Here’s a deal that’s really good for this spec of gaming notebook. The MSI GL62M 7REX-1252CN will be on sale for $899. This is a 15.6″ 1080p IPS gaming laptop with a quad core Intel i7 7700HQ CPU, used in almost all high-level gaming laptops, a very capable 7th Gen 45watt CPU. The GPU is a dedicated Nvidia 1050 TI, based on the latest 14nm Pascal architecture and has 4GB of DDR5 RAM (many versions have only 2GB). The GPU is around 30% faster than the normal Nvidia 1050.
The keyboard is backlit, it has a 1TB HDD. And a spare M.2 slot that can take either NVMe or SATA3 spec 2280 SSD’s.
RAM is 8GB on single DDR4 DIM so this and the lack of SSD are weaker points. However, you can add another 8GB DDR4 SODIMM to get 16GB and dual channel RAM and then your own smaller SSD for the boot drive. As using a spindle drive as a boot drive in 2017 seems crazy, but I think the idea is you install your own SSD.
And it is a gaming laptop, so not the lightest at 2.3 kilos. That’s a good 1 kilos heavy than the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13 2017 I reviewed with Nvidia MX150 GPU.
Other specs include a type-C port, HDMI out, SD reader, 41wh battery, mini DisplayPort and 3 USB ports (Two are USB 3.0). And it has 6 copper heat pipes and a cooler for both the GPU and CPU so thermals should be fine.
It’s going to be just $899 tomorrow from the 14th to 20th with the MSI Gearbest promo. That’s $200 cheaper than Newegg and anywhere else I’ve looked that sell it for around $1099 USD. But after 100 units are gone the price increases.
The shipping is free for me in Spain, coming tax-free. However, there is a catch, the model number: The MSI GL62M 7REX-1252CN – CN stands for China. While it has a US layout the keyboard I’m pretty sure Windows 10 will be in Chinese, but hopefully, I’m wrong. So it will need a new Windows 10 home English install to get past that and the bios embedded Windows 10 will still work so no issues activating as long as you install the same Win 10 version (home).