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MSI GE76 Raider 17-inch Gaming Laptop (GE76 12UGS-268CA)

MSI GE76 Raider 17-inch Gaming Laptop (GE76 12UGS-268CA)

This model ranked #11 among Laptops priced over $750 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This powerful PC would be a bit cumbersome to carry around on a regular basis, but if you can't dedicate a spot for your gaming PC, this format works pretty well as a pop-up workstation which can be stashed away when not in use.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $50 on accessories, for a total cost of $2950.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Serious Photo Editor
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Gamer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Serious Music Producer
  • And more!

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck65th percentile
Versatility9th percentile
Power (General Purpose)87th percentile
Power (Graphical)98th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)100th percentile
Storage Space98th percentile
Portability4th percentile
Battery Autonomy7th percentile
Longevity65th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck46th percentile
Versatility15th percentile
Power (General Purpose)86th percentile
Power (Graphical)97th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)100th percentile
Storage Space91th percentile
Portability34th percentile
Battery Autonomy6th percentile
Longevity51th percentile

Specs

Screen

17.3", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 11, Home Edition

CPU

Intel Core i7-12700H, 14 cores clocked from 2.1 to 4.7 GHz

GPU

Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 Ti, 8 GB

Memory

32 GB

Storage

1 TB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

99.9Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w39.7 × d28.4 × h2.59

Dimensions (in): w15.63 × d11.18 × h1.02

Weight (kg): 2.898

Weight (lbs.): 6.39

Features

  • Backlit
  • RGB Lighting
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Ethernet 2500
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

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Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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Screen

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Pricing

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Logitech Z207 Bluetooth Computer Speakers (980-001294)

Logitech Z207 Bluetooth Computer Speakers (980-001294)

Pricing

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