If you are looking for a gaming laptop and haven’t yet considered MSI for it, are you really even looking for a gaming laptop?
Yes, MSI lacks in departments like the customer services (as written in our MSI vs ASUS post), they sure as hell make up for it with their powerful, durable and eye-popping range of gaming laptops.
But should you go for the Ultra-thin series, the Stealth series or the Titan series? Is it worth paying $3000 for a laptop? What if I need something cheaper?
To help with all that, here are the 4 best MSI laptops for 2021 you definitely do not want to miss out on.
Best MSI Laptop for 2021
MSI GT76 Titan
MSI GS65 Stealth-432
MSI GF63 Thin
MSI GT76 Titan
MSI GS65 Stealth-432
MSI GF63 Thin
Detailed MSI Laptop Reviews
#1: CUK MSI GT76 Titan (Best MSI Laptop for Professional Gamers)
Don’t think paying about $4000 for a gaming laptop is worth it? Say hello, to our gaming laptop of the year, GT76 Titan (a laptop worthy of the Titans).
- Processor: Intel Core i9-9880H Eight Core Processor (16MB Cache, 2.3GHz-4.8GHz) 45W
- RAM: 64GB DDR4 2666MHz | Hard Drive: 2TB NVMe Solid State Drive + 2TB 5400rpm Hard Disk Drive
- Keyboard: Full-Size Backlit Keyboard with Numeric Keypad and N-Key Rollover (White Legend) | Operating System: Windows 10 Home x64
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 8GB GDDR6 | Display: 17.3" Diagonal 4K IPS Anti-Glare WLED-backlit (3840 x 2160)
- 64GB RAM / 2TB NVMe SSD / 2TB HDD Upgrades | 3-Year CUK Limited Warranty (View warranty section below for more details.)
Total dominance is Titan’s tagline and total dominance is what it delivers with its i9-9900K 8-core processor that can turbo boost to a whopping 5.0GHz.
There is also a jaw-dropping 128GB of RAM which in tandem with 1TB NVME RAID SSD makes it one of the fastest laptops on the market (boot speed, switching between apps, etc. this is like the flash of laptops).
To top that, the laptop comes with an additional 2TB HDD that provides ample storage to save years of gaming data and other important files.
But if you are a professional gamer, these features alone won’t impress you, you need more, right? You want life-like graphics and a display that does justice to it.
And the Titan does not disappoint.
There is no gaming title that GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB) graphics card cannot handle. In fact, I am sure it will continue to support even upcoming gaming titles such as FIFA 21, 22,etc..
But the best part about the laptop has to be its display. And no, we are not just talking about the large and impressive 17.3” Ultra-HD display.
It is the 240GHz refresh rate that makes the Titan the professional’s pick. Yup, while most high-end gaming laptops feature 144GHz, Titan gives you the edge over the best with its 240GHz refresh rate making it the fastest available laptop.
To keep the laptop cool as a cucumber even with extreme usage, the laptop is equipped with the Cool Boost Technology. This features 4 fans and 11 heat pipes giving the laptop about 2x better airflow than previous models.
Furthermore, the use of Copper and Aluminum Die-Cast Alloy keeps the laptop cooler and also reinforces the cooling system.
If the car-inspired exterior design did not already make you go wow, the Mystic Lighting will. It isn’t just about the backlit keyboard anymore, there is an under-glow to the chassis that gives the laptop its dynamic look.
And you have all the control needed over the colors (there are over 16.8 million colors to choose from).
Lastly, what is a fast, powerful laptop, if you are just going to see pings at 999, right? To prevent that the Killer Double Shot Pro feature allows you to customize bandwidth for each application in minutes with the user-friendly Killer Control Center.
There is hardly anything to fault about the Titan except for its high price tag as you will have to pay over $3000.
But if you are a professional gamer looking to win real tournaments, this is just the kind of beast you need by your side.
- The processor can turbo boost to a 5GHz if needed
- It comes with 128GB RAM making work and gaming lightning-fast
- The GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB) GPU unit can play not just current but also future gaming titles of FIFA, GTA, etc.
- The 1TB SSD and 2TB HDD combo gives you the ultimate speed-space combination
- Chassis under-glow and RGB Keyboard add to the whole gaming mood
- Killer Double Shot Pro allows you to adjust bandwidth to your games for lower pings
- Comes with the fastest display as it has a refresh rate of 240GHz
- The Thin Bezel and Ultra-HD quality makes the experience more immersive
- With 4 fans and 11 heat pipes, the laptop can handle all kinds of torture in terms of performance
- It is on the expensive side
- Some user find the laptop bulky
#2: MSI GS65
Just because you do not want to spend $4000 on a gaming laptop does not mean you cannot enjoy FIFA 20 or NHL 20. It is the GS65 Stealth Series laptop to the rescue.
- Display: 15.6" Fhd, Anti-Glare Wide View Angle 240Hz 8ms 1920x1080 16: 9
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 Max-Q 8G GDDR6
- Processor: Intel Core i7-9750h 2.6 - 4.5GHz; Nahimic 3.0 Surround Sound virtualization
- Memory: 32GB (16G*2) DDR4 2666MHz 2 Sockets; Max Memory 64GB
- Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
Even though almost $1500 lesser than the Titan, the GS65 has the potential to go toe to toe with it in most aspects and is an excellent choice for both professionals and beginners alike.
One of the main reasons for that is because it also comes with a 240GHz refresh rate thus resulting in almost zero ghosting and blurring.
Though not as futuristic and advanced as the i9 processor, the i7 processor is quite a powerful processor in itself and supports almost any gaming title, especially since it can turbo boost to 4.5GHz.
Furthermore, the laptop has a 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD. While the RAM allows you to multitask at your free will the 1TB SSD will ensure faster boot time and switching between apps as you can install both OS and your games, apps on it.
The RTX 2070 supports real-time ray-tracing and artificial intelligence to give you realistic graphics (final fantasy on the laptop will leave you in absolute awe).
Giving the laptop a premium finish and making it easy to navigate around is the silky glass touchpad which is 35% larger than other laptops and understands over 10 gestures.
The ultra-thin bezel means you get about 82% viewing area while the slimmer build makes it easy to carry around on your shoulders.
Adding to the portability of the laptop is the long battery life. Considering the power-packed performance the laptop delivers the 8-hour battery life is higher than other similar laptops.
You also want the laptop to not turn into a frying pan and ensuring that are the 3 fans, 4 exhausts, and 7 heat pipes.
Compared to the Titan, the laptop is neither as advanced nor does it capture the look and feel. Don’t get us wrong, the Gold trim, logo and exhaust design do look premium but some gamers might find it bland.
It is also on the expensive side. Yes, cheaper than the Titan but it still costs over $2000.
- The 240GHz refresh rate ensures no ghosting and blurring ruins your headshots
- Gives you 8-hours run-time on a single charge
- Killer Double Shot Pro enables you to switch bandwidth to programs
- The glass finish on the keyboard gives the laptop a premium look
- The trackpad area is 35% larger and has 10+ gesture controls
- With 3 fans, 4 exhausts, and 7 heat pipes, the laptop can handle long hours of usage
- The Dynaudio speakers deliver excellent surround sound
- Anti-glare coating on the screen keeps eyes protected
- RAM can be expanded to 64GB
- Costs more than $2000 thus more-suited for professional gamers
- Some gamers might find the design to be bland
#3: MSI GF63 (Best MSI Laptop on a Budget)
Found the previous domains out of your budget? Well, we told you MSI has a laptop for every budget and the GF63 proves just that as it is available for less than $1000.
- Display: 15; 6 inches FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS Level, 60Hz, 45 percent NTSC, Thin Bezel
- Processor: Intel Core i5 9300H 2; 4: 4; 1GHz
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G GDDR5
- Memory: 8GB (8G x 1) DDR4 2666MHz, 2 Sockets; Max Memory 64GB
- Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD
The standout feature of this laptop is its compact design. It weighs just 4lbs and is 0.85-inch but don’t let the sleek design fool you. It packs quite the punch.
The laptop has an 8th Gen, 6-core, i5 9300H processor with a clock speed of 2.4GHz. Then there is the 8GB RAM and GTX 1050Ti graphics card capable of handling popular titles like Fortnite, PUBG, Overwatch, etc.
Wondering how MSI managed to fit all the power into such a slim laptop? One of the reasons for that is the use of GeForce Max-Q technology which also makes the laptop quieter and cooler many of the previous thin models.
Adding to all that speed is the 512GB SSD. Most laptops within this range either do not have an SSD or just give you about 256GB which makes the GF63 a clear winner.
Furthermore, the Dragon Center gives you complete control over the system. That means you can free up memory, clean disk and check on CPU, GPU performance for a smoother gaming experience with just the click of a button.
The brushed aluminum chassis does not give the laptop excellent durability (yeah, this one can take some beating) but also makes it look bold and stylish.
The thin bezel means you get over 80% viewing area and since it is an IPS display, there is little to complain about in terms of color and contrast.
But it isn’t the display that makes it all so immersive. The Nahimic 3 Audio has a special equalizer that lets you adjust bass, treble, etc. to give you crystal clear sound both with and without the headphones.
Its patented sound tracker technology acts as a radar and helps you navigate through new maps and find enemies like a pro. Read more about it here.
One of the small drawbacks of this laptop is that there is a single-colored keyboard and it cannot be changed from red. If you enjoy an RGB backlit keyboard, then you are in for some disappointment.
Also, the laptop isn’t high-tech enough for a lot of the gaming titles that require an i7 or better graphics card.
Lastly, the refresh rate is just 60GHz which means you might experience some ghosting and blurring while gaming.
Nonetheless, the good specs and low cost also make it a good choice for people looking for a laptop for video editing, graphics designing or programming on a budget.
- The laptop weighs just 4lbs
- It is 0.85 inches making it one of the most portable MSI laptops
- Costs less than $800 and thus ideal for budget buyers
- Comes with specs strong enough for popular multiplayer games like Fortnite, Overwatch
- The RAM can be expanded to 64GB
- Use GeForce Max-Q technology keeps the laptop cooler and quieter
- Dragon Center helps you control and monitor GPU, CPU performance
- Aluminum chassis gives the laptop great durability
- The thin bezel means you get 80%+ viewing area
- The special equalizer lets you adjust treble, bass, etc. for excellent sound
- Sound tracker acts as radar making navigating through new maps easy
- Supports only a single-lit keyboard
- Not suitable for graphic-intensive games
- Does not come with the Killer Double Shot Pro feature
- The refresh rate is just 60GHz