Best MSI Laptops 2018

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Best Overall

MSI GT75VR Titan

Editor's Choice

The MSI GT75 Titan will satisfy even the most performance-hungry gamer. For starters, you've got an overclockable 8th-gen, six-core Intel Core i7-8950HK CPU which makes it a multitasking monster. Then you've got the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, which is capable of delivering excellent frame rates regardless of settings. There's also a gorgeous wide-angle display, booming speakers and the best keyboard we've ever used on a gaming laptop. Sure, you lose out on portability, but with such a great system, we doubt you'll be scrambling to go outside anytime soon.

MSI GT75 Titan Review

Best MSI Laptops 2018
Product: Use Case: Rating:
MSI GT75VR Titan Best Overall 4 out of 5
MSI GL62M 7REX Best Value 3 out of 5
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Best Max-Q Design 4.5 out of 5
MSI PS42 8RB Prestige Best Ultraportable 3.5 out of 5
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG Best 15-inch Gaming Laptop 4 out of 5
MSI WS63VR 7RL Best Workstation 4 out of 5
  • Best Value

    MSI GL62M 7REX

    Don't count the GL62M 7REX out just because it has last gen's Core i7 processor. At $949, this notebook delivers solid overall performance which will come in handy for productivity and multitasking. And thanks to its GXT 1050 Ti GPU, you can expect decent frame rates as long as you play on medium to low settings. And if that wasn't enough, this sub-$1.000 system comes with a veritable suite of gaming software to help augment your gaming experience. 

    MSI GL62M 7REX Review

  • Best Max-Q Design

    MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

    Some gamers don't want a system that doesn't light up like a techie disco ball. They're looking for something that performs like a gaming laptop but looks like a business notebook. For them, there's the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin. For $1,999, you get a laptop with powerful gaming and overall performance, excellent audio and a comfortable, customizable keyboard. It's also one of the first gaming systems to feature Intel's new 8th gen, six-core Coffee Lake processor, which promises 20 percent more performance than its predecessor, making this model a good system for productivity.

  • Best Ultraportable

    MSI PS42 8RB Prestige

    MSI is taking a bold step away from its gaming roots and diving into a competitive segment dominated by giants like Apple and Microsoft. Its new thin and lightweight ultrabook is designed for creators, a broad group every laptop manufacturer is trying to win over.The thin and lightweight laptop has a stylish design, a vivid display and a wide range of ports. The best thing it has going for it is the dedicated GeForce MX150 GPU. 

    MSI PS42 8RB Prestige Review

  • Best 15-inch Gaming Laptop

    MSI GT63 Titan 8RG

    You're looking at one of the most powerful 15-inch laptops on the market. The MSI GT63 Titan 8RG is armed with a GTX 1080 GPU and an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, as well as a dazzling RGB keyboard and vivid Nvidia G-Sync display. It's a bit on the bulky side, but if you're looking for epic performance in a 15-inch chassis, it doesn't get better than this.

    MSI GT63 Titan 8RG Review

  • Best Workstation

    MSI WS63VR 7RL

    The MSI WS63VR 7RL is a powerful workstation in a body that's smaller than you would expect. It can handle any productivity task you throw at it, and it's even ready for some gaming and virtual reality on the side. Thanks to its Nvidia Max-Q design, the WS63VR 7RL weighs a scant 4.1 pounds and measures 0.7-inches thick. It also has a solid 4K display, creating a powerful workstation that stands head and shoulders above the competition. 

    MSI WS63VR 7RL Review

How to Find the Right MSI Laptop

MSI has a massive lineup of notebooks that cover a gamut of uses. While the majority of its systems target gamers, the company also has workstations and multimedia machines in its stable. But before you get overwhelmed by the sheer number of laptops and configurations that MSI offers, check out our list of favorite MSI laptops above and our MSI cheat sheet, which explains the company's different product lines.

MSI placed second on our Best and Worst Gaming Laptop Brand report due to its willingness to innovate. The company is always among the first to implement new technologies, whether it's employing Nvidia Max-Q technology to stuff a powerful GTX 1070 GPU into a 0.7-inch-thick laptop or equipping one of its systems with new Cherry MX Silver key switches.

Here are a few quick tips to follow when searching for a gaming system:

  1. Don't buy a gaming laptop for low-end titles like World of Warcraft or Candy Crush. These games can easily be supported by an integrated graphics card.
  2. Avoid touch screens. They're more expensive and drain the battery.
  3. 17- or 18-inch laptops are typically more powerful, but the least portable while 13-, 14- and 15-inchers are easier to carry but often lack higher-end components.
  4. Prioritize the keyboard. Make sure you buy a laptop with responsive keys. Mechanical keyboards are the best..
  5. Avoid laptops with a low-res display (less than 1920 x 1080).
  6. Get solid state storage. Invest in an SSD for faster game installs and load times.
  7. Get a laptop with at least an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and a HDMI 1.3 port if you want to be able to enjoy virtual reality games with an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

Want more tips? Check out our Gaming Laptop Buying Guide.