MSI GS65 Stealth Review: Ultimate Gaming Machine

Published on December 24, 2019
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The MSI GS65 Stealth is one of the best gaming laptops to buy today for its size. Officially, the Nvidia Max-Q gaming laptop we’ve been reviewing to date is the most formidable, excellent laptop in style and design.

With a MSI GS65 stealth in 2018, MSI has finally lifted its leading line of laptops to the elite, rendering the strongest in the industry. With the addition of our Editor Selection award, the MSI gaming laptop adds enormous power to an appealing and discreet bundle, as it was before. We like it so much, we’ve called it the best laptop for 2019 for gaming.

The outcome is a smart, 15-inch portable laptop inside a 14-inch device capable of high-end gaming and robust efficiency operating at a decent price, less costly than major players in industry.


Once released later this year, MSI will start the GS65 Stealth for $1,799. For the extra configurations, you will see that it costs you $1,999, while the highest-end variant just increases the capacity to 32 GB and two 512 GB NVMe SSD for the $2,999. The GS65 Stealth is therefore very similar to main competitors such as Asus ROG GX501 Zephyrus and Gigabyte Aero 15X.

The GS65 Stealth out-powers its closest competitors from a performance point of view for every function. Within the admittedly beautiful chassis this laptop provides performance worth money.


Thankfully, MSI has taken the look and feel of its thin-and-light gaming laptop in a different direction and concentrated on a computer with much more appeal. You don’t see any hard corners or red LEDs on this laptop.

The GS65 Stealth weights just 4.14 pounds and measures 0.69 inches and 17.53 mm in thickness, as for how the machine looks. The laptop just fits into our backpack and doesn’t weigh us down. MSI tells us that it might have been even lighter but it chose an Ethernet port with the objective of 8 hours of battery life.

The glass-coated touchpad feels great and does not cause motions while typing and assures us it has a good rejection of palm-touch.

Now, another explanation we think MSI got a bit thicker and heavier with the GS65, was to make room for their three-fan thermal system, Cooler Boost Trinity. Nonetheless, MSI didn’t lend much in this extra room, to the thin, tinny speakers who fire down from underneath its foundation. Just bring a headset and you’re all right, especially as MSI has done a lot to improve that.


On the other side, almost bezel free display, MSI has been built into the laptop’s lid. Actually, the monitor reaches a screen-to-body ratio of 82 percent, with a bezel of only 4.9 mm in diameter, 15.6” screen is fitted into 14” inch frame.

Even so, with a good resolution of 720p, MSI managed to maintain a normal webcam position, but back to that screen. Unfortunately, there is no Windows Hello facial technology, a fingerprint reader is included in the power Button and MSI tells us that it will be unlocked with a future update.

The screen also is shockingly luminous, showing the contents of dark corridors in games at just 60 percent of brightness. However MSI’s True Color 2.0 offers 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamuts and almost 100 percent SRGB, as well as game-specific color profiles and anti-blue light function.

The option of flipping monitor contents upwards and downwards when the panel is set to 180 degrees is another cool feature. This should be helpful for screen sharing in workshops or other collaborative efforts.

This is ultimately the brightest, fastest and colorful screen that we saw on a laptop of Nvidia Max-Q. The absence of Nvidia G-Sync however is a miss, since we would love to ensure silky movement in games, but it is not a big deal.

Apparently, anytime you purchase a gaming machine, the main thing is how it operates, when playing heavy games for long time. The Intel Core i7 CPU, combined with Nvidia Max-Q GTX 1070, works faster on the GS65 Stealth.

You should hope to play the latest games, with all the privileges, except the absolute highest accuracy and polishing settings. This machine is perfect for any type of game with quick refreshing monitor and superior coloration.

Be careful how hot this laptop can get heated under load on your desk. While with five heat pipes, three 0.2 mm fans each with 47 blades, the new MSI Cooler Boost Trinity system keeps all of the heating away from fingers while playing games.


You must be mindful that virtually no of these products have decent battery lives on the table if you are searching for a gaming laptop. That said, some light and thin models have turned the corner of this presumption, but space is still open for development.

For example, our findings do not come very close to the amount of time as MSI guarantees up to 8 hours after a charge. Nonetheless, the periods we report are much higher than 80 percent gaming lasted almost four hours in PCMark 8 test and almost five hours in our battery test. That is not too bad for a laptop that is built for gaming.

The Asus laptop is not even similar to any of the figures in the same evaluations, but the Gigabyte computer lasted few hours more than both and defeated them on the spot.

Nonetheless, with this laptop you could at least expect to survive on flights between major cities of the US, Australia and Europe.

Final Words

The Nvidia Max-Q gaming laptop that we’ve formally reviewed today is a perfect laptop for any type of gaming. The machine matches or outnumbers its most powerful opponents and beats them all with style and design.

That said, we want a little bit more nice things, like Nvidia G-Sync and improved native audio. One thing they should improve is the heating of the base of laptop when it is under charging.

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