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MSI GL66 Gaming Laptop Review: Should You Buy It?

MSI GL66 Gaming Laptop Review: Should You Buy It?

Most people think that a new gaming laptop is an expensive investment. The price can truly be prohibitive for most people looking to get one. Most top-rated games require high graphics, and because of this it can be difficult to game at affordable prices. One online retailer has made it a goal to provide everyone with laptops at the best prices available. With these affordable models, MSI tries its hardest to offer great products which allow all people to enjoy their favorite games.

Upgradeability on the MSI Pulse GL66

The MSI Pulse GL66 is designed for gamers who want a laptop that they can upgrade themselves. It has a modular design, which means that you can remove and replace the components easily.

The MSI Pulse GL66 is a great laptop for gamers with its great features and upgradeability. The laptop has a lot of room to upgrade, with two RAM slots and one storage drive slot. This gives gamers the ability to customize their laptop to their own needs and preferences.

15.6" 144Hz FHD 1080p Display, Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Win10, Black (11UGK-001)

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MSI GL66 Gaming Laptop prossesor intel core i7-11800H 8 core 


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MSI GL66 Gaming Laptop Gpu Geforce RTX 30 series 

Gaming Performance of MSI Pulse GL66

The MSI Pulse GL66 gaming laptop is designed for gamers who demand the best performance. Powered by a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics, it delivers smooth, fast gameplay. The 16GB of DDR4 memory and 512GB SSD provides plenty of storage for your games and other files.



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MSI GL66 Gaming Laptop Cooling system 

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MSI GL66 Gaming Laptop Wifi 6 new wireless standard 

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MSI GL66 Gaming Laptop ports

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MSI GL66 Gaming Laptop display size 15.6'

MSI GL66 Gaming Laptop

                                           144Hz FHD 1080p Display


Games you can play on this laptop MSI pulse GL66 series running some of the best games such as Battlefield 5, Fortnite and Civilization VI. Graphics you can play on this laptop The MSI Pulse GL66 gaming laptop is designed for gamers who demand the best performance.


Reviews 

This laptop has an 85W 3070 that performs similar if not worse than a high power 3060. The spec sheet for this model states that it has a 130W max 3070. I spoke with MSI support and the going theory is that there's a typo on the spec sheet. I will be returning this and replacing with a laptop with a higher performing 3070.
Edit: MSI has corrected the spec sheet and it now lists 3070 max 85W.
Beyond the mix up with the GPU max power, the build quality of the laptop is decent if not good. The keyboard feels nice enough to type on and the backlit keys look good. The screen is nothing to write home about but is adequate. No mux switch. The cooling is decent, although fans are of course loud - during combined stress test with looping fire strike extreme, in extreme performance mode in MSI center with fans on auto, the CPU rarely dropped below 4500Mhz and the GPU only throttled slightly at around 81-82C. Fans showed 50dB on an android sound meter app. The battery is on the small side, so I only saw about 3.5 hours of charge on battery saver and lower brightness / turning off keyboard backlight.
Changing my 1 star review to 3 stars because the laptop isn't terrible, I just don't appreciate being misled on such an important spec.

I wanted a screaming fast laptop and this one delivers! The 11th generation i7 chip really delivers. It can easily handle Zoom, databases, Office 365 all at the same time with no issues. Plus, the changing-cool keyboard is cool! I'm not a gamer, but I need a gamer-level machine for all that I do. Highly recommend the Pulse for the price and the features. It's much cheaper than the new Surface laptop and has a bigger display,.

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