MSI GL75 Gaming Laptop Review – The MSI GL75 is a 17-inch gaming laptop that’s giving excellent performance for the specs. In this full review, I’ll tell you both the good and bad sides of the GL75. And help you choose if it’s a laptop worth considering.
MSI GL75 Design
The lid is a clean matte black aluminum, and the interior is black plastic. Apart from the subtle logo on the lid and red sticker on the back. MSI has about stepped away from the classic black and red color design. The weight is noted at 2.5kg, and mine was around 80g above this. With the 180-watt power brick also cables for charging. And make the total weight increase to 3.3kg.
The dimensions are related to other modern 17 inch laptops. However, it is on the thicker side. Just as you’ll see, this helps by cooling. The diameter is about as small as it can be for a 17-inch gaming laptop. Also, this allows it to have 9mm screen bezels at the sides. The 17.3” 1080p 144Hz IPS-Level display has a matte finish.
It’s more available by a 120Hz option as well, so require different results by that to what I’m about to tell. I’ve experimented with the screen with the Spyder 5 and got 96% of sRGB, 68% of NTSC, and 73% of AdobeRGB. At 100% brightness, I covered the panel at 357 nits in the center by a 790:1 contrast ratio. The contrast did a little lower related to others. But unless brightness was a bit above average among fair color gamut.
Backlight bleed wasn’t lovely in my unit. The spot up the top left corner was hardly noticeable when viewing darker content. But this will change within the laptop and panel. Notwithstanding the metal lid, there was some screen flex as it’s on the smaller side. However, the display felt quite strong, including the hinges being out towards the far corners. It wasn’t reasonable to open up with one finger as the weight is up towards the back. Notwithstanding the thinner bezels, the 720p camera is located over the display in the center.
The 9SEK version that I’ve got here has a Steelseries keyboard with per-key RGB backlighting. But, the 9SE version just has a red keyboard. There are plenty of effects and adjustments that can be made by the software. Brightness can be changed within 4 levels by pressing the function key and holding the plus or minus keys on the Numpad. Or turned off entirely if you prefer.
The accuracy touchpad doesn’t really click down when pressed. As it’s alternately got physical left and right-click, which offer relatively loud clear presses. I imagined the size was great and didn’t have any difficulties using it. On the left of the back, there’s a Kensington lock, air exhaust vent, ethernet port, HDMI 2.0. Nevertheless, the MSI website tells it just works at 4K 30Hz, which means HDMI 1.4. Although mine surely runs at 60Hz.
MSI GL75 Specs
I have received the 9SEK model of the GL75. Then there’s an Intel i7-9750H CPU, 90w Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics, 16gb from memory in dual channel, a 17.3” 1080p 144Hz display, also 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD by 1TB hard drive. The GL75 is additionally accessible with different specs, such as GTX 1660 Ti.
The MSI GL75 is powered with a 6 cell 51wh battery. I’ve examined it with the screen brightness at 50%, background apps disabled, plus keyboard lighting off. While just seeing YouTube videos, it did for 4 hours and 5 minutes. And this was by the Intel integrated graphics, including Nvidia Optimus.
While performing the Witcher 3 by current settings plus Nvidia’s boost set to 30 FPS, the battery lasted for 59 minutes. But, it ran at a solid 30 FPS the whole time without dipping. The 180-watt power brick that’s covered by the MSI GL75 may not be enough for all workloads. 2 hours for my thermal testing makes battery dropped to 85% while plugged in.
By default, none of these modes perform any overclocking or undervolting. But, we have the opportunity to overclock the GPU in turbo mode if we want. But I’ve kept defaults and not do this. Don’t worry, we’ll see at some overclocked decisions later. We can further customize the fan speed. I’ve experimented with either the default auto mode or with cooler boost enabled, which sets the fan to max speed. Inside we’ve got 7 heat pipes, including one of these is shared between the processor and graphics.
MSI GL75 Price
At the time of writing, in the US, I’ve only been able to find the 120Hz version with identical specs. Which is about $1400 USD., while the 1660 Ti model is currently on sale for USD 1089. Here in Australia, we can get it at AUD 1900 for the 1660 Ti model or AUD 2600 toward the 2060 model I’ve used here.