This MSI GE Series GE70 Apache Pro-681 review will talk about this new 17.3 inch gaming laptop from the house of MSI. Gone are the days you have to spend a fortune to get yourself a fully fledged gaming machine. This new release comes at a good price point and doesn’t compromise on a lot of things.
Are you searching for a good gaming laptop that doesn’t cost much? Then continue reading this review till the very end to find out if this one is for you!
The Apache Pro-681 is a well designed laptop. The brushed aluminum finish on the lid gives you a very nice feel. The build is sturdy and should impress anyone who appreciates well built laptops. The insides are pretty similar to the previous models in the Apache series.
The multicolor backlit keyboard is one of the best keyboards for a gaming machine. The track pad is responsive and you’ll hardly miss a click. With a 17.3 inch screen, the notebook is heavy and shouldn’t be that hard to carry around. Overall the design is decent and doesn’t give us any deal breakers
MSI GE Series GE70 Apache Pro-681 Gaming Laptop Specs
Let’s start off with the display. We have a 17.3 inch full HD LED backlit display. This display comes with a 16:9 aspect ratio and excellent viewing angles. Consuming media and playing games are two things you can never get tired of with a display like this.
The widescreen display is just perfect for your gaming needs. With a good response time, you get excellent frame rate for any game. You can also connect the screen contents to a 4K Television and enjoy your game there.
The processor that powers the MSI GE Series GE70 Apache Pro-681 gaming laptop is the Intel core i7 processor with a clock speed of 3.6GHz. This is a one of the best processor you can get for a gaming machine in this budget. Being a Harwell-based chip, it consumes less power and this could positively save us some more battery.
As far as real life performance is concerned, this one is a winner. This processor is perfect for running high end application and big games. You can stress test this Intel chip and it’ll come out just fine. What makes things better here is the support given by the memory department.
There are 12 gigs of DDR3L SD RAM. This is good memory for a gaming device. People would usually prefer around 16 gigs of memory but we know that this memory will do it just fine. With Intel’s hyper threading in place, running multithreaded applications will not be a problem at all.
You get a lot of space in the 1TB hard drive. It comes with a rotational speed of 7200RPM which makes it slightly faster than the traditional hard drives. They could have included a solid state drive to improve the performance and to speed up the booting time. But they have seriously missed a trick here.
Let’s talk graphics. The graphics card here is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M which comes with dedicated memory of 2GB RAM. This is a excellent graphics card for rendering graphics and helps you run pretty much anything you want to. If you are a serious gamer, you can get some serious frame rates with this impressive graphics card.
The device supports essential wireless standards like 802.11a/c and Bluetooth 4.0. There are a couple of USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI port for connectivity with high end displays. The DVD super multi drive should also come in handy at times.
MSI GE Series GE70 Apache Pro-681 Review: Verdict
It is verdict time now. For the price, this is one of the best performing gaming laptops in the market right now. It has the right set of specs and good number of extra features (programmable backlit keyboard, etc.). Your search for a high end gaming machine with excellent features and a decent price tag ends here.