In 2018 MSI won a lot of fans with its GS65 Stealth, an elegant gaming laptop with a beautiful appearance and a ton of power. Today, the company announces an updated model, the GS66 Stealth, which seeks to improve its predecessor in all respects. They also have a new full-size game model and an impressive media creation machine.
MSI GS66 Stealth
The GS66 Stealth is the flagship of MSI’s growing collection of laptops. The latest model was fairly understated for a gaming laptop, with only a few gold accents demonstrating its intent. But this one is downright subtle, with a matte black finish on each item, including the MSI dragon shield logo on the cover. MSI told us they wanted to build a great looking laptop, whether you use it at your gaming shelter or at a board meeting.
It’s only 0.71 inches thick, which is impressive given that it contains a huge 99.9 watt-hour battery (MSI says it will last nine hours), the latest processor and graphics processor and a full Ethernet port. Unlike some other large gaming laptops, the GS66 can be powered by either its proprietary power supply or a standard USB-C adapter – assuming you have one that can deliver 65 watts of power. A maximum load of 100 W is supported.
But the GS66 doesn’t just look at the part, it has the specifications to back it up. It starts with a 15.6-inch 1080p screen panel, with upgrades offering an incredible 300 Hz refresh rate for ultra-smooth gameplay. MSI calls the display “IPS level”, which probably means that the colors are fairly accurate, even if it is not an IPS panel. (Insolent.) This 300 Hz panel will most likely not be on the base unit, however. Under the hood, you get 10th generation Intel processors up to the i9 level, NVIDIA RTX mobile “Max-Q” graphics, with a maximum for an RTX 2080 Super.
Other features that MSI wants to highlight are a SteelSeries keyboard with a larger key stroke, a redesigned and more stable cover hinge and the ability to share audio with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. I am very excited about the upgrade options. Like the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, you can remove the bottom cover to access two M.2 SSD slots and standard laptop RAM, making the GS66 extremely easy to upgrade to standard memory and storage. It’s a huge feature if you’re looking for value. If you prefer to get your silicon directly from the manufacturer, it exceeds our 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage.
The GS66 Stealth will go on sale April 15, with a starting price of $ 1,600.
MSI GE66 Raider
Elsewhere in MSI’s 2020 line of laptops, the GE66 Raider is a more conventional “gaming” machine, with a large, thick structure and a flashing RGB LED light strip at the front. This model is much bigger and heavier, almost an inch “deeper” than the GS66, even if it still manages to pile everything in a 0.02 inch thick chassis.
You get the same 15.6-inch 300 Hz display option, the same processor and graphics processor options, and the same 99.9 watt-hour battery. But the larger case means there is room for more ports, including two USB-C ports, standard HDMI with a mini DisplayPort chaser and a large SD card slot. Naturally, the GE66 has access to high-end processors and GPUs, with respectively a Core i9 10980HK and RTX 2080 Max-Q Super. MSI claims that the best GPU gives a 52% increase in performance compared to last year’s model.
The extra space allows the MSI to include more powerful side speakers, a more robust internal cooling system, and a “Killer” networking system. Naturally, the layout of the RGB light bar and keyboard can be customized for specific applications and games. The GE66 Raider will cost $ 1,800 for the entry-level model when it goes on sale on the 15th.
MSI Creator 17
Last but not least, the Creator 17. This 17-inch full-size laptop is not for gamers, but for content creators, tapping directly into the segment of brands dominated by MacBook Pros and Dell XPS top of the line. While the laptop’s shiny internal components are distinguished by a still impressive 10th generation Core i7 and an HPX RTX 2060, the real appeal is the screen.
17 inches of 4K alone would be impressive, and the screen is pre-calibrated to match 100% of the DCI-PR color gamut, the big news is that this LCD panel uses mini-LEDs. This refined backlight gives it a striking brightness of 1000 nits (more than double the usual), 240 local dimming zones and a contrast ratio of 100,000: 1. For creative professionals who wish to create or modify photos, videos and renderings on the go, it’s an incredible tool. For the layman: it’s really pretty.
Other creative-centric features include a full number pad, an ultra-large touchpad with integrated fingerprint reader, and an ultra-fast MicroSD card reader. MSI says the 82 watt-hour battery can last seven hours on a charge. It will cost $ 1,800 for the base model when it goes on sale April 15.