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?

Performance

In terms of performance, we can’t say we were disappointed with what the MSI GE73 VR Raider delivered. Again, it lived up to its specs. Modern games like Overwatch and Total Warhammer ran without a hitch pretty much no matter how high we cranked the settings.

Perhaps more importantly, this performance rarely - if ever - came with a cost when it came to heating. MSI’s Cooler Master 5 fan system did a fantastic job of dissipating pretty much any build up and rarely stole the show, sound-wise, from the laptop’s booming speaker set-up.

Credit: Ninja Theory

We actually used this PC for both our recent Absolver and Hellblade reviews - and both looked incredible with the grunt of the MSI GE73VR Raider behind them.

Compared to both the EVGA SC17 (which is a little more expensive) and the new Alienware 13 (which is a little less), the GE73 claimed the top spot in more than a few of our benchmarking tests.

Credit: Fergus Halliday | IDG

In practice, as well as theory, the idea that this laptop is ‘VR-Ready’ holds water. The performance you get out of the GE73 is exactly where it needs to be for what you’re paying. Like any laptop, that might diminish a little over time. However, for the now, there’s a lot to like about it.

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