With the prices that high-end computers demand, you have to do some research before you buy. If you’ve got gaming on your mind, then MSI should one of your first stops. The manufacturer does high-powered computers with the best of them, even if the prices are just as high to match. Whether you want a laptop, desktop, or all-in-one, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best MSI computers you can buy right now.
MSI doesn’t dip into ChromeOS, so everything you’ll find on this list is Windows-based. We’ll make sure to include a few gaming machines as well as those built for creatives. However, you may want to study MSI’s naming structure first. Here’s what you need to know.
Who is MSI?
We bet most of you don’t even know what MSI stands for! It’s Micro-Star International, and the Taiwanese company was founded in 1986. It’s not as old as the other PC giants, but MSI has managed to leave a mark in the industry. Their motherboards and GPUs made them very popular in the industry, but they’ve expanded since then. Any search will show a bevy of laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, power supplies, cases, peripherals, server products, and more. They are most popular in the PC gaming market.
MSI was founded by Joseph Hsu, Jeans Huang, Frank Lin, Kenny Yu, and Henry Lu. They all came from Sony after the Japanese company suffered a downsize. Their engineering expertise is undoubtedly what made MSI such a successful company; one that is known for quality products and performance.
More recently, MSI has managed to gain more momentum. In fact, it was the largest gaming laptop brand in 2016. Quite the accomplishment! Their numbers aren’t looking as great in 2021, but the brand stays strong with its wide portfolio of offerings, including a list of refined computers we’ll talk about in this article.
What’s in a computer name?
The key to buying the right MSI computer is understanding the complex naming scheme. We won’t go into too much detail here, but essentially you can figure out the purpose of a computer by looking at the first letter or word.
- G, Alpha, or Bravo – Gaming
- W– Workstation
- Creator – For creatives
- Summit, Prestige, or Modern – Business and productivity
- Aegis, Infinite, Trident, or Codex – Gaming
- Prestige or Creator – For creatives
- Modern, Pro, or Cubi – Business and productivity
The best MSI computers:
Editor’s note: We’ll add to this list of the best MSI computers as new options launch, so check back frequently.
MSI laptop computers
Most people think of MSI as a go-to for gaming laptops, and they’re certainly not wrong. However, there’s so much more to the brand. We’ve chosen some of the top laptops from each of the main verticals to give you a taste of MSI’s business know-how as well as its creative strength. Check out our top picks:
MSI GE76 Raider
The MSI GE76 Raider is an absolute behemoth of a laptop, with a behemoth of a price tag to match it. This powerful machine shines with a large 17.3-inch display and Intel’s eight-core 11th-generation Core processor (i7 or i9). You’ll have Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070, or RTX 3060 GPU to keep your games running at top spec. MSI’s flagship gaming laptop is paired up with a whopping 16-32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1-1.5TB SSD, which means plenty of space for your favorite titles.
It’s tough to ask for much more in the gaming realm when you’ve got a 144 or 360Hz display, Wi-Fi 6E, and Mystic Light RGB lighting staring you in the face. If you want to go even further, MSI also launched an ultra-premium Raider GE76 Raider Dragon Edition.
MSI Sword 15
If you want a laptop that won’t look too much like a gaming laptop at first sight, but definitely comes with good gaming guts, the Sword 15 may be the best bet for you. You’ll get an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, a 15.6-inch FHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate, and a backlit keyboard. It’s also pretty affordable for a laptop of this caliber.
MSI Creator Z16
Gaming laptops are great, but professionals prefer to go with something much more elegant and subtle. You still want the guts that come with gaming laptops, though. That’s when something like the MSI Creator Z16 becomes a very viable option.
You get a metal chassis with a gorgeous design, along with a 16-inch QHD Plus touch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. You can also get an 11th-gen Intel Core processor (i7 or i9), 16/32GB of RAM, and an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU.
Not sold on any of our MSI picks? You can see even more of what MSI has to offer right here in our laptop roundup.
MSI all-in-one computers
You may not think of MSI as a provider of fine all-in-one machines, but it’s slowly growing into the category. We’ve only grabbed two models for your consideration since there are very few to choose from currently. Here are your best bets:
MSI Pro 22XT 10M
The MSI Pro 22XT 10M is one of the company’s newest all-in-one machines, as well as one of its more affordable options overall. It’s capped off by a 21.5-inch touchscreen display, though the Pro 22XT 10M is a bit lighter on power than MSI’s laptops. You’ll only find up to a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor on board, along with 8GB of RAM. On the bright side, the MSI Pro 22XT 10M packs a very slim set of bezels so you can stay locked into your work.
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You can also complete your all-in-one setup with the included wired keyboard and mouse. MSI’s all-in-one offers plenty of ports, so you’ll never be short on peripherals either.
MSI Pro 16T 10M
If you want a smaller, more compact MSI all-in-one, the Pro 16T 10M is the way to go. You’ll only get a 15.6-inch display to work with, but it makes for a perfect companion at your small business or restaurant. The Pro 16T 10M is completely fanless, so you’ll be able to stay productive in peace. It’s not meant as a productivity powerhouse, however. You’ll only find an Intel Celeron chip onboard, but the 4GB of RAM and 256GB SSD should be just what you need for basic shopping software.
MSI desktop computers
The last section of MSI computers to consider before you make your decision is desktops. You can dig into both gaming and creative options, and there’s bound to be a powerful machine that meets your needs. Of course, MSI’s desktops don’t follow the familiar naming convention, so you’ll have to read about each set of specs carefully. Here are our choices:
MSI Creator P100X
We’ve already touched on the Creator Series laptops, but the P100X desktop leaves them all behind. It’s immensely powerful, and it now features Intel’s 11th-generation Core i9 chip, along with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. You’ve also got 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 2TB SSD (and 2TB HDD) to keep you running smoothly. MSI’s creative flagship offers transfer speeds up to 40Gbps thanks to Thunderbolt. There’s also Wi-Fi 6E or 2.5Gbps Ethernet will help you stay connected at top speeds.
As for creative chops, MSI’s Creator Center comes standard with each P100X. Additionally, Creator OSD offers even more control over your color gamut and more. You probably won’t want to hide the Creator P100X’s clean design away on your desktop — feel free to show it off instead.
MSI MEG Trident X 10th
The MSI Meg Trident X is as good as you can ask for when it comes to gaming. It packs all of the punch of a premium gaming rig in a body that’s only about the size of a gaming console. You can easily stash your MEG Trident X just about anywhere both vertically and horizontally. MSI packed an Intel Core i7 or i9 processor and a new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 or 3080 GPU into the slim form factor for plenty of power.
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The rig even comes with a 1TB SSD (you can add another 1TB HDD) to store just about all of your favorite games at once. If that’s not enough, you’re also looking at 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Unlike some pre-configured gaming PCs, you can swap parts in and out by removing the side panels and stand. You’ll find all of your main components neatly mounted on the sides. You can tinker with the RGB setup to match your battle station as well.
MSI Aegis R 11th
The last option on our list of the best MSI computers is the refreshed Aegis R 11th. It’s not as compact as the Trident X, but it’s just as capable in the esports landscape. In fact, the larger footprint allows for plenty of room to add powerful components to your setup. Out of the box, you’re working with an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics (3060, 3070, or 3080).
The Aegis offers more accessible RGB lighting in the form of three lit fans on the front and one on the back. You can even see all of your components laid out through the clear front and side panels. MSI’s Aegis R is VR-ready as well, and it comes with a gaming mouse and keyboard in the box to get you up and running faster.