Best MSI Laptops 2018

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Best Overall


Editor's Choice

Here comes the MSI GT83VR Titan SLI (starting at $4,199; reviewed at $5,099) with a whole lot of awesome in its bag. For starters, it's the world's first gaming laptop to feature a keyboard with Cherry MX Speed Switches for faster fragging. The laptop is one of the first gaming rigs to ship with Intel's 7th-generation Kaby Lake processor, and if that's not enough power for you, this baby's also packs dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI configuration. In short, the Titan is ready and waiting to shred through your favorite games --if you can afford it.

MSI GT83VR Titan SLI Review

Best MSI Laptops 2018
Product: Use Case: Rating:
MSI GT83VR Titan SLI Best Overall 4.5 out of 5
MSI GT75VR Titan Pro Best 17-Incher 4 out of 5
MSI GT62 Dominator Pro Best 15-Incher 4.5 out of 5
MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro Best Portable Gaming Laptop 3.5 out of 5
MSI GT72S G Tobii Best Innovation 4 out of 5
MSI WS63VR 7RL Best Workstation 4 out of 5
MSI PE60 Prestige Best Multimedia 3 out of 5
MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition New and Notable N/A
  • Best 17-Incher

    MSI GT75VR Titan Pro

    Editor's Choice

    Xotic PC has taken the MSI GT72 Dominator and turned it into a showpiece by adding a cool lid wrap, custom thermals, a crazy-fast SSD and a processor that's overclocked out of the box. The result is a virtual-reality-ready MSI system that stands out from the crowd with its face-melting speed, powerful gaming and overall performance, and ability to stay cool and quiet under pressure.If you want a system that is a true head-turner, Xotic PC's mods on the GT72 Dominator are worth the investment.


    MSI GT72 Dominator (Xotic PC) Review

  • Best 15-Incher

    MSI GT62 Dominator Pro

    We're impressed with the MSI GT75VR Titan Pro on a number of levels, starting with the design. The company refined the prior model's chassis, giving it a sleeker, more futuristic look that's still functional. The mechanical keyboard is a joy to use for three out of five senses. And with the beautiful display, powerful audio system and beastly Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU, the system is practically begging you to boot up a game or binge-watch something.

    MSI GT75VR Titan Pro Review

  • Best Portable Gaming Laptop

    MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro

    The MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro is a desktop replacement in a mainstream laptop's body. Packing an Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, this 4.2-pound powerhouse is dishing out frame rates you'd expect to see from a system twice its size. And with its lovely 15.6-inch, 1080p display, the Stealth Pro is just begging to be gamed on or to be connected to a HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift.

    MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro Review

  • Best Innovation

    MSI GT72S G Tobii

    Never one to shy away from taking a risk, MSI has partnered with Tobii to launch the first gaming laptop with an integrated eye-tracker. Currently compatible with 29 games and desktop-navigation features, the MSI Tobii is poised to change the way you work and play. This is also a beast of a gaming laptop, with a Skylake Core i7 processor, an Nvidia 980M GPU and a full-HD G-Sync display for buttery-smooth graphics at consistently high frame rates.

    MSI GT72S G Tobii 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

  • Best Multimedia

    MSI PE60 Prestige

    A low-end gaming rig in a conservative business laptop's clothing, MSI's PE60 Prestige ($1,199 to start; $1,249 as reviewed) looks equally at home in the boardroom and the living room. Thanks to its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU and optional quad-core Core i7 CPU, this 15-inch laptop packs enough power to play the latest games, though not always at high settings. The comfortable keyboard and useful software will also appeal to entry-level gamers who also need a laptop for work.

    MSI PE60 Prestige Review

  • New and Notable

    MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition

    If you need all of the lights in your gaming laptop, the MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition is a notebook you need to see. Its lid and keyboard emit over 24 million colors, which you can customize with the Game Sense software from SteelSeries. This lit-up beast will feature Intel Core i7 CPUs, up to 32GB of RAM, either a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070 GPU, and a 15.6-inch display that comes in 4K and 1080p configurations.

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.