Just about any PC company can make a 17-inch “old school” gaming laptop that is packed with all the latest hardware, weighs a ton, and is priced at more than $4,000. MSI traveled a much more difficult path by building a 15-inch laptop with an attractive design that delivers a balance of cutting-edge performance, portability, and affordability.
The MSI GE62 Q2E Apache is more than capable of playing most modern games at 1080p resolution with good frame rates while staying well under $1,500. This gaming laptop might not have the highest performance GPU, but the upper mid-range Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M gets the job done without breaking the bank.
On that note, we are a little surprised that MSI chose to use the Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor instead of a lower wattage or less expensive processor. The truth is there are Core i7 and even Core i5 chips available that are less power hungry and/or cheaper … and CPU performance rarely matters when it comes to most games.
In short, the MSI GE62 Apache is a well-rounded gaming laptop with solid real-world performance and a wallet-friendly price. This notebook falls short in terms of battery life and gets a little too hot for prolonged “laptop” use, but any other complaints are pretty minor. We highly recommend the MSI 6E62 Q2E Apache if you’re looking for a 15-inch laptop that can play just about any game and you need to spend less than $1,500
- Good display color and viewing angles
- Solid performance while gaming
- Gamer-friendly keyboard and touchpad
- Relatively thin and light for a gaming notebook
- Unimpressive battery life
- Average screen contrast
- Dedicated number pad keys too small
- Runs a bit too hot