Its becoming more apparent that gaming laptops are once again starting to make sense, but thats only from companies that are taking advantage of new cutting edge technological breakthroughs, such as AMD, Nvidia, and Intel.
The newest gaming laptop to meet these requirements is the MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro. The laptop still shows design aesthetics from the older crop of gaming laptops but the end result is a machine that slays today’s modern games and should last easily four to five years without an necessary upgrades.
MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro: What You’ll Like
MSI was able to pack the latest chips from Intel and Nvidia into the MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro. Lets take a look at the specs of this gaming laptop:
- Intel Core i7-7700HQ @ 2.8GHz
- 15.6-inch IPS display 1080p with G Sync (it also comes in 2160p)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 memory
- 16GB of RAM
- 1TB HDD storage
- 264GB SSD storage
- SteelSeries backlit keyboard
- 2 Dynadio speakers and 1 subwoofer
As an everyday work machine, this notebook is capable of handling anything you’ll throw at it. If you’re doing video, photography, or audio processing, thats where the 7th gen Kaby Lake processor really shines. This processor is a must have for anybody who wants desktop power in a compact notebook that can easily leave the desk.
Gaming and VR Powerhouse
The MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro is clearly a gaming laptop at heart. While most of the GeForce GTX 1060 based laptops were barely keeping up at 1080p/60fps, the 1070 easily gets you over the hump. Below is a test to determine if the laptop can run todays top games at 1080p/60 ultra settings and as you can see it will have no problems running them.
And here’s how the MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro compares to the MSI GS43VR, This shows the significant performance boost that the 1070 and Kaby Lake processor give you.
While the laptop has the option of a 2160p display and can also be hooked up to a 1440p monitor 4k gaming isnt highly recommended. You’ll be able to play less graphically taxing games at 4k ultra, such as Rocket League or Overwatch, but AAA games such as The Division or Watch Dogs 2 will see your FPS fall drastically.
Instead of trying to position this generation of gaming laptops as 4k machines, companies like MSI are actually leaning heavily into the virtual reality realm, and that is where the MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro really flexes it muscles. I was able to get a smooth experience in every game I tried on my HTC VIVE.
Even if you don’t necessarily care much about virtual reality, any decent gaming laptop will also give you an exceptional VR experience, and MSI’s is one of the better laptops for powering your virtual reality headset.
Bells And Whistles
The laptop has an incredibly sharp display and a responsive SteelSeries keyboard. Obviously these are both crucial components when it comes to gaming, and luckly MSI delivers a strong enough experience to warrant the idea of making this your primary gaming machine.
The IPS monitor does lose a significant amount of clarity at sharp angles, but nothing that would significantly detract from your gaming experience. The inclusion of Nvidia G-Sync technology gives this laptop an edge due to the fact that even if your system is having trouble keeping a steady frame rate, you will never see it because G Sync will change the monitor refresh rate on the fly to accommodate the fluctuation in frames per second.
The MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro also has enough USB ports and video outputs to support all your peripherals, such as an HTC Vive. It has 3 USB 3.0 ports on the right, 1 USB 2.0 on the left, and a USB-C port on the back. You can also output to a monitor using the HDMI option or the Mini DisplayPort.
The sad state of Windows trackpads continues. Out of the box, the GT62VR’s trackpad was a miserable thing to use. What’s especially frustrating is that the hardware is not actually the culprit — instead, it’s something to do with the drivers because installing the default Microsoft software fixes everything. Two-finger scrolls, something that would almost never work before some tinkering, now works perfectly for me. But I shouldn’t have to dive into Device Manager to fix this junk.
The MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro features the latest tech from MSI, Intel, and Nvidia but unfortunately it still feels a bit dated in terms of design. If you dont mind lugging a larger latop, this will delivery flawless 1080p60 gaming and a superb VR experience. At $1800, thats not a lot of portable power for a rather unresonable price. If the price tag is a bit high for you the MSI GL62M 7RE-407 might be a better fit for you especially after its dramatic price cut