MSI Laptop (i5-7300HQ CPU, 15.6" 1080p Screen, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD, DVD Rewriter, GeForce GTX 960M 2GB Graphics) £599.97 @ SaveOnLaptops
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MSI Laptop (i5-7300HQ CPU, 15.6" 1080p Screen, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD, DVD Rewriter, GeForce GTX 960M 2GB Graphics) £599.97 @ SaveOnLaptops

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Found 20th Aug 2017
Decent laptop for the price. Typically quite hard to find a good all-round spec for this money. The big compromise at this price point are usually the screens (which are almost always dreadful), but this surprisingly has a respectable display.

  • Intel Core i5-7300HQ Quad Core Processor
  • 15.6" Full HD Screen
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • DVD Rewriter
  • Dedicated GeForce GTX 960M 2GB Graphics
  • USB3 | HDMI | Bluetooth | DisplayPort

It's marketed as a gaming machine, which is a bit of a push given the GTX960M, but for business use or as a multimedia machine it's ideal.

There's bound to be someone who votes cold because of the 128GB SSD. Not a huge concern IMHO since portable external storage is so cheap these days it shouldn't be an issue.
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    Heat shame it’s not 1050 but at that price? Should I bite?
    puddles999952 m ago

    Heat shame it’s not 1050 but at that price? Should I bite?

    1050 be better but you probably have to add another 200 pound to it, specs seem decent should run most games 1080p medium settings fine.
    GTX 960M is still pretty good - it is a 'gaming' laptop in the sense of having mid-high end discrete graphics and at that price it's pretty hard to ignore. 1050 is better but noticeably or worth a lot more? I'd say that's debatable as this'll still do what you want with settings turned down a little
    very small ssd
    Any good for video editing? Currently using a laptop with a 3rd gen i7 which is struggling. Is this quad core i5 better than a dual core i7 you often find in many laptops??
    unohu6 m ago

    Any good for video editing? Currently using a laptop with a 3rd gen i7 …Any good for video editing? Currently using a laptop with a 3rd gen i7 which is struggling. Is this quad core i5 better than a dual core i7 you often find in many laptops??


    You will notice a difference but generally for video editing you'll want more cores/threads so a 4 core i7 would be way better than a 4 core i5
    SrsJoe7 m ago

    You will notice a difference but generally for video editing you'll want …You will notice a difference but generally for video editing you'll want more cores/threads so a 4 core i7 would be way better than a 4 core i5

    Ok, thanks, looks like I will have to increase my budget then!
    I have a similar Lenovo laptop with the same processor and video card , its great, but in 2017 I would totally go for at least GTX 1050.

    P.S. I bought it for 700 euros two years ago, so buying a similar laptop for 600 pounds today doesn't seem like a great deal to me.
    Edited by: "jstromecs1" 20th Aug 2017
    jstromecs15 m ago

    I have a similar Lenovo laptop with the same processor and video card , …I have a similar Lenovo laptop with the same processor and video card , its great, but in 2017 I would totally go for at least GTX 1050.P.S. I bought it for 700 euros two years ago, so buying a similar laptop for 600 pounds today doesn't seem like a great deal to me.


    This cpu only came out January of this year?
    dealdex12 m ago

    This cpu only came out January of this year?

    My bad, I have an i5 6300HQ and GTX960m. Still, it's better to go with the next gen gpu.
    I have similar GL552J model. Battery life is terrible. Has the Gtx950m handled the few games I've played on it fine. With the i7 I Paid £750 for it back in January. It does have blu ray drive and 750GB hDD as well as 128gb SSD

    would never spend that much on a laptop again only slightly better than my £350 i3 acer
    Good specs for the price
    I posted this deal just over a month ago from Ebuyer but came with MSI bag as well. Good deal but think others deals are round the corner although could wait forever on that point.

    korny24 h, 34 m ago

    1050 be better but you probably have to add another 200 pound to it, specs …1050 be better but you probably have to add another 200 pound to it, specs seem decent should run most games 1080p medium settings fine.



    Not actually true as I got the HP Omen with simlar spec for same price but a 1050 in it for the wife. Obviously that deal isn't on from john lewis anymore but could come back again as it has done twice since.
    Will buy when I get my benefits
    I see there are options for getting this with SSD + HDD. Does that mean the version with just an SSD has a spare hard drive slot? Looks like it would be cheaper to buy the extras separately.
    IPS or TN and backlit keyboard?
    Good price for spec hot
    eBuyer has this deal but with 1Tb hard drive and with free MSI backpack...

    ebuyer.com/770…672
    Edited by: "Slinkeh" 20th Aug 2017
    Bloody good price for a budget gaming laptop.
    "There's bound to be someone who votes cold because of the 128GB SSD. Not a huge concern IMHO since portable external storage is so cheap these days it shouldn't be an issue."


    That SSD size is ridiculous though for a gaming machine. Windows probably takes up 25-30GB. You install your Steam library and you've wiped out the remaining storage. There are games for example that have an installation size of 30-40GB. GTA V for example is a 68GB download. Stick a few 1080p/H265 films on there as well and you've wiped out your storage in a blink of an eye.

    I actually thought there was a listing error and it was 128GB+1TB HDD, because 128GB SSD only on something like this is ridiculous!
    Edited by: "Picard123" 20th Aug 2017
    Destard43 m ago

    Bloody good price for a budget gaming laptop.


    You'll have to budget for a replacement SSD though as 128GB for a gaming machine is pretty hopeless.
    At £600 they had to cut corners somewhere and the storage had the snip.
    Good spec for the price. Stick your own hard drive in I would suggest, given the range seems to come with additional disks.
    I bought an MSI gaming laptop recently - not for gaming. Performance wise it’s fine.

    The main things i dislike about it are that it doesn’t have an IPS screen (you have to get quite an exact angle with the screen to be able to see it properly). My previous laptop did have IPS and I can’t believe the difference it makes.

    The keyboard layout is terrible with the enter key not double height and having the # key directly above enter is really annoying. Everyone who has used it comments on how bad the keyboard layout is.

    I also find the DVD player annoying as it is easy to touch the eject button and it pops out when you least expect it.
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    jstromecs15 h, 32 m ago

    I have a similar Lenovo laptop with the same processor and video card , …I have a similar Lenovo laptop with the same processor and video card , its great, but in 2017 I would totally go for at least GTX 1050.P.S. I bought it for 700 euros two years ago, so buying a similar laptop for 600 pounds today doesn't seem like a great deal to me.


    Exchange rate has significantly dropped since then. Pointless comparing prices two years ago.
    kitana84 h, 32 m ago

    I posted this deal just over a month ago from Ebuyer but came with MSI bag …I posted this deal just over a month ago from Ebuyer but came with MSI bag as well. Good deal but think others deals are round the corner although could wait forever on that point.Not actually true as I got the HP Omen with simlar spec for same price but a 1050 in it for the wife. Obviously that deal isn't on from john lewis anymore but could come back again as it has done twice since.

    That's amazing value if you got a i7 with a 1050 for 600 pound was that posted on this site.
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    Picard1232 h, 37 m ago

    "There's bound to be someone who votes cold because of the 128GB SSD. Not …"There's bound to be someone who votes cold because of the 128GB SSD. Not a huge concern IMHO since portable external storage is so cheap these days it shouldn't be an issue."That SSD size is ridiculous though for a gaming machine. Windows probably takes up 25-30GB. You install your Steam library and you've wiped out the remaining storage. There are games for example that have an installation size of 30-40GB. GTA V for example is a 68GB download. Stick a few 1080p/H265 films on there as well and you've wiped out your storage in a blink of an eye.I actually thought there was a listing error and it was 128GB+1TB HDD, because 128GB SSD only on something like this is ridiculous!


    Like I said, they market it as a gaming machine but it's not really. For a true gaming machine you're looking at north of a grand. This is a competent multimedia and business machine.

    Take your point about the SSD. Let's be honest though, it's an OS and core app drive, nothing more. Gamers tend to be tech savvy and can easily source a fast external SSD if they want for games and media. For people like me though who have a NAS and dont want an internal HDD weighing the thing down and draining power, it's ideal.
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    patrick_0002 h, 15 m ago

    I bought an MSI gaming laptop recently - not for gaming. Performance wise …I bought an MSI gaming laptop recently - not for gaming. Performance wise it’s fine.The main things i dislike about it are that it doesn’t have an IPS screen (you have to get quite an exact angle with the screen to be able to see it properly). My previous laptop did have IPS and I can’t believe the difference it makes.The keyboard layout is terrible with the enter key not double height and having the # key directly above enter is really annoying. Everyone who has used it comments on how bad the keyboard layout is.I also find the DVD player annoying as it is easy to touch the eject button and it pops out when you least expect it.


    Yeah, but you'll rarely see an IPS screen on a gaming machine due to their slower response rates.

    I like IPS screens a lot, but the decent examples usually only appear on much more expensive machines. There are also some reeeeeally crap IPS screens around so be wary. Great viewing angles, hopeless colour rendition.

    To my mind the screen is the most important thing about a laptop. It's the thing you continually interact with, so always get the best screen you can afford. This looks like a decent screen, will feedback upon arrival if it isn't.
    Edited by: "ScoobyStoo" 20th Aug 2017
    ScoobyStoo10 m ago

    Like I said, they market it as a gaming machine but it's not really. For a …Like I said, they market it as a gaming machine but it's not really. For a true gaming machine you're looking at north of a grand. This is a competent multimedia and business machine.Take your point about the SSD. Let's be honest though, it's an OS and core app drive, nothing more. Gamers tend to be tech savvy and can easily source a fast external SSD if they want for games and media. For people like me though who have a NAS and dont want an internal HDD weighing the thing down and draining power, it's ideal.


    Its mostly fine as a gaming machine, it's just that they hamstrung it with the tiny SSD. A 256GB is going to cost £80 or so, in which case you'd probably be better going for a 1050 based laptop. Does this have two 2.5" bays?
    Edited by: "Picard123" 20th Aug 2017
    ScoobyStoo27 m ago

    dont want an internal HDD weighing the thing down and draining power, it's …dont want an internal HDD weighing the thing down and draining power, it's ideal.


    But they've got a DVD writer in there which weighs as much if not more (as well as adding unnecessarily to the overall cost). What sort of interface does it connect into? Is it SATA III? Or an older/slower standard?
    Edited by: "Picard123" 20th Aug 2017
    would this be ott to use for uni,

    any recommendations??
    Picard12334 m ago

    Sounds like BS....

    Well I was thinking that on the John lewis website similar spec with a 1050 is 879 pound so he managed to save 279 pound that's some saving, can't seem to find this posted on the hot UK site. There was a argos deal yesterday with a 1050 but looks like a mistake with argos it's a 950m.
    Edited by: "korny2" 20th Aug 2017
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    Picard12322 m ago

    But they've got a DVD writer in there which weighs as much if not more (as …But they've got a DVD writer in there which weighs as much if not more (as well as adding unnecessarily to the overall cost). What sort of interface does it connect into? Is it SATA III? Or an older/slower standard?


    Yeah, the optical drive is an odd addition. MSI probably just shoved it in because the chassis can accommodate it, and they are practically free to manufacture. No idea about the interface to be honest. Can't remember the last time I used optical media. Dead technology these days.
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    unohu7 h, 27 m ago

    Any good for video editing? Currently using a laptop with a 3rd gen i7 …Any good for video editing? Currently using a laptop with a 3rd gen i7 which is struggling. Is this quad core i5 better than a dual core i7 you often find in many laptops??


    Don't mess around if you are editing video. Get a display with good colour rendition, a CPU with 4 cores and hyperthreading, and as much RAM as you can afford.
    Edited by: "ScoobyStoo" 20th Aug 2017
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    Slinkeh4 h, 25 m ago

    eBuyer has this deal but with 1Tb hard drive and with free MSI …eBuyer has this deal but with 1Tb hard drive and with free MSI backpack...http://www.ebuyer.com/770451-msi-gl62-7qf-gaming-laptop-backpack-9s7-16j562-1672


    Will take more than a free backpack for me to ever consider dealing with eBuyer again.
    Edited by: "ScoobyStoo" 20th Aug 2017
    ScoobyStoo3 h, 24 m ago

    Like I said, they market it as a gaming machine but it's not really. For a …Like I said, they market it as a gaming machine but it's not really. For a true gaming machine you're looking at north of a grand. This is a competent multimedia and business machine.


    A 960M is not needed for business and multimedia so the dGPU is aimed at gaming mainly. It was a decent mid-range cards 2 years ago when released.
    Realistically how long do you get for gaming on the battery. I had a laptop with a discrete gpu and got 4hrs for browsing and barely over 1hr for gaming.
    If they removed dvd writer and put 512gb SSD!! Hmm..
    getknk38 m ago

    If they removed dvd writer and put 512gb SSD!! Hmm..

    Then it would be at least £150 more?
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    Agharta10 h, 6 m ago

    A 960M is not needed for business and multimedia so the dGPU is aimed at …A 960M is not needed for business and multimedia so the dGPU is aimed at gaming mainly. It was a decent mid-range cards 2 years ago when released.


    It's not needed but it doesn't hurt. Main advantage is it frees up the RAM. And you'd be surprised at how many applications can make use of CUDA cores these days.
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