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Review of the MSI GE66 laptop

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MSI is known for its gaming PC releases, and the MSI GE66 is among the best-nominated MSI gaming machines.

The MSI GE66 Raider comes with a 15-inch screen, with a distinctive design of the highest quality, and configurations that support the user with the best performance in this class of devices.

MSI GE66 Raider price

The MSI GE66 Raider starts at $ 1899, while the highest version comes at $ 2999, which is the version whose features and specifications we review in the next lines.

Design and specification of MSI GE66 Raider

The MSI GE66 Raider features the tenth generation of Intel processors with an eight-core Intel Core i9 chip, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q screen with a refresh rate of 300Hz, and a distinctive screen with full-HD or 1080p resolution, but the device comes with a cooling system Includes loud fans.

MSI has redesigned the GE66 and GS66 Stealth in 2020, as the company replaced last year’s GE65 Raider with the GE66 Raider, which comes with a set of improvements and changes in the interior and exterior design as well.

The new design in the screen cover is the most prominent external change in the GE66 Raider, and MSI replaced the red lines in the exterior design with a smooth surface design, which is a stylish final design.

MSI also added some changes to the screen cover logo, which comes with fewer details, and includes removing the color to integrate the logo with the silver design of the device. The company also removed the “Raider” label from the back edge of the device, in order to support the device with I / O ports to make better use. To the user.

The ports include all of the power port, HDMI output, Ethernet jack, and USB C connector, along with mini DisplayPort 1.4 output, and the DisplayPort output supports the connection of virtual reality glasses.

The front edge of the GE66 device also comes with a large lighting strip that fully occupies the width of the device’s body, and supports up to 16.7 million colors. It also supports customization through the SteelSeries Engine app, which also supports re-assignment of the button marked with lighting in the keyboard.

The GE66 features measures 0.9 by 14.1 by 10.5 inches, and it weighs 2.36 kg, and the device includes a 15-inch screen, while the GS66 Stealth features a weight of 2 kg and a thickness of 0.7 inches, with the same dimensions as the Razer Blade 15, except that GE66 excels in the performance of the card Screen and graphics, and the distinctive design is thicker in the GE66 to accommodate the cooling vents that come in the left and right edge of the device.

The device also includes 6 heat dissipation rooms, with two fans that are characterized by loudness, but the GE66 device features a cooling system that has good performance in cooling the processing unit, screen card and other internal configurations. Fan styles can also be set and selected through the MSI Dragon Center application, which It offers the user a choice of Extreme in performance that leads to loud and very annoying sound, while the mode is automatically switched to the balanced mode in the event that the maximum performance of the fans is not needed, as this mode can support the user to watch video and movie content without the annoying sounds of the fans.

The left and right edges also include three USB Class A ports, a full-size SDXC slot, a USB C port, and a headphone jack, the device also does not include Thunderbolt 3, and the wireless chip supports Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and supports 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1 .

GE66 300Hz screen

The GE66 has a full HD display or a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, so the device offers reasonable display quality, with good brightness levels for games, and the matte design also supports a reduction in glare from ambient lighting.

GE66 offers a choice at an ultra-fast refresh rate of up to 300Hz, so with games that support 300 frames per second, the screen can display frames in games with the best efficiency.

Do you need a distinctive screen with a refresh rate of 300Hz?

Competitive esports games need a faster frame refresh rate to keep up with the competition and challenges in such a category of games, so the 300Hz refresh rate in the screen supports the user with excellent performance.

On the other hand, some AAA titles require adjusting screen settings at the highest level in graphics quality, which will not reach 300Hz refresh rate, which makes this choice in refresh rate more than required.

GE66 is also available at a 144Hz refresh rate and 240Hz in device configurations, with full HD display quality, with a response rate of 3 milliseconds, and the effect of the refresh rate with the rapid cursor movement on the screen is clearly visible, also the device does not support Nvidia G-Sync technology, except that Some games even feature V-Sync that manages the frame rate to prevent screen tearing.

Keyboard and touchpad in GE66

The GE66 keyboard offers a distinctive and smooth typing experience, where clicking on the keyboard appears at an acceptable level in acoustics, also does not show any bending in the keyboard surface in general.

The touchpad also comes with a strong experience and unified clicking in the bulk of the touchpad except for the top panel. Also, the lighting in the keyboard can be customized via the SteelSeries Engine application with support for the user to reduce or increase the backlight of the keyboard or disable the lighting via the F10 and F11 keys.

Other function buttons can support the user to quickly access the MSI Dragon control center to turn on or off the maximum speed of the cooling fans.

The GE66 keyboard also comes with upgrades and improvements over the GE65 keyboard, as the new version comes without the number pad, and the Windows button can also be disabled via the Dragon Center app settings, so many settings require returning the Dragon Center app.

Above average performance in camera and speakers

The camera and speakers in the GE66 device provide above average performance, as the camera comes with a 1080p webcam, so it offers good video performance to support users with a good experience in broadcasting games.

The previous version GE65 was launched with 4 amplifiers that came with very good performance, and in GE66 MSI added 10 decibel sound capacity in the level of acoustics, which supports reducing the annoying acoustics of the fans, and the company confirms that the device provides a higher bass by 15%.

Strong performance in processing unit and graphics card

The GE66 device features an Intel Core i9-10980HK processor chip that features eight cores, and supports up to 16 tracks, and the device also supports RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card with 8 GB memory, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB storage capacity in NVMe.

The user can choose fewer configurations in the GE66 Raider device, as it is available with a Core i7-10875H processor with eight cores and 16 tracks, and a GeForce RTX 2070 Super screen card with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage capacity in the SSD, where this version also offers Outstanding gaming performance.

This version lacks the additional storage capacity feature, so when the main 1 TB capacity in the device expires quickly with the new AAA games, the device includes an M.2 combo slot that allows the addition of external SSD capacity.

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MSI brings to the market a wide range of gaming devices, and GE66 is the preferred choice for users with superior performance in the processing unit and graphics card, screen refresh rate of 300Hz, elegant design and powerful cooling system to support users in games.

9.0 / 10

Positives

  • Sturdy and premium build and design
  • 300Hz refresh rate is optional
  • SteelSeries keyboard has a comfortable experience
  • Excellent performance in processing unit and graphics card
  • Mini DisplayPort Output

Negatives

  • Fans for cooling with high acoustics

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