The gaming industry is stuffed with loads of devices and VR is new trend in this. VR devices are being built for smartphones, laptops and other devices, but do you have a device that can support VR. MSI comes with another gaming device with various new features and VR support.
The specular design: It looks different with its raised lines on the lid making it slightly aggressive look with a faux brushed aluminium motif. The outer shell looks premium with brushed aluminium finish on the top. The entire body is made with tough plastic however you won’t feel it while holding in hands or using the device.
It is equipped with multi-color backlight keyboard allowing you to play even in dark. MSI partnered with SteelSeries to power the Apache Pro’s keyboard. The backlight provides ample illumination as well as it boasts SteelSeries Engine 3 software enabling user to customise key inputs, create macros, and save profiles, which are synced to and accessible from the cloud.
Windows powered machine with several utilities: The gaming beast ships with Windows 10 operating system with additional features including Burn Recovery as well as several other utilities. Most of these can be accessed through MSI’s Dragon Center. When we completed the setup, the machine asked for some updated for these apps, and we guess such updates keep coming.
One interesting thing about it – one can access Dragon Center using smartphone. A free all is available that you can install and then look for Apache Pro on your network. But before that, you needs to turn on the feature on in the Mobile Center tab. Once done you can connect your phone or tablet to perform different other functions.
Not so good sound: The laptop hosts four 2W speakers and 3W woofer which makes it quite loud but the sound is not crisp. Raising the volume leads to distortion and in lower volume pitch nodes were so down. Though we were able to enhance the audio experience through the Nahimic Audio Enhancer software, but not much difference. We were able to tune up the sound a bit, yet missing the quality.
FHD display with great colour reproduction: The gaming laptop is packed with a 15.6-inch 1080p eDP IPS-Level panel which produces rich colours and brightness, enabling you to enjoy different games with surprisingly great black levels. We played several games like Thief, Shadow of Mordor, NFS, etc. and enjoyed every bit of colours and black levels.
Great in handling various graphics intensive games: No use of buying a gaming laptop, if it can’t handle high-end games. To check its potential we played several games including Shadow of Mordor, Thief, NFS and Tomb Raider. While playing these games we didn’t notice any visible performance lag. With about 100 fps it was able to render the graphics beautifully. To go beyond, we ran all four games at the same time and played one while running rest in the background. Still, there was no issue with the performance.
While using with the laptop, we got about 5 hours of battery backup with moderate usage. But when we played some intensive games, it lasted for only about 3 hours. In our video loop test, the battery was able to play video for about 3 hours and 27 minutes over Wi-Fi with full brightness and volume.