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The MSI GS66 has an annoying counterintuitive feature that we can't wrap our heads around

The MSI GS66 has an annoying counterintuitive feature that we can't wrap our heads around
The MSI GS66 has an annoying counterintuitive feature that we can't wrap our heads around
Adjust the slider to the left to increase brightness or to the right to decrease brightness — wait, what?

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.

Dell XPS 13 9300. The left key decreases brightness while the right key increases brightness
Dell XPS 13 9300. The left key decreases brightness while the right key increases brightness
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. Again, the left key decreases brightness while the right key increases it
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. Again, the left key decreases brightness while the right key increases it
MSI GS66. Unlike almost every other laptop out there, the left key increases brightness while the right key decreases it
MSI GS66. Unlike almost every other laptop out there, the left key increases brightness while the right key decreases it

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Allen Ngo, 2020-05-11 (Update: 2020-05-11)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.