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Best MSI Laptops 2020

MSI has a massive lineup of notebooks that cover a gamut of uses. Although the company is known for its gaming notebooks, MSI also has workstations and multimedia machines in its stable. The company recently ranked fourth in our Annual Best and Worst Brands report, jumping three spots. It's plain to see that MSI has some serious momentum going. 

But before you get overwhelmed by the sheer number of laptops and configurations that MSI offers, check out our list of favorite MSI laptops below and our MSI cheat sheet, which explains the company's different product lines by name and product number. 

Over the course of a year, we review over 150 laptops covering every price point and use case. Whether you’re looking for a productivity workhorse, a badass gaming system or a multimedia machine to kick back and watch a movie or two, we can help you find your ideal match. 

In order to make the Best MSI laptops of 2020 list, the system has earn a score of at least 4 out of 5 stars on our reviews and deliver on the things shoppers care about most. In our evaluations, we focus on design and comfort, display quality, the keyboard and touchpad, performance, battery life and especially value.

What are the best MSI laptops right now?

Our hands-down favorite MSI laptop of 2020 is the GS66 Stealth. With its slim 0.7-inch frame, stunning 1080p display and striking black, all-aluminum design, it's easy to see why. But beyond its undeniable good looks this is an incredibly powerful gaming laptop. Armed with an Nvidia GeForce Super 2080 GPU and an 10th Gen Intel process, the Stealth might play games, but it's not all fun and games if you catch my meaning. Plus, it has the largest battery the TSA will allow on an airplane, so it's got some longevity. 

If you're looking for something a bit beefier, there's no other choice than the MSI GT76 Titan. The laptop has undergone an extreme makeover, ditching the tired black-and-red for an pewter power up. And while it is a silver fox, the notebook's real beauty comes from its powerful specs, including an overclockable processor and Nvidia GeForce 2080 graphics. This is a gamer's desktop replacement.

But MSI isn't all gaming laptops as the Prestige 14 can attest. This head-turning laptop has creative professionals and mobile professionals in mind. It has one of the lower-tier Nvidia cards so you can do some photo and video editing, but it an 10th Gen Intel processor for work and other activities. Plus, it offers a supremely comfortable keyboard and long battery life. 

Here are the best MSI laptops of 2020

MSI GS66 Stealth

The MSI GS66 Stealth is the best MSI laptop overall. (Image credit: Future)

1. MSI GS66 Stealth

Slim gaming laptop, huge battery

CPU: Intel Core i7-10750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.6 pounds

Lightweight, gorgeous chassis
Powerful graphics and overall performance
Great battery life for a gaming laptop
Weak audio
A bit pricey

Yes, the Stealth is a little expensive, but that lofty price nets you a laptop with powerful gaming and overall performance thanks to an Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake processor and an Nvidia Super Max-Q GPU. Throw in a speedy SSD and the largest battery available, and you’ve got a bonafide winner.

If you’re looking for a near perfect combination of performance and endurance in an incredibly light, svelte chassis, the MSI GS66 Stealth is the way to go.From its stellar graphics and overall performance, lightning-fast transfer speeds and surprising endurance, there’s just a whole lot of win underneath that 0.7-inch chassis. And let's not forget the lovely display and cushy, customizable keyboard. For the power, the laptop is worth every penny and deserves its spot on this list.

See our full MSI GS66 Stealth review.

MSI GT76 Titan

The best MSI laptop for power players. (Image credit: Future)

2. MSI GT76 Titan

The best MSI laptop overall

CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080/Intel UHD Graphics 630 | RAM: 64GB | Storage: dual 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD | Display: 17.3-inch, 4K | Size: 16.9 x 12.4 x 1.2~2.3 inches | Weight: 10 pounds

Attractive design
Excellent graphics and overall performance
Bright, colorful 4K panel
Extremely expensive

The MSI GT76 Titan is stepping out in all its silver, foxy glory. The Titan's new look is nothing short of stunning, and when paired with MSI's custom of employing the most powerful components available, the Titan is a force to be reckoned with, performance-wise and financially. This laptop has just about everything, including an Intel desktop processor and a full Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU, which means it's plenty powerful for gaming and productivity.

We had a rousing good time with this beast of a gaming laptop. MSI's kitchen-sink approach ensures that hardcore gamers have all the power they crave and then some. Thanks to those high-powered specs, the system chewed through both our gaming and performance benchmarks. 

See our full MSI GT76 Titan review.

MSI GE66 Raider

(Image credit: Future)

3. MSI GE66 Raider

The power and speed of a desktop replacement in a 15-inch system

CPU: Intel Core i9-10980HK | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p | Size: 14.1 x 10.5 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 5.3 pounds

Stellar graphics and overall performance
Solid battery life
Blazing fast SSD
Weak audio
Runs hot

Is there ever such a thing as too much power? If you ask MSI, the answer is an emphatic no, especially in the case of  the MSI GE66 Raider. The notebook packs specs you’d expect to see in the likes of its massive sibling,  GT76 Titan. This baby’s outfitted with an overclockable Intel Core i9 processor and an Nvidia 2080 Super GPU. It's serving up power on the gaming and multitasking front.

Plus, it’s got an SSD serving up blink-and-you’ll-miss-it speeds and a pretty display.  But if you’re looking for the most powerful 15-inch in the land and the latest entrant to our best gaming laptops page, look no further. With the MSI GE66 Raider, you get the power of a desktop replacement in a more portable 15-inch chassis. Gamers in pursuit of power, the MSI GE66 Raider sits at the pinnacle. 

See our full MSI GE66 Raider review

MSI PS63 Modern

MSI PS63 Modern (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

4. MSI Prestige 14 (A105C)

Pretty powerful in pink

CPU: Intel Core i7-10710U | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q/Intel UHD Graphics | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p | Size: 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.8 pounds

Gorgeous, lightweight design
Excellent battery life
Solid performance
Dim display
Weak speakers

MSI's Prestige 14 is a lovely eyeful that is as powerful as it is pretty. The laptop serves up a head-turning design and throws in a colorful display and solid performance by way of an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia discrete graphics. And despite that Nvidia GPU, the laptop has staying power with over 9 hours of battery life. This baby is practically made for multitasking. 

The Prestige 14 is a pleasure to behold in its deep, rose-pink aluminum chassis. It's a rosy breath of fresh air in a sea of gray, white and black laptops. But the notebook is more than a pretty frame. During our testing, the laptop kept pace with its competitors, at times surpassing them. It's a laptop of a different color for consumers looking to stand out in a crowd. 

See our full MSI Prestige 14 (A105C) review.

MSI GS75 Stealth

MSI GS75 Stealth (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

5. MSI GS75 Stealth

A lean, mean gaming machine

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p | Size: 15.6 x 10.2 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 5 pounds

Slim, sexy design
Viciously vivid display
Great audio
Solid performance and graphics
Below-average battery life
Runs hot

The MSI GS75 Stealth will give you everything you ever wanted in a slim gaming laptop. The laptop's incredibly stunning design is packed with a powerful Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, a vivid 17.3-inch, 144-Hz panel and a great pair of top-firing Dynaudio speakers. However, if sleekness is your priority, MSI GS75 Stealth is one of the best light and slim premium gaming laptops you can buy.

See our full MSI GS75 Stealth review.

MSI WS65 9TM

MSI GT63 Titan 8RG (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

6. MSI WS65 9TM

MSI's best workstation yet

CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H | GPU: Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch, 4K | Size: 14.1 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.3 pounds

Slim, lightweight design
Gorgeous 4K display
Strong performance and graphics
Military-durable and secure
Solid battery life
Expensive

Between the MSI WS65’s 4.3-pound and 0.7-inch thin durable chassis and its incredibly powerful Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q GPU, it’s no wonder that this is one of the best workstations that MSI has ever made. Take all of that and combine it with a 17.3-inch, 4K display that nails 393 nits of brightness and covers 251% of the sRGB color gamut. Oh, and a battery that’ll last 6 hours and 57 minutes on a single charge, which is impressive for a workstation of this caliber. You want MSI’s best? Here it is.

See our full MSI WS65 9TM review

Why trust Laptop Mag

Laptop Mag has been testing and reviewing laptops for over two decades. We test over 150 different models per year, subjecting each system to a series of rigorous benchmarks that provides a complete picture of performance, battery life and usability.

Our expert reviewers also use each product to see how it looks and feels in everyday situations. Because we see so many different notebooks, we can compare each to its direct competitors and give you an idea of how it stacks up to the average laptop in its price band.

How we test laptops

Laptop Mag has been testing and reviewing laptops for over two decades. We test over 150 different models per year, subjecting each system to a series of rigorous benchmarks that provides a complete picture of performance, battery life and usability.

Our expert reviewers also use each product to see how it looks and feels in everyday situations. Because we see so many different notebooks, we can compare each to its direct competitors and give you an idea of how it stacks up to the average laptop in its price band.

When we bring a laptop into our laboratory, our goal is to see how it would work if you brought it into your home or office. While we use a number of industry standard benchmarks such as Geekbench and 3DMark, we focus heavily on real-world tests that we have developed in-house.

To test endurance, the Laptop Mag Battery test surfs the web at 150 nits of brightness until the system runs out of juice. To judge pure processing power, we use a giant spreadsheet macro that matches 65,000 names with their addresses, a video transcoder that converts a 4K video to 1080p and the Geekbench 4 synthetic test. We measure graphics prowess with both 3DMark Ice Storm / Fire Strike and a series of actual game titles.

We use a colorimeter to measure screen brightness and color gamut while other instruments help us determine a laptop's key travel and ambient heat. See this page on How We Test Laptops for more details on our benchmarking procedures.

How to find the right laptop

When shopping for a laptop, there's a lot to consider. To help you choose a system, we've put our up-to-date list of favorite notebooks above, along with five points to keep in mind when choosing a system.

Budget: What you get for the money.

You can find good cheap Windows laptops and high-quality Chromebooks for under $500. However, better mainstream laptops usually cost more than $700 and premium Ultrabooks can run over $1,000. The best gaming laptops can cost $2.000 and up, but you can play the latest titles at decent frame rates on gaming laptops under $1,000.

Screen Size: 12 to 14 inches for Portability

Knowing a laptop's screen size tells you a lot about its portability overall. If you want to use your computer on your lap or carry it around a lot, go for one with a 12, 13 or 14-inch display. If you want to use the computer on tables and desks and won't carry it around much, a 15-inch model may give you more value. Some gaming rigs, media machines and workstations even have 17 or 18-inch screens, but those are hardest to carry.

2-in-1 or Clamshell?

More and more of today's laptops are 2-in-1s with screens that either bend back 360 degrees or detach so you can use them as tablets. If you like the idea of using your laptop in slate mode for drawing, media consumption or just using it standing up, a 2-in-1 could be for you. However, you can often get better features or a lower price by going with a traditional clamshell-style laptop.

Battery Life: 8+ Hours for Portability

Unless you only plan to use your laptop on your desk, battery life matters. Even within the home or office, having plenty of juice enables you to work on the couch or at the conference table, without being chained to the nearest outlet. For the best portability, we recommend getting a laptop that lasted over 8 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. The longest-lasting laptops endure for over 10 hours.

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Specs: 1080p / Core i5 / 8GB Are Best Bets

You can spend a lot of time delving into specs, but here are the key components to think about. If you just want really good mainstream performance, go for a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1080p screen.