Last Update: Mar 12, 2019

Best MSI Gaming Laptop: 2019 Updated Guide

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If you’re into gaming on high-quality machines, you’ll have heard of MSI; Micro-Star International is renowned for having some of the best laptops on the market. They have tailored many of their notebooks for consumer requirements while utilizing the latest technology – whether you’re an artist, editor, or a photographer who requires the most recent Adobe programs to complete everyday tasks, MSI will have the product for you.

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MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-051

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Key Features:

  • RAM: 32 GB DDR4
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • Storage: 2TB NVMe SSD
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB)
  • Display: 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: 4.14 lbs

We mentioned how slim the GV62 8RD-200 is; that was before we got to the GS65 Stealth Thin. Sorry, GV62, but the GS65 kicks ass when it comes to portability at only 0.7 inches – yep, we were thrilled too, but the name is in the title. Despite how thin the GS65 it is it packs in a hefty amount of power into such a slim design.

Unlike other MSIs out there, this one doesn’t come with the typical grain finish, allowing for a much smoother aesthetic for a premium-quality look. You won’t have to be tired of those thick bezels consuming the majority of your screen with this MSI. The bezels on this one are almost non-existent, maximizing the viewing space with an 82% screen-to-body ratio, saving you money on an extra monitor suitable for gaming.

SteelSeries is back at it again with the quality keyboard with reliable, durable key switches. Each key is programmable to suit the aesthetic you’re going for – the SteelSeries app even includes templates to choose from that include flags so you can rep your home country. The ‘numpad’ is gone on the GS75 Stealth Thin, adios and hello to a central keyboard.

Aside from the high-quality build and compact design, the MSI GS65 packs in a lot of power. It is ready for you to throw the latest, high system-requirement games at it with its GTX-1070 GPU and it’s six core i7-8750H processor – yes, we did say six cores. These six cores allow for extremely high computing performance, except we don’t suggest heavy CPU loads for an extended period as thermal throttling does occur.

Colors are almost true-to-life making this a perfect laptop for photo editors, while gaming scenes look like they could pop out of your screen – let’s hope you aren’t playing Resident Evil.

The battery life – like on many laptops – isn’t the best. It can last up to 2.5 hours which is good enough, just not for long trips on-the-go. We understand that MSI has created a thin design, but this does make the keyboard flex quite a lot. To match up with the GE73, we chose the 32 GB RAM,  2 TB SSD version of this laptop to compare the price. However, the starting price is currently at $1,600.

+Pros
  • Ultra-thin
  • Build quality
-Cons
  • Heats up which could cause throttling
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MSI GE73 Raider

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Key Features:

  • RAM: 32 GB
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD RAID + 2TB 5400rpm HDD
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB)
  • Display: 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: 6.83 lbs

Quality usually comes with a price, and at $2,150, the MSI GE73 Raider comes with that – but hear us out. The case on the GE73 is solid, 1.2 inches, with little-to-no flexing. If you’re not very delicate with your backpack, sometimes even forgetting that your laptop is even in there, there’s no need to worry about easily destroying this MSI.

The lid has a weight to it, protecting your screen, so you don’t have to fork out an extra few hundred dollars for a replacement – we know after spending over $2,000, you won’t want to be doing that! Speaking of the screen, the viewing angles on the GE73 are brilliant; you know what else looks great? Gameplay.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 allows for high FPS even on ultra-high settings, and some of the smoothest gameplay you’ll experience. Unlike most touchpads on laptops, the one on the GE73 is usable and comes with dedicated left and right buttons for those of you brave enough to game without a mouse.

This is also a VR-ready laptop that makes the most out of the latest technology.

Keyboards are one of the most important parts of choosing the right gaming laptop, and the RGB SteelSeries keyboard on this bad boy allows for an ultimate gaming experience. Each of the keys can be individually customized using the included software, so you don’t have to deal with the typical all-red colors – you can also change the RGB lighting on the back of the GE73 to show it off to everyone.

The camera is HD yet definitely not high quality – if you often find yourself stuck in Skype meetings, then we suggest investing in a better webcam so that you don’t look like a potato. You can get this laptop for $1900 with different configurations, but for an extra $300 you can buy our chosen version which balances performance and quality.

+Pros
  • Smooth gameplay on ultra-high settings
  • Fast load times
  • Plenty of storage
-Cons
  • Battery life
  • USB-C isn’t Thunderbolt
  • Expensive
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MSI GV62 8RD-200

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Key Features:

  • RAM: 8 GB
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8300H
  • Storage: 16 GB + 1TB HDD (5400RPM)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB)
  • Display: 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: 4.8lbs

The MSI GV62 8RD-200 satisfies the needs of those looking for a gaming laptop under $1,000. If you love virtual worlds and the range of new VR games out there, you’ll be saddened to know that unlike the GE73, MSI GV62 isn’t VR ready. Yet, it does pack a lot of power into a thin design for a great price.

Most MSI gaming laptops look similar, we can probably all agree, except the GV62 is a very sleek looking gaming laptop due to how thin it is compared to other MSI’s.

If you’re a traveler or often out-and-about, the MSI GV62 has a thickness of only 1.2 inches and weight of 4.8 pounds, making it the perfect on-the-go laptop that you’ll be able to take anywhere.

If you’re all about speed, you’ll love this MSI – it boots up and launches games fast, all while running even the most difficult games with higher FPS thanks to the 1050 Ti and Optane.

With these better performing games, there’s always the worry of temperatures rising, resulting in throttling. However, the GV62s cooling system does a fantastic job at managing temperatures.

While running these games smoothly, you’ll be wanting to climb to the top of the leaderboard, which often means you’ll have to have a great keyboard. Well, you’re in for a treat as the MSI GV62 features full-size, tactile feedback, responsive keyboard to ensure you’re winning in battle.

If you don’t like wearing headphones while gaming and love to unplug, the downside of the MSI GV62 is the audio quality. Are you disappointed to hear this news? There are better configurations of the MSI GV62 that are VR ready that include an Intel Core i7 8th gen processor for $949, but for $150 less you can choose our ‘best value’ option and game without fault –  talk about bang for your buck!

+Pros
  • Runs games well in full HD
  • Comfortable keyboard with minimal noise
  • MSI’s NTSC display technology
-Cons
  • Internals warm up fast
  • Not VR ready (1050 Ti)
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MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro

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Key Features:

  • RAM: 16 GB
  • CPU:  Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB)
  • Display: 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: 5.35 lbs

Another slim laptop to include on our list is the MSI GS73VR, which means one thing – it is slightly flimsy. The body is brushed with an aluminum finish that is fingerprint-prone, so if there are children with sticky fingers running around your GS73VR, hide it immediately!

This MSI offers lag-free, smooth gameplay with high FPS to ensure you’re able to play graphically taxing titles. During these sessions, the GS73VR won’t get super warm as the three fans manage temperatures. However, they do get noisy – if you’re stuck into a game, you really won’t notice.

Once again, like most MSI gaming laptops, the keyboard is top-notch for a computer. Feedback from the keys is excellent, and it doesn’t give a mushy feel as many keyboards do. The Dragon Center dashboard application that comes with MSI comes with a variety of things for you to customize and view, from altering the colors of the RGB backlighting, to seeing the temperatures and memory on the system monitor tab.

Unfortunately, if you’re the type to want to push the capabilities of your computer, you can’t overclock your CPU or GPU which is apparent from these being locked on the Dragon Center.

Like many gaming laptops, the GS73VR does not come with an optical drive which shouldn’t be an issue in the digital age where most people aim for digital games – unless you’re a collector, of course. There is no IPS panel on the MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro either, meaning colors aren’t as accurate as others on our list – but at 94% color accuracy, it is still brilliant for gaming and other tasks.

+Pros
  • Anti-glare
  • Runs demanding games easily
-Cons
  • Heats up very fast
  • Loud fan
5

MSI GT75 Titan-052

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Key Features:

  • RAM: 16 GB
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • Storage: 512GB SSD M.2 SATA + 1TB (SATA) 7200RPM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB)
  • Display: 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: 9.92 lbs

Beefier than most MSIs on our list and coming in at $2,400, the MSI GT75 Titan-052 is a pricey gaming laptop – is it worth it?

We say it is!

The GT75 Titan can run games exceptionally well with the Intel Core i7 8th gen processor and GTX 1080 GPU; it just doesn’t do so well when it comes to portability – unless you have a giant backpack and a good back. Much like the GS65, the GT75 comes with a six-core processor, allowing for top-notch performance which we’d expect for the price.

Like some of the other MSIs we have reviewed, the GT75 Titan features a button that can be used to activate fan boot, drastically reducing processor and GPU temperatures. Again, the fans are loud; you have to compromise when purchasing a portable gaming device.

Customizable key colors are a common theme among MSI laptops; they allow you to add a touch of ‘you’ to them. Mechanical keyboards are a go-to for gamers – the SteelSeries keyboards featured on these MSI laptops are just perfect for people who dislike soft keys.

The power of the GT75 is excellent for multiple purposes, from gaming to editing where importing videos usually takes centuries. This is a ‘titan’ of a gaming laptop.

+Pros
  • Great color contrast
  • Mechanical keyboard
  • VR ready
-Cons
  • Heavy – almost 10 lbs
  • Bulky

Gaming Laptop Buying Guide

 

  • GPU: you must know what you want to play before looking into GPU. However, we suggest opting for a GTX 1050
  • CPU: aim for at least an Intel Core i5 (7300HQ) processor for better performance
  • Resolution: go for a high-resolution display to get the most (visually) out of your laptop
  • RAM: You should ensure it is upgradable, and don’t settle for lower than 8 GB

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Which Laptop Brand Is Best for Gaming?

This depends on your preferences, and aside from MSI, great laptop brands for gaming are:

  • Acer
  • Lenovo
  • Dell
  • Razer
  • Alienware

Are Laptops Good for Gaming?

Portable and light, of course, laptops are good for gaming! Although gaming laptops typically have smaller screens and pretty bad keyboards, laptops have their advantages. They are portable and upgradable, making on-the-go gaming easy.

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