MSI has raised the bar of its leading line of laptops to utter elite status with the MSI GS65 Stealth for 2018, making the absolute most of current-gen technology available. MSI’s gaming laptop brings insane power to an unsuspecting, and gorgeous package unlike any laptop to come before it.
The result is a sleek, well design and constructed 15-inch laptop within a 14-inch body, that’s capable of high-end gaming as well as limitless productivity in multitasking or video editing, for a reasonable price cheaper than all comparable competitors. If you’re looking for the ultimate laptop, we have found it for you.
At launch, MSI will ask for a reasonable
$1,799 $1,599 to start for its GS65 Stealth Thin.
For the configuration above, the above specs will run you $1,999. Meanwhile, the highest-end model doubles the RAM to 32GB and pumps up the storage to 2x512GB SSDs for $2,999. This puts the GS65 Stealth on-par with its main competitors, like the Gigabyte Aero 15X, and Asus ROG Zephyrus. Asus’s laptop rings up at the checkout at $2,299 when not on sale for comparable hardware inside (albeit a rather slower, 120 Hz 1080p display that, to its benefit is an Nvidia G-Sync panel) It also brings half as much storage to the table and does not yet come with Intel’s most current H-series CPU.
For the Aero 15X, Gigabyte charges $2,199 for almost identical hardware inside, besides an older Kaby Lake Intel processor.
For all intents and purposes, the GS65 Stealth easily beats its closest rivals from a bang for your buck viewpoint. This laptop provides the very same or more within its undoubtedly gorgeous chassis for less cash than the rest– plain and simple. Speaking of which, let’s discuss that styling.Get the 16GB Ram MSI GS Stealth with Nvidia 1060 Get the 32GB Ram GS65 Stealth with 1070x
The Design of MSI GS65 Stealth
MSI has actually thankfully gone in a different direction concerning the look of its flagship thin-and-light hardcore gaming laptop, concentrating on a gadget with a much broader appeal. You will not discover boring angles or red LEDs all over this laptop– rather, you’ll discover a smooth, all-black gadget with subtle gold accents on its cover, within its double hinges and surrounding its touchpad, giving an aura of style, and high-end fashion.
Those gold accents also outline the laptop’s heat vents, but don’t over-do it, and leave the rest of the body to be covered in sleek, brushed, black aluminum. The result is among the most understated high-end laptops we have actually seen to date- one that we would have no issue whipping out in a cafe to do some blogging,Â much less at an eSports competition.
As for how the laptop rates for tactile interaction, the GS65 Stealth weighs a measly 4.14 pounds (1.88 kg) and measures a puny 0.69 inches (1753 mm) thin. The laptop fits perfectly in our work bag and does not weigh us down, which is excellent considering MSI has saidÂ that it might have gone even thinner and lighter, however, chose to include an Ethernet port and the goal of 8 hours of battery life, one of the few aesthetic trade-offs in favor of gamers.
That said, while MSI obviously made an effort to improve the size of its charging brick, its size negates a small part of that effort. Regardless, this is still among the most portable AeGaming machines on the market.
Being just thin enough has actually afforded the laptop not only space for a lot of useful ports, but also a fantastic, beautifully tactile, and responsive SteelSeries keyboard, with a lot of travel and powerful feedback. Plus, the keyboard is also an RGB backlit with almost 17 million color choices. As for the touchpad; the glass-coating feels absolutely awesome, and doesn’t accidentally set off motions when typing, telling us it has strong palm rejection.
Now, another reason we think MSI went a little bigger with the GS65 Stealth’s frame and heavier with its weight was to include its three-fan ‘Cooler Boost Trinity thermal system’. However, with that additional space, MSI didn’t loan much of it to the small and tinny speakers, which fire down from below its base. Just bring a headset, and you’ll be grand!- Particularly thinking about the quantity of tuning MSI has done to enhance the audio experience.
MSI GS65’s Display
On the other hand, as far as the Full High-Definition display goes; it’s fantastic, and almost bezel-free that MSI has actually embedded into the cover of this laptop. Specifically, the screen accomplishes an 82% screen-to-body ratio with bezels, packing a 15.6- inch display screen into a 14- inch frame! Refreshing at 144Hz and with a 7ms reaction time, this screen makes video games visually just superb, producing little to no screen tearing or lag when whipping around and shooting enemies.
Another cool addition is the capability to turn the display screen contents upside down when the screen is bent 180 degrees. This needs to be available in plenty convenient for screen sharing throughout conferences or other collective ventures.
Ultimately, this is the brightest, fastest, and most color-rich display screen we have actually seen on an Nvidia laptop yet. However, the absence of Nvidia G-Sync is a shame, as we’d enjoy for the warranty of silky smooth movement in video games, though that is seldom — if ever — an issue we have actually discovered with the rig.
Of course, the primary driver behind the purchase of a video gaming laptop is how it carries out when the going gets rough. The H-series Intel Core i7 processor, coupled with that Nvidia Max- Q GTX 1070, sailed through whatever we toss at the GS65 Stealth.
When we ran the Stealth through our Benchmark tests; it tore through every hardcore test we could toss at it, installing basic efficiency numbers that either crush or keep up with its closest competitors. Clearly, this is a rig that’s similarly prepared to produce huge spreadsheets or render video files at blistering speeds, as much as it is to provide your next legendary video game session.
The very same has actually held true regarding gaming, with the GTX 1070 powering the laptop through the current-gen standard video games and the most recent video games, all maxed out in Ultra.
By all rights for what this laptop costs, you expect it to move through the most recent game release without a hitch, and it does so flawlessly. With it rapidly revitalizing display screen with supreme color accuracy, this laptop is perfect for all kinds of video games, from FPS shooters to lively, story-driven experiences.
With all this being said; keep an eye out for how hot this little laptop can get on your lap while under heavy-duty use. MSI’s most current â€˜Cooler Boost Trinity system’- with 3x 0.2 mm fans each and 5 heat pipelines- keeps all of the heat far from our fingers while playing, we absolutely cannot state the very same for the bottom of the base. I mean… Obviously, the heat needs to go somewhere right?
Battery Life: Better Than Most Gaming Rigs
Unless this is your very first time searching for a video gaming laptop (if it IS, then Hi! Check out the rest of our site! :D) you must understand that practically none of these gadgets bring good battery life to the table. Although these thin and light designs have actually turned the corner on that presumption, there’s still space to grow.
For example, while MSI assures around 8 hours on a charge from this laptop, our tests can’t recreate that figure. But the times we have actually tested are far better than, 95% of gaming laptops out there, with practically 4 hours of legit gaming time on battery.
Meanwhile, the Asus laptop does not even come close to that number at all, but the Gigabyte maker far tops them both by a couple of hours. Still, you can, at least, anticipate the usage and find yourself gaming on interstate flights significant cities in the United States, and throughout the world.
Features, Bloatware & Softwares
The GS65 Stealth comes pre-loaded with a great deal of software; however, it carefully prevents â€˜bloatware’ status by supplying performance that’s actually pretty helpful.
Noteworthy, MSI’s â€˜Dragon Center 2.0′ brings with it great deals of system diagnostic and efficiency enhancement tools, like the ability to maximize memory allocation. Plus, with supported video games, you can utilize MSI’s brand-new â€˜Gaming Mode’ to instantly tune up system parts to carry out specific aspects of rendering if a video game requires it.
Finally, this software can also improve your voice output in video games at the online-mic level to enhance output when talking, so that you no longer need to yell to make up for bad mics.
The MSI GS65 Stealth is absolutely the most excellent Nvidia Max- Q gaming laptop that we have evaluated in a very long time. The laptop matches, or in some cases; leaves in the dust, its most performant competitors and probably trounces them all in regards to style and design.
That stated we wouldn’t mind a couple of more features offered at this price range, like Nvidia G-Sync and a better soundcard/speaker combo, and the laptop tends to get a little hotter than I had hoped for in my lap while under heavy use.
At the end of the day, for the price, the GS65 Stealth Thin is among the very best video gaming laptops you can buy today. While you’ll need to make some compromises in audio, and there’s no biometric login offered (yet), those are little conceits to produce a laptop you can, with confidence, take into work and into your next video gaming session, and get sideways looks of envy from whoever walks past.