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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF notebook review: Copper-accented gaming beauty

By Koh Wanzi - 7 Oct 2018
Launch SRP: S$3799

Conclusion

A new breed of gaming notebooks

This is a versatile notebook that will work well for both work and play.

MSI's GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF is a worthy successor to the GS63VR 7RF. This is one of the slimmest gaming notebooks you can buy, and it's also probably one of the best. 

It is just a smidgen thicker than the Razer Blade, but it is quite a bit lighter at just 1.88kg. The trade-off for this is that the build quality doesn't feel quite as good as Razer's monolithic aluminum chassis, but it's nothing to be alarmed about. This is still overall an excellent notebook that delivers great performance and battery life and is a good alternative to the Razer Blade. 

In addition, its more minimalist design is a marked improvement over its predecessor, and the GS65 will do well for both work and play. Notebook manufacturers have increasingly shown a willingness to create slim, light, and powerful laptops that are equally at home at a LAN party or a client meeting, and the GS65 is MSI's play for customers who want the best of both worlds. 

The one caveat attached to a machine like this is its stiff price tag. At S$3,799, the GS65 Stealth Thin is a hefty investment not to be made lightly. For the price, you could build a super powerful desktop and still have cash leftover. Having said that, a laptop like this isn't for someone who has no need for a portable gaming system. (For such users, they might be better served by MSI's Prestige PS42.)

It's for those who prize both mobility and performance, and that's a combination that isn't going to be cheap. Still, if you've the cash for it, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin definitely deserves your consideration.

8.0
  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 8
  • Mobility 8.5
The Good
Excellent 144Hz IPS-type panel
Attractive design
Thin, light, and has decent battery life
Windows Precision Touchpad
The Bad
Chassis flex in some places
Expensive
No SD card slot
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