Gaming notebooks nowadays are gradually moving in closer to desktop PCs in terms of performance since the Intel Skylake processors and NVIDIA Pascal graphics cards were introduced. This trend created a domino effect to other mobile devices in a way like you can now get an affordable gaming laptop to play most decent games today and do basic multimedia stuff without worrying about lags or hangups. Today we’re going review one of MSI’s latest gaming laptop, the MSI GE727RE Apache Pro
The MSI Apache Pro Review is one of the newest batch of gaming notebooks that has redefined mobile gaming, under the hood you can see the latest Intel 7th generation i7 quad core processor paired with NVIDIAⓇ GeForceⓇ GTX 1050Ti which outperforms the GTX 970M. What surprises me is that it weighs at just 2.69 kgs when most most gaming laptops are absolute behemoths due to its high-end parts and its cooling system, I can still carry this thing around without any problem. It measures around 16.49 x 11.02 x 1.14 inches (419 x 280 x 29mm) at under 3 kgs. Design-wise it is eye-catching with black aluminum covering and the MSI emblem that lights up when the unit is in use.
Using this machine for gaming is an absolute delight, the GeForceⓇ GTX 1050Ti did a decent job in playing the latest games at high settings, although once you play on high-demanding games such as Crysis 4, Far Cry 4 and Battlefield, you can notice frame drops while playing it.
MSI did the right call of toning down the screen display at 1080p (1920×1080) so that the processor and GPU will get less burden during gaming. This is also a great machine for multimedia editing due to its large 17-inch screen display and not to mention the 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors are up to 70% faster than a 5 year old CPU, it is also paired with 16GB of DDR4 memory at 2400Mhz. For upgrades, it can support up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and you can also put in 2.5-inch HDD or SSD and an M.2 SSD storage. It can also support Intel’s Optane memory once it becomes available in the market.
Aside from its top-notch specs, the MSI GE727RE Apache Pro houses two USB 3.0 Ports and one USB 2.0, HDMI port is also present and one USB Type-C 3.1 port, (take not that this is not a thunderbolt 3). Optical Disk Drives is also available along with a LAN port and an SD card reader.
One of my personal favorites is its steel series chiclet-style keyboard, it has a dedicated button where you can change its color accent that fits your current mood, I noticed that some of the keys are different like the windows button is not present on the left side of the space bar and the volume keys are in the directional buttons, I needed a couple days to get used to it but nevertheless it is one of the best looking non-mechanical laptop keyboards I’ve seen.
MSI gave an ample space for its touch pad. But I would also consider this as one of its letdown because it doesn’t do any windows gestures, hopefully an update can solve this issue.
Sounds produced by this device is okay, they sacrificed the loudness to compensate for its bass quality which is good choice since bass are more important especially when playing games.
Overall the MSI GE717RE Apache Pro is a great laptop for multiple use, whether for gaming and editing, it gets the job done. It can compete with other brands with the same specs and even has its own advantage like its slim chassis, the screen that can be rotated up to 180 degrees, and its gorgeous keyboard.
- Gorgeous Screen Display
- RGB Chiclet-Style Keyboard
- Premium Design and Build
- Great for Multimedia Editing
- Not for High-End Gaming
- No Windows 10 Gestures on Touchpad