In most cases, in order to acquire a gaming laptop, you need to have a serious budget, as they can be pretty expensive. Still, there are exceptions, like the MSI GE72 Apache, a high-end model, with a more than potent spec sheet and a full HD resolution, so you can enjoy the latest games in excellent conditions.
The laptop is powered by a 5th Gen Intel Core i7-5700HQ processor, with four cores running at 2.7 GHz, while the Turbo Boost technology can be used to increase it to 3.0 GHz, whenever you need a bit of extra power. Also, the CPU is aided by a pretty serious amount of RAM: 16 GB DDR3L. No matter if you like to use multiple applications at once or open a lot of browser tabs, you won’t encounter any issues.
In terms of graphics, the MSI GE72 Apache is loaded with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M card, with 2 GB of DDR5 dedicated video memory, able to quickly render high-quality images.
Finally, the storage capacity counts 1 TB and it’s provided by a hard disk drive. You can easily store all your photos, music, HD videos and high-quality movies. Also, it has a 7200 rpm speed, for quick write/read times.
Despite not having an optical drive, there are other ways that can be used to transfer files. For example, it has three USB 3.0 ports and a 2.0 one, so you can connect flash drives or other accessories and peripherals.
In terms of connectivity, the MSI GE72 Apache features a HDMI output, so you can connect it to a bigger display, a built-in media reader, supporting SD, SDHC and SDXV formats. It has next-generation wireless connectivity, three times faster than Wireless-N and of course, a Bluetooth 4.0 interface, so you can sync the laptop with compatible devices, like smartphones and tablets.
Moving on to the display, we’re looking at a 17.3″ eDP panel, with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is definitely one of the biggest attraction points of this device. It has an antireflective finish, in order to reduce eyestrain and widen the field of view.
Above, the built-in webcam isn’t missing, allowing you to video chat with family and friends, while the integrated microphone can be used to talk with your allies during gaming sessions.
Design wise, the MSI GE72 Apache is not the thinnest laptop out there, having a 1.13″ profile and weighing 5.94 lbs. Still, it has a black finish, with a brushed metal lid and red accents all over the place, giving it a very aggressive gaming look. Also, the illuminated keyboard is perfect for those long nights when you want to play with the lights turned of.
As mentioned above, it has a price tag of $1199.00, which for a gaming laptop with specs like this one, is a very good price. It also comes with a pre-installed copy of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, so you don’t need to spend any extra money on software.