MSI GE73 VR Raider Gaming Laptop: Full, in-depth review

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MSI GE73 VR Raider Gaming Laptop
  • MSI GE73 VR Raider Gaming Laptop
  • MSI GE73 VR Raider Gaming Laptop
  • MSI GE73 VR Raider Gaming Laptop
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Solid performance
  • Cooling solution works wonders
  • Display looks great, minimal tearing

Cons

  • Screen-size hurts portability
  • Touchpad sometimes unresponsive
  • Battery life as short as you expect

Bottom Line

The GE73 VR Raider doesn’t really break away from the usual MSI formula but when the results are as good as they are, it’s hard to complain.

Would you buy this?

MSI are a brand that’s been playing in the gaming and high-end enthusiast space for decades and one that doesn’t really need all that much of an introduction. The formula here isn't just about red neon aesthetics - it's also about top-of-the-line specs and feature sets that reflect the needs of their core audience. And if a savvy partnership is what it takes to achieve that, so be it.

They’re MSI. You may have heard of them.

The Pitch

Products like MSI’s new GE73 VR Raider gaming laptop build on that legacy nicely. By MSI’s reckoning, the GE73 VR Raider is more than just another gaming laptop. It’s “the” gaming laptop, promising a best-in-class experience on all the fronts.

What’s behind that promise? All the big names. An Intel CPU. An Nvidia graphics card. A SteelSeries mechanical keyboard. A Dynaudio speaker. Lastly, MSI’s own cooling solution and unique sense of sporty style to bring it all together.

The result: a gaming laptop that looks to leverage both superior specs and ferocious features, putting rivals to shame. The GE73 VR Raider might not be the most monstrous gaming notebook in MSI’s catalog but it’s a beastly one nevertheless.

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