MSI GT62VR Dominator Hands On
The MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro 027US combines VR-ready graphics, blistering transfer speeds and a gorgeous gaming-optimized display in a 15-inch chassis.
MSI made the bold claim that this generation of 10-series notebooks could out-perform a desktop PC. So let’s see how great it really is, which can also be classified as a desktop replacement thanks to its generous features and the powerful hardware.
Though a beast on the inside, the surface of the MSI GT62VR is a different story. Wrapped in a mostly plastic shell, the GT62VR’s display feels fragile and flimsy while the rest of the system is excruciatingly bottom-heavy.
Even though the body is mostly made of plastic, MSI has done quite a bit to give this pricey device a more premium feeling: the back panel of the display and the material around the keyboard are made of metal.
Keyboard is fantastic!
Aside from being a bit of a showoff aesthetically, the keyboard on the MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro is a joy to use. Though it doesn’t take advantage of a full-size mechanical keyboard like the MSI GT80 Titan and Acer Predator 21 X does, and we’re thankful for it (and your local coffee shop probably is too).
The keyboard on the GT62VR manages to impress with a perfectly-spaced arrangement of characters and function keys that are surprisingly quiet. In fact, it’s quieter than Apple’s Magic Keyboard while being more tactile than a Razer Turret.
The 2.1 system is provided by Dynaudio and creates a pretty good sound in combination with the Nahimic Sound Enhancer. MSI uses two speakers and one subwoofer located at the front or the bottom of the GT62VR, respectively. Thanks to the subwoofer, the 15-inch notebook creates comparatively rich bass. The maximum volume is also usable and sufficient for small up to medium-sized rooms.
Based on my experiences, you do not need external speakers or a headset – contrary to many other notebooks. Games, videos and music sound decent enough.
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- The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt
- Need for Speed – Hot Pursuit
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
MSI Laptop Naming Scheme Explained: GS vs. GE vs. GT
GT = high end Intel gaming laptop
GE = mid range Intel gaming laptop
GS = slim – high/mid range Intel gaming laptop
GX = high/mid range AMD gaming laptop (depending on game and your POV)
GP = slim – low range Intel gaming laptop
- G = “Gaming” line.
T = “Titan,” reserved for larger (fatter) laptops.
E = “Apache,” used for the mid-range line of medium thickness (and affordability) laptops.
S = “Stealth,” used for the thin & light notebooks, all less than 1” thickness.
And then the first set of numbers:
- 6 = 15.6” laptop
7 = 17.3” laptop
8 = 18+” laptop
The second set of numbers:
- 2 = Second generation chassis (shell/enclosure and cooling only).
3 = Third generation chassis, the current design.
- CPU Type: Intel 6th Generation Intel Skylake i7 Processor
- CPU Speed: i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz 64-bit
- Screen: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Display , IPS, Full-HD, G-Sync
- Memory Size: 2x 8 GB DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM, 2 of 4 slots free, up to 64 G
- Hard Disk: 128GB PCI SSD + 1TB Hard Drive
- Graphics Card: Geforce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
- Video Memory: 6GB
- Audio Ports: 1 x Microphone jack; 1 x Headphone jack
- USB: 3 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
- HDMI: 1 x HDMI
- Video Port: Mini-DisplayPort
- Audio: Sound by Dynaudio system
- Speaker: Support 7.1 channel S/PDIF output
- Dimensions: 390 x 266 x 39.8mm
- Weight: 2.9KG