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MSI - 15.6" Gaming  Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 - 512GB Solid State Drive - Matte Black With Gold Diamond Cut-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1936 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's good, but not as great as it could be...

    Posted
    CamNev
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    Here is what I love about the GS65 Stealth. It's fast. It rendered a Revit file at best quality in 1h 22m that a competing high-end laptop with a 7700HQ and double the RAM, a GTX 1050, and a much fast NVMe SSD writing at 4x the r/w speeds took 2h 17m. The screen quality is very good and the colors are accurate. The keyboard is mostly comfortable to type on. Finally, the laptop is thin, light, quiet (the second time around), and has excellent battery life when not playing games or rendering. One very nice touch is the SteelSeries RGB backlit keyboard. I just wanted lit keys, but the customizable per-key colors and brightness levels are really fantastic. Here is how this laptop annoys me. First, these design choices are horrendous. Who in R&D decided that an upside-down mobo was a good idea? This was one of the worst decisions for the upgradeability. I work in IT and I don't even like to pull laptops apart. They're annoying and have little room. Plus, we have that delightful power connection on the right side cutting across the fan. The first laptop almost melted the cable. These are just ridiculously poor decisions on the design. Second, it's nowhere near as fast as it could be. The RAM is only 2400MHz and the SSD is non-NVMe. This is noticeable when rendering CAD files, when transferring lots of data, and when heavily multitasking. These are minor upgrades and could improve performance drastically. Third, the trackpad is fantastically bad. I had to have this exchanged because of the trackpad and poor build quality (loose piece of trim on the outside and temps over 90C when browsing the Internet). The second one is much better, but the trackpad frequently skips, freezes, and become non-responsive randomly. My next step is changing the Synaptics drivers for Windows Precision and hopefully that fixes it. Fourth, the sound of the fans on the one prior to exchanging it was irritating. Fifth is that annoying power light. It's extremely bright, in the middle of the laptop, and cannot be disabled while in use. Quite the opposite, in fact. It glows bright white while using the laptop. Not distracting at all. Finally, the build quality is pretty mediocre. Most reviews say that it's great, but I'm used to workstation-grade laptops and Macbook Pro aluminum unibody models that are really excellent quality and this just feels OK. Not cheap, per se, but definitely not as high end as it should be for the price. Even laptops at half the price feel like they're made of higher quality components. Now for the real issue. I only have one, everything else is easily lived-with. The only truly awful aspect of this laptop is backlight bleed. It was consistent on both the original and replacement model. It's so bad that on any image that is even somewhat dark it's VERY noticeable. All four corners and along the whole bottom of the screen are just BAD. I have several laptops and, as an IT professional, work with many more and this level of bleed is just unacceptable in any laptop over $1000. If there were better options at this price-point with the weight, battery life, and a trackpad, I would be all over it. Unfortunately, there isn't one other than the Aero, and that's practically unavailable. All in all, this is a good laptop. There's a lot of annoyances and the backlight bleed is terrible. However, I can overcome the speed annoyances and live with everything else. This earns my recommendation, but only just. I would probably buy another one and recommend it to my clients if they were to request a powerful thin and light laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Smokin

    Posted
    Loquid

    So, i bought the gs65-thin to replace my aging Lenovo Y70-70 touch. And i will say that this is a very capable laptop for the current generation of technology available. Possibly one of the best you can get for the footprint that it will occupy in your bags and on your desk. With that said.... i am not as impressed with it as i thought i would be. My Y70 is last generation and i have had it for close to 3 years now, i got it when it first came out. It’s graphics performance are not the top of the charts but it is still capable of playing even current games like GTA-V, fortnight etc. even though they are at the lower end of the settings, its fine... its a laptop, I wasn’t happy with the performance but it does what it needs to do: play games on the go. But this was the last gen mobile GPU’s that were cut down half powered versions of their big brothers in your desktop. The new generation (the 10-series nvidia chips) are supposedly identical to the desktop versions just smushed into a laptop. This is possible due to their newer architecture and lower power demands. The GS67 has a GRS-1070 in its svelte thin solidly constructed body, HOWEVER... it is the MAX-Q design version of the chip. Nowhere in any of the bestbuy online or in store advertising even hints at this fact. The max-q chips are effectively the same mobile design chip concept from the 900 series. They use significantly less power but also have significantly less graphical umph than the desktop versions. And the 1070 - MQ chip is no exception, its performance is rated slightly below a 780Ti and slightly above or below desktop 1060 (3G or 5G version dependent). With that out of the way... This laptop is impressive in its looks and feel, it is solidly built with good quality materials, a good 1080p screen (really? at least put a 1440p screen in these newer laptops people! Please!), responsive if not mushy trackpad, and enough usb’s for most people. It also has a fully rgb keyboard, thunderbolt, Ethernet, usb-c & wi-if/Bluetooth. My biggest sticking points with this laptop... HDD space, the screen resolution and the heat. 1. HDD... it has a respectable 512GB SSD, but that’s it. And to my understanding no way to expand this outside of an external HDD/SSD. This is a GAMING LAPTOP. It should have NO LESS than 1TB of usable storage for games and media files these days. You can get an external 1TB mini HDD for less than 50$ these days. With that cheap there is really no excuse to not make the laptop 4 ounces heavier and 1/10 of an inch thicker and throw a 1TB 5400 HDD in there. 2. Screen resolution. 1080p. Oh yeay, its 1080p... my 46” 10 year old TV is 1080p, my iPhone 7+ is even 1080p. At least put a 2560x1440 screen in a 2000$ gaming laptop. 2000$ is a lot of money to spend on a laptop. I can build a desktop with a monitor, keyboard and mouse for less than that and it will still perform as well as or better than the GS65. I don’t expect a 4K display in a 2k$ product, but at least put 1440p in future laptops, please!. 3. The heat... have you ever been gaming and think to yourself, I’m hungry... i wish i could fry me an egg on my laptop? Well with the GS65, now you can. After a short time playing games on this it gets soooooo hot, that i am truly scared to touch it for fear of getting a 1st or 2nd degree burn on my hands/fingers from how hot this thing can get. To its credit though, the gameplay performance is still smooth and enjoyable, if i could touch the keyboard that is. SO the cooling solution is at least doing its job and pulling the heat away from the GPU, its just not expelling it out of the ventilation and its seeping through the laptop body cooking your hands. I gave this a 3 star rating because of the three above factors, the 1070 that i paid for is a 1070-MQ, the storage space and the heat. I can live with and accommodate the HDD space, but the heat and gpu mislabeling i can not. IF the cooling solution was more effective and the 1070 was not a MQ i would have given a 5 star rating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Build quality, Specification and Global Warranty

    Posted
    SunRiser
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    Got a good deal so took the plunge. Specification are very good and its great while its working. There are couple of minor and major issues. First issue is with build quality. The first one I got had charging issue and had to return it back and got another one, giving them a benefit of doubt. The second one worked perfectly for a couple of days, however now I am hearing fan noise as if something is stuck in the fan. Its audible only when you are sitting in quite place and not gaming or listening to anything. Both these instances suggests that there are some quality related issues with MSI products. Second issue is with the specification mismatch. Not a major one, however the RAM on product specification is 2400mhz, however the sticker on the laptop says 2666 which has higher number but is actually little slower. Third and the biggest issue for anyone travelling outside US is with the Global Warranty. It says global, however there are few countries where this warranty won't work. e.g. If you are planning to go to India, you will not get any warranty. There would most likely be other countries too where warranty will not work if you bought it from US. So if you plan to travel outside US and planning to take this laptop with you, check the warranty coverage for that country first on MSI site.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great gaming laptop with flaws

    Posted
    laptopgamer2

    So I've had this laptop for a week now. I wanted to not just go of my first impression and try it out some before reviewing. Good things: 1. It's thin and light. I mean thin and light gaming computers have been around for a couple years now. They seem to be "almost" there with the architecture. I can carry this around and not be lugged down, or really feel like I have a gaming computer. 2. Great specs. It can really crush some games, and it has pretty decent battery life. The screen is ok. I don't really care for a matte screen since I never use the laptop in the sun or with lights blaring around me. 3. It has a lot of ports for a thin and light laptop. Even Ethernet. Cons: 1. quality: It's flimsy. Most of the laptop with flex is you push it with your finger. It's also a finger magnet. I don't get why laptop makers don't use more fingerprint resistant materials for a laptop, that people are holding and touching all day. 2. Fan noise: It's loud enough for my wife to complain about it in the other room. The laptop has a great cooling design, but the fans need to be worked on. I've bought quiet fans for my desktop, why can't laptops have quiet fans. I've noticed a trend this year with these small laptops coming out with new ways to cool them, but it's just not there yet. 3. heat: that brings me to my next point, that because it's a small form factor, it produces alot of heat in a small space, that is the reason the fans have to work so hard. I ended up undervolting and changing setting to make the laptop less powerful, just to be normal. I would have liked that from factory I had a more efficient and cool laptop. All in all, I haven't found my perfect solution yet. I'm in that category where I would pay for a premium thin and light laptop, but there really are none. The Razer blade is touted as the premium laptop, but it's internals aren't exciting. The Asus Zephyrus is intriguing, but i've read it sucks with battery and keyboard. The alienware seems to be the best, but it's massive in size.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    My perfect laptop in theory, but had flaws :(

    Posted
    naturalduck
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this laptop because of the following: screen with good color gamut, 8-hour advertised battery life, good build quality, and lightweight. Nothing else was as well-rounded as this laptop. The biggest draw for me was the advertised 8 hr battery life in a powerhouse like this. However, since I did a fresh Windows install, for some reason I have been getting worse battery life (around less than 6 hours on full charge for browsing, half brightness, and power usage on comfort mode), which is frustrating. The fresh install was necessary because otherwise, due to a very well known GPU driver bug, the laptop kept having stuttering issues (pc occasionally has no response for a second or less). The backlight bleed is also unfortunately noticeable on a black screen in one of my corners... Having paid this much for the laptop it was very disappointing to see. The colors are nice though, and it is a 120hz screen. So at the end of the day: this laptop is awesome, but there are very obvious flaws such as the laptop's default drivers causing stuttering every few seconds and backlight bleed that make me disappointed for this price range. Also, MSI is one of the harder brands to install Linux on if you need it for work. The volume is pretty low on this laptop, don't expect it to be very good on your lap since the speakers are small and downfire. I feel that this laptop is GREAT, but ultimately some of the flaws made the laptop less enjoyable than I thought would be.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic in theory

    Posted
    Halfmystic

    My initial impressions of the laptop were absolutely fantastic - beautiful screen, great specs and overall ease of use. That's where it started to go downhill - as soon as I launched a game not only did the thermals skyrocket to a minimum of 92 Celsius, it struggled to keep up compared to base GTX 1070s. For some reason, these manufactors like to hide in the description that the video cards in these thin and light laptops are Max Q design. That's a whopping 25% decrease in performance on average. Don't believe me? Look it up on YouTube, "GTX 1070 vs GTX 1070 Max Q". Not only that, but the video cards themselves get weird side-drivers specific to them, so not only did I have that hit in performance, I CONSISTENTLY had compatibility issues in video games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2 and even WoW - they would crash. As it researched this issue, the only commonality I found with everyone was they were using MAX Q GRAPHICS. So, unless you want a lot of issues with gaming, look into a full GTX 1070/1080 graphics card in a laptop, because all the Max Q is, is the M graphic cards in disguise.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop Ruined By Faulty Fans

    Posted
    SqueakyFans
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This laptop tends to run a bit got, but the design of the laptop is aesthetically great! The screen is top quality, and the gold decor is very tasteful without being overbearing. However, the built-in Dragon Software makes it difficult to play RTS games such as Starcraft because the shortcuts to control the performance of the laptop overlap with the shortcuts to control unit groups. Secondly, this laptop seems to be in need of an RMA. The fans on this laptop emit an extremely loud screeching noise. I believe there is a hardware fault. It sounds like there's a small bird chirping 24/7 in my laptop. Overall I do like this laptop and I would recommend this to a friend if there was a guarantee of a solid build. Otherwise, this faulty-fan noise is simply unbearable. Who would use such a noisy laptop in a public setting? Who would be able to stand using it normally at home?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    GREAT SPECS

    Posted
    nick1z
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The internals and benchmarks i got are all great! Heat and noise very controlled. SUPER LIGHT!! BUT ALSO SUPER FRAGILE BUILD QUALITY! MINE CAME WITH A WARPED BOTTOM PANEL THAT MADE A CRACKING SOUND EVERY TIME I PICKED IT UP! ALL THE PANELING IS SUPER THIN! I think id rather have an extra pound of weight in building material than a 4 pound fragile machine..The 63vr was a bit better in quality build. DONT BUY THIS FOR KIDS OR IF YOU PLAN ON MOVING IT AROUND IN A BACK PACK, YOUR SCREEN WILL DEFFINETLY GET WARPED. SCRACTHES FROM KEYS OR ANYTHING REMOTELY SHARP WILL LEAVE MARKS. I originally purchased the Razer stealth 14inch. Super build quality! comparing them both is like a 10 to a 2.5 in build. in benchmarks MSI is a 9.5 RAZER stealth is an 8.5 in performance. SCREEN GOES TO THE MSI 100 PERCENT! BUT DONT BEND IT! IT HAS A LOT OF FLEX! I GIVE IT A 3.5! ID GIVE IT A 4.5 IF IT WAS A LITTLE MORE SOLID! .FOR THE MONEY ID RECOMEND THE STEALTH RAZERBLADE..

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good laptop with pros and cons

    Posted
    Tony

    This computer is overall great. There are many reasons why I enjoy it, but I am not completely satisfied. PROS : Excellent Screen Quality / Size Gaming Power Satisfying Keyboard Dragon Center w/ Fan Control Customization Lightweight & Thin CONS : Trackpad is not very good. You can't click on the whole thing and it also picks up random drags making an external mouse a must for maximum efficiency. The build quality could be way better. The plastic it is made from is easily pliable and I feel the need to take extreme care when handling the machine. The keyboard RGB backlight stopped working after its first boot up. I uninstalled drivers, reinstalled drivers, and updated drivers to no avail. I searched everywhere online for tips yet none were helpful. Eventually I tried doing a factory reset as a last ditch effort yet the lights remained unresponsive. Speakers are also a little quiet but I use earbuds/headphones anyways.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great, except for the flexing

    Posted
    psnoonan

    Pros: - Looks really nice. Not super gamer like the alienware laptops. - Games run super smooth. I get 120+ fps playing Destiny 2 on high settings. - Normal work tasks run very well. - Battery life is decent. - Keyboard feels very nice. - Laptop is very light and small, and the small bezels around the screen make it look great. Cons: - Fans are very loud during heavy gaming. - Build quality is not that great. The screen flexes very easily. I am worried to take this laptop in my backpack without a solid sleeve protecting it. - I don't like the font on the keyboard. I really like this laptop, except for the screen and body flex. I travel a lot for work, and the laptop feels very dainty and it makes me nervous. It is enough to subtract two stars from an otherwise great laptop.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Kind of Disappointed

    Posted
    JaneDoe
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    I’ve had this for a few hours now after doing tons of research on good laptops. I’m a teacher so I wanted a laptop that could run a lot of programs at once and for extended periods of time. I was torn between this laptop and the HP Spectre 360. Right away, the keyboard lagged and I would have to renter everything. Also, the tracking pad is making me crazy. I don’t know if it’s user error but I can’t keep the mouse to stay and select a task. If I’m right-clicking, the box will disappear before I’m able to click an option. It’s pretty frustrating. Definitely not what I was expecting from a gaming computer. Took a while to even open up the browser to download Office 365.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Hardware seems good, a bit heavy on the bloatware

    Posted
    awarmlight

    Only issue so far is the 'Killer' branded network card. but other than that the laptop appears to be exactly what you would expect from the stats on the box. Good hardware, all drivers available. The Network card was giving some latency jitter until uninstalling the controller software and loading a basic driver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good machine but the cooling fan is making noise

    Posted
    Niner
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    This is one powerful laptop. Thin and light weight. Battery life is okay, considering the power it has. The real killer is the cooling fan. Every now and then the fan makes loud and high pitch noise, then goes away later. Not sure it is worth the trouble to RMA it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Built Quality issues!!! Returning.

    Posted
    Solosmooth
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    I’m returning my unit due to 2 reasons. Creaking on palm rest area. Everytime i wanna type i hear a creaking sound in right area of the palm rest. Really MSI??!! No good!!! Light bleed on lower left panel of screen. A $2000 on a laptop shouldn’t have these issues.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good performance but high CPU temperature

    Posted
    FrancoMachine
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    Overall, it has a great performance. I will use this this laptop mainly for 3D development; however, playing PC games ( the witcher 3) or using the oculus rift significantly increase the temperature of the CPU around 90 degrees Celsius.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Hardward, lots of bloatware

    Posted
    awarmlight
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    Good laptop, pretty much what it says on the box. Only issue so far is with the 'Killer' Network adapter's control software. Uninstalling that and installing a generic driver relieved the network jitter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works good. Design is ok

    Posted
    EDFCT
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    The device runs good. Could use some improvement on design. The motherboard makes it very difficult to add hard drive or memory. Keyboard is a little soft.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    What you see is what you get

    Posted
    awarmlight

    Decent enough specs and runs well, despite the heat. Runs games surprisingly well for a laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great computer just runs hot

    Posted
    tWe55
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    The computer is great and performs awesome. It just runs hot while gaming

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Driver Issues

    Posted
    Frank
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Good for gaming but it kept giving me wifi driver issues. Returned.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend