MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK-034
Average of 3 scores (from 10 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK-034
MSI offers a wide range of gaming laptops – as many as four models in different price categories were presented on the market this year. Not so long ago, we already had reviews of the older Raider and the more affordable Katana. Today we have a mid-budget model in our editorial office – MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/20/2021
The MSI Pulse GL66 is an excellent midrange gaming laptop so long as you don't take it anywhere and value doesn't mean anything to you. First, the positives. The Pulse GL66 puts out some fantastic gaming performance, even consistently getting 35 to 40 fps in Cyberpunk 2077 at max settings with ray tracing and DLSS on. It also performed very well in some of our other performance benchmarks on top of generally being a great laptop to play games on, so there aren't many games that this laptop won't be able to chew through. Even the base configuration has at least a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, so you'll also have room to download more than one or two at a time.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/27/2021
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Think Digit
The MSI Pulse GL66 is a great gaming laptop that can be used reliably for both gaming as well as creative workloads. The Intel Core i7-11800H and the RTX 3060 combo works very well to deliver solid performance numbers to compete with the best when it comes to 1080p gaming. I did find the display to be a little disappointing on our review unit, and the fans get overly loud to keep the temperatures in check. But besides that, the MSI Pulse GL66 hits the sweet spot for 1080p gaming.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/06/2021
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 74% performance: 83% workmanship: 68%
Source: PC Mag
The GL66 Pulse is MSI's latest midrange gaming laptop for 2021, offering Intel "Tiger Lake-H" processing and Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series graphics for as low as $949 in the base configuration. (See our one-on-one interview with MSI about this model.) Though our $1,499 test unit produced good gaming performance thanks to its eight-core CPU and GeForce RTX 3060, it's a tough sell when the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro costs about the same with a faster AMD Ryzen processor and GeForce RTX 3070. Our top 15.6-inch value pick remains the $1,349 Acer Predator Helios 300, which delivers similar frame rates, more than double the battery life, and superior features. Overall, the GL66 Pulse struggles in too many areas to warrant more than a passing look, and even that only if you can find a discount.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/30/2021
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Laptop Media
Support, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/15/2021
Source: Laptop Media
After having our day full of tests of the MSI Pulse GL66, we can safely say, that the Core i7-11800H is one of the most exciting processors Intel has made. While it still lags behind the Ryzen 7 5800H in terms of rendering performance, the Photoshop score blew our mind. However, we have to mention one thing. MSI didn’t do a particularly good job with the cooling solution. Both the CPU and the GPU were hanging for dear life during gaming. Even though both of them were working at clocks higher than their base ones, the temperatures were too high.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/15/2021
Source: El chapuzas Informatico ES→EN
Positive: Great display; high gaming performance; powerful hardware; comfortable keyboard. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/06/2021
Source: Noticias 3D ES→EN
Positive: Good price / performance ratio; excellent display; good cooling system. Negative: Short battery life; no Thunderbolt port.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/18/2021
Source: Computerblog.ro →EN
Positive: Premium design; compact size; light weight; powerful hardware; good price. Negative: Short battery life; noisy under loads.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/04/2021
Source: Arena IT →EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; great dedicated graphics; excellent display; big screen; decent ergonomics; good cooling and silent system; nice speakers.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/07/2021
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU: High-End laptop graphics card based on the Ampere GA106 chip with 3072 cores. Available in different versions with a TDP from 60 to 115 Watt.
These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.
i7-11800H: Tiger Lake (H45 series) based high end octa-core SoC for gaming laptops and workstations. The eight CPU cores run at 2.3 GHz to 4.6 GHz. The integrated UHD Graphics GPU offers 32 EUs at up to 1.45 GHz. The chip is manufactured on the second-gen 10 nm Intel SuperFin process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.
MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).
68.33%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.