system future proof.
We flagged the MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 for providing a HDMI 1.4 port for this laptop although the 2.0 is available and would make a better option. Even so, while 1.4 is low, it makes the minimum cut off required to experience virtual reality. So you won’t miss any of the immersive experience: 360 degree games, apps and videos. It seems MSI only did the bare minimum required to have their head above water for this laptop.
Other connectivity options: 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth v4.2, 720p Webcam, SD card reader/write(SD (XC/HC)
All configurations come with the 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor capable of rising from 2.8 GHz clock speeds and 3.8 GHz if you’re crazy about turbo. VR fans can comfortably use the stock speed without issue.
Moving on, the MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 comes with Windows 10 pre-installed in it. However, that may take quite a chunk of space making the 256GG storage a little scanty. If its seems a potential problem, you can opt for the 512GB solid state drive configuration and 1TB hard drive to cover your library comfortably. There is an empty 2.5” SATA Drive Bay for additional storage should you opt to add storage on your own terms.
To complete the set, MSI leopard pro features 16 GB DDR4 that can be upgraded to 32GB (max). The combination of these three hardware gives the MSI Leopard Pro GP62MVR its lethal edge. It blasted through most games we threw at it remarkably, without frame rate loss. This combination also allows you to work around on multimedia tasks and video/image editing without worry. The only quirk the system came with was the 3GB Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU instead of 6GB.
This is the biggest tradeoff MSI did and it will probably cost them considering other laptops within this range also have double the space. Consider Lenovo legion Y720, Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition, MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro, MSI GE62VR Apache Pro, and Razer Blade.
MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 SPECS
- Screen Size 15.6 inches IPS panel
- Panel 94% NTSC Panel (178 degree viewing angle)
- Screen Resolution 1920×1080 pixels
- Processor Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8GHz)
- RAM 16 GB (16GB x1) DDR4 2400MHz
- Hard Drive 256 GB Solid State Drive (M.2 SATA)
- Graphics Card GeForce GTX 1060 GPU
- Graphics Card Ram Size 3 GB DDR5
- Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
- Number of USB 3.0 Ports 3
- Item model number GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406
- Operating System Windows 10
- Item Weight 9.6 pounds
- Product Dimensions 15.1 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
- Color Black/Red
- Processor Brand Intel
- Processor Count 1
- Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
- Optical Drive Type None
- Keyboard Backlit keyboard
- MSI battery life 6-Cell, 41Whr, 5-hours
Besides the MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 being VR-ready, it has a great consumer appealing design for gamers mindful of style. It has a number of impressive hardware and features but a couple of weaknesses too. The one decidedly biggest tradeoff is the lower VRAM capacity which is limiting while gaming on most recent AAA titles. It is the only reason directly affecting performance and the only other reason other laptops in its category (under $2000 gaming laptops) beat it.
The Lenovo legion Y720, Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition, MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro, MSI GE62VR Apache Pro, and Razer Blade(2016) share common hardware but do better here with Nvidia GTX 1060 with 6GB of DDR5 VRAM (double MSI’s 3GB). Other than that we have nothing but love for this machine. The standard new generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB of memory, and a GTX 1060 are a great combination offer, especially at this price tag.
To sum it all up, on a feature-by-feature basis MSI GP62MVR leopard Pro rides the same cloud as many other gaming laptops as you will see listed on the comparison table. So it’s hard to recommend it for anything more than price and perhaps storage in few instances. We therefore recommend the Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition which costs similarly and comes with the same specs.
If you don’t mind spending extra, the MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro-230 is a great option thanks to its comprehensive cover of all sections; Nvidia’s GTX 1060 graphics card; a Kaby lake Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 256GB SSD and 2TB hard drive VR Ready system.
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