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MSI's upcoming GF63 makes slim bezel gaming notebooks affordable

By Vijay Anand - on 6 Jun 2018, 10:39pm

MSI's upcoming GF63 makes slim bezel gaming notebooks affordable

The MSI GF63 will ensure even budget gamers can enjoy the latest design advancements.

By now you must be familiar with MSI’s leading gaming notebook model sporting the new slim bezel design and several class leading features on the GS65 Stealth Thin. However, at well over S$3,000, it’s far from being a choice of the mainstream audience.

That job falls upon the upcoming GF63, which is also a 15.6-inch Full HD resolution notebook. To be priced about US$1,000, it maintains much of the design ethos of the GS65 Stealth Thin like the thin bezels around the screen, metal top cover and metal top keyboard wrist rest area. It even sports an Intel 8th generation Core i7 processor, backlit keyboard, Nahimic 3 sound enhancement, MSI’s Dragon Center 2.0 and more.

On the right profile, you get headphones-out, mic-in, twin USB 3.0 type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, and an RJ45 Gigabit LAN port.

The left profile of the notebook houses exhaust vents, a power jack and a third USB 3.0 port. This design is an improvement over its predecessor where exhaust vents were situated even on the right profile and that can be annoying when you’re likely to be using a mouse there.

The top cover of the notebook oozes class, doesn't it? Also note that a single HDMI port is situated at the rear of the notebook and that's useful for a multi-monitor setup.

The biggest change in spec is in the GPU department as the GF63 sports an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB video RAM. And while most of MSI’s 2018 gaming notebooks from the GT, GS, GE, and GP-series are endowed with an RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries, the GF63 forgoes it for a normal keyboard and the has a fixed red backlighting. Considering its price point, we won’t nitpick on that as it still packs a decent level of hardware to be a budget gaming notebook of choice.

One plus point for the MSI GF63 over the more pricey GS65 cousin is that it’s more accessible to service and upgrade key components like storage and memory when required. This is because the GF63’s chassis isn’t quite as slim as its pricey cousin and this allowed MSI to prioritize servicing needs over an optimal slim design that makes it less service friendly.

The attention to design and patterns is quite surprising considering this is the bottom of the notebook. That aside, you'll be glad to know that you can self service/upgrade the notebook when required.

When can we expect the MSI GF63 to be available in the local market? It’s likely to make in time for the next tech bazar, Comex 2018, which is just a couple of months away.