There is no doubt that gaming notebooks are taking over the laptop market. The advent of powerful mobile processors (both central and graphic) has highly motivated this growth. The graphics sector is highly motivated by NVidia’s new powerful technologies like the PASCAL technology. The new MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro is an example of such notebook PCs that promises power, performance, and capability that can be compared to powerful desktop PCs.
MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro – Design and Display:
The excellent efforts have been put when designing the exterior of MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro. A first glance, reveals a sleek plastic outer covering with the MSI logo imprinted at the top of the lid. It is considerably light, the weighing just about 5.4 pounds and measuring about 15.1 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches in dimensions. There are a number of customization features on offer such as backlight modifications, paint jobs, decals for the bezel and palm rest and also the Xotic graphic wrap going at $89.
Opening the lid reveals a 15.6-inch anti-glare screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, with the MSI logo firmly embedded at the bottom of the screen and the Xotic logo at the top. The red LED backlit keyboard is equally beautiful making it easier to see in a dark room. The keys have a vertical travel of 2 mm and require about 64g of force to press making it easier to use and more responsive.
At the sides, there are also a number of ports to aid in the interface of other devices. On the left side, there is an ethernet jack, a security lock slot, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C port, mini DisplayPort, HDMI output and 3.5mm headphone and also microphone jacks. Onto the right, the interfaces available are the Super Multi DVD drive, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card slot and the power jack.
MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro – Performance:
The MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro is very powerful to handle multitasking needs with the 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and the Intel HM170 chipset. For storage purposes, the option available is a massive 16GB RAM, a 512GB M.2 PCIe-SSD, and a 1 TB 7200-rpm hard disk drive. The graphics processor is the powerful Nvidia GTX 1060 with 6GB of VRAM. The Nvidia 1060 allows a use of VR headsets and is capable of handling the most intense games. The speakers are able to handle all entertainment needs.
We could rate the battery life as fair even though Nvidia’s PASCAL technology consumes a lot of power. The 6-Cell Li-ion battery lasts about 3 hours and 9 minutes when tested. However, this does not match the current competition posed by other gaming laptops like the Asus G752V.
MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro – Software and Price:
The MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro comes preloaded with Windows 10 OS. The prices range depending on the configuration. Nevertheless, the base model having a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, with 16GB of RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD, 1TB 7,200RPM hard drive and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM costs around $1,599. For an upgrade, say 32GB of RAM you will have to incur extra costs.
The Xotic PC’s MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro is a fantastic laptop with powerful features and a colorful design. The competition is tight. However, this is still a laptop one could consider for portable gaming.