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As a bud­get gam­ing note­book, the GP62 7REX Leop­ard Pro aims to blend af­ford­able speci cations with a com­pelling mix of value-added fea­tures.

Now, it isn’t go­ing to win any de­sign ac­co­lades, mea­sur­ing 29mm at its thick­est point and weigh­ing a hefty 2.4kg. MSI has in­cor­po­rated a brushed metal nish on the lid for a slightly more pre­mium feel, but there’s no get­ting away from the pre­dom­i­nantly plas­tic build.

Like the Len­ovo Le­gion Y520, the MSI note­book lets you man­u­ally boost the cool­ing dur­ing in­ten­sive work­loads. The fans do be­come quite audi­ble, but again, we noted a near 10°C drop in peak CPU tem­per­a­tures. The fea­ture can be ac­ti­vated with the ded­i­cated Cooler Boost but­ton at the top right, so it’s re­ally con­ve­nient to use.

A se­cond but­ton be­side the Cooler Boost key lets you tog­gle be­tween dif­fer­ent light­ing ef­fects, so there’s no need to en­ter the MSI Dragon Cen­tre util­ity to man­u­ally switch things up. That said, if you want ex­tra cus­tomiza­tions, the key­board still sup­ports three-zone RGB back­light­ing and three lev­els of bright­ness.

An­other in­ter­est­ing fea­ture is the sup­port for GPU over­clock­ing. MSI of­fers some­thing called Shift mode, and set­ting the lap­top to Turbo mode lets you over­clock the GPU by as much as 200MHz. Al­ter­na­tively, you can shift down to Eco mode for cooler and qui­eter op­er­a­tion.

There’s not much to be had out of over­clock­ing a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but the dif­fer­ent set­tings do al­low for an ad­di­tional de­gree of ex­i­bil­ity. We were also able to squeeze out an 8 per cent im­prove­ment in 3DMark Fire Strike, so you’ll have the free­dom to tinker around for a bit more per­for­mance.

MSI is also keen to em­pha­size its Nahimic au­dio tech­nol­ogy, which sup­pos­edly im­proves au­dio and voice clar­ity, which could come handy in game. It’s an au­dio tweak­ing tool much like Cre­ative’s Sound Blaster Cin­ema 3, and you can also cus­tom­ize cer­tain as­pects of the sound out­put.

GPU can be over­clocked Poor dis­play view­ing an­gles

There’s an op­ti­cal drive bay built into the right edge.

The ded­i­cated Cooler Boost 4 but­ton is lo­cated at the top right.

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