MSI GE62 Apache: Conclusion

April 14, 2015 by Jerry Jackson Reads (70,592)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 7.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

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

DSC02379Pros:

  • Good display color and viewing angles
  • Solid performance while gaming
  • Gamer-friendly keyboard and touchpad
  • Relatively thin and light for a gaming notebook

Cons:

  • Unimpressive battery life
  • Average screen contrast
  • Dedicated number pad keys too small
  • Runs a bit too hot

 


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