2020’s Best MSI Laptops [In-Depth Review]

TOP PICK
MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US 15.6" Full HD Gaming Laptop Computer Quad Core i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G Graphics, 8GB DRAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB Hard Drive, Steelseries Red Backlit Keyboard
BEST GAMING
CUK MSI GE75 Raider Gamer Notebook (Intel i7-9750H, 64GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, 17.3" FHD 144Hz 3ms, Windows 10 Home) Gaming Laptop Computer
BEST BUDGET
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-066 15.6" Gaming Laptop, Thin Bezel, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650, 16GB, 512GB NVMe SSD
MSI GV62 8RD-034 15.6" Thin and Light Gaming Laptop, GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G, Intel i7-8750H (6 Cores), 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 1TB, Windows 10 64 bit, Steelseries Red Backlit Keys
MSI GP73 Leopard-014 120Hz 3ms 94%NTSC Performance Gaming Laptop i7-8750H (6 cores) GTX 1060 6G, 16GB 256GB+1TB, 17.3"
BLW's Score
94
93
85
92
82
MSRP
$1,399.00
$2,659.99
$984.00
$999.99
Price not available
Processor
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
Intel Core i7-9750H (6 cores)
Intel Core i7-9750H (2.6 - 4.5GHz
Intel Core i7-8750H (up to 4.1 GHz)
Intel Core i7-8750H
RAM
8GB DDR4
64GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
1TB SSD + 2TB HDD
512GB SSD
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz
15.6" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080)
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
OS
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Weight
3.62 pounds
5.75 pounds
4.1 pounds
4.8 pounds
5.95 pounds
TOP PICK
MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US 15.6" Full HD Gaming Laptop Computer Quad Core i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G Graphics, 8GB DRAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB Hard Drive, Steelseries Red Backlit Keyboard
BLW's Score
94
MSRP
$1,399.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
OS
Windows 10
Weight
3.62 pounds
BEST GAMING
CUK MSI GE75 Raider Gamer Notebook (Intel i7-9750H, 64GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, 17.3" FHD 144Hz 3ms, Windows 10 Home) Gaming Laptop Computer
BLW's Score
93
MSRP
$2,659.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-9750H (6 cores)
RAM
64GB DDR4
Hard Disk
1TB SSD + 2TB HDD
Display
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
OS
Windows 10
Weight
5.75 pounds
BEST BUDGET
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-066 15.6" Gaming Laptop, Thin Bezel, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650, 16GB, 512GB NVMe SSD
BLW's Score
85
MSRP
$984.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-9750H (2.6 - 4.5GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
Display
15.6" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4.1 pounds
MSI GV62 8RD-034 15.6" Thin and Light Gaming Laptop, GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G, Intel i7-8750H (6 Cores), 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 1TB, Windows 10 64 bit, Steelseries Red Backlit Keys
Model
BLW's Score
92
MSRP
$999.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8750H (up to 4.1 GHz)
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4.8 pounds
MSI GP73 Leopard-014 120Hz 3ms 94%NTSC Performance Gaming Laptop i7-8750H (6 cores) GTX 1060 6G, 16GB 256GB+1TB, 17.3"
BLW's Score
82
MSRP
Price not available
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8750H
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
OS
Windows 10
Weight
5.95 pounds

Most avid PC gamers will recommend MSI gaming laptops as one of their preferred weapons of choice.

But who are MSI and why are their laptops so good for gamers?

In this article we will look at five of the best MSI laptops. They do tend to be expensive, but we have tried to include MSI laptops to suit all budgets.

We will also examine the history of MSI—Micro Star International Computers—and just what makes their computers so good—and sometimes not so good.

5 Best MSI Laptops By Category

Best Overall:
MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US 15.6” Full HD

MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US Review

The new MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US is a sub $1000 gaming laptop which offers a decent mid-range gaming laptop at a price most can afford.

You would spend less on this machine than many of the new MacBook computers and get a much more capable gaming device.

​Specs

  • Display Size: 15.6-inch full HD eDP
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Battery Capacity: 8.5 hours
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 2400MHz
  • Processor: 7th gen Intel core i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8 Ghz)
  • Storage: 128GB M.2 SATA + 1TB HDD (5400RPM)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 2GB GDR5
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    Weight: 5.29 pounds
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    I/O: 1 x USB-Type C, 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x Mini-DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI (4K @ 30Hz), 1 x SD Card Reader (XC/HC), 1 x Mic In, 1 x Headphone out (SPDIF)
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Benefits

This machine from MSI is designed specifically for gaming. With a 7th gen i7 core processor, one of the latest NVIDIA graphics cards in the GTX 1050Ti and 8GB of RAM, it will play most modern titles with medium to high graphics settings enabled.

A 15-inch matte full HD display uses IPS technology for wider viewing angles. With a 94 percent NTSC color range, it gives more realism and a greater life to your games.  The MSI’s GTX 1050Ti GPU provides a faster frame rate on most titles with recent games like Overwatch even achieving 73 FPS.

A built in SteelSeries keyboard is comfortable to use and features single key backlighting with an anti-ghosting key. The red lighting uses a silver lining across three zones which offers the maximum customization.

The touchpad on this machine is just as good with a smooth, sturdy action. It is highly responsive with left and right click buttons just below the pad.

Storage is well covered with a hybrid drive of 128GB SATA SSD for your OS and programs, and a 1TB HDD for data storage. Although the SSD may seem small compared to other competitor models, it’s easy to swap out.

MSI laptops are designed for expandability with access to components by removing the bottom of the case. You could even upgrade the RAM to a maximum of 32GB with four slots available.

Drawbacks

Unfortunately, the main downside with this laptop is the lack of future proofing. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is not VR ready like the GTX chips and doesn’t yet support 4K gaming. It’s only an average performer which may struggle with some newer AAA titles being released.

Extra Features

  • Wider viewing angle display.
  • Wide selection of ports.
  • Keyboard backlighting.

Buying Advice

The MSI GL62M 7REX-1896 US is a competent gaming machine for the price. The high specs and speedy hybrid storage make it able to handle even the most demanding of productivity tasks when not gaming.

The extra portability of this laptop, combined with a pretty decent battery life and a high specification, make it the best all-around MSI laptop you can currently buy for the money.

Runner Up:
MSI GV62 8RD-034 15.6” Full HD

MSI GV62 8RD-200 Review

​Specs

  • Display Size: 15.6-inch full HD eDP IPS
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Battery Capacity: 4.25 hours
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz
  • Processor: 8th gen Intel core i5-8750H (2.2 - 4.1 GHz)
  • Storage: 1TB HDD (5400RPM) + 128GB SSD
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB DDR5
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    I/O: 1 x USB-Type C, 1 x USB 2.0,  2 x USB 3.0, 1 x Mini-DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI (4K @ 30Hz), 1 x SD Card Reader (XC/HC), 1 x Mic In, 1 x Headphone out (SPDIF)
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The MSI GV62 8RD-034 is one of those systems that tries to make up for the failings of its predecessors. The newer 8th generation Coffee Lake-H processor used in this model is the latest in the series with many improvements over the previous 7th gen core processors.

And while the NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti GPU may not support VR gaming, it does manage to pack a lot of power into the thinner design.

Benefits

A large 1TB capacity allows for larger game installs. Many of the latest triple-A titles now need over 40GB just for installation.

The case still uses the same matte black plastic of earlier models with a red accent found at the back of the machine. It forgoes the optical drive which is a sacrifice you have to make if you want a powerful machine this thin. At just over 4.8 pounds and 1.06 inches thick, the MSI GV62 is designed to be more portable.

For a surprisingly thin machine it features plenty of connectivity options with a myriad of ports for a machine that doesn’t offer VR capability. The laptop even includes an RJ45 socket for ethernet connection and also includes Intel wireless AC 9462 Sandy Peak for a faster gaming connection.

This model has the same quality screen that we’ve come to expect from MSI and the usual well-designed SteelSeries keyboard that is comfortable to use.

The battery lasts a reasonable 4 hours which is what you would expect from a machine like this, although many newer SSD-based machines are much less power hungry.

Drawbacks

The storage on this machine is average at best. A 1TB HDD provides enough space for all your larger game installations and application data. Yet MSI have chosen an older 5400RPM drive rather than the much faster 7200RPM standard.

In addition, many people will bemoan the relatively small SSD, but combined with the 1 TB hard drive this isn't a serious issue.

Extra Features

  • Advanced cooling technology
  • Nahimic 3 Premium Audio

Buying Advice

The main strengths of this latest MSI GV62 are its excellent display, thinner size, large storage and, of course, the price.

If you are looking for a powerful yet portable gaming rig at a reasonable price, then this laptop is definitely worthy of your consideration.

Best Budget:
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-066 15.6” Full HD

MSI GF63 Thin

​Specs

  • Display Size: 15.6" FHD, IPS-Level, 60Hz, 45 percent NTSC
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Thin bezel, 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 2400MHz (Max RAM: 64GB)