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MSI GS66 Stealth Gaming Laptop Review

MSI GS66 Stealth Gaming Laptop Review

Razer has been known to set the standard for producing great gaming laptops compact, slim, and fantastic to use for a while now. Well, its MSI wants to put an end to that continuous series, and the new GS66 Stealth is actually a possible alternative, at least about performance. However, it has a small work to do on accomplishing the small design details.

The GS66 Stealth somehow doesn’t achieve the fit and finish to be on the same level as the best. Even though it is deficient in that, it still gives you an elegant laptop that’s filled with vital components and other great features.

MSI GS66 Stealth Design 

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MSI has removed all the distinctive colors from the design, leaving a classy Core Black aluminum chassis. The bright color dragon emblem has also been moderately toned down to a semi-gloss matte that still manages to be attractive. The sandblasted metal also encourages your touch while resisting fingerprints, be free to rub it well. 

Immediately you open the luscious onyx once you love it. The raised palm rest is incredible, and it matches the height of the speaker grille at the top of the deck. The keyboard stays in the proceeding chasm. Also, the pair of hinges are attractively strong and enables the display to stay totally flat if you desire to share your screen. Along with the laptop’s structural framework, you’ll discover a pair of rubber feet and a big vent to give the laptop space to blow out hot air.

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Weighing 4.6 pounds, the 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7-inch Stealth is lighter than various other laptops within its weight class. For instance, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502 weighing 5.1 pounds, 14.2 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches, is undoubtedly the heaviest of the group alongside the Razer Blade 15 (OLED) weighing 4.9 pounds, 13.9 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches and Acer Predator Triton 500 weighing 4.8 pounds, 14.1 x 10 x 0.7 inches.

The MSI GS66 Stealth possesses a chiclet keyboard from SteelSeries. It’s indeed superb, and the keys have 1.5mm of travel and an excellent typing action that is fantastic at balancing comfort, snap, and speed. These buttons are dependable and fast, with sufficient pace to manage the game. The controls are more rapid than those on the Asus, and they’re more comfortable than the Razers keys. They have RGB LEDs and are also a bit wider than other competitors.

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The keyboard doesn’t have a number pad. The Function and right-hand Control have tiny buttons, and the Function row excluded the media shortcuts. However, the trackpad is incredible. It is vast, precise, and responsive, with comfortable and spontaneous buttons. Well, a USB mouse is still right for gaming, but this is serviceable.

MSI GS66 Stealth Display 

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The MSI GS66 Stealth is a 15.6-inch panel with a Full HD or 1080p resolution. The 300Hz refresh rate is undoubtedly attractive, higher than the increasingly standard 144Hz rate and the excessive 240Hz panels. It implies that the laptop can display up to 300 frames per second (fps), which almost translates to how smooth a game looks in motion. That is five times the 60Hz refresh rate of most laptop panels, so this is quite a significant move.

Besides, an average user or an average gamer will be satisfied with 60Hz, and may not even notice a higher frame rate. Even hardcore players who usually play big-budget story-based games may be pleased with 60fps. Presently, consoles also top out here.

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The Stealth possesses bright and vibrant color due to its ability to reproduce 116% of the sRGB color gamut. It’s better than the Zephyrus (109%) but proved inadequate of the 145% premium gaming average. The Predator was better at 117%, while the Blade 15 and its OLED panel did better at 243%. 

When the brightness was measured, the Stealth averaged about 321 nits, which is more than the Zephyrus at 249 nits and the Predator at 277 nits. Although, it didn’t go beyond the 330-nit average nor the Blades 438 nits.

If the color seems quite off, you can modify the presets in the MSI True Color utility. It possesses six presets (Gamer, Movie, Anti-Blue, sRGB, Office, and Designer). Actual color modifies the color temperature to give an optimal viewing experience. 

MSI GS66 Stealth Performance 

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The MSI GS66 Stealth possesses firm components. An Intel i7-10750H processor with six cores with a base and an increased speeds of 2.6GHz and 5GHz, while the new 10th Gen architecture is compressed by 16GB of DDR4 memory, and the graphics grunt is from an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 having 6GB of memory.

Storage is managed by a 512GB SSD that offers excellent read and write speeds of 3,349MB/s and 1,960MB/s, and the removable base panel unveils room to include two extra NVMe SSDs, which may be useful when the 512GB could use up all the space after installing a handful of game.

The MSI GS66 (RTX 2060) possesses a powerful gaming GPU. Asus also has an RTX 2060, and there’s a little difference between these laptops in benchmarks. The MSI GS66 Stealth was marginally faster in games, but the Asus improved CPU gave it a small edge in 3D Mark.

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The recent Intel CPU generation does deliver a substantial increase over older chips. There’s sufficient power here to deal with productivity tasks for photo-editing, expensive Office software, and some light video work. The Core i7 is effortlessly efficient.

The thermal aspect of the MSI GS66 Stealth performs inconsistently. The fan’s noise is always present during gaming, but the noise can be managed with a headset. Heat is a persistent problem. The hot air that blows out from the right-hand side can be a bit irritating to people utilizing USB mice, and both the keyboard and base panel becomes very warm. 

Well, Internal temperatures can be a problem too, but the GPU is good, but the CPU usually suddenly increases beyond 90°C and cuts back to its base speed of 2.6GHz. That implies that the MSI GS66 Stealth isn’t fit for high-end productivity workloads. 

Conclusion 

The MSI GS66 Stealth is fantastic. From its exceptional graphics, beautiful display, lightning-fast transfer speeds, outstanding performance to comfortable and customizable keyboard, and astonishing endurance, there’s a lot more beneath that 0.7-inch chassis.

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