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MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-051 15.6" 144Hz 7ms Ultra Thin Gaming Laptop GTX 1060 6G, i7-8750H 6 Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, RGB KB VR Ready, Metal, Black w/Gold Diamond Cut, Win 10 Home 64bit
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- Display: 15.6" FHD, 4.9mm Ultra Thin Bezel Anti-Glare Wide View Angle 144Hz 7ms 72% NTSC 1920x1080 16:9 | Operating System: Windows 10
- Processor: New Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2 - 4.1GHz (6 Cores)
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 6G GDDR5
- RAM: 16GB (8G*2) DDR4 2400MHz, 2 Sockets; Max Memory 32GB | Storage: 256GB SSD NVMe (PCIE Gen3x4)
- Special Features: Ultra Thin Bezel | VR Ready | Steel series Per Key RGB Customizable Keyboard | Thunderbolt 3 Ready
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MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-0051 (Coffee Lake), Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz - 4.1GHz) Processor, 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz 7ms 72% NTSC Display, 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz Memory, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) GDDR5 Graphics Card, Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Killer Gaming Network E2500, Intel 9560 Jefferson Peak (2x2 802.11 ac), Bluetooth 5.0, HDMI 2.0, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, Thunderbolt 3, 3x USB 3.1 (Gen 2), Steel Series Per-Key RGB with Anti-Ghost key (84 Key), 1/1 SPDIF (ESS Sabre HiFi)
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Pros: Extremely thin and light! I was very happy with the size, which is considerably smaller than my previous HP Pavilion, and probably half the weight. However, despite being light, the weight is proportioned perfectly. When using one hand to open the laptop, the bottom is heavy enough to not be lifted up with the screen.
Design! Not going to lie, the gold bezel is pretty snazzy. It's sleek and looks even spiffier than a MacBook. I also prefer the gold MSI dragon emblem to a backlit one.
Specs! This is my first gaming laptop, and it plays all of the titles I want without any issue. I'm not super picky about all the details, but it's a quality setup. You can play probably just about any of your favorite games on standard or even highest settings no problem!
Speed! This is a beast of a laptop. Maybe it's because I haven't gotten a new laptop in a while, but from a complete shutdown to completely on, it's maybe 10-20 seconds. That's quick in my personal experience. Everything goes from black and dead to 100% in a very short amount of time!
Settings! You can easily adjust most of your settings from Dragon Center; fans, color/display, keyboard. FN will also highlight some easy, quick selections like keyboard colors, opening Dragon Center, disable trackpad, screen display, webcam, etc.
Cons: Keyboard! This is just a personal nitpick, but the font of the keys looks like the 2002 Spider-Man Movie font. The backlit RGB keys are a cool feature, but one I haven't used much so far.
Speakers! I'm not sure if it's just mine, but the speakers occasionally don't work without headphones unless I shutdown and restart.
SSD Size! I got the 256GB version. I probably should have looked into it more, but the 256GB is essentially split in half between writeable date (c:) and backup (d:). So you really only have about 150GB at default. I will edit my review if I can figure out how to change the hard drive partitions, or upgrade the SSD.
Throttling! Once you hit about 30% battery life, a AAA title (in my case, Batman: Arkham Knight) on the highest settings will start throttling majorly. Lots of lag and slow response from the computer. However, the moment you plug it back in, your game will be back to its visually stunning, 60fps self. So far, it hasn't been an issue, but just don't expect to be gaming for 5 hours straight on this thing.
Fans and heat! Thankfully you can choose your options for how loud the fans can be, but if running a AAA title, you'll probably want to set it to "Cooler Boost," which is incredibly loud but keeps your laptop at a decent level of heat (65 C on average). Still, it's a little off-putting when you have your game drowned out by the sound of a noticeably loud whirring of laptop fans.
Overall, I am pretty satisfied with my purchase. $1,800 is a good amount of money, but I do believe it will last me a while and I will get plenty of use out of it. Just be wary of the storage, since you'll either want to get the 512GB model for $300 more, or install 1TB SSD yourself for $250. Most of the things I mentioned I can get over, but this is obviously not THE perfect laptop. You're still getting great value for your money!
To put it simply, the laptop started manifesting problems almost right away. The audio from the speakers would fade away as I would switch from earphones to the computer's native speakers. It just wouldn't produce any sound. I would roll back the drivers, update again, install new ones, pretty much every trick in the book, including a factory reset. And it would work, until it finally didn't. That's when things got nutty - the speakers went from no sound at all, to a garbled, tinny, reverbed, distorted mess. It was awful.
So I call up MSI customer support for a repair. Ok, fine. The Amazon return date was up? Not to worry - surely, MSI's warranty was beefy enough to match the price and brand prestige. I knew something was up when I called in to their support line and was asked to pay shipping. And yeah, the problem manifested AGAIN after the "repair." No sound, and then a garbled mess. I even did a factory reset, and the problem persisted. That should tell you the problem is with the hardware.
At this point, I am annoyed - I just spent more money on a computer than I ever did, and I was dealing with persistent, basic problems. So I asked MSI for a replacement. No can do. Warranty doesn't cover replacements. Only repairs. UGH.
I sent it back in, for a second repair. Guess what happened? The problem manifested AGAIN. This is a defective machine, period. But will MSI stand by their product and do the right thing, nope! Sorry - the warranty only covers repairs. And so, if we had it MSI's way, we would be caught in an infinite loop of problem-repair-problem-repair, for ever (or until the warranty runs out).
So let this be a lesson to all of you. Never buy MSI. Their policies suck, and their computers are lousy. I am stuck with $2000 paper weight, as far as I am concerned. I will have to look into some legal action. As a resident of California, perhaps the Lemon Law will protect me.
Never. Buy. MSI.
The laptop felt very premium, the keyboard was absolutely perfect in my opinion. Tried to update the GeForce graphics drivers after the Nvidia app downloaded them, I got an error message saying those drivers weren't compatible with my os. So clearly there's an issue as Nvidia experience grabbed those drivers. I didn't try any further as the look of the laptop was not what I expected and would just annoy me.
I opted to spend an extra $200 to get the gs65 with the same specs, in black, but with the added feature of individually lit rgb keys.
(It can get hot when playing, but I keep it on a desk at all times on top of this cooling pad and it really helps to keep it cool: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NNMB3KS/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 )
This is a huge upgrade from my cruddy Macbook pro 13' that i bought just last year. Goodbye apple!