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MSI GF63 8RD gaming laptop review: Power in a light chassis

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MSI GF63 8RD gaming laptop review: It is something consumers have been asking for a while and finally, we are seeing thin-and-light gaming laptops make their way into the market. Nearly every major company, including MSI, has realised that a super thin gaming laptop will drive volumes though the market segment is limited to serious and professional gamers.

MSI GF63 8RD is positioned as a lightweight gaming laptop with decent graphics and latest processor inside. But then quite a few gamers might not mind paying the Rs 99,990 price for portability. Here’s is what I like, and don’t, about the MSI GF 63 8RD.

MSI GF63 8RD specifications: 15.6-inch FHD (1920×1080) display|Intel Core i7 processor (8th gen)| Windows 10 Home|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti with Max-Q design, 4GB GDDR5|DD4 8GB RAM/128GB SSD+1TB SATA storage|1.86kg|2-year warranty

 

MSI GF63 8RD price in India: Rs 99,990

MSI GF63 8RD review: Design, build

If you have already visited MSI’s website and seen the laptop, you already know that the GF63 8RD is a beautiful machine. The notebook has a black brushed aluminum lid with a familiar dragon emblem logo embossed on near the top. In fact, the notebook’s chassis is made from metal, including the lid and keyboard deck. The bottom part of the laptop has a mix of plastic and metal. Personally, I think it looks sophisticated, but with a fun factor to it.

Though what makes this laptop different from other gaming laptops is its portable nature. The MSI GF63 8RD weighs 1.86kg with the thickness of 0.85-inches. It fits in my laptop bag with ease, and it never feels heavy. I wish all gaming laptops would feel the same.

MSI GF63 8RD review: Connectivity, ports

While slimming down the laptop, MSI has not forgotten to add plenty of ports. On the right-hand side, you get two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, Ethernet, jacks for a microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack and a security lock slot. On the left-hand side of the MSI GF63 8RD, you will find another USB 3.0 port, the power input, and a battery gauge which shows the charge level. And on the rear of the notebook, you get to see an HDMI port. Unfortunately, the notebook does not feature the standard microSD card. Also, missing is another USB Type-C port.

MSI GF63 8RD review: Display

The MSI GF63 8RD’s 15.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080 pixel) IPS screen (non-touch) has an 82 per cent screen-to-body ratio with 4.9nm ultra-thin bezels. The screen offers impressive brightness and is colorful and capable of producing sharp details. When I watched Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the colours impressed me. I could see fine details, such as the wrinkles on the face of Tom Cruise. What I didn’t like about the 15.6-inch display is that it only has a refresh rate of 60Hz. This is pretty disappointing in my opinion. Given that we are talking about a gaming laptop, I think most gamers would expect a panel with a 120Hz refresh rate but that is something missing out here. Also, the 15.6-inch display used in this laptop is not Nvidia G-Sync compatible for smooth gaming.

MSI GF63 8RD review: Performance, battery

Performance-wise, the MSI GF63 8RD is a perfectly capable machine. Our review had the highest configuration: a Core i7-8570H CPU,8GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU, 128GB SSD, and 1TB SATA drive. Be it surfing the web, watching movies, or writing and editing stories or intensive gaming, I had never faced any issue during the course of my time spent with the laptop. With the integrated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU coupled with Intel Core i7 processor, the laptop can handle any AAA-title you can think of. I tested this year’s high-profile Far Cry 5 in 1080p on the highest setting, it managed a decent 51 frames per second. If you need to do some video editing, or coding this laptop can certainly get the job done.

My review unit stayed cool throughout the testing. After a long session of FarCry 5 and an hour of movie streaming, the laptop does get warm. Not to worry, though, it’s fine gaming laptops do get warm after an intensive usage.

We found the laptop’s speakers powerful enough to fill any mid-sized room. What’s good about them is that they work well whatever you are doing – a long gaming session, streaming a movie on Netflix, or listening to music on Saavn. Our review unit also came equipped with a 720p webcam, which works well for attending skype calls.

Most gaming laptops have one big issue: the terrible battery life. However, I am happy to report that this laptop isn’t one of them. MSI claims the GF63 8RD lasts more than seven hours of battery life on a single charge. Well, in my testing battery on this laptop lasted about 4 and a half hours. That’s pretty decent battery life for a 15.6-inch gaming laptop and a good reason to consider MSI’s GF63 8RD. Keep in mind that when you game on the go, the battery life will take a hit.

Speaking of software, MSI has introduced a revamped version of Dragon Center. The software shows most of the important elements of the laptop such as the CPU, GPU, RAM, HDD, and Internet usage. As you might expect, the GF63 8RD runs on Windows 10 Home. It’s a standard affair and does not need any explanation.

MSI GF63 8RD review: Keyboard, touchpad

The full-sized keyboard is a pleasure to type on. Just to make it clear: I’m writing this review on it. While it works well enough for most users, it can’t be customised. Simply saying, the RGB lighting effect is missing, but the keyboard comes complete with red LED backlighting. The touchpad is good, though I found it cramped. Thankfully, the left and right click areas provided just the right amount of tactile feedback.

MSI GF63 8RD review: Conclusion

There’s a lot to love about the MSI GF63 8RD. Perhaps what makes this gaming laptop shine is the way it has been packaged. It can both be used a general purpose laptop and a dedicated gaming machine. The combination of portability, performance, long battery life and classic design, makes the MSI GF63 8RD worth checking out. And that should be seen as an achievement and the credit goes to MSI. All this does come at a cost though, with the MSI GF63 8RD costing a cool Rs 99,990.


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Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900

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Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.

The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.

The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.

 

“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.

Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.

As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.

Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.

“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.

Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.

The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.

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Novel device can quickly detect strokes

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Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.

A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.

Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.

 

The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.

“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.

Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”

The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.

“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.

“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.

Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.

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Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton

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Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.

Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.

“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.

 

Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.

She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.

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