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MSI GL73 17.3" Laptop: 1080p, i5-9300H, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GTX 1050 TI EXPIRED

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Newegg.com has MSI GL73 17.3" Gaming Laptop (GL73 9RCX-030) on sale for $629 - $100 rebate = $529. Shipping is free. Thanks sr71

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  • Intel i5-9300H 2.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 17.3" 1920x1080 FHD 60Hz Display
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 Graphics
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • Ports:
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
    • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1
    • 1x Mini DisplayPort
    • 1x HDMI
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Imo it's a good price for the specs. But the laptop does sit in an odd place. It's not powerful enough to run some popular games, and the screen is only 60 Hz / 1080p. Higher refresh matters to some gamers, and higher resolution is nice for some software.

It's more powerful than the ultrabooks you can find at this price, especially if you need the GPU and will appreciate the bigger screen. But it's significantly heavier and larger, too.

Also that price is after rebate, so it depends on your view of rebates.

NVMe is nice but 256 GB is just not enough, same with 8 GB memory. There's an open memory slot, so factor in another 8 GB stick. I cannot figure out if there is a second bay for more storage.

I don't mind 60 Hz, I do prefer 4K - I'm not gaming, I need CUDA and MATLAB etc. Several reviews report problems with the screen on arrival - bleed, hotspots, dead pixels. Also it's not a touchscreen, which is a preference for some. There's also mini-DP out, which is a nice bonus.

So it looks like it's priced right for its specs. Good deal, if this is exactly what you need.

I might just get one anyhow. I haven't had a 17" screen in a long while, it might be time to remind myself why I don't like them. Really it depends on whether I can add a second storage drive. And whether I can get past that red-lit aesthetic.

Thanks OP.
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This was $499 AR three weeks ago:

https://slickdeals.net/f/13757093-msi-gl73-9rcx-030-gaming-laptop-17-3-fhd-i5-9300h-8gb-ddr4-256gb-pcie-ssd-gtx-1050ti-win10h-499-ar-f-s

I'm not a gamer - I use office software (many, many spreadsheets) and also edit photos and videos - so this laptop seems very good to me. I'd like for the price to drop to $499 again without a rebate before I pull the trigger though.
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You can put a 2.5in drive in it but I think it's only got one ssd m2 slot.

Check out this review though, "The terrible Delta E, chilly colour temperature and poor sRGB results mean that the MSI's screen has a permanent blue tinge. It makes the whole screen look cold and pallid."

https://www.hardwareheaven.com/ms...se-review/
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Good deal?!
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No. The 1060 is showing its age on newer games, can't imagine using a weaker chip. Also this lacks the 9750h commonly found in gaming laptops (preferred for video editing or archiving).
At $529 the price/performance ratio is pretty good but the 60hz displays on these are a letdown.
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Imo it's a good price for the specs. But the laptop does sit in an odd place. It's not powerful enough to run some popular games, and the screen is only 60 Hz / 1080p. Higher refresh matters to some gamers, and higher resolution is nice for some software.

It's more powerful than the ultrabooks you can find at this price, especially if you need the GPU and will appreciate the bigger screen. But it's significantly heavier and larger, too.

Also that price is after rebate, so it depends on your view of rebates.

NVMe is nice but 256 GB is just not enough, same with 8 GB memory. There's an open memory slot, so factor in another 8 GB stick. I cannot figure out if there is a second bay for more storage.

I don't mind 60 Hz, I do prefer 4K - I'm not gaming, I need CUDA and MATLAB etc. Several reviews report problems with the screen on arrival - bleed, hotspots, dead pixels. Also it's not a touchscreen, which is a preference for some. There's also mini-DP out, which is a nice bonus.

So it looks like it's priced right for its specs. Good deal, if this is exactly what you need.

I might just get one anyhow. I haven't had a 17" screen in a long while, it might be time to remind myself why I don't like them. Really it depends on whether I can add a second storage drive. And whether I can get past that red-lit aesthetic.

Thanks OP.
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yeah, knowing if I can put in another SSD for local storage is kinda key. kinda wish the SSD was 512 instead of 256. I think I'd pick it up right away if it was... (would also like 16gb of mem, but this is only $529)
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I don't game. I'm just using this for homework and video editing. Thanks for all the advice! I'm not sure if I should pursue.
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At this price point with these specs this looks like a good deal. If I were looking for a laptop I would consider this but as other stated, only if I knew there was space for another SSD.
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At this price point with these specs this looks like a good deal. If I were looking for a laptop I would consider this but as other stated, only if I knew there was space for another SSD.
You can put a 2.5in drive in it but I think it's only got one ssd m2 slot.

Check out this review though, "The terrible Delta E, chilly colour temperature and poor sRGB results mean that the MSI's screen has a permanent blue tinge. It makes the whole screen look cold and pallid."

https://www.hardwareheaven.com/ms...se-review/

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This was $499 AR three weeks ago:

https://slickdeals.net/f/13757093-msi-gl73-9rcx-030-gaming-laptop-17-3-fhd-i5-9300h-8gb-ddr4-256gb-pcie-ssd-gtx-1050ti-win10h-499-ar-f-s

I'm not a gamer - I use office software (many, many spreadsheets) and also edit photos and videos - so this laptop seems very good to me. I'd like for the price to drop to $499 again without a rebate before I pull the trigger though.
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https://www.newegg.com/black-msi-...6834155245

$529.00 after $100.00 rebate card

Features:
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB GDDR5
Intel Core i5 9th Gen 9300H (2.40 GHz)
8 GB Memory 256 GB NVMe SSD
17.3" 1920 x 1080
16.49" x 11.29" x 1.25" 5.95 lbs.
1 x Mini DisplayPort 1 x HDMI (4K @ 60Hz)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
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Just to add Processor is a quad core with eight threads. Intel has so many processors, it's hard to keep track of them all.
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if you like pc gaming, and $500 is all u got, then its definitely a good deal. otherwise, a 1660 ti is minimum for any serious gaming.
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A professional use case should not be looking at a $500 laptop anyway.
For normal people, 8gb of RAM and 256gb storage is more than enough for playing PUBG and LOL and the like.
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