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MSI GE72 6QF Apache Pro review - Skylake powered gaming

Richard Easton
16 Dec 2015
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MSI GE72 6QF Apache Pro teaser
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
1,257
inc VAT

The MSI GE72 6QF Apache Pro is eminently powerful and sets the early benchmark for Skylake gaming laptops

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Battery and storage

In our battery benchmark, the GE72 lasted 2 hours 40 minutes - about average for a gaming laptop under light use. Keep in mind battery life will be a fraction of this when gaming, so you’ll definitely want to be plugged in for anything other than web browsing.

A 128GB SSD and 1TB hard disk are included as standard, and while there are configurations that allow for up to four PCI-E SSDs, they become eye-wateringly expensive. The SSD boot drive could have been bigger; with Windows 10, a few games and our benchmarks installed, warnings about remaining space began to appear.

MSI GE72 6QF Apache Pro side ports

Connections

You get the usual array of ports, including two USB3 ports and a single USB port. The new inclusion is a USB 3.1 Type-C port, which brings the GE72 more up-to-date and will be useful if you have a newer device that uses the connection, saving you dealing with adaptors. There's Gigabit Ethernet to go with the 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. You can output to a separate display through HDMI or mini DisplayPort, and audio is handled through a microphone and headphone jack that also doubles as an optical S/PDIF for up to 7.1 audio. A convenient SD card reader is included and there's even room for an optical DVD-RW drive, too. 

Conclusion

There's a lot to like about the GE72 6QF. It's unsurprisingly powerful considering its high specification, there are plenty of connections and some of the gaming-centric extras will be useful. The only real negatives are its design, which is beginning to feel a little basic, and the frugal SSD storage. Compared to some of its rivals, such as the Gigabyte P37W and Asus G751JT, it's otherwise better specified and good value. It will be interesting to see what MSI's competitors can do with their Skylake refreshes but for now, the GE72 sets an impressive yard stick.

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Core specs
ProcessorQuad-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ
RAM16GB
Memory slots (free)2 (0)
Max memory32GB
Size383x260x27mm
Weight2.7kg
Sound3.5mm headset port
Pointing deviceTouchpad
Display
Screen size17.3in
Screen resolution1.920x1,080
TouchscreenNo
Graphics adaptorNvidia GeForce GTX 970M
Graphics outputsHDMI, Mini DisplayPort
Graphics memory3GB
Storage
Total storage128GB SSD, 1TB hard disk
Optical drive typeDVD-RW
Ports and expansion
USB ports2x USB3, 1x USB, 1x USB Type-C
Bluetooth4.1
NetworkingGigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac
Memory card readerSD
Other portsNone
Miscellaneous
Operating systemWindows 10 Home
Operating system restore optionRestore partition
Buying information
Parts and labour warrantyTwo year collect & return
Price inc VAT£1257
Detailswww.msi.com
Supplierwww.saveonlaptops.co.uk
Part numberGE72 6QF-014UK