25 Feb 2018 By Rahul Kumar On flipkart.com
Excellent machine. Albeit delicate and attracts fingerprints.
In my review, I used certain parameters for testing, and here are my initial observations.
Display (5/5) - 15.6" Matte Anti-Glare, IPS Level, 72% NTSC Gamut, 100% SRGB, 81% Adobe RGB, Very good viewing angles.
Keyboard (4/5) - Excellent, but according to multiple previous reviews the alphabets will fade away over time. Anyway, steelseries offers zone wise lighting.
GPU (4/5) - GTX 1050 (2GB) GDDR5, Intel 630 Graphics (swap for battery). No complaints, I don't game so much, So it's fine according to me. DotA 2 at Ultra is 90 FPS, GTA 5 is 60 FPS at High.
CPU (5/5) - Intel i7 7700 HQ, Good enough for practically any software. Does throttle when push. Autodesk Fusion and Solidworks work smoothly, though I feel the limit of the 8 GB DDR4 memory when multitasking with design with gaming on separate monitors.
Build (4/5) - Magnesium Lithium Alloy, Fingerprint magnet, but I couldn't care less. Chassis stays cool and heat management is excellent with inbuilt control of fans. 3 fans and 5 heat pipes total in this 1.8 kg and 17.7 mm height.
Storage (2/5) - 5400 RPM, 1 TB HDD. Expandandable with M.2 SSD (but will have to void warranty). Not good speeds at all.
Battery (4/5) - 62.8 Whr battery (3 cell), gave me a backup of 3 hours with moderate usage and 90 minutes of gaming.
Ports and IO (5/5) - 3 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB Type-C (Thunderbolt), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Gigabit lan port, SD card slot and 2 separate audio input and output.
Finally, no laptop is perfect. But this laptop has the best trade-offs for the price and I purchased this at 69,999 through a discount on Flipkart which apparently happens every Friday.
Points to note: Light, Portable, Keyboard looks good, Touchpad is okay-ish, Chassis build is awesome, MSI back logo looks tacky, Display is the best I've ever used, Battery backup is good in this category, should upgrade to M.2 SSD in the future for faster performance, excellent connectivity, fingerprint magnet, recommend to get a skin, excellent heat mangement, velvet bottom for grip and prevention of transfer of heat from the machine to the user's legs.
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21 Feb 2018 By Abdul K Azad On flipkart.com
Great. Bought for Rupees 69K. I felt Pre-installed Windows was slow for some reason. So I fresh-installed Windows 10 Creator's update, and installed Steelseries engine for the keyboard, and now it responds very fast. I wish graphics VRAM was 4 gb, but 2gb is acceptable as I am a casual gamer. It looks good, feels good, and runs smooth.
After 1 Month of usage:
I am satisfied with my decision to buy this laptop. I have been playing GTA V, The Witcher 3, Assassins Creed - Origins, Road Redemption, and Civilizations 6. Never hangs if charger is connected. However, I keep my games in medium-high settings.
5400 RPM hard drive only slows down the loading of the games, but once loaded, there is virtually no difference. I am planning to add a M.2 PCIe SSD in the future, but as of now the current HDD is not annoying me.
Display is LG Display LGD046f. It is fantastic - 60 Hz IPS instead of a TN panel and 72% NTSC (~100% sRGB) . So viewing angle and colour representation is amazing.
I have no issues with fingerprints as many internet reviews say: the laptop I bought has a transparent cover at the back, so no issues there, and I don't see any fingerprints on the chassis near keyboard area. Anyways, you can always wipe your fingerprints if you see them on your laptop.
Trackpad is not the best, I have to be honest. Trying to right click takes a much more energy than usual, and its not accurate (uses ELAN driver). But it's hardly an issue, as I use a mouse. Plus side is that the trackpad area is big. I have set two finger tap as right click, and I have no problem using the trackpad, when I don't have my mouse near me.
Steelseries Keyboard is fantastic. Just a note: there is no caps lock indicator light on the keyboard, but there is a LED light indicator on the front side for caps lock.
It has USB-C port which also Thunderbolt 3 compliant. It heats up to some extent, but it is much lesser than other laptops thanks to Cooler Booster Trinity. As a side note, the charger is a little heavy.
This a very slim (slimmest gaming laptop) and beautiful laptop besides being a powerhouse. I have no negative points to say for this laptop, except that graphics card is not made for heavy gamers. But I am happy.
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