We immediately noticed that the new MSI GS65 Stealth Thin was completely different when compared to other light and thin gaming laptops that are currently available on the market. Although it features the same basic specs as its competitors – six-core i7 processor, 3.9 GHz, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 16GB Ram – the latest laptop from MSI provides a far better experience for multiple reasons.
The rest of the incredible features include 144Hz HD display, extremely narrow bezels, RGB backlit keyboard from SteelSeries, and a plethora of hardware management software from MSI, including battery profiles, graphics tweaking, fan adjustments, and more. However, the real magic in the new MSI GS65 Stealth is not found in its specs but in the overall experience, allowing everything to work together seamlessly.
The new GS65 Stealth gaming laptop from MSI comes equipped with a sharp and simple design. The laptop is completely black in colour along with striking copper highlights located near the power button, touchpad, and fan vents. Even the MSI dragon logo on the lid is decorated in copper which looks absolutely stunning.
The new GS65 gaming laptop weighs a mere 4.14 pounds and is about 0.69 inches in thickness which makes it both lighter and thinner than other gaming laptops in this price range. It also offers a smaller footprint due to the lack of a number pad as well as the thin bezel around the screen.
When you touch the laptop, you’ll initially think it’s made from plastic as opposed to aluminium which the GS65 is actually made out of. The overall build quality is great, but not phenomenal. The palmrest, screen, touchpad, and keyboard have noticeable flex when you apply moderate pressure, but it certainly doesn’t look cheap.
The GS65 Stealth was designed for gaming. You can throw any game you can imagine at this laptop, and it will undoubtedly crush it. High refresh rates, ultra-settings, it really doesn’t matter. The new MSI GS65 Stealth can handle just about anything and performs far better than other laptops that come equipped with Max-Q.
The MSI GS65 Stealth we tested goes for around $1,999 and comes equipped with a s9x-core i7-8750H processor, 512GB SSD, GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card, and 16GB of RAM. When it comes to heat, you’ll notice that the Zephyrus M from Asus handles it better, it also offers a better response time of 3ms as oppose to 7ms from MSI, and offers a GTX 1070 graphics chip instead of the MSI’s Max-Q chip.
However, the added benefits come at a hefty cost, both in size and convenience. The Zephyrus M costs $200 more and weighs 5.5 pounds, and features massive unsightly bezels. Furthermore, the Digital Storm Equinox and the Aero 15x from Gigabyte offers the same specs, but the overall experience when it comes to gaming and productivity is more refined on the GS65 Stealth from MSI, making this the best option if you are serious about gaming.