The MSI GS66 has an annoying counterintuitive feature that we can't wrap our heads around
MSI unveiled its GS66 Stealth gaming laptop at CES 2020 to succeed the aging GS65 series. The system carries a new chassis design to go along with the refreshed CPU and GPU for a fresh gaming experience. Naturally, the keyboard has also gotten a makeover with rearranged keys and functions.
However, there's one particular change that has us scratching our heads: the F10 key is used to increase the brightness of the keyboard backlight while the F11 key decreases the brightness. This approach is opposite to every other laptop in the market today where the left key and right key would reduce and increase the brightness, respectively, and not the other way around.
It's a minor detail that will inevitably annoy a lot of users. By this logic, adjusting a volume slider to the left would increase the volume while adjusting it the right would decrease the volume. Even MSI's own Modern 15 business laptop has the brightness settings in the correct order and so the opposite approach on the GS66 boggles our mind.
Beyond this nitpick, the GS66 is otherwise a strong successor to the GS65 in terms of overall build quality and visual design if you can overlook some of the questionable keyboard changes. See our review on the system for a more detailed rundown.