Best MSI Laptops 2018

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Best Overall

MSI GT75VR Titan Pro

Editor's Choice

At 10.1 pounds, the GT75VR Titan Pro is definitely a heavyweight, but with everything that MSI put into this epic beast, you can excuse the bulk. For starters, you've got an 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 GT75VR Titan Pro Review

Best MSI Laptops 2018
Product: Use Case: Rating:
MSI GT75VR Titan Pro Best Overall 4 out of 5
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Best Max-Q Design 4.5 out of 5
MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro Best Portable Gaming Laptop 3.5 out of 5
MSI WS63VR 7RL Best Workstation 4 out of 5
MSI PE60 Prestige Best Multimedia 3 out of 5
  • 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 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 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

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.