MSI’s RTX 2080-powered GS75 Stealth laptop computer might have been their massive announcement for this yr’s CES, however personally I used to be far more taken with the subsequent mannequin down, the newly RTX-refreshed GS65 Stealth. Also full of an RTX 2080 in its energy-efficient and laptop-friendly Max-Q design, MSI’s calling this 15.6in laptop computer probably the most highly effective extremely slim machine of its respective dimension class, and it’s an actual beaut.
Measuring 17.9mm thick and weighing an infinitely higher (though nonetheless fairly hefty) 1.9kg in comparison with the two.25kg GS75, it shares a whole lot of the identical design cues as its bigger brother. You get the identical elongated contact pad, the identical cooling innards to assist stop its GPU from throttling beneath load, and also you additionally get the identical gold trim and matt black chassis, which seems pristine for all of 5 seconds till somebody really touches it. Admittedly, it could in all probability look quite a bit much less grubby if the world’s press weren’t poking and prodding it for hours on finish, however for sure, you’ll in all probability wish to hold a mud material readily available to maintain it trying its finest.
Still, with an 82% screen-to-body ratio, the GS65 Stealth’s 15.6in, 1920×1080 panel regarded beautiful, supplying you with a complete lot of display screen for the scale of the laptop computer. It has a 144Hz refresh charge, too, permitting you to make full use of its RTX 2080 horsepower. Bizarrely, MSI as soon as once more lists it as ‘IPS-level’ somewhat than correct IPS, however I’ll have to attend and see the way it really performs as soon as I get my palms on a overview pattern.
Paired with considered one of Intel’s eighth Gen Coffee Lake Core i7 CPUs, the GS65 Stealth ought to have loads of processing oomph for on a regular basis duties too, particularly whenever you’re working off an NVMe SSD and an NVMe / SATA combo drive. And crucially, it didn’t really feel almost as scorching because the GS75.
You’ll must put up with the RGB gentle present that’s the GS65 Stealth’s keyboard, however you may all the time flip the LEDs off or change them to a single block color utilizing MSI’s inbuilt Mystic Light software program. The keyboard itself felt nice to sort on once I had a fast faucet on it, offering loads of journey and splendidly agency, fast key presses.
I infinitely most popular it to the GS75 Stealth’s keyboard, and the keyboard tray as a complete simply felt quite a bit sturdier than its GS75 sibling. That is likely to be to do with its smaller, extra moveable dimension, however I felt much more assured about selecting this factor up than I did the GS75. This I might think about lugging round with confidence; the GS75, however, felt like a fragile china doll by comparability.
The GS65 Stealth doesn’t compromise on ports, both, as you continue to get a full-sized HDMI 2.Zero and miniDisplayPort 1.2 output, in addition to one USB-C and three common USB 3.1 ports. You additionally get separate headphone and microphone jacks and (nearly) a Killer Ethernet port.
Otherwise, not a lot has modified for the reason that GTX 10-series model of the GS65 Stealth. There’s at present no phrase on how a lot the RTX model will price, however with a whole lot of RTX laptops due out on the finish of the month, it hopefully received’t be lengthy earlier than I can put it by way of its paces and produce you a full overview.
For extra information and palms on previews from this yr’s CES, take a look at our CES 2019 tag.