MSI Gaming laptop hands on review and slideshow: MSI GS43VR 7RE Phantom Pro

An MSI gaming laptop that isn't briefcase-sized? Is it any good?

  • We’ve seen some absolutely massive gaming laptops from MSI but then they’ve had things like SLI graphics and mechanical, desktop keyboards embedded. The GS43VR 7RE is a much more reasonable size. It’s not small with its 14-inch screen but its 1.8KG weight is almost ultraportable compared to its girthy siblings.

    We’ll be publishing a full review very soon but here are some shots of it together with our first impressions. Full specs are here.

  • The status lights on the front are easy to decipher but tend to make the laptop look a bit cheap. The trackpad is smooth, responsive and easy to click, though.

  • It might not be thin but the contoured lid looks stylish.

  • Obligatory mind-bending perspective shot.

  • Inside the laptop is a 2.8GHz Intel 7th Gen processor, 16GB RAM, 16GB RAM 256 GB NvME drive and a 1TB mechanical drive.

  • The underside. Don't block those vents - especially with your delicate squishy parts.

  • You wouldn't be too ashamed showing this brand off.There's a micro-HDMI port at the base.

  • The keyboard is by SteelSeries and is well-weighted and comfortable to type on.

  • The red backlight can has two intensities or can be turned off.

  • There's no easy way to turn the trackpad off which will annoy many gamers.

  • The ports on the left include LAN, USB 3, SD card and two audio ports - the latter can be used with Nahimic Vr 7.1 surround sound.

  • The ports on the right include USB-C and an HDMI port which can be used for VR.

  • Crowing about the key features.

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