MSI GS66 Stealth 10SE in review: Classy gaming laptop with a 240 Hz display

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The MSI GS66 features a classy, compact metal case that has proven to be very susceptible to fingerprints. Inside the chassis is a Core i7-10750H processor and a GeForce RTX 2060 graphics core, which together bring all modern computer games smoothly onto the matte Full HD display. High to maximum quality settings can always be selected.

The hardware has access to 16 GB of RAM (dual-channel mode). An upgrade to up to 64 GB would be possible. A fast 1 TB NVMe SSD provides the necessary storage space. Should the storage space run out, the laptop could be expanded with a second NVMe SSD. Maintenance/upgrade measures require the removal of the case’s bottom cover.

The laptop’s highlight is the 240 Hz IPS display.

The display scores points with quick response times, stable viewing angles, good contrast, and great color reproduction. On the other hand, the maximum brightness is low. A laptop in this price range should offer more in this regard.

In principle, the battery runtimes are more than adequate for a gaming laptop. But if you view them in relation to the battery capacity (99.9 Wh), things look different. Competitors get similar or partly better runtimes from batteries that only have half the capacity of the GS66’s battery. The high energy consumption in idle usage and under low load is noticeable here.

The chiclet keyboard (RGB lighting) has proven to be suitable for everyday use. Moreover, the well-rounded port configuration includes, among other things, a Thunderbolt 3 port that allows the connection of extensive docking solutions or an external GPU. The battery can’t be charged via the Thunderbolt 3 or the USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports. We plugged in a 45-watt power adapter but couldn’t trigger a charging process with it.

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