MSI VR One 7RD Backpack Review

  1. About the MSI VR One Backpack...
  2. Product Overview
  3. How its Tested?
  4. Futuremark Benchmarks?
  5. AS SSD Benchmarks
  6. Game Benchmarks
  7. User Experience and Conclusion
  8. Online Purchase Links

Disclaimer: The VR One 7RD is provided by MSI.

VR Backpacks and its usefulness!

Virtual Reality backpacks help to get around the set of tethering problems you would face when using VR via a desktop system. It also provides adequate flexibility to experience VR within the area sensor’s covered area. Essentially, you’re wearing a gaming laptop with some desktop components on your shoulder. This way you don’t have to trip over your feet.

It is an expensive affair, but backpacks provide a solution for a mess that is created by VR headsets- too many tethered cables. You can use VR backpacks like a normal computing tower just like any of us. This is the first VR backpack I am reviewing and hopefully, it will be a rewarding experience.

About the MSI VR One 7RD!


The unit I’ve received is the MSI VR One 7RD. This variant uses Kaby Core i7 7820HK processor and HM175 chipset, with 16GB DDR4 RAMs and a GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 graphics clocked at 1405MHz/ 1607 MHz. As time passed Nvidia managed to have its desktop grade graphic chips consume less power, and enough to be used on gaming laptops. So why not a VR backpack?

GTX 1060 6G Clock Speed on the VR One 7RD

Interestingly, the reference model GTX 1060 6G is clocked at 1506MHz/ 1708 MHz. Even though it uses desktop grade graphics, the clock speed had to be reduced. Though the boost clock difference results in 101MHz more on the reference edition, the difference would be negligible. At the end of the day, the ability of the cooling system is important for the graphic card to maintain highest possible boost clock during gaming.

Odd choice for Internal Storage

This has a single M.2 drive- a Toshiba THNSN5256GPU7 256 GB M.2 SSD. Good luck storing a lot of games in this. It would be nice if MSI provided a preinstalled 2.5″ HDD for mass storing data and games. Essentially, this is a gaming system. With a 256 GB M.2 drive, after format, you get a 238.47 GB. Add the operating system, system update files, installed bloatware followed by Steam. Weird. Even older gaming notebooks provided two 2.5″ HDD cages- even from MSI. Now typically you’ll find 1 M.2 for primary use and a 2.5″ HDD for secondary use.

Packaging and Contents

The VR One comes in a normal box which contains another box with the VR One and a pack with the backpack straps.

The system comes in a well-protected packaging, with some reading materials. There are two accessory packs- one containing two batteries and another with the AC adapter.


CPU Up to 7th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7 processor
OS Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Chipset Intel® HM175
Graphics GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5
Memory Type DDR4-2400
Number of DIMM Slot 2 Slots
Max Capacity Max 32GB
SSD 1x M.2 SSD Combo (NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 / SATA )
Wireless LAN & Bluetooth 802.11 ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v4.2
Audio Jack 1x Mic-in
1x Headphone-out
Type-C (USB3.1 Gen2 / DP / Thunderbolt™3) 1x
Type-A USB3.0 4x
HDMI 1x (4K @ 60Hz)
Mini-DisplayPort 1x
Battery (Cell) 8-Cell
Battery (Type) Li-Ion
Battery (Whr) 91
AC Adapter 230W adapter
Dimension (WxDxH) mm 292 x 54 x 409 mm
Weight (w/ Battery) 3.6 kg

For a backpack, I feel 3.6 kgs is reasonably light. Note that you are carrying a gaming computer on your shoulder.

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