MSI GP62 Leopard Pro-002 15-inch Gaming Laptop Review

15-inch Gaming Laptop Priced Under $1,000 USD

MSI GP62 2QE Leopard 15-inch Gaming Laptop

MSI Computer Corp. 

The MSI GP62 Leopard Pro-002 offers an enjoyable gaming experience for those that are looking for a laptop priced under $1,000 USD.

Its hardware is up-to-date with a large hard drive and plenty of RAM to run average and advanced programs, even ones that tend to be system resource hogs.

MSI GP62 Leopard Pro-002 Pros and Cons

Though the system is lightweight, it's actually quite large compared to many other newer systems. This may be the result of its plastic body construction that just doesn't feel as nice as it could.

What We Like

  • Affordable

  • Includes a DVD burner

  • Has a comfortable keyboard layout

What We Don't Like

  • Chassis is large and feels cheap

  • Poor battery life

  • No keyboard backlight

MSI GP62 Leopard Pro-002 Description

This is what comes with the MSI GP62 Leopard Pro-002:

  • Intel Core i7-5700HQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 8 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1 TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
  • 15.6" WUXGA (192x0x1080) Display With 720p Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 2GB GDDR5 Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Two USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, SD Card Slot
  • 15.07" x 9.82" x 1.48" @ 5.3 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Our Review of the MSI GP62 Leopard Pro-002

The MSI GP series of laptops are designed for affordable gaming. This means that the systems are generally not the most cutting edge in terms of features or design. For the GP62 Leopard, that means the body uses all plastic rather than some metal, meaning that it does not feel as sturdy or well built as more expensive laptops.

It's relatively lightweight at just five and a third pounds because of the plastic body. While it is very light, the system is thick at nearly one and a half inches at the hinge, making it much larger than many other newer 15-inch gaming laptops.

Powering the MSI GP62 Leopard Pro-002 is the Intel Core i7-5700HQ quad-core mobile processor. This was one of the latest of the Intel processors and offered a similar level of performance as a i7-4720HQ but with a bit more efficiency. It should provide more than enough performance for PC gaming and demanding tasks like desktop video editing work.

The processor is matched up with 8 GB of DDR3 memory to provide a smooth experience for gaming, but if you are using it for more demanding computing, you might want to consider upgrading the memory.

Like many of the less expensive gaming laptops, the GP62 Leopard Pro-002 relies on a traditional hard drive. This helps reduce the cost and provides plenty of storage space thanks to the one terabyte capacity of the drive, but it does limit the performance somewhat.

Many more expensive systems that use some form of solid state drive for faster booting and application loads. If you need additional storage, there are two USB 3.0 ports located on the left-hand side for use with high speed external hard drives. Though, it would be nice to have more since many systems of this size feature four USB 3.0 ports.

It does, however, still feature a DVD burner for playback and recording of CD and DVD media, which many newer laptops have been dropping.

The 15.6-inch display for the MSI GP62 Leopard is actually quite good for its cost. It features a 1920x1080 native resolution. The viewing angles and brightness are good but the color suffers compared to many of the more expensive gaming laptops. It does feature an anti-glare coating which helps deal with gaming in bright or sunlight conditions.

The graphics are not as high as many other gaming laptops, using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M processor with 2 GB of memory. This can play most of the games up to the 1920x1080 resolution but it requires more games to have detail levels turned down in order to have acceptable frame rates.

The keyboard for the MSI GP62 Leopard uses a pretty standard isolated key layout with a full-size numeric keypad. Unlike others, the keypad uses full-size keys like the rest of the keyboard and many of the keys like the shift, control, tab, and backspace are a nice large size. Overall, it offers a comfortable and accurate experience.

One downside to the lower price is that there is no backlight on the keyboard, which makes it somewhat more difficult to use in low light. The trackpad is a bit on the small side compared to some other gaming laptops but this might also be the result of having dedicated instead of integrated buttons. It works well enough for single and multitouch gestures even with its smaller size, but of course, many gamers opt to use an external mouse, so this might not matter much.

MSI includes a 6-cell 49WHr battery pack with the GP62 Leopard system. They do not give any estimate as to how long that battery will last. In digital video playback, the system was able to run for three and a quarter hours before going into standby mode. This is definitely below average even for the gaming laptops with all their power-hungry components. This might be something buyers have to deal with for such a low-cost system.

Pricing is what makes the MSI GP62 Leopard Pro-002 so attractive. At under $1,000, it's extremely affordable for a gaming laptop. It does use a lower class of graphics, though. The closest alternative is the ASUS K501LX system which actually costs about a hundred or so dollars less, and has a number of things that are better.

In particular, it's thinner and lighter but does so by sacrificing the DVD burner. It also features a small SSD drive for faster storage. The downside to the ASUS is the screen is not as nice as the MSI which can be a big thing to consider for gaming.