MSI might not be a brand you’re familiar with, but it makes some great Windows notebooks. Here are the best MSI notebook PCs available today.
MSI has become quite popular with the gamer crowd in recent years, and its dedicated Gaming Series laptops represent the company at its finest.
While there’s a lot of gaming focus, there are also parts of its lineup that will appeal to someone who’s just looking for a powerful portable. There are better places to look for cheaper options, but if you’re shopping in the higher end MSI isn’t a brand to ignore.
Here’s the very best of what MSI has to offer.
MSI GS73VR 7RG Stealth Pro
It’s not exactly an ultrabook, but the Stealth Pro from MSI is the closest you’ll come to getting VR-level power from a sleek, slim laptop. And the latest model cranks things up to 11 thanks to NVIDIA’s MaxQ technology for squeezing supreme graphics performance from a slim laptop.
Inside this incredible machine, you’ll find a 7th generation Intel Core i7 32GB of RAM if you want it and an 8GB NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU. Throw in a Steelseries RGB keyboard and a choice of 17.3-inch Full HD or 4K UHD displays and you’ve got something that looks and performs at the top of its class.
It’s obviously entirely VR ready, you’ve got Thunderbolt 3, NVMe SSD, Killer DoubleShot Pro networking and even high-resolution audio built into this sleek, super-powerful laptop. It’s hard to find a box it doesn’t tick. It’ll run you over $2,000 though when you start adding on the options.
MSI GT72VR Dominator Pro
This one falls under the desktop replacement category, though you could carry the Dominator Pro around with you if you’re OK with hauling over eight pounds of laptop in your bag. What makes the Dominator Pro a true desktop replacement is its graphics card. There’s no mobile GPU in here — this one packs a full desktop-class GTX 1060 or 1070 from NVIDIA.
There’s also very little you could ever say is missing on the Dominator Pro It has the new, future-proofed USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, a Skylake Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, Steelseries keyboard and even an option for Super RAID 4 storage — which is pretty nuts for a laptop.
It’s got a built-in DAC for supreme audio, and the display has options for NVIDIA G Sync or an Ultra HD 4K panel. With all this awesomeness comes a pretty steep price, and you’re not getting in on the Dominator Pro without spending $2,000. But it’s all the PC you could ever want, either on the go or at home on your desk.
MSI GT83VR Titan
This thing isn’t called Titan for no reason. It is massive. Weighing close to 10 pounds, the Titan’s incredible size houses something quite special: a fully mechanical keyboard. Gamers love mechanical keyboards. But in truth, like the Dominator Pro, the Titan is really only a laptop in name — it’s a desktop replacement. At ten pounds it’s not exactly built for on-lap comfort.
Besides the incredible keyboard, the Titan is packed to the gills with high-end hardware, as you might expect. Intel Core i7 processors, 16GB of RAM, Super RAID storage options and an NVIDIA 10 series graphics card, even up to an SLI GTX 1080 configuration. The display is a whopping 18.4-inches at 1080p resolution with anti-glare coating.
The other thing that’s large about the Titan is its price tag. As incredible a machine as it is, it’s also not one for the casual buyer. You’ll need to drop serious cash to pick one up. At least $4,000 worth of serious cash.
MSI Ghost Pro
Power and performance don’t always have to mean carrying around a slab of concrete in your bag. The Ghost Pro is MSI’s blend of all-out specs and slim form factor, giving you not only a capable gaming laptop but one you can take on the road.
MSI isn’t shy about its claims of being the thinnest and lightest 15.6-inch gaming notebook you can buy. It weighs just over 4 lbs (1.9 kg), which is insane considering what’s inside: an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB graphics card, up to 512GB Super RAID and 1TB HDD storage. Add a gorgeous 3K or 4K display and you’ve got something capable of handling most anything you can throw at it, while looking stunning and being portable enough you’d actually be OK throwing it in your bag.
The Ghost Pro should also be available for a good discount on its original price, given the recent upgrades with 10 series graphics cards to much of MSI’s lineup.
Updated July 5 2017 to add the incredible new GS73VR Stealth Pro in place of its predecessor.