Pros: I use this laptop primarily for Machine learning (specifically for Deep learning) applications. The RTX 2080 gpu (without Max-Q) is one hell of a beast. The training time is identical to that of a GTX 1080 Ti for 32 bit float operations and 1.2x to 1.3x faster for 16 bit floats(thanks to tensor cores). For a compact laptop such as this, it is pretty amazing feat. I havent observed any significant heating issues either.
Cons: - Fan gets a little noisy when the gpu is operating at max capacity. This is, however, music to my ears though!
- It comes preinstalled with Windows, which I never used(I used it to download Ubuntu and change the keypad backlight). I could have saved some money if there was a Linux only variant.
- It will be good if there is a way to control the keypad backlight in linux.
Overall Review: Highly recommended for kagglers and deep learning practitioners. You can quickly prototype ML and DL models and finetune pretrained networks with ease.
Beware of cheaper laptops that advertise RTX 2080s but ship RTX 2080 MaxQs. Laptops with MaxQ gpus are cheaper, have a more compact form factor but maxout at 90W and are pale shadows of the non-MaxQ ones. I have seen my gpu draw ~160W when crunching numbers at full capacity. A simple way to spot a MaxQ laptoo is its power rating. If a laptop is 150 to 180W, it is a MaxQ laptop. If the laptop is around 280W or more, it isnt.
Pros: 144Hz display, matte :-)
Full RTX 2070
Full sized HDMI
One USB-C port
SD card reader
Dedicated fan button
Cons: Max 32GB of RAM, single-channel by default (fixable)
The keyboard layout is messy. The keypad should have been excluded.
The keyboard font looks like something from a 90's video game. It's annoying to look at.
No dedicated volume control keys
No Windows key on the left
The touchpad sometimes does not register movement
Spindle HDD (is this 2019?)
The speakers are H O R R I B L E
The RGB presets are so annoying to the point where I wouldn't use the laptop if they're on
Overall Review: If you're going to be gaming on this with an external mouse and keyboard, it's doable, but it's still a laptop, and it falls just short of being a decent one. I bought this to both game and work in Linux, and while I'm having my own gripes about how Lutris is 'supposed' to be the best thing since sliced bread, this laptop alone has quirks regardless of me using an OS that the manufacturer clearly has no intention of supporting.
The matte display is a GREAT start to a quality laptop that I can actually use for hours on end, outside even! 144Hz is another great feature, even though it has no G-Sync or FreeSync support that I know of. Coming from a 60Hz display is reason enough to like this panel. A great start to a modern-day laptop geared toward gaming and/or engineering work. So then it goes a bit downhill on the usability front.
I played with the RGB settings for the keyboard, and I just wonder what sort of frame of mind the engineers where in when they made the RGB presets. They're all garbage, and I can't imagine anyone actually wanting to use any of them, because they are so distracting that I can't even use the keyboard with any of them on. The per-key RGB function is nice, but executed so poorly out of the box that I wouldn't call it a feature without a LOT of tweaking. The RGB lights on the back don't look as bad as I was expecting, but they're completely unnecessary IMO, and are borderline gaudy.
So let's get down to the real gripes, why I'm more than likely going to return this laptop, or at least try to. The keyboard layout is just bad. There's no Windows-key on the left, which is useful even in Linux. That's the start of the problems. The keypad on the right just jumbles the layout, and is completely unnecessary, since it's not spaced adequately enough from the rest of the keys to be useful. There are no dedicated volume buttons, which really confuses me for a GAMING laptop. Seriously, this is something that was very much overlooked. Besides the horribly cramped layout, the font used on the keys is admittedly stylish, but not practical for day-to-day use. I'm actually having a really hard time reading the F-keys, since the font is weird and is very small. Since they keyboard is supposed to be a selling point (RGB is in the title for a reason), it's really the largest letdown of the laptop. I couldn't imagine using this for any length of time without mistypes and a lot of frustration. Sure, I could get used to it, but it just looks like a mess overall, and I'd rather pay for something that doesn't look like a kid's toy. While the mousepad is normally OK, I've found that it will sometimes not register when my finger is touching, and this happened in both Windows and Linux, so it's definitely hardware related.
And the last, but not least, is the audio. It sounds fine when the laptop is upside down, but to be honest, I don't know of many people who use laptops upside down. Put the machine on your lap or a desk, and all you'll hear is mud. No treble, lots of mid, and that's about it. It gets really loud, really distorted, and the speakers, which are advertised twice on the laptop BTW, are not even in the realm of "OK" or "passable" in my opinion. I've used cheaper laptops with exponentially better quality sound.
Overall, it's powerful computer that's built for portability, but screams mediocrity when it comes to actual mobile gaming. Honestly, this may be the last MSI hardware I ever consider.
The RGB lights can be controlled in Linux through a script someone wrote and put on GitHub. The headphone jack may also mute when you plug headphones in. This is a separate channel in Alsamixer and is trivial to fix. Search for "GE63VR arch" and there's a wiki page describing these, and other fixes in Linux. Note that I wasn't able to get any of the function keys (ie. volume) to work when playing games in Linux fullscreen, or at least with OpenArena.
Pros: I have had this computer for about a month now and it runs great. I have played; GTA V, League of Legends, Sea of Thieves, Blackwake, Overwatch, Dead by Daylight, Mordhau, Dota 2, Rocket League, The Sims 3, and Albion Online all with no hiccups at all. All of these games play flawlessly on this computer. Some have complained of the touchpad which isn't that bad but I wouldn't recommend it for gaming use. The mouse I received in the offer works great! I bought a "Tree New Bee Cooling Pad for 15.6 - 17-Inch Laptops with Four 120mm Fans at 1200 RPM" and with that and the cooling system on board I haven't had issue with heat at all, even at extended gaming sessions (8 hrs plus).
Some have complained about BF5, I can't speak for that as I don't have BF5.
Cons: The only issue that I really can say I have is the battery life. It's a gaming laptop so you shouldn't expect much battery life to begin. That being said, the battery life is a LITTLE bit over an hour like 1hr 17mins and that's just browsing the web etc.
Overall Review: For the price especially on sale, you can't beat it. I bought the Dell G7 with similar specs and this computer blows it out of the water. If you are iffy about this laptop, get it! You won't regret it.
Pros: don't even consider getting any of your money back as rebate because you won't.
Overall Review: Computer seems to perform just fine, but adding another screen to it can be a little complicated and unplugged it lags.
Pros: The computer has a fast boot, quick graphic response and will pretty much handle any current games
Cons: I had to turn off the multi-colors flashing...gave me a headache.
Overall Review: Excellent machine, quick and was delivered in just a few days. Great job Newegg!
Pros: 7751 in timespy all stock, coolerboost on
Cons: none. it's amazing. buy it.
Overall Review: this is a relatively small 15", much smaller than an alienware 15, smaller than my aorus 15, although thicker (thinner than alienware 15)
Pros: This is my 2nd MSI GE63 Raider and 3rd MSI laptop. The Steelseries 3 keyboard is the best laptop keyboard I have used. The construction is solid. Excellent connectivity. Setup very easy. Customer service is excellent. Pricing is very good compared to other gaming laptops. Weight is very good for the power in the computer. Runs fairly cool, and isn't too loud even when the fans are on.
Cons: I had to reinstall the MSI software (particularly the Steelseries 3 Engine) because it initially wouldn't run.
Overall Review: I would recommend this laptop to anyone wanting a top notch gaming laptop!
Pros: It has a 2070 and its cooling system is great.
Cons: Its very loud but that's ok. I had to under volt the cpu due to bottle necking problems, and also down clocked the gpu. The steel series keyboard frequently stops all functionality other that it being a keyboard. As in no rgb, no fn shortcuts, the fan boost button and rgb button didnt work. Over all i should have built an itx system instead.