Gaming laptops are becoming ubiquitous - walk into any coffee shop, if you dare, and if the people working there aren’t banging away on one of Apple’s products, they will invariably have a thin and light gaming laptop. The reason is simple: gaming hardware is used by video and photo editors, but many more people are comfortable with showing the world that they are gamers and are able to buy gaming laptops for professional and personal enjoyment.
MSI’s Bravo 17 fits neatly into that category, a gaming laptop that is equally at home at a LAN party and in an office.
Gamer in a Businessman’s Suit
Aesthetically, the chassis of the Bravo 17 is muted. The brushed aluminium chassis is accented by MSI’s rather large but not disproportionate phoenix/eagle logo in a chrome finish. This is no different than the thousands of Dells that litter the boardrooms and cubicles of corporate SA with their chrome Dell logo on the lid.
The build quality is excellent with the chassis when closed exhibited no flex at all. Opening the lid, one handed, you are greeted with the first and only in-your-face testament to the gaming pedigree of the Bravo 17 – a Keyboard littered with dark red (MSI red?) accents. I do not care for this aesthetic; it’s a bit too loud and aggressive, but it does shout out “When I’m not gaming, I’m creating amazing Powerpoint presentations!”
In terms of deck flex, I was pleasantly surprised that what flex there was required you to press quite hard on the chassis.
If you are a CS:GO or Fortnite/Apex Legends player, the Bravo 17 will run those games at high framerates no problem.
Grumpy Old Man who still collects toys (THEY. ARE. NOT. DOLLS), PC Gamer lured to the Dark Side of console gaming, comic book reader and fan of all things pop culture.
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12 August 2020
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