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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF Review - All Rounder!

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MSI launched their most attractive and powerful gaming laptop yet in the form of GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF.
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF Review - All Rounder!
Meet the MSI GS65

It is one of the world's first 144Hz thin bezel gaming laptop that has an eye-catching and crowd-pleaser sleek design. 

And why do we say that MSI GS65 is an "All Rounder"? Let's find out in this full review!


MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF Specs


Display: 15.6-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz display at 7ms refresh rate, IPS-Level

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H Processor
GPU: GeForce® GTX1070, 8GB GDDR5
RAM: DDR4 8GBx2 (Max 32GB)
ROM: 512GB NVMe SSD
Selfie Camera: HD Webcam 
Battery: 4-Cell Li-Polymer
OS: Windows 10 Home/Windows 10 Pro
Connectivity: WLAN (Ethernet), WiFi, Bluetooth, 1x Type-C, 3x Type-A USB3.1, 1x RJ45, 1x HDMI, 1x Mini-Display Port, 1x Mic-in, 1x Headphone-out (HiFi)
Others: built-in microphone, built-in speakers, fingerprint scanner
Dimensions: 357.7 x 247.7 x 17.9 mm
Weight: 1.88kg 
Price: PHP 169,995

Disclaimer: This gaming laptop has been loaned by MSI for an unbiased review.

Unboxing/Accessories

Instant stunner!
Instant stunner!

The MSI GS65 arrived in a black box with a golden MSI gaming logo and MSI bag with regular inclusions inside. Inside are the 180W Slim adapter and the unit itself.

Build Quality/Design

Slim profile, near bezel-less
Slim profile, near bezel-less

Finally, MSI has shifted their design when it comes to thier thin-and-light laptop. The GS65 is an instant stunner since it makes a sophisticated notebook with a simple all black metal chassis and gold accent on the side of the back panel. The MSI Gaming logo is also designed with a golden accent. 
Gold accent around the display panel
Gold accent around the display panel

Its dimensions are 357.7 x 247.7 x 17.9 mm and weighs 1.88kg only. It's the most slim and lightest gaming laptop from MSI we've seen. For the first time, it does not have the red LEDs all over, instead, it has gold accent. 
Rubber stoppers and speakers underneath the GS65
Rubber stoppers and speakers underneath the GS65

You can also tilt the GS65 up to 180 degrees. 

It has a golden yellow backlit keyboard. The TouchPad is wide-enough and has golden accents on around it.  
Wide golden accented touchpad space
Wide golden accented touchpad space 

Both sides of the laptop has ports on it. On the left you have WLAN (Ethernet), 2x USB 2.0, 1x Mic-in, and 1x Headphone-out (HiFi) ports. Meanwhile on the right you have, 1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 1x Type-C, 1x Mini-DisplayPort, and charging port. 
Right ports
Right ports

Left ports
Left ports

The display panel's edges are not that sharp and the body is made of smoothly brushed metal. 

Display Quality

144Hz screen with 7ms refresh rate!
144Hz screen with 7ms refresh rate!

Although MSI GS65 has only 15.6-inch display, its slim bezels made a wider and immersive screen display. Its 144Hz makes a vibrant visual paired with 7ms refresh rate. It can go awfully bright.  

Vibrant display!

GS65 runs on Windows 10. MSI’s True Color 2.0 produces color gamuts that meet 100 percent of Adobe RGB and close to 100 percent of sRGB standard. It also supports game-specific color modes as well as anti-blue light modes.

Color accuracy is very nice!

MSI GS65 is definitely making its own name when it comes to an immersive display.

Battery

It's amazing how a gaming laptop with a slim profile and light body can go up to almost 8 hours of moderate usage! Maybe because it has no any LED lighting on the back panel and that helped in saving the battery. 

Stellar battery for a gaming device!

Charging time takes a bit over 2 hours.

Audio Quality

MSI GS65's speaker is not that loud. It has two speakers on two different sides underneath the device. It is equipped with two woofers. I wish MSI packed GS65 with louder speakers.

The mic has nice clarity without any issues when I tried to do a casual recording.

Camera

This laptop is equipped with an HD webcam. As you can see it captures a grainy photo but is still acceptable.
MSI GS65 Webcam sample
MSI GS65 Webcam sample

Performance

Geekbench score
Geekbench score

Of course, as expected, GS65 scored high on a benchmark test! This laptop being one of the world's first 144Hz near bezel-less device, it is expected to be fast and seamless to use. 

I always use the laptop with a lot of tabs opened with folders and Adobe Photoshop; but switching to any of these did not even lag for a second. Its fingerprint scanner is always fast and snappy when unlocking! And it's another option to secure the device.
Fingerprint sensor is the power button itself too
Fingerprint sensor is the power button itself too

One of the most impressive laptops we've ever reviewed!

MSI GS65 is equipped with the latest Coffee Lake 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor with GeForce® GTX1070 GPU. 

MSI’s new Gaming Mode automatically tunes up system components to perform best within a game.

The thermal management of the GS65 is very nice. With straight hours of using it, the device does not get alarmingly hot. 

Overall, MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF is an immersive and has a very satisfying performance. All it needs to improve is the audio.

Pros - one of the most impressive gaming laptop, 144Hz screen with 7ms refresh rate, long battery life, nice thermal management, lightweight, fingerprint scanner
Cons - not that loud speakers, pricey for some

Verdict

If you are the type of gamer who is always on the go, then you should definitely get the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF. It's definitely an all rounder with all these outstanding features! 

Build / Design -  5
Display - 5
Audio - 3.5
Battery - 4.5
Performance - 5
Average - 4.6/5
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