At first glance, the GS66 Stealth is a massive, black laptop that can be considered a mobile workstation or anything other than a gaming laptop. The MSI logo is barely visible on the cover, so there aren’t many visuals to indicate that it’s actually a gaming monster.
And yet, this is how the GS66 Stealth can be described, with specifications and performance worthy of comparison with those of a PC (well, and a price to match, but we’ll talk about that later).
Appearance and connectivity
Let’s start with the beginning. GS66 Stealth weighs about 2 kilograms, being made of a black metal that explains this weight, but offering elegance in the simplistic design. The chassis is solid, quite thick and very straight in shape, unlike almost any other gaming laptop I’ve tested this year. You would expect at least when you open the lid to notice a certain gaming element, but this does not happen: and the keyboard is simple, only the RGB lighting “betrays” a little the purpose for which the GS66 Stealth was designed.
In terms of ports, the GS66 comes with a fairly wide variety: we have three USB-A 3.1 ports, an HDMI, a USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, an Ethernet port and a headphone jack.
Keyboard and touchpad
The keyboard is made by SteelSeries and has a good stroke, with large enough keys, although not very spaced. But writing is not a problem, and can be easily used in games, so I had nothing to complain about. There is also RGB-per-key lighting, which can be customized from the SteelSeries Engine 3 application.
The touchpad is very wide, but this did not bother me at all in use. On the contrary, I found it very useful, being one of the things I prefer every time it comes to laptops, offering a much larger usable space.
As for the screen, we have a 15.6-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 240Hz. It is exactly as the screen of a gaming laptop should be, fast, with good quality and a well-adjusted “factory” contrast. Black looks good, and the laptop handles well even in bright light conditions.
The good part is that if you are not satisfied with the color accuracy, you can use the MSI True Color application, which comes with 6 presets from which you can choose the optimal color temperature for your eyes (Gamer, Movie, Anti-Blue, sRGB, Office and Designer). I recommend trying them every few hours to see who you get along best with.
Before we get to what’s inside the GS66 Stealth, a few words about the sound it’s capable of. We are talking about a laptop with strong sound, but I was not 100% satisfied with the way the bass is heard, I thought it lacked the power I found on other laptops, although the high tones are quite audible clear and good. Fortunately, I use headphones for gaming most of the time, so it’s not a problem I’ve faced too often.
Specifications and performance
The model I tested had an i7-10750H processor, with NVIDIA graphics card, an 8GB RTX 2070, with Max-Q, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It is an impressive configuration, able to cope with the most demanding games and tasks. Finally, you will notice that its temperature remains fairly constant, without the laptop getting too hot. In games, of course, it’s a different story, with a title like Call of Duty or Control taking it seriously. However, GS66 Stealth coped brilliantly, consistently pulling out over 100 FPS in the first title and around 80FPS in the second.
It’s a competent laptop, and the best part is that you have room to upgrade it – the large GS66 Stealth case allows you to add another SSD and another 32GB of RAM, if you need it, so we can say with enough very sure it’s a long-running laptop, from which to get the butter out for a few years.
The battery is huge, with 99.9 WHr – something to be expected considering the size of the case, but I want to mention that it is probably the largest battery you will find on a laptop of this type, giving you about 5 hours of use.
And now the price. It’s a bit strange to talk about this aspect, because the laptop, in the configuration I tested, is not yet available on the local market. However, I found a model with similar specifications, less RAM and a better screen, of 300Hz, at about 14,000 lei, so I think that the test version of the MSI G66 Stealth would also be placed there. I know, it’s a considerable price, but similar to what you’ll find on models with the same specifications from other manufacturers.
The MSI GS66 Stealth is an excellent laptop, and you can’t expect anything else when you see its specifications. A real gaming and work machine, with a simple design that does not stand out and a very large battery – that’s what the GS66 Stealth offers.