MSI Gaming GF65 Thin Intel Core i7-9750H 9th Gen 15.6-inch Laptop (8GB/512GB NVMe SSD/Windows 10 Home/GTX 1660 Ti, 6GB Graphics): Perfect balance!
This is the new MSI GF65 thin gaming laptop. It’s available with an i7 9th gen processor and 6GB NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. This configuration is good enough to play even the most demanding gaming titles at high frame rates. So, if you want a laptop for both editing and gaming, you will not be disappointed in both departments.
So first of all, this is unmistakably a gaming laptop. It’s pretty chunky, and everything is red, but MSI has done an excellent job of giving it a more premium feel with the brushed metal finish, no crazy RGB, and weighing just 1.86 kilograms 4.1 pounds. It’s surprisingly lightweight for a 15.6-inch gaming laptop.
Don’t forget you’ve also got this fairly hefty 740-gram power supply to go with it. There’s a little flex in the screen and at the back of the keyboard, plus the top and bottom bezels are quite chunky, but overall, it’s pretty decent looking.
My main complaint, though, is; it picks up smudges, grease marks, and fingerprints incredibly easily. Even a few minutes after unboxing this, I had my greasy paw prints all over it.
Keyboard and touchpad/trackpad
I do like the keyboard and touchpad. It’s well-spaced out, you get a good amount of travel, and you can also set the keyboard’s backlight to any color you want as long as it’s red. Just kidding! You actually can’t change that, but it’s par for the course with MSI’s more budget range of laptops.
The precision enabled touchpad is also very lovely to use well though the clicks feel a little bit spongy; most of the time you’ll be using a mouse for gaming. With that budget slightly more affordable theme in mind, there’s no face locking or fingerprint reader. Hence, you have to unlock it with your password.
There’s also a good range of ports, and it’s nice to see a couple of USB-C ports on the right. Neither supports Thunderbolt-3, unfortunately. You also get 2 USB-A ports, a headphone jack, and an ethernet port on the right. You get an HDMI port along with a port to plug the power cord on the left.
When you desire a good gaming laptop, you want a high refresh rate display. It’s pretty standard now, actually, and the GF65s 15.6-inch 120 Hertz IPS display does a good job. It’s not going to win any awards. I wouldn’t edit a professionally color-accurate video on it, but despite the average brightness and not so excellent color accuracy to my eye, it still looks good. And with a 120Hz refresh rate, it is outstanding for gaming.
Storage is a little bit of an issue. This laptop only comes with 512GB of NVMe SSD, which is superfast. However, the only issue is that 512 GB of storage in today’s day and age is not enough, and eventually, you will have to upgrade it with an HDD. You can also add another SSD because there are 2 M.2 slots, and one of them will be vacant.
That’s my complaint with this laptop. MSI G65 comes pre-installed with only 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, which of course, is not enough. You can upgrade it to 64GB, though, but that means extra cost. However, this RAM amount will still suffice if you do not perform multiple tasks at once on this laptop. For example, you can expect smooth editing with 8GB RAM only if you do not use google chrome with multiple tabs open.
I would suggest you upgrade the RAM to at least 16GB.
MSI G65 is configured in such a way that you won’t have any problem playing even the most demanding gaming titles. You get the i7 9th gen processor in this laptop, which is a bit outdated, but you will still not have any problem in editing or hefty processor-intensive tasks.
An NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti graphics card helps the i7 processor with 6GB of graphics RAM. With this graphics card’s help, you will be able to play games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Battlefield V without any difficulty on medium to high settings.
Battery life and speakers
Battery life is relatively poor though I got just about three and a half hours in my experience with light use. Obviously, you want to plug it in for gaming. The speakers are decent, though, but a pair of headphones is recommended to drown out the fan noise.
Should you buy it?
So, we think GF65 offers a good balance. It may not be the sleekest or the sexiest, or indeed the fastest, but if you want a good gaming laptop for under 1 lakh rupees, you are getting a lot of bang for your buck. If you make a couple of smart upgrades yourself, you could turn this into a really powerful gaming laptop. This is one of the cheapest GTX 1660Ti gaming laptops that you can buy. Would you be tempted to buy one of these? or do you have your eye on a different gaming laptop? Let me know in the comments below.