MSI GE62 2QD Apache Review - Screen, Sound and Keyboard Review

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MSI GE62 2QD Apache – Screen and Sound Quality

The first area

where the GE62 2QD Apache really starts to show its chops is its screen.

It’s excellent with flawless viewing angles, pinpoint sharpness,

vibrant colours and next to no reflections thanks to the matte finish.

The choice of a 1080p resolution is also ideal for this size of screen.

Under

test conditions it largely excelled with a decently low black level of

0.35cd/m achieved alongside a searing 363cd/m maximum brightness, for an

overall contrast of 1034:1. This isn’t a class-leading figure but it’s

very good nonetheless.

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Colour

temperature was a bit off at 7257 but it’s not enough to cause major

concern, while 90.9% sRGB colour coverage is plenty for all but the most

discerning of users.

When it comes to sound quality things are

pretty good too. Bass is definitely lacking but clarity and

volume are decent. By default the system comes with a load of surround

effects by Nahimic, which made it sound awful. However, either turning

them off or tweaking them to be less aggressive results in decent

overall sound.  

MSI GE62 2QD Apache – Keyboard and Trackpad

MSI

is proud of its partnership with gaming-peripheral experts SteelSeries,

and so it should be, at least based on the evidence of this machine’s

keyboard. The key action, in particular, is comfortably above average,

with a clear break point to the switch, letting you really know when

you’ve pressed a key.

We’re fans of the label font too – it’s

nice and big and has a funky style to it. Likewise the backlighting is

excellent and there’s a fairly powerful utility for programming the keys

to light up in whatever pattern you want, though we do wish that by

default there was just a plain solid colour option.

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Unfortunately

it’s far from all good. The main problem is that the layout is a US

style one. That means a small Return key and an oddly placed #/~ key and

over-sized left shift key. There’s also no left Windows key, which is a

real pain for those who regularly use Windows keyboard shortcuts

(Win+E, Win+R, etc).

We’re also not fans of using the cursor

keys for the volume and brightness controls, especially as the F keys

aren’t even fully utilised. In fact, the secondary functions of the

whole numpad area we’re not keen on – ‘0’ as mute? Home and End as

secondary functions of PgUp and PgDn?

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On

a more positive note, the trackpad is mostly pretty good. We did have

to turn on two-finger scrolling but otherwise it’s well set up straight

out the box, with excellent tracking speed and accuracy and two nice,

really clicky buttons (the chassis bending problem aside).

We’re

not fans of the brushed metal-mimicking surface, which just feels odd

in its roughness but functionally it’s spot on – assuming you’re not

insistent on a MacBook-like single-click-surface style trackpad.

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