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Gaming laptops are the powerful species of laptops. They can handle all types of tasks thrown at it. So they usually fall on the choice of almost all type of power hungry users. And in the same category lies the recently launched MSI GE63VR Raider, which comes with an appealing design on the outside and powerful hardware on the inside. And the new MSI GE63VR Raider gaming laptop is one of such devices, which promises to satisfy the hardcore gamers with its performance.
Design & Build
On the design front, the GE63VR Raider comes with the molded metal lid with a brushed texture. The lid also inherits the MSI logo with a red dragon shield right below it. Both on the right and on the left of the logo and the shield, there are two angled red accents, which are customizable light strips. When the laptop is on, these strips lit up looks all colorful. Even on the inside, there is a similar type of construction, making use of the brushed aluminum. So, the design language on the GE63VR Raider does look appealing.
In terms of display, the laptop comes with a 17.3-inch display, which features Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) resolution. The resolution and size of the display contribute to a pixel density is 142 PPI with a pitch of 0.18 x 0.18 mm. This implies that the display on the GE63VR Raider can be considered as “Retina” when viewed from further than 60 cm. Even in terms of brightness, GE63VR Raider is sufficiently bright. The laptop comes with a peak brightness of 351nits and the average brightness of 328nits, which is ample for most of the users.
Another exciting feature about this laptop is that the display on it has a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. The viewing angle and contrast ratio of the display is also pretty decent. Color accuracy on the laptop is also really great as it boasts 94% NTSC color gamut.
Performance is the aspect, where the MSI GE63VR Raider truly shines. The laptop comes with Intel Core i7 8750H Coffee Lake CPU backed by 16GB of RAM. On the storage front, it comes with a 256GB M.2 SATA SSD and a 1TB HDD, which run at 7200RPM. With this setup, the device performs really well. The laptop will not lag or stutter even after keeping 25 tabs of Google Chrome open. Multitasking and switching between apps is also blazing fast on this device.
The Raider is excelsior even on the gaming front. With a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics card with 8GB of VRAM on the board, the laptop can handle all sorts of games even on the highest settings possible.
When it comes to the audio output, the Raider is brilliantly loud. The device comes with four number of 2W speaker. There is also a 3W sub-woofer to enrich the audio. With all the speakers in action, the laptop produces clear, crisp, and loud audio.
For the connectivity, the laptop consists of a Kensington lock slot, Killer Gb LAN jack on its left. The Killer Gb LAN prioritizes gaming packets over any other traffic. This is followed by a mini DP (DisplayPort) 1.2, USB 3.0 connector, and USB Type-C 3.1 port. The laptop also comes with a full-size HDMI 2.0 port. With the presence of GTX 1070 and USB 2.0 port, MSI GE63VR Raider does just fine outputting the contents on a 4K UHD TV at 60Hz. Furthermore, the laptop is enriched with an SD card slot, microphone, and headphone jacks.
On the wireless side of things, users get Killer Wi-Fi 802.11 AC and Bluetooth V4.2. With so many ports, interfacing with input and output devices on this laptop is really hassle-free. But that’s not all. After being so generous on providing ports, MSI had also added an extra touch on its USB 3.0 ports. The USB 3.0 ports lit up in red so even in the dark, you won’t have a problem connecting your pen drive of mobile’s data cable.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard on this laptop is another interesting aspect of the Raider. The keyboard on this device has an RGB backlit and the color of every key is customizable. When the backlights are on, the laptop looks all colorful and playful. On top of that, it is also really handy to find the keys while using the laptop in a dark room. The keys are also clicky and tactile, so the users will surely have a delightful typing experience.
The laptop also comes with a 4.3 x 2.4-inch touchpad, which registers all the finger movements and two and three finger gestures. The buttons on the touchpad were also clicky. So users won’t have any problems regarding the touchpad.
On the battery front, MSI GE63VR Raider comes with a 51Whr battery, which provides backup for just one and a half hours while gaming with the keyboard backlight on. Users can also extend the battery life by turning the RGB backlit off.
|CPU||8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H (6-Core, 9MB Cache, up to 4.1GHz w/ Turbo Boost)|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Display||17.3 FHD (1920x1080), 144Hz, 3ms, Wide-View|
GeForce® GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
|Memory Type||DDR4 16 GB|
|Webcam||HD type ([email protected])|
|Keyboard||Backlight Keyboard (Full-Color)|
|LAN||Killer Gb LAN|
|Wireless||802.11 ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth v4.0|
|Speaker||Speaker (4x 2W)
|Audio Jack||1x Mic-in
1x Headphone-out (SPDIF)
|USB Port||1x Type-C USB3.1 Gen2
2x Type-A USB3.1 Gen1
1x Type-A USB3.1 Gen2
1x SD (XC/HC)
1x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI
|Card Reader||1 SD (XC/HC)|
|HDMI||1 (4K @ 30Hz)|
|Battery||6-Cell 51 Whr|
|AC Adapter||230W adapter|
|Dimension||383 x 260 x 27.5 mm|