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Review of my new MSI Gaming Laptop – GS63VR STEALTH-252

I’ve been using my MacBook Pro mid-2010 for 7 years. It’s time to move on.

I’ve just picked up my steaming hot MSI Gaming Laptop 3 weeks ago and I can not be happier. I was not going to spend the money needed for the power on an Apple. Plus I’m not going to be sucked in to the dongle game. This laptop has all the port you need plus some more.  I have not had the chance to start heavy gaming, but I have done a few tests and I’m very impressed. With 6GB of video memory and 16 GB of system memory on an i7 you have incredible power. I will say the better video card memory is more important then system memory, you can upgrade the system memory at any time, but not the video memory. I only go with Nvidia video card systems as a preference. When I was in Best Buy making my final decision between ASUS and MSI, I noticed the 2 of the ASUS gaming laptops were locked up.  Total hard-locked needed to be rebooted, but the MSI ones were flying smooth.  That was my final kicker and sign from above.

I was not focused on the 17in screen model, I’m enjoying the 15.6in just fine. I wanted it to still feel portable. The steelseries keyboard is a pleasure to type on, and the lighting memorizing. Only have slight issues with tapping the touch pad, but getting used to it and adjusting the sensitivity.

I have removed the Norton Security that came from MSI, I could not stand the constant popups and reminders to enable other features. Best Buy gave me 6 months free with Webroot antivirus and have switched to it. So far I’m impressed with the reviews of it and the little footprint it leaves on the system.

You can find what software I have added under my Windows Apps page, I only review apps I use. I will be gaming with World of Warcraft, Star Trek Online and a few other games. I have tested them with full graphics on so far with out a hiccup. I’m also using my Apple Magic Mouse without a hickup.

I will post some un-boxing pictures in the future.

GS63VR STEALTH-252 (link to Best Buy) – Features:

Windows 10 operating system
Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

15.6″ Full HD display
The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ mobile processor
Powerful quad-core processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don’t.

16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming
Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.

1TB hard drive and 256GB solid state drive (SSD) for a blend of storage space and speed
The hard drive provides ample storage, while the SSD delivers faster start-up times and data access.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics
Backed by 6GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.

Weighs 3.97 lbs. and measures 0.7″ thin
Ultrathin and ultralight for maximum portability, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 3-cell lithium-ion battery.

Bluetooth 4.1 interface syncs with compatible devices
Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

1 USB Type-C port
To maximize performance on the latest high-speed devices.

3 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices
Also includes 1 USB 2.0 port to connect more accessories and peripherals. USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

HDMI 2.0A output expands your viewing options
Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.

Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives
This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-def video — plus power over cable for bus-powered devices — ideal for digital content creators.

Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer
Supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.

Next-Gen Intel® Wireless-AC connectivity
Connect to a Wireless-AC router for nearly 3x the speed, more capacity and wider coverage than Wireless-N. Backward-compatible with all other Wi-Fi networks and hotspots. Gigabit Ethernet LAN port.

Built-in HD webcam with microphone
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.

Additional ports
Microphone input, headphone/SPDIF combo jack and mini DisplayPort.