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MSI Pulse GL66 gaming laptop is now official with new Intel Tiger Lake-H processors

MSI has launched the MSI Pulse GL66 gaming laptop
MSI has launched the MSI Pulse GL66 gaming laptop (image via MSI)
MSI has launched a new gaming laptop powered by Intel's latest Tiger Lake-H chips. Key MSI Pulse GL66 specs include an Intel Core i7-11800H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, 15.6-inch screen with 144Hz refresh rate, and more. It will be available for purchase on May 16, starting at US$949.
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MSI has launched a barrage of notebooks powered by Intel's new Tiger Lake-H chips. One of them happens to include the new MSI Pulse GL66, which is a quintessential gaming laptop, complete with a high-refresh-rate screen, RGB keyboard, and the likes. Its entry-level variant will cost US$949, while the fully decked out version will set you back by US$1,799.

The notebook will be available for pre-order immediately and will ship on May 16. One can configure the MSI Pulse GL66 with up to an Intel Core i7-11800H processor (eight cores, sixteen threads), coupled with up to 16GB of DDR4 3,200MHz RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD. Thankfully, the RAM isn't soldered down, and the notebook supports up to 64GB of memory. MSI uses its new Cooling Boost 5 technology to keep the temperatures in check. It consists of two fans and six heat pipes, which increase airflow by 15%.

Except for the entry-level version, all MSI Pulse GL66 variants ship with a 15.6-inch IPS LCD panel clocked at 144Hz. Other features include 3ms response time and up to 72% NTSC colour gamut coverage. GPU choices max out at the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 (8GB VRAM). Unfortunately, MSI has neglected to mention how much power it consumes, which is essential now that Nvidia has ditched the Max-P and Max-Q terminology.

Other MSI Pulse GL66 features include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, two 2W speakers, a 720p webcam and gigabit networking. The included software lets you configure RGB profiles for the keyboard, switch on the dedicated 'gaming mode', and more. One can even hook the laptop up to a TV and enable the console mode to get a console-like experience. Lastly, the MSI Pulse GL66 draws power from a 53Wh battery that can be charged at 180W, although some lower-end SKUs include only a 150W charger out of the box.

MSI Pulse GL66 back (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 back (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 screen and keyboard (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 screen and keyboard (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 back (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 back (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 side (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 side (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 front (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 front (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 side (image via MSI)
MSI Pulse GL66 side (image via MSI)

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Anil Ganti, 2021-05-11 (Update: 2021-05-11)