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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.

Fea­tures

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

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