Date Joined: 05/31/18
Pros: The Good
-Sleek design, good graphics power, excellent load times for a laptop, and the refresh rate of the monitor is really nice. Additional keyboard colors add a nice touch and is more customizable that prior MSI laptop. Keyboard is well responsive (had issues with spacebar on previous MSI model) and has a good feel for both gaming and general use.
Cons: The Bad
-The keyboard, despite having good keystrokes, is narrow. I've had to narrow my fingers closer together for gaming. The ridge between the spacebar and the touchpad is also pretty close, which makes it easy to miss the spacebar if you're not careful. Not having a number pad on the side reduces the size of the laptop, but can be a pain if you're used to having it.
- Kind of a given with any gaming laptop, but it runs REALLY hot. Highly recommend a good cooling pad.
- The overall sound is LOUD, but almost atrociously so. Its nice that I don't have to crank the sound as much as I did for my old laptop (which was too quiet) but the sound, if it's set too high, feels forced and lowers its quality. Def. recommend a headset if you don't have one already.
Overall Review: -Gave it a 4/5 since its power alone makes it a nice laptop, but some quality issues in the overall layout of the keyboard and the sound keep it from being amazing.
Pros: -Components are good for the price
-Decent start up speeds
-Good airflow throughout
Cons: -Sound quality is a bit lackluster, especially with the speakers on the bottom
-The space key - there are times when it simply does not register, which can be a bit annoying. You really have to jam it sometimes to get it to work.
-If you're used to a laptop then you realize the fans get quite loud, but if not, it takes some getting used to (I would say it was on par for the noise of my last MSI laptop)
Overall Review: My last MSI lasted 6+ years. I have seen people have issues with these laptops, but they tend to be isolated issues. I have had this computer for about a month now and overall I find it impressive for the price range. The processor speed leaves something to be desired considering I had a better one in my 6 year old laptop, but the overall load times are not much slower than before. With a decent cooling pad this stays pretty solid for temps. Less bloatware on this laptop than my previous one, too. Other than a few gimmicks, this is a pretty nice laptop, although not perfect.