MSI GS72 6QE Stealth Pro review – A laptop that plays as hard as it works

MSI’s impressive range of well-engineered laptops has a model to suit just about every requirement and budget. If gaming grade desktop replacement laptops are what you’re after, the GT range is probably what you’re looking for.

If you’re anything like me, you don’t want something quite as large, bulky or heavy; you need something that’s sleeker and slimmer and more importantly, lighter. You need something you can carry around all day without putting out your back. You need something that’s a workhorse, but has the necessary gaming prowess should you want to play a round or two of Overwatch when you’re not busy moving something three pixels to the left in Photoshop. You need something very much like the GS72 6QE I’ve been running for the past few weeks.

It’s most certainly both sleek and slim, just 19.9mm high when closed, making it one of the lowest profile gaming-grade laptops I’ve ever used. Made of a brushed aluminium, the machine is prone to fingerprints but they wipe off easily enough to not matter. With the battery connected, it weighs just 2.6Kg so it’s light enough to lug around too.

The GS72 6QE Stealth Pro sports a quad-core, Skylake Intel Core i7-6700HQ based on the HM170 chipset. The CPU runs at a base clock of 2.6GHz, running up to 3.5HGz boost. That should provide enough horsepower for the avid video editor or graphic designer – especially coupled with the vibrant and crisp 17.3” 1920×1080 IPS screen. The screen comes pre-calibrated to hit 100% SRGB, with a number of other colour profiles available for your viewing gaming or designing pleasure. The system also comes equipped with 16GB of DDR4 memory clocked at 2133MHz.

For those keen to use the system to play games, it’s no slouch at all thanks to the 3GB variant of the 970M in our review sample (though a 6GB variant exists too). In terms of internals, it’s not too different from the GS60 that Matthew reviewed late last year. Like that machine, one of its most impressive features is the integrated NVMe interface, slotted here with a 256GB Samsung SM951 – still one of the fastest drives in its class. It regularly breaks the 2000MB/s mark which means that the GS726QE cold boots to a functional Windows operating system in roughly 14 seconds. The 1TB mechanical drive is no slouch either, but a direct comparison should show just how damned fast it is.

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