MSI GF63 8RD Gaming Notebook all features overview
I will tell you this: this laptop could become mine, but now I just do not have time to use all its strength and capabilities to its full potential. And who plays – you’re really lucky, this is a worthwhile thing. Let’s start with my experience of using, with touch and feel – what kind of weight it is, to the touch, at work.
The MSI laptop is really not thick (two centimeters with a small one) and light enough for its powerful filling: its weight is only 1.8 kg. Brushed aluminum case: black with red splashes, logo cover with a signature dragon. It is noteworthy that the dragon is painted with paint – it does not glow and does not sparkle, like a gypsy wedding. At first glance, you can’t even say that the laptop is gaming – only the logo hints at it. Therefore, MSI GF63 will be quite appropriate to look in the office, not betraying the youthful enthusiasm of the owner.
Design and ergonomics
The case is strong enough: nothing creaks and does not hang, everything is well fitted and assembled. The surface is a little soiled, so you have to wipe it to restore its original shine. From the inside, too, everything was done stylishly and comfortably: a black and red scheme is preserved, matte surfaces are balanced by a moderate gloss of the screen.
Buttons with a very nice red backlight and the light come not only from the plane of the keys but also from the sides – which creates a sense of volume. The key travel is short and soft, which I personally like. The touchpad is medium in size, with built-in keys in the lower corners.
To ensure that during the games the MSI GF63 does not heat up like a shawarma grill, engineers thoroughly worked on cooling. In many ways, the device turned out to be so thin, light and “cold” thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics in the Max-Q design. The video card is powerful, like in a desktop gaming computer, but it consumes less power and is optimized for compact cases.
The developers also thought out the ventilation system, it looks original: from the bottom in the form of the letter X, cooling elements are made. The device, if it warms up, then immediately cools evenly, doing it quietly and almost imperceptibly. In general, at the peak of the load, there is no feeling that a hot hairdryer was also hidden in the laptop. True, in various kinds of tests the processors noticed a not very pleasant feature: at critical loads, their clock speed slows down. But in MSI GF63 I did not encounter such behavior or simply did not notice.
Picture and sound
Thin side frames of the display and good viewing angles perfectly complete the elegant visual image. The 15.6-inch Full HD screen on the AH-IPS matrix is bright, with wide viewing angles and produces natural colors. You can not only play for this – work with text, photos or graphics more than comfortably.
Two speakers of two watts each are not too much, but enough for a laptop format. Plus, I often wear headphones, so these parameters are not critical to me. Sound card and software allow you to customize the headphones for yourself – this is really important.
Everything is reasonable and simple enough: three USB 3.1 formats, one USB Type-C connector, rear HDMI output, two mini-jacks for a microphone and headphones, one RJ-45 jack for cable Internet. There is also a K-Slot, or Kensington lock slot, to fasten the laptop for security. The network adapter, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, of course, are built-in.
Hard drives and battery
The MSI GF63 features Kingston’s solid modest 128GB SSD to deliver the system and a couple of the most demanding games. The second disk is a 1 TB HDD for storing files. The laptop comes preloaded with Windows 10. The battery is 51 Wh Li-ion. The declared operating time is seven hours, charging to 100% takes about three hours. Honestly, according to these parameters, there are more tenacious and nimble aggregates. But here again, the question arises: for what is a laptop purchased? Running demanding games or “gluttonous” programs without power from the network is a thankless task on any hardware.
Model MSI GF63 can be attributed to low-cost gaming laptops, and you should not expect the power of a top-end desktop computer from it. Although for online games like Overwatch, Fortnite or World of Tanks this is the best solution. Our copy has 16 GB of RAM and 4 GB of video memory. With these parameters, any game will start, but when playing more demanding new items, you will have to look for a balance between the quality of the graphics and the number of FPS. The balance “dimensions-performance-price” MSI GF63 fulfills perfectly – compact laptops are more powerful, but the gap in price is very noticeable.
And you know, I still won’t write off this laptop when I’m going to buy a new one. Let the opportunity to play encourages you to do the work on time and fight procrastination. After all, this is the perfect combination for “in the afternoon we work – in the evening we play.” In general, the MSI GF63 is a good choice for your money if you need a compact, lightweight, stylish laptop that you can play with and work comfortably.