It’s not hard to spot a gaming laptop, but the MSI GL62 has little bits of gaming flair here and there rather than opting for an outrageous colour scheme or flared vents and mad logos. The keyboard font, the badge insignia on the lid, the odd bits of red trim and some of the GL62’s angles are all obvious ‘tells’ to an experienced eye. This means the MSI GL62 isn’t a laptop that’ll make you feel self‑conscious in public like an Asus G752 could. It successfully treads the fine along a few boundaries with confidence.
This laptop has a metal‑covered lid but the rest of the laptop is plastic, as used in the vast majority of gaming machines. It doesn’t try to push its luck with thickness or weight either. At 2.3kg and 29mm thick, the MSI GL62 isn’t light or small enough to be considered a portable laptop. You’ll want to keep it at home most of the time.
While it has a sensible, slightly conservative design for a gaming laptop, the MSI GL62 does have up‑to‑date connections. It comes with two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port on the right side and an additional USB‑C. It’s reassuring to see MSI has added has in effect added an extra USB with the USB‑C socket, rather than using it as an excuse to pare down the total number of plugs. It’ll be a while before everything uses USB‑C, after all. The MSI GL62 also has the main connections required of a desktop‑replacer. It has HDMI and Mini DisplayPort video outputs and a full‑size Ethernet socket. Many of you may be happy with using Wi‑Fi, though, particularly as Wi‑Fi ac is supported.
Around on the other (right) side of the MSI GL62 are a DVD Multiwriter optical drive and a full‑size SD card slot. Just as this system strikes a good balance between a gamer‑tinged look and an ordinary one, the laptop has an ultra‑accessible set of connections that’ll suit the sort of buyer to whom a lower‑cost gaming rig might appeal.
It’s not hard to spot a gaming laptop, but the MSI has little bits of gaming flair here and there rather than opting for an outrageous colour scheme