Digging through the current lineup of MSI laptops can be a challenge. MSI has 12 brands across the gaming, creative, and workstation markets. Each brand offers multiple models, and each model has multiple configurations.
Navigating through all that can be a chore, but we’re here to help. Here are the best MSI laptops, broken down into gaming, creator, and workstation models.
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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best MSI laptops regularly as new ones launch.
Understand the branding
To determine which MSI laptop works best for you, you might first want to understand the branding. We won’t go into too much detail here, but essentially you can figure out what a laptop is intended to do by looking at the first letter:
- G – Gaming
- P– Prestige (for creators)
- W– Workstation
The next most important aspect is the first number, which indicates the screen size:
- 6– 15.6 inches
- 7– 17.3 inches
- 8– 18 inches and larger
Finally, the second number refers to generation. The higher the number, the newer the model. For instance, the GT83 is a third-generation gaming notebook with an 18.4-inch screen.
Thankfully, the branding stops there. MSI laptops formerly relied on annoyingly long names that included the processor generation, GPU codes, and more. MSI trimmed the branding fat back in 2018. You may see extra numbers at the end of specific configurations, but they’re only used to separate these SKUs for selling purposes only.
Now then, let’s get to the best MSI laptops out of its three major families, starting with gaming.
Best MSI gaming laptops
Ultra-thin: MSI GS65 Stealth
If you’re looking to game on the go without carrying around a suitcase-sized machine, look no further than the MSI GS65 Stealth. It measures just .69-inches thick and weighs in at 4.19 pounds.
Don’t let its small form factor fool you, because this MSI laptop packs a punch. It’s powered by eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processors and can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM.
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On the graphics side, you have the choice of the GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070, or RTX 2080. Any of these are perfect for high refresh rate 1080p gaming on the GS65 Stealth’s 15.6-inch Full HD 144Hz IPS display.
We’ve highlighted the 15-inch model here for portability, but if you’re looking for a larger display that doesn’t sacrifice too much portability, check out the 17-inch MSI GS75 Stealth. It can be configured with even more power, but at that point you might be better off with the next MSI laptop on the list.
Hardcore: GT76 Titan
The GT76 Titan is the latest no-holds-barred gaming powerhouse in the lineup of MSI laptops. It’s a monstrous machine, weighing nearly 10 pounds, but it has more than enough power for anything you could possibly throw at it. There are two options for the 17.3-inch display: 60Hz UHD or 240Hz Full HD, but we recommend the 240Hz version to get the most out of all that power.
Backing that incredible screen is Nvidia’s RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 graphics cards, which provide real-time ray tracing in supported games. All that power generates a lot of heat, which is why the GT76 Titan has an all-new heat dissipation system with two enormous heat vents jutting out of the back of the laptop.
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All models are powered by ninth-generation Intel Core i9 processors, with support for up to 128GB of RAM. Do you need that much RAM? Absolutely not. The model we’ve linked below comes with a still-excessive 64GB of RAM. There are also three M.2 SSD slots and one 2.5-inch SATA slot, so you don’t have to worry about running out of space any time soon.
Plugging in your favorite accessories also isn’t an issue, since this MSI laptop has four USB-A ports and two USB-C ports. All this power comes at a hefty price though, so be prepared to shell out anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000 depending on the configuration.
Budget: GF65 Slim
Our final MSI gaming laptop is the budget-friendly GF65 Slim, which packs just enough power to game in a light, attractive chassis. Its 15.6-inch Full HD 120Hz display is housed in a thin 4.1 pound body, which at just .85-inches thick is the perfect size to fit in a backpack to game on the go.
The GF65 Slim doesn’t pack quite as much punch as its big brothers above, but for the price you’re getting more than enough performance for high framerates in popular esports titles like CSGO, League of Legends, and so on. It sports a ninth-generation Intel Core i7 processor with support for up to 64GB of RAM.
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For under $1,000 you won’t get ray tracing RTX 2080 graphics, but most games don’t support that anyway. This MSI laptop has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which is more than enough to run modern games.
Despite its small body, the GF65 Slim features two USB-A ports and two USB-C ports, so connectivity shouldn’t be an issue. MSI also promises seven hours of battery life, so this machine is great for work, school, and play.
Best MSI creator laptops
Jack of all trades: MSI Creator 17M
This MSI laptop is primarily designed for video editors, graphic designers, and 3D artists, but its powerful specs make it a great machine for just about any activity, including gaming. The model featured here has a 17.3-inch Full HD 120Hz display with excellent color accuracy.
Powering that display is Nvidia GTX1660Ti graphics, with a respectable ninth-generation Intel Core i7 processor. Combined with 16GB of RAM, you should have no trouble rendering video or 3D animations whether at home or on the go.
Although it can run many of the latest games, don’t expect it to perform as well as the dedicated gaming machines featured above. The price is significantly lower, but thermals and battery life won’t measure up. Still, it’s great for the occasional gaming session on a professional-looking machine.
The model featured below starts at $1,299, but the smaller 15.6-inch Creator 15M version has options with 4K screens, RTX 2060 graphics, and more.
Ultra-thin: MSI Prestige 14
This thin and light MSI laptop is perfect for creators who still need a powerful machine while on the go. Inside it packs an Nvidia GeForce GTX1650 (Max-Q), tenth-generation Intel core i5 or i7 processors, plus 16GB of RAM. That’s a lot of power for a laptop weighing just 2.8 pounds.
Aside from the price, which is significantly lower than gaming models at $1,199, this model features a spectacular 14-inch Full HD screen with tiny bezels and exceptional color accuracy. The screen is also matte, which makes it great for bright spaces or situations where you need better viewing angles.
The MSI Prestige 14 doesn’t skimp on the ports, either. It has two USB-C Thunderbolt ports with PD charging, plus two USB-A ports and an SD card slot. This is invaluable for multimedia professionals, as it means one less dongle to take with you on the road.
Like the MSI laptop above, this model is capable of gaming, but it will run hot during extended gaming sessions. If you’re not interested in gaming and don’t need much graphics power, there are models with integrated graphics starting at just $749.
Best MSI workstation laptops
MSI’s WT75 doesn’t attempt to be anything but a mobile powerhouse for on-the-go architects, VR content creators, and more. You’ll find five configurations based on Intel’s Core i7-8700 and Xeon E-2176G processors along with three discrete Nvidia graphics chip options ranging from the Quadro P3200 to the Quadro P5200.
Across all five configurations you’ll see 32GB or 64GB of system memory and storage consisting of a 512GB SSD paired with a 1TB hard drive. It packs plenty of ports too: five USB-A ports at 10Gbps, one Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI output, Mini DisplayPort output, an SD card slot, a microphone jack, and a headphone jack. Rounding out this beefy package is a 1080p webcam, Wireless AC, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
MSI’s titan-class workstation sports a 17.3-inch IPS-level screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution at 120Hz or a higher 3,840 x 2,160 resolution at 60Hz. Powering this mobile workstation is a 90Wh battery and a 330-watt power supply. The starting price is $3,329.
While the WT75 is more titan-sized, the WS65 borrows its design from MSI’s ultra-thin Stealth series. There’s still plenty of punch under the hood across four configurations, with all of them equipped with the ninth-generation Intel Core i7 or i9 processor. All four include up to 64GB of system memory, with the graphics card options including the Nvidia Quadro T2000, RTX 3000, RTX 4000, and RTX 5000.
MSI’s ultra-thin workstation packs a 15.6-inch IPS screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. It measures 0.69 inches thick and weighs 4.15 pounds, but that slim figure doesn’t limit connectivity to just a few ports. There are plenty: three USB-A ports (5Gbps), one Thunderbolt 3 port (40Gbps), HDMI output, Mini DisplayPort output, a headphone jack, and a microphone jack.
Other features thrown into MSI’s workstation include Wireless AC and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, a 720p webcam, and an 82Wh battery backed by a 180-watt power supply. The starting price is $2,699 with options to use a single SSD from 512GB to 2TB, or two SSDs from 1TB to 2TB.
Other laptops in this family include the WS63, the WS60, and the WS72. There’s also the WS75 with similar configurations to that of the WS65.
Hopefully, you’ve found the laptop of your dreams in the list above. Once MSI updates its lineup of laptops, we’ll be sure to add the latest models to this post.
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