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MSI - GS Series Stealth 17.3" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q - 512GB SSD - Matte Black With Gold Diamond Cut-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 162 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Winner! compared to GS65 RTX

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    Zyvo
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    I originally purchased the GS65 RTX 2060 and I have to admit, it was a nice update over last years 1070 MaxQ version. It was thin, light, fast, and gamed like a pro... then my local Best Buy got this GS75 in my return period for only $300 more so I had to pull the trigger. It goes without saying it is a phenomenal gaming laptop that pumps out massive FPS for a thing & light gaming laptop. So I am going to get to the comparison between the GS65 in-case you are between the 2. First, the keyboard is noticeably different on the GS75. Keys have a little more resistance than the GS65 and have a very smooth action/feel. The addition of the number pad is welcomed for me because I also work on this and I do quite a bit in excel/google sheets. Next, the trackpad is MUCH better than the GS65. I know they appear to be the same, and probably are, but the way they "click" is different. The GS65 felt like it dropped 1/2" when you click at the bottom of the pad and just barely touching it made it drop 1/2 way of its full range... almost felt loose. The GS75 has great action and doesn't have the little things that really bothered me about the GS65 trackpad. That alone was tempting me to return it anyway. It does kind of bother me that the mousepad is centered and with the number keys it feels off a bit because it is slightly to the right of the letter keys. It's odd, but getting used to placement. Down to graphics... In the GS75 you get an RTX 2070 MaxQ and the GS65 you get a full RTX 2060 so based on prior gen I wouldn't expect a huge difference in the 2, and that's pretty much true here. I will attach FireStrike and TimeSpy in the pics for comparison. The 2060 had no issues playing Overwatch at any settings but I do play that on Low on a 240htz external display and would get 250-280 FPS and Anthem at a solid 60-80 FPS. This RTX 2070 MaxQ is about a 10-20% increase and the extra VRAM alone is worth it. Lastly, I want to talk thermals... I find that the GS75 runs a few degrees cooler at the same loads I would guess because with the larger size there is a little more room for the heat pipes to dissipate the heat a tad better. I may be doing a liquid metal repaste if I get bored, but right now, the stock paste they use seems to be a better paste than prior years. Oh, to change out the SSDs you don't have to remove the board on the GS75 and you have 3xM2 slots (2xMVNE and 1xSATA). Note, if you want to change the ram you still have to take out the board and flip it. On the GS65 you have to remove the board for ram and SSDs and you only get 2xM2 MVNE slots. All in all, its a winner! Is it enough of an upgrade to go to the 17"? That is up to you. If you have the extra to spend, and want a little bigger screen... DO IT!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Its a do-it-all laptop with a gorgeous screen

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    RyanH
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    Summary: I have been looking for a laptop that I can use to do a couple of main tasks: Programming, gaming, and photo editing. I've tried multiple top tier laptops in the past that are portable and promised to do it all such as the HP Spectre 360 and the Surface Book 2 15inch. However, I returned/sold them after trying for a couple of weeks. The Spectre simply didn't have the graphical power that I needed to run the games I play at a good frame rate. The Surface Book had a good GPU but it tried to do too much and didn't really excel in any, especially for a $3000 laptop. The GS75 excels in everything that I am using it for. Pros: Screen: The 17inch screen is beautiful. I am used to using the retina display on my work Macbook Pro 15 and my 4k monitor at home. Using the 1080P monitor on the GS75 doesn't bother me a bit and the high refresh rate of 144hz makes it a joy for browsing and reading. It also has really good color and viewing angles comparable to my devices with IPS screens. Graphics: I've been playing Overwatch on this laptop at Ultra setting and consistently gets ~120FPS. The RTX 2070 MaxQ in this laptop delivers much better performance than the 1060 on the Surface Book 2 that I had. Aesthetics: I've never owned a gaming laptop but this do not look like a traditional gaming laptop. It is thin and light and doesn't have crazy designs that scream I BOUGHT THIS TO GAME. Keyboard: I am comparing this to the Macbook Pro keyboard and it is a night and day difference. I didn't realize how much I miss having a proper key travel when typing. Customizing the RGB effects is easy with the steelseries engine software that came built in. The num pad is a nice bonus. I/O: The GS75 has plenty of ports that is well placed on the 2 sides of the laptop. 3 USB ports and 2 USB C ports, 1 with thunderbolt support. Ethernet, HDMI, mic/audio jack and a microSD card reader (I wish it is a full size SD reader because my camera uses the full size one...) Performance: So far the laptop has managed everything I've thrown at it. Downloading like 10 things at once, running servers on the Windows subsystem Linux, streaming NBA while doing research on Chrome. Nothing slows it down. I haven't timed how long the battery lasts but I am not too concerned as I will always be carrying the powerbrick with me. When I am not gaming, the battery seems to go down like 1 percent every 2~3 minutes. Cons: I haven't really run into something bad that I can point out yet. The fan did get pretty loud when I was gaming but I had my headphones on so it didn't really matter. I would've like a slightly higher res screen than 1080P though for such an expensive laptop but again, the 1080P hasn't bottlenecked any experience. It only came with a 512GB storage on board but it is upgradable by opening the back lid so I'll probably add some m.2 ssds to it soon. Overall, its a pretty and portable laptop that is great for gaming and good at everything else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent hardware with some major flaws

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    Tinthedros
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    This laptop has gotten a bunch of great reviews and to be honest, I don’t get it. It’s not a horrible piece of hardware by any stretch, but it’s also not great, and has some big flaws that are enough to get me to return it. There are plenty of positives you can find in reviews all over the place so I’m not going to take up your time with that, but instead focus on the reason I don’t think this laptop is worthy of a purchase: Number 1: The Trackpad The placement of this trackpad is the worst design decision I think I’ve come across in a laptop. It’s incredibly wide, far wider than is even useful, and it’s offset. That means that if you rest your right palm on the laptop at all you will be accidentally clicking this trackpad. All. The. Time. The other option you have is to contort your hand to not rest on the trackpad, which is awkward and it just doesn’t work well. This is such a huge bummer – the FUNCTIONALITY of the trackpad is great .. but the location ruins everything about it. WHY did you make it so big? It makes no sense at all. Number 2: The Keyboard This keyboard is SPONGY. I’ve had several MSI’s in the past and this is the worst keyboard I’ve used of theirs. For the first short amount of time you use these keys the extra travel feels nice. That feeling is short lived since these keys are just so soft and unresponsive .. I disliked typing on this laptop. And I use it on my lap (on a lap desk) so I’m using this keyboard every time I’m using this laptop. Why they didn’t just use the keyboard from this years version of the GS65 I have no idea – that keyboard feels much better. The keys are super small too .. I’m sure they needed to trim them down to fit the form factor and still be able to include the tenkey which I like, but man .. it’s a bummer to type on this thing. Number 3: The Wireless My wireless dropped constantly. I was losing connect to whatever I was playing every 10-30 minutes with no rhyme or reason. Then the wireless would cycle for a minute or two, and I could log back in and play. Terrible. I did a little googling on this and there might be driver updates or some other workarounds to fix this, but I don’t feel like I should have to do that. The other premium laptop brands at this price work out of the box, this should too. Number 4: Performance (throttling) On paper, this laptop is a beast. In practice I was running into throttling it seemed like anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes into a session. So in The Division 2 I would get 70-80 FPS on High settings to start out. Then, 20 minutes later I was getting 44 FPS. The heat on the CPU is crazy high also – that seems to be the case for this CPU in general, but this should be an issue that gets fixed. Everywhere I read about undervolting and repasting – I shouldn’t have to do that. If the CPU’s need to be undervolted or have better paste they should come like that from the factory, end of story. Overall: Overall, I just can’t recommend this laptop. It’s fine, but it’s not great and why should I spend $2300 on something that’s just fine? I don’t understand the overwhelmingly positive response it gets. I use a lap desk on my couch, that’s when I use a laptop for gaming, and this just isn’t well suited with the way the hardware is designed – a keyboard that is spongy, a track pad that is always in the way and under my wrist, wireless that is inconsistent and performance that doesn’t hold up to the RTX 2060 competitor models for the same price that don’t have all of these other issues. Sorry, I’m usually an MSI fan but this one is a hard pass for me. Hopefully they address these issues and release a refreshed version of this one later in the year – there is a lot of promise here.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded my expectations!

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    Anon
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    TLDR: Awesome laptop after some software tweaks. Add a stick of ram, and get thermals under control and its amazing! My initial impression is that I'm blown away by what this thing can do. There is a lot of negative reviews of the Nvidia RTX Max-Q cards because they are underclocked so much. In a laptop this thin where heat can be a big issue, the 2070 max q performs wonderfully. I think a lot of people expect desktop performance from a laptop and that's just not the case, especially one this size. If you are trying to decide between the GS65 and the GS75 from best buy, The 2060 card in the GS65 is the non max q variant so performance between the 2 are quite similar. Ultimately I chose the GS75 for the screen size and better thermal management of the 2070 max q and the extra 2gb of onboard memory. If you start playing games on this right out of the box, things can get very hot very quickly, to the tune of 91 Celsius from the CPU and thermal throttling occurs which cripples gameplay. There is also only one stick of 16gb ram which is not helping your FPS. So why am I so happy with the GS75? Because I did the following: 1. Add another 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2666. 2. Use MSI Afterburner to set a custom curve clock speed 3. Use Throttlestop to undervolt the cpu. 4. DO NOT USE THE SLIDER SET TO PERFORMANCE. Leave it in the middle at balanced. *I also upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, but it's not absolutely necessary. I can game at ultra settings in Division 2 for hours with both my CPU and GPU temps in the low 70s! I cap the FPS at 65 and its butter smooth, no tearing. Benchmarking yielded an average FPS of 78 on ultra. If you want to take advantage of the 144hz refresh rate of the screen, you will need to switch to lower settings or you should have went with the RTX2080. 65fps is plenty for me. Im running a .250 core undervolt and a .125 cache undervolt. Speedshift enabled and set to zero. BDPROCHOT disabled. While up to 2 cores are active, I allow the CPU to boost to 4.1Ghz, but when all 6 are active, I allow 3.2Ghz. I capped the GPU at 1365mhz. I experience low 70s ALL DAY BABAAYYY!!! No thermal throttling here! Plenty of resources online explaining this process. Adding RAM is a bit tricky as the mobo needs to be flipped to access it, but it's not too bad. Watch a couple videos on youtube first. As for the screen, no gsync, no 4k. That doesn't bother me though because a laptop this portable with such smooth gameplay more than make up for that. It would have been nice to get a QHD screen, but thats about my only complaint. Gaming at 2K resolution though, would be pushing the limits of the 2070 max q. The fans are pretty quiet actually, all things considered. You hear them, but they don't take over the room. As for durability, I just got it so I cant comment, but it seems solid enough. I'll probably get a hard shell case for it since I travel a lot, which is also a reason I was interested in a gaming laptop in the first place. All in all, I am happy with the cost/performance ratio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Laptop... bad first Impression

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    Chris
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    This laptop is a work of art and is a modern marvel of technological engineering. So much power crammed into a laptop less than an inch thick and weighing less than 5 lbs and it somehow remains cool enough to limit throttling if you use the "Dragon Center" software correctly, which can take a bit of getting used to. But there is a catch... The catch is this: who in their right mind would give you this much power and then proceed to handicap it by NOT including two sticks of RAM so that you can take full advantage of this speed. Seriously. This machine is SEVERLY limited by the single stick of RAM. By including only one stick of 16 GB Ram, instead of two 8 GBs sticks, MSI has basically destroyed your framerates in most modern titles because you are stuck in single channel memory mode. I was getting 64 fps benchmarks on Shadow of the Tomb Raider which is bloody aweful. Adding another stick (which is NOT easy to do with this model) instantly fixes that issue and my framerates were back up to what they should be for this hardware (92 for SotTR). Be prepared to do a little work your self (or pay someone to add the stick of RAM for you) if you want to take full advantage of this laptop (or at least… the model I purchased which was the GS75-89F). A lot of less technical users may not know this and if they compare their benchmarks to the other benchmarks on the internet, they will think this laptop seriously underperforms. With the bad part out of the way, yes... once you've corrected the dual channel issue his laptop is insane. One of the best , if not THE best I've ever used (not including desktop replacements). The cooling is fantastic, the RTX 2070 Max Q is mind blowing for such a thin and lite laptop and the screen is positively magical.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Thin-and-Light

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    Chris
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    With RTX laptops starting to arrive I decided to look at the field and replace my three year old laptop. The 2070/16gig skew of the GS75 strikes a great price to performance balance if you want a higher end thin and light but don't want to shell out for something like a Blade. Performance - Great. I'm enjoying framerates in the 80-100 range on recent AAA titles like Division 2 and Tomb Raider. Framerates on esports titles like Overwatch are well over 100. Noise is also good, even under heavy loads the fans don't get loud enough to be distracting. Build Quality - The body of the GS75 has a nice rigid feel to it. The screen is somewhat floppy but that's likely unavoidable with something this thin. Overall appearance is understated compared to many other "gamer laptops", you can use this at work without embarrassing yourself. Screen - The screen is just gorgeous. 17 inch IPS panel with wide viewing angles, 144hz and 3ms response time, and ultra-thin bezels to boot. I'm more than happy to give up 4k for something this pretty. Screen is easy to open and close one handed. When closing the hinge does give way at about 75% closed, so don't let it flop. Speakers - Just okay. If you're sitting down for a long gaming session you'll probably want to pull out a headset, but if you're on the go the speakers rank a solid "good enough". I/O - 3 USB 3.1 ports, 1 USB-C, 1 Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet, microSD slot, full size HDMI, separate headphone and mic jacks. Honestly can't think of anything that feels missing on the I/o front, great job here MSI. Trackpad and Keyboard - Large, glass topped trackpad. I've read reviews complaining about the trackpad being so large that they have misclicks while typing but it isn't something I've experienced. Keyboard has a few quirks to it like home and end being in odd places but the keys have a great feel to them. Keyboard also features per-key RGB if that's your bag. Upgradability - Taking off the back case reveals two empty m.2 slots for easy, fast storage expansion. Upgrading the RAM is a more involved process that will require taking out the motherboard. GPU and CPU are both soldered.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Resonably Price Beast

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    TimC
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    Having used this laptop for almost two weeks now, I feel confident in giving my views on my MSI GS75. PROS: - Design: Very clean, minimalistic design and tasteful gold accents around the laptop to let people know it means business. - Build Quality: Although some youtubers claim that the build quality of the MSI GS75 seemed 'flaccid', mine is quite the opposite. Almost zero-flex on my unit. The laptop feel very nice and light with its metal build. - Display: Very bright and vibrant. 144Hz refresh rate makes everything look super smooth. No backlight bleed at all on my unit. The 17.3 inch screen in a 15 inch package is awesome. - Performance: With a six-core i7 processor and an RTX 2070 Max-q, this laptop runs any game currently with ease. And with future driver updates, I suspect the 2070 Max-q will be even better. - Battery Life: Amazed to see a gaming laptop packing this much power is able to get 5-6 hours of normal use throughout the day. Very handy as I am a college student who needs the best of both world. - Keyboard/Mouse: Typing experience is great. Fancy per-key RGB lighting that can be customized. Touchpad also feels great. Though your palms may touch the touchpad when typing, never really had an issue. CONS: - Cooling: While playing Apex Legends, Graphic settings on a bit below High, Cooler Boost fan mode active, my CPU temps were 85-95c. Scary high numbers but never experienced thermal throttling. Maybe future BIOS/EC/etc updates will fix the issue. - Speakers: Really great playing high end sound but doesn't do so well with low end. Not packing as much punch as I wanted but since I use headphones 90% of the time, I'll let it slide. - Only a single stick of ram included inside unit. Though one stick of ram does help with lower energy consumption, dual channel memory can provide an FPS boost in gaming. Have yet to find a teardown video on how to upgrade RAM in a MSI GS75. OVERALL: Definitely a great buy. Can't go wrong with a 5lb, 17.3" thin and light laptop that packs a RTX 2070 max-q and big battery. I have no doubts that this machine will last buyers many years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    1st Gaming Laptop - This is amazing with some Cons

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    1stTimePCGamer
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    Pros: This is one amazing laptop! I am not even close to figuring out all the capabilities of this bad boy. I've been a long time Mac user, but really wanted a windows based computer. This is, by far, the best computer purchase I've made in a long time. Definitely love the thin edge bezzels which make for a better gaming experience. I already customized the keyboard too. I can't believe it's lighter than my 17" macbook pro... that was impressive, knowing it was lighter but packs the latest graphics card and software. I downloaded Gears 4 and the MSI is handling it beautifully! The fan noise is tolerable and doesn't bother me much. I do have to say, the Dragon center is fully customizable to enable better performance from setting it Turbo or Comfort to setting the fan speed. I like the one-stop System Monitoring where you can see the current CPU temperature and GPU clock speed. Cons: On the flip side, I test drove it using my Oculus DK2. I do have to say, I ended up using all the peripherals, the HDMI and all three USB inputs and it handled well. Overall the MSI handled it great but had more trouble with the VR setup tho. I wish there were dedicated volume buttons than having to press Function+left/right to turn down up the sound, (it gets annoying after a while). I don't really understand why the hard drive was partitioned into 2 regions. I'm worried about whether or not a game will fully download if one partition gets full mid-load. The speakers on the MSI needs lots of work! My 2010 macbook is so much better!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful laptop at a good price

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    tbsharkey
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    This is my second MSI laptop within five months since the first was stolen from my wife's car recently. I decided to go with the larger laptop as it came with a full numerical pad and it's helpful with my coding projects. I had a good enough impression with the gs 65 that I didn't think twice about getting another MSI. Unlike the smaller model this one doesn't seem to get scorching hot when the gpu is running hard which surprises me because it's far more powerful. Battery life and weight are a trade off with getting this larger model but after years of using 15 inch screens I'm quite happy with the 17 in and the performance level of this one. It's hard to believe that they made an RTX 2070 work so well in something of this formfactor as the competing Alienware model I looked at was another $700 and considerably heftier in size. The dragon center application makes it easy to manipulate various features for your gaming and other usage needs. I also really enjoy the steelcase rgb keyboard and I leave it on the disco setting which had made many Mac owners quite envious. You can certainly can go cheaper on a windows laptop but I don't think you will find a better value for the components and performance of this model. After being a diehard Asus fan I think I have made a permanent switch to MSI for all my computer hardware.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop for frequent gamers

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    Gatormaniac
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    The product reviewed: MSI GS75 Stealth 8SF (2070 Max-Q) First off, the laptop is a great buy. The outside has a sleek and polished feel and makes a statement with the bold aluminum. As a student and casual gamer, I carry this machine to school and back everyday to do classwork and homework, and afterwards play games. The slim and light design was useful as it took up less space in my backpack and weighed less. During school, I found it the laptop to be slightly loud because of the fans ramping up at unpredictable times, such as when loading a google document. However, at home, I had no problems with the fans as I play with headphones on. I found the slim bezel and 144Hz screen amazing and I could not help but appreciate the immersive 17" display as well. The keyboard feels nice and is silent, and the trackpad is very accurate as well. However, the palm rejection could be slightly more improved, and typing became slightly uncomfortable because I had to constantly rest my hand on the right half of the trackpad to access the JKL; row keys in an angle that was natural. I found myself reaching for an external mouse almost every time. However, Gaming performance was uncomprimised, and I was very happy of the frames that the machine was pushing out. Overall, I am very happy with the machine and would recommend to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great All-Around Laptop

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    GLAC
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    I bought this laptop mainly to do my work on but with the option to play the latest games at the highest settings. It's a little pricey but compares favorably to other brands with similar specifications. And the sleek, all-aluminum form factor in black with gold accents oozes high end. The clean, efficient design is especially obvious when I compared it to other gaming laptops side-by-side, like the Alienware which seems to have a lot of wasted space - particularly around the screen. It's also much thicker and bulkier than the MSI. This is a hallmark of gaming laptops, unfortunately, primarily due to the cooling and extra components required for the beefier graphics cards. Instead, the MSI is about as thin and light as typical laptops, which was another factor in my decision. I wanted portability and something that didn't scream 'gaming'. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it already crashed once, but I did have a lot of operations going on at the time. I had to do a hard reboot but once I did and reloaded all of my programs everything worked smoothly. A couple of other things I like is the Steelseries RGB keyboard that allows you to light up the keyboard with virtually any color and in a variety of patterns. And the function keys make it easy to turn ON/OFF a range of functions without having to go through application menus, such as toggling trackpad operation and going into different operating modes (i.e. eco). Oh, and the amount of bloatware is thankfully limited. No unwanted programs or screens automatically started up on me (unlike Lenovo). The only ones are from Norton Antivirus and MSI (for various settings), which are acceptable. In summary I would recommend MSI laptops over competitors on the market, and in fact had my brother buy an MSI gaming laptop as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Gaming and Business/Work

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    dr0265
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    Since I'm a casual gamer these days-rapidly approaching senior citizen status-My review will not be techy. I'll leave that to the experts. Over the last 8 years I have only purchased ASUS ROG gaming laptops...which are nice-but big, bulky, heavy and not portable for business/vacation trips. This is my first MSI and I am BLOWN AWAY with how light, sleek, fast, crisp and portable this rig is. I play in Virtual Worlds where content is dynamic and this machine handles the dynamic content load like a champ and affords a consistently high FPS rate. The keyboard is, IMO, stellar. If I had one thing to call a con about the keyboard-the number pad is a bit narrow-but not a huge issue for me. The mouse pad...smooth as silk...and really big-I'm having to adjust to that a bit as I tend to rest my wrists there...again, I primarily use a wireless mouse, so not a big deal. So far, after 3 consecutive hours of gaming-It warms up, but to no great extent that the machine becomes uncomfortable or annoying. I have one single CON so far- and it really is not that big of a deal. With normal use, work use, the machine is whisper quiet. As soon as I load up a game like SIMS 4-The cooling fans kick in full blast and it is louder than what I'm accustomed to...but totally understandable-As thin and light as this powerhouse is, keeping it cool is important. I wear a headset 99% of the time, so the noise is really not a deal breaker. So far, I am very pleased with this purchase and think I just found a new brand worth my loyalty. The build feels pretty good. It has a little flex, but nothing alarming. Overall-The GS75 Stealth 17.3 is exactly what I wanted and hoped for in a gaming rig. I highly recommend it as a top choice for the casual as well as the advanced/avid gamers. BTW-MSI-The packaging for this laptop is gorgeous! Well done!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High performance, sturdy design

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    Doug
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    This laptop is ideal if graphics is priority -- The 2070 is an excellent piece of hardware and can render the newest games at highest settings with ease. Excellent for use in CUDA programming e.g. machine learning as well. 6 core/12 thread CPU. I was disappointed to find that the construction, while sturdy, is plastic and not machined aluminum like some of the other/cheaper MSI GS models. That however is my only real complaint. Overall it is a great and reliable device and I've come to trust MSI over most laptop manufacturers. The power supply is 230W and obviously heavier than typical laptop PSU's which may be relevant for travel. The display is very bright and very beautiful. The hard-drive came with several preallocated partitions. The main C was ~280GB and there was a separate one D for some reason called "Data" with about ~180GB. This seems like a pointless separation to me -- I just merged them with an allocation tool (EaseUS). Also, there is another partition with about 25GB used which I think holds MSI proprietary stuff. This is a little annoying to me as I prefer a clean system with minimal bloatware. There is another boot partition that's ~1GB which is typical of Windows OS. The effective result is that you really only have ~480GB available for your stuff, not 512GB. It has 5G WiFi and efficient bluetooth functionality. It comes with a trial of MS Office and Norton antivirus. I removed Norton and use LibreOffice, which is free/open source. The programmable backlit/reactive keys are very cool but available in cheaper models as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    msi

    Posted
    albert
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    2,200 is the price listed on the sight and on the store. this does not include taxes and other very important things like word which will end up costing you about 2,700 i bought the RTX2070 version with the 512 SSD. its really good coming from a mac. the computer is very fast and relatively friendly to people who don't know computers. graphics are unreal yes its not the RTX2080 which you can get for about 800 more from retail price or like 300 if you buy Microsoft word [lifetime] and pay taxes but then it will still rise above 3,000. never the less its a very good computer its very big so do decide weather you want to compromise mobility for speed in gaming it wont fit all normal backpacks so you will need to get a carrying case or something else. if you want mobility go with the GS65 the smaller version. performance wise you do get a lot for the money its fast the 144 Hz screen is amazing and will play every game you may ever want to play and if your storage gets full i asked and the people at geek squad will add another SSD to your computer for more capacity so id recommend to buy the 512 SSD gs75 and if later you do need more storage add on it you can also do it yourself but at your own risk. overall battery life is good not amazing def not the 8 hours unless you are in Eco mode and only using word I have gotten 7 hours like that but if you play you'll get 4 or so. one small detail is that when typing you may hit your wrist with the track pad and click it so take that into consideration when typing. overall I am happy with my purchase. its fast, good looking, and is something not everyone has unlike the mac i used to have that was everywhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome slim Laptop

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    JAD1983
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    So I originally had the GS65 and was going to just keep that and take the discount when the price lowered but I was patient and picked up the GS75. I have had this machine for about 3 weeks now and have played several games on it. The GPU isn’t throttling and the CPU is staying relatively cool. Now it’s still a slim laptop and things do heat up and there isn’t really any avoiding that but it doesn’t get as hot as some laptops. MSI has fixed some minor build quality issues. The area above the keyboard is vented like he old GS65 but It doesn’t feel as flimsy and doesn’t flex when u touch it like the other did. I’m not a huge fan of the touchpad, it’s overly large and I feel that gamers don’t use these track pads much anyway so why make it huge so it gets in the way. I hook a mouse up just like many other gamers will. I also added 2 Wester Digital SSD 1TB drives to the machine as well. You need to remove the screws and then remove the back off the laptop to reveal the additional 2 m.2 slots in this laptop. You should know that this machine comes with the screws in place already. You literally just insert the drive into the slot and secure it with the screw. It’s super easy and I love that about this laptop. You will definitely want the extra hard drive space as it only comes with a disappointing 512gb of drive space from MSI. The screen is amazing on this laptop and I am throughly enjoying using it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but far from perfect! Fans on 24/7

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    LindsGamer
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    I went through a lot of gaming laptops trying to find the perfect one, but I can't find one. At least not available locally. I may have to go online order, but I prefer to buy where I can easily return. This laptop is good, but far from perfect. The meh: Fans stay on 24/7. The moment you turn it on the fans are as well. Normally I don't care about such things, but this has an audible sound to it. There's a low hum to the always on fan. If it was quieter, I'd be super happy. Bad: Trackpad placement is the worst if you're a palm resting type of typer. I rest my palm on the decklid when I type... usually. I get it's bad form, but it's what I do. The trackpad is so sensitive, it'll click down with very little weight so palm rejection is just non-existent because sure it may reject the palm, but it won't reject the click. The worst thing ever. The designer should go back to engineering school IMO. The rest: For work it's great, nice big screen for multiple documents. Really helps me out when I remote into customers computers and do what I need to do. The gaming is fantastic. Love the speed, love the build (minus the creaks and over all chinsy feel) and most of all, the price was great! For around the price of the Razer I get a bigger (yet small feeling) laptop with more horses to throw around at games. I love the Razer laptop, but coilwhine ruined it for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Hardware, Useless Phone Support

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    Paul
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    I bought the laptop yesterday, and I'm already utterly in love with it. Complaints about the "too large" and "strangely placed" touch pad would probably be valid, if I ever planned to use it - but it has full recognition for when you're typing, and it doesn't get in the way (it turns itself off). And I use an external mouse, so it's no issue. The laptop does get warm, and the fans can get loud, but it's a very burly bit of hardware in a ridiculously thin case, so the fans kicking in to keep things cool doesn't really disturb me. And with headphones, the fans are non-existent issues. The laptop is fast, and does everything I want and then some! Setting up my BestBuy account online, however, wound up requiring a call to the support line, and it's entirely peopled with folks who speak with thick accents, making it hard to understand them. And to compound that issue, they don't listen, so I had to repeat myself multiple times for everything I said. In the end, it turns out that you can't set up an account in CHROME of all things... I had to flip over to Edge to set up my account. But that's not a reflection on the purchase, but on the poor hiring practices of BestBuy. The laptop is awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pure Excellence

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    Donald
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Finally! I have gone through several RTX laptops, including most of ROGs line up (Strix Scar II, Zephyrus s GX 701, etc) While they look nice they under preform. Especially when it comes to the screen. Don't get me wrong, most ROG screens are fantastic, but the ones they use in there slim forms are trash. Mostly because of absolutely terrible screen bleed. if you paly any game with even the slightest bit of contrast, ROG falls flat. MSI picks up on this and runs away with it. While there model has some screen bleed, it is no where close to ROG's models. Its almost impossible to get an ips panel screen with no screen bleed. preformance wise this thing is a beast! Runs everything i could ever ask it to on max setings. The battey is actually great aswell. I was shocked that I can get a solid day of school work out of it and still have plenty of power to play around. Something ROG completely whiffed on. Granted, if your playing games on it, dont expect to get more than 1 1/2 out of it. Its slim form factor also makes it very versitial and easy to move around. Waytago MSI!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Laptop is beautiful!

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    thesunny11
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    So let me just start off by saying I love this laptop! Everything about it from opening the packaging all the way to booting it up for the first time down to the design of the chasis and keyboard lighting and colorful display! Im coming over to windows from a Macbook pro and I was kinda nervice because I love love love my macbook and I beleivee if I did not buy this MSI that I would have returned any other computer and went back to apple. This computer is powerful and quick and I love the preformace control panal that MSI includes for easy adustments to preformace! The only con that i would have is not reallya con to me but i know that it might be to someone elseis that the fans come on quicky and regualry but for a laptop this thin thats packing this hardware i would expect nothing less at least i know its cooling properly! last but not least I love the huge trackpad which is twice the size of my macbooks track pad~ I 100% recommend this laptop to anyone that is looking to upgrade!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great High End Long Lasting Gaming Laptop

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    CKitt
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    Specs are self explanatory on this Laptop, that being said it runs like a dream. Even with what most people would call bloat ware, I enjoy the pre installed software that MSI has put on to help speed up and use your equipment on the PC. Quick list of things I like : Keyboard Layout is nice, almos the same as my desktop, doesnt take much time to get used to. Fans are not too loud even when put under pressure. The structure of the Laptop is sturdier than you would imagine being as thin as it is. The one thing I have against the Laptop is how the screen is paired with the RTX card. RTX cards push the limit of what 1080p screens can do and you really will not see what this laptop can do until you hook it up to a 4K display. I for one enjoy my HIGH FPS games, but there are some gamers who like pushing graphics to the limits and I want it to be known that the RTX line of graphics cards while amazing in their own right way out perform what is in most Gaming Laptop monitors this year. This one included.

    I would recommend this to a friend