When it comes to high-end performance laptops, MSI is an industry leader. It was only a handful of years ago that if you were to ask any serious gamer about using a laptop to play their games, they would have laughed you out of the place. In the last 5 years or so, laptops have advanced in leaps and bounds. This revolution was led by companies like MSI, who sought to change this image and forever associate laptops with performance computing.
MSI is always the first to incorporate the latest hardware releases into their laptops to ensure the highest levels of performance and power. Several of their latest designs are even powerful enough to run VR, something that currently most desktop PC’s are not. MSI strive to construct the most innovative and versatile laptops, while trying to keep them as thin and compact as possible.
If you are serious about gaming and are looking to buy a new laptop, we have put together a list of our top MSI gaming laptops to point you in the right direction.
What makes a good gaming laptop?
Well, there is a simple answer to this question, and that is performance, performance, performance. If money were no object, then there isn’t a gamer alive who would not simply choose the computer with the best specs. Unfortunately, gaming laptops can get extremely pricey, so alas, most of us have to opt for the best laptop that falls within our budget.
To give you an idea of what kinds of specs you should be looking to buy, here is the expected specifications of the upcoming Call of Duty World War II game.
Minimum Gaming System Requirements
- Operating System: Windows 7 – 10 64-bit
- Processor: Intel Core i5 2nd Generation or higher
- RAM: 6 GB or higher
- Storage: 45 GB
- Graphics: AMD R7 260X – Nvidia GTX 550 Ti 2GB
It is important to stress that these are the minimum requirements, so you definitely should be looking to buy a laptop with a lot more under the hood than just these specifications. They do, however, give an idea of what kind of ballpark you should expect to aim for.
Before we begin
This article is going to focus specifically on the performance features each laptop has that are essential to gaming. Since all MSI’s laptops are well-made, have similar black and red color schemes and come with an industry beating 2 year warrantee in case the worst should happen, we don’t feel the need to repeatedly cover these features. These are the smaller details that you can read more about in the product listings should you be interested in any particular model.
There are a number of factors that are important to people when choosing a laptop that include the price, performance, size and weight, as well as value for money. With this in mind, we have put together a list of the top MSI laptop in each of these categories instead of just concentrating those with the best performance.
MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G Dragon-070 VR READY
- Excellent performance
- Won’t need upgrading for at least 5 years
- Great design
MSI GT80S Titan SLI-072 18.4″ EXTREME GAMING LAPTOP THUNDERBOLT
MSI GT72S DOMINATOR PRO G-041
- Cool design
- Packs in plenty of performance
- Part of a well-respected range of gaming laptops
- Quite expensive
MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro-033
- Thin and lightweight
- Good performance
- Comes with 1 TB hard drive for extra storage capacity
- Lightweight always costs a lot more
It is made with a strong aluminum case that not only resists damage but is also the key to it being so light. Under the hood, it features an Intel i7-7700HQ quad core processor and has 32 GB or RAM. Unbelievably, it comes with both a 512GB SSD and a 1TB (SATA) 5400rpm hard drive, something that most lightweight laptops do not. NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Graphics Card allows you to play most games on their highest graphics settings, while a sizable 17.3″ anti-glare display makes sure you never miss any of the action.
MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 15.6″ Performance Gaming Laptop VR Ready
- Great value for money
- Good all round performance
- Easy to carry
- Only has smaller SDD drive (though an additional 1TB hard disk is available for a higher price)
MSI GL72M 7RDX-800 17.3″ Performance Gaming Laptop
- Low Cost
- Big display
- Reasonably fast
- Comes with extra 1TB Hard disk
- Will need replacing within 2 to 3 years due to increasing game performance requirements
It has the powerful i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8 GHz) processor, 8 GB RAM (expandable to 16 GB), a 128GBP SSD and a 1TB (SATA) 5400rpm drive too, meaning you have all the storage space you could possibly need. It comes with a large 17.3″ HD non-reflection 1920×1080 display and NVIDIA’s GTX 1050 2G GDDR5 graphics card. This model is ideal for gamers who are on a tight budget and don’t play games that are heavy on graphics.
When it comes to performance laptops, it really does pay to spend the extra to get the best one you can. Unlike desktop computers, laptops are not generally that easy to upgrade since most of their components are not changeable. Where you can easily pull out and replace an aging graphics card in a desktop PC, with a laptop, you can’t do this and therefore will have to replace the whole thing.
We strongly emphasize the need to do your research before you buy. MSI alone has a huge range of gaming laptops, all of which have slightly different features that make them better suited for different things. Don’t base your purchase solely on price, but rather compare all the specs individually. This will help make sure that when you get it out of the box, you aren’t left feeling annoyed that it doesn’t have a big enough hard disk, for example. Most of all, remember to have fun with your new laptop and enjoy your gaming!