A Titan in more than just name
MSI GT75VR 7RF Titan Pro
MSI’s new GT75VR 7RF Titan Pro belongs to a rarefied breed of laptops that has always seemed slightly puzzling to me. They’re hulking pieces of plastic and metal, with swooping lines and gaping exhaust vents reminiscent of muscle cars.
They also tend to cost upward of RM15,000, so they’re often pilloried for costing more than a high-end desktop. At RM17,999, the Titan Pro is a prime candidate for such criticism, even if it’s armed to the teeth with components that can put a desktop to shame. The 120Hz display is one of its key features, and it’ll let you take full advantage of the powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and overclockable processor under the hood. Games should appear butter-smooth, but we’d have also liked to see G-SYNC support at this price. The TN panel also produces slightly muted colors, which is especially noticeable if you’re used to IPS gaming displays. Furthermore, viewing angles are poor, typical for a TN screen. That said, most gamers will probably care more about the 120Hz refresh rate than color reproduction. One standout feature is support for 10Gbps Ethernet, courtesy of the Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter. This is a first for a laptop. Then, there’s the SteelSeries Rapid RGB mechanical keyboard, which may just be one of the best parts of this laptop. It uses low-profile Kailh switches, and you get up to 3.4mm of total key travel distance. The keyboard feels great, and there’s a nice clicky feel to the switches. The 512GB NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 provides blazingfast storage performance, with speedy sequential read and write speeds, so nearly every aspect of the laptop comes tuned for top-notch performance.
However, these luxuries come at a price, and the Titan Pro is awfully thick and heavy. It measures 58mm thick and weighs 4.56kg. Battery life isn’t great either, so you’ll need its huge power adapter with you at all times if you do try to bring it with you beyond your desk.
Another gripe we have is how noisy the fans are. The cooling system does its job well, but the fans are so loud they actually get in the way of voice chat in Discord or Skype
CONCLUSION A super powerful gaming laptop bogged down by chunky design, noisy fans, and steep price.
The Titan Pro supports output to three external 4K displays.