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The biggest strength of the MSI GS75 is also responsible for its biggest weakness

The biggest strength of the MSI GS75 is also responsible for its biggest weakness
The biggest strength of the MSI GS75 is also responsible for its biggest weakness
Being so light and small has its obvious benefits and perhaps not-so-obvious drawbacks. If you like the ultralight MSI GS75, then you'll have to deal with a laptop that tends to bend and creak more than others.

Unlocked octa-core Core i9-10980HK CPU, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics, 300 Hz display, and 32 GB of upgradeable RAM — these impressive specifications read like they belong on a bulky gaming laptop worth its weight in gold. However, MSI are able to offer all the above in an ultra-thin 17.3-inch gaming laptop that's several hundred grams lighter than most others in its category.

As explained in our review, the MSI GS75 is notable for having an extreme level of performance relative to its 2.3 kg weight. Competing alternatives like the Alienware m17, Razer Blade Pro, Asus Zephyrus GX701, or the Lenovo Legion Y740-17 would weigh 2.6 kg, 2.7 kg, 2.7 kg, and 3 kg, respectively, to be noticeably heavier than MSI's system. We commend MSI for cramming such high-end processors in a lightweight design and then running said processors at decent clock rates no less.

Unfortunately, being so much lighter and smaller than the competition without sacrificing performance takes its toll on other characteristics of the system. Namely, the chassis or skeleton of the GS75 is noticeably easier to warp, bend, twist, or damage when compared to other 17.3-inch gaming laptops. We're even able to hear a bit of creaking when twisting the base or lid with moderate pressure. The weaker chassis rigidity gives poorer first impressions relative to the stiffer gaming systems from Razer or Dell.

To MSI's credit, they are probably aware of the design benefits and trade-offs of the GS75. The older 15.6-inch GS65, for example, was also criticized for its weaker first impressions which led to the newer, redesigned GS66 being slightly bigger and heavier for increased chassis rigidity. It's a potential path that the future "GS76" may follow as well.

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Allen Ngo, 2020-07-31 (Update: 2020-07-31)
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.