MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 15.6″ Full HD Thin and Light Performance Gaming Laptop i5-7300HQ GTX 1050 2G 8GB 256GB SSD Win10 SteelSeries Keys
Pros: – Price is pretty good for specs.
– I am a CPE student, so the great computing power helps to run simulations.
– Games run fast and smooth and guarantee a good gaming experience.
– No problem running videos with the highest settings
CONS:– The SSD is relatively small and full of trash. You will need to remap everything to the 1TB hard drive
– Heats up pretty fast and fans work hard and hard.
– After a while, the keyboard starts to have problems. The keys start and stop working randomly until they all pass together. Sending the laptop in for repair is only a temporary solution. MSI refuses to admit that it is a hardware problem that is based on design. Once your warranty has expired, you must be willing to pay to have it “repaired” again. There are a lot of other people with the problem, but MSI still believes that removing / updating drivers and running BIOS scans and updates can fix it (not much help).
Overall Rating: I bought this laptop in mid-2017 in my first year of study. I was studying computer engineering and the specifications in combination with the price of this laptop seemed pretty good until the keyboard stopped working.
I would not recommend this laptop to anyone, the laptop keyboard is like a time bomb and you don’t know when it will go wrong. Fortunately I had mine about a year before any issues arose, but after about 1.5 to 2 years things started to fall apart faster. I opened my laptop after the warranty expired to fix the problem myself and was able to stop keyboard issues. It is quite annoying to get there, but there is a flat cable under the motherboard connecting the keyboard. The likely reason the keys stop working is because the cable is folded in on itself (like the fold in a folded piece of paper) and pinches the cables and prevents them from working properly. I used electrical tape to stick the area where the crease was (to smooth it out) and was able to get 6 to 10 more months off the keyboard, but at some point there were problems again.
I recommend anyone looking for a laptop that lasts more than a couple of years to look for other companies like ASUS, Dell, Apple, HP etc. that have better functionality and durability.