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MSI GS65 Review

MSI GS65 Review

Hey, how’s it going? Dave2D here Today, we’re looking at the MSI GS65 This is their latest thin and light gaming laptop It’s running the new six-core CPU from Intel with the GTX 1070 Max-Q It’s a completely decked out thin and light laptop that just- It’s awesome, as you could tell by the title It’s been redesigned this year, completely redesigned.

The previous generation and the one before that all share the same chassis They just kind of switch the internals Brand new everything this year. The build quality on this new design is good It feels slightly better than the GS63 to me.

It has no red on it at all I think this is the very first gaming laptop from MSI that wasn’t black and red It’s got this black and gold theme going on Very subtle, it actually looks really good You can bring it to work or a coffee shop, and no one would think anything of it.

It’s super stealth, it honestly looks like a premium black and gold laptop Now in case you’re wondering, the logo up here is completely flush to the surface If you’re inclined and wanting to mask this logo out, You could probably get a skin for it, and it’ll look even more murdered-out The hinge is on each side, so it doesn’t run along the whole length But it actually feels really wellbuilt, and this kind of hinge aesthetic is just not something we’ve seen from MSI before, I really like it Inside, we have the power button in the middle of the laptop And there was talk about how there’s gonna be a fingerprint sensor This engineering sample does not have a functioning one But it might in the future.

The build quality of this whole thing is good, very good It’s not perfect, like this isn’t a unibody build or anything like that It’s like, not milled from a single piece of aluminum It’s using paneling, but it’s pretty good There are some panels with a little bit of flex from the perforations But it is a well built laptop.

Okay, before I go any deeper into this video I feel like I should bring something up with you guys. I really like this device It’s a great laptop, and there are some issues with it, but I had to dig pretty deep to find them And I think a lot of you guys might think that I’m just like nitpicking, and I really am I feel like that’s what you have to do when it comes to products that are really well built and just good.

.. You just got to dig deeper than normal to find something that you can kind of use as a reason that some people may not like it but… You’ll see. Okay, let’s go with the keyboard first. I feel like that’s like a good place to start It’s pretty much your standard MSI keyboard It’s SteelSeries backlit But the keys have this layout that takes a little bit of time to get used to Once you do, you’ll be comfortable on it The trackpad is, well technically it’s a Windows Precision trackpad It’s running Windows Precision touchpad, but it’s using Synaptics software underneath It feels good, it’s just not perfect.

Gestures are on point, but there’s something with the tracking that feels off to me. It’s like the acceleration It’s just a little bit too fast. Um, I can’t really describe in words It’s just- it doesn’t feel like your standard Windows Precision software to me.

It’s good Just not perfect. The button mechanism is a little stiff But it’s tactile and I like the feel of the trackpad overall One of the first things that I didn’t like about this laptop is the accessibility So MSI’s thin and light laptops are never really easy to get into Like, I’ve never had a lot of problems, but there’s just not, you know, one screw and remove it It’s always a little bit of work.

This one is very difficult I’m not saying it’s impossible, but I couldn’t get in there, and I’ve opened quite a few laptops See, this isn’t even my unit, it’s like an engineering sample And I’m already a little bit more aggressive than it would be if I purchased this with my own money but I just can’t seem to get in here easily The other thing is that the drive in here is a little bit slow, and it’s okay when companies put in slow drives Because like it keeps the cost down and you can upgrade it, but in this case, It’s pretty difficult.

I’m sure you can get in there, it’s just not an easy thing The display is excellent, I really like it It’s bright, it’s fast. It’s 144 Hertz excellent color gamut. There’s nothing I really have to complain about it.

The top bezels are thin, the side bezels are really thin There is a bit of a chin But I mean if you’re gonna put thick bezel somewhere, the bottom one’s probably the best Webcam’s up top. Image quality isn’t amazing, but at least the angle is good and it’s just really nice to see laptop companies put in faster screens because, Last year, we were seeing really high end laptops with something like GTX 1080s in them, but they’re capped with 60 Hertz screens which just didn’t make sense to me This is the way to do it.

Fast screens with fast processors and fast GPUs. Good stuff all around One thing to note though, this display does not have G-Sync And I think for some people they’re just like ”hey dealbreaker, no G-Sync?” but the truth is I actually like that it doesn’t have it Here’s why.

Number one: it keeps the price down. If they had a display that was licensed for G-Sync, this would be like an extra 100 or 200 bucks The other thing is battery life. By not having G-Sync, you get to use Nvidia Optimus So you can use the onboard graphics to keep your battery consumption down when you’re just not playing games and stuff But the main reason for me is that G sync is only really useful at like 60 frames per second or slower the moment you bust like six seventy eighty frames per second it just doesn’t it’s not as useful I’m not saying it’s not useful It’s just not as useful as it would be when you’re at lower frame rates at 144 Hertz this thing can shoot way beyond the frame rates Where g-sync is clutch in terms of connectivity the port selection is quite good There’s nothing I feel like this thing’s missing it even has an Ethernet port if there’s one thing I would add it would be like an extra Thunderbolt three USB-C port, but that’s basically it now I don’t love that the location of the AC adapter Hole is just kind of in the middle of the side here, and I think some people won’t care but it just doesn’t look as clean to me when it comes out the middle and the cable can kind of cover the exhaust in Some circumstances, it’s a minor issue, but I thought I’d put it out there the speakers are located on the bottom And I wish they weren’t located on the bottom because they actually sound okay They get really loud just the location is really poor when you have these things playing in a normal position the audio gets really flattened out by the table or the desk or whatever you have your laptop sitting on it just Loses so much clarity because of its position that I just wish it was positioned elsewhere the battery inside here has been Significantly upgraded from the previous generation it’s now 82 watt hours It’s a six hour battery for regular use with the screen at 250 nits.

The AC adapter is 180 watts Nothing special kind of like your standard MSI adapter the performance on this laptop is straight-up excellent It’s the six core i7 8750H And you’re gonna see great performance numbers if you want more details on this particular CPU you can check out the video that I’ll link Below, but for multi core applications, it’s a big step up from last gen the GPU is awesome 1070 Max-q really good performance for basically any kind of game at 1080p and you’ll be able to take advantage of that 144 Hertz screen It’s a really good combination The fans can be controlled in Dragon Center like you can crank up the fans if you’re doing with a 3d render Or if you want like the best gaming performance possible you can crank it up It’ll be loud, but you’ll get great performance or you just leave it on auto and just let it do its thing on idle its silent and On load, it gets a little bit louder, but you get great performance You can slow down manually if you want But on a thin and light laptop like this with a six core processor and a 1070 max-q you kind of wanna let the fans do its thing and I think they do a really good job with the thermals the Exterior temperature is also pretty good on the top surface.

It gets a little warm on the bottom, though I’d play games on a table or a desk and not so much on your lap so overall I feel like MSI did a really Good job on this device There’s some one about this thing that I feel like people would appreciate there’s so much they did right about this thing um The only real complaint to have about it is seriously the accessibility.

That’s something I really wish they just I don’t know why they made it so difficult to get in there But it is the pricing at eighteen hundred dollars in the base model is Fair it’s not great. This is never gonna be cheap a six core desktop replacement.

It’s never gonna be cheap right now, but It’s reasonably priced I feel like there’s gonna be way more expensive models that do something similar to this As for whether you should upgrade if you’re running a 7700 HQ and all you do is play games and probably not But if you do anything that can take advantage of the multi-core stuff like the six core CPU.

This is a good one Okay, hope you guys enjoyed this video! Thumbs if you liked it, subs if you loved it! See you guys next time!


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