High quality MSI gaming laptop online shopping? The MSI GS65 Stealth was one of our favorite gaming laptops last year, a stylish thin-and-light premium machine at a fair price. The new GS66 Stealth (starts at $1,499; $2,699 as tested) is a sturdier build with more power, but it loses some of the sleekness and unique flair of its predecessor. Internally, the brand-new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Max-Q) GPU and Intel Core i7-10750H processor power the GS66 to super-high frame rates, shown on a blazing 300Hz display. But considering the expectations raised by our test unit’s price and parts, it doesn’t quite blow away the competition—between our performance and design nitpicks, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502 remains our high-end gaming Editors’ Choice. We’ll wait to see other systems with these flashy new components before possibly picking a new favorite.
AMD’s Ryzen and Radeon silicon are a popular combo in gaming desktops, but the gaming laptop market hasn’t seen much from Team Red. That changes with the MSI Alpha 15 (starts at $899; $999 as tested), which pairs a quad-core Ryzen 7 3750H processor and a 4GB Radeon RX 5500M GPU to go head to head with Intel-based rigs packing Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650, producing smooth and reliable 1080p gaming performance. Although it doesn’t unseat the MSI GL65 9SC as our value-gaming Editors’ Choice, you can view the Alpha 15 as a feature-rich, happy medium between that laptop and the Acer Predator Helios 300, our pick in the next (and more expensive) performance tier.
As mentioned, the build of the GS66 Stealth is markedly different from the GS65. At a glance, the two look the same, but they diverge in size, feel, and color scheme. Starting with the aesthetics, MSI opted for an all-black look here, ditching the gold accents on the lid, vents, and touchpad. I personally liked the gold scheme, as it looked sharp and stood out from others, but I suppose this sandblasted “Core Black” look has a wider appeal and can blend in in more professional settings. Find additional information at msi gaming laptop.
My test unit (model A4DDR-023) is the better value of the two United States-bound Bravo 15 models because of its stronger processor and extra memory (16GB versus 8GB). The storage for both is a single 512GB solid-state drive with Windows 10 Home, and they also share the 4GB Radeon RX 5500M graphics chip that was used in the Alpha 15. The laptop is backed with a one-year international warranty.
At 0.63 by 12.6 by 8.5 inches and 2.84 pounds, the pink Prestige is just a hair larger than and the same weight as the Inspiron 14 7000 (0.6 by 12.6 by 8.1 inches, 2.9 pounds). Its thin screen bezels make it smaller than typical 14-inch clamshells like the Lenovo ThinkPad T490 (0.7 by 13 by 8.9 inches). The bottom bezel stretches around the back of the laptop to prop the keyboard at a 5-degree typing angle when the system’s opened. The MSI has passed MIL-STD 810G tests against road hazards such as shock, vibration, and temperature extremes; there’s next to no flex when you grasp the screen corners and only a little when you mash the keyboard. See even more details on here.