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MSI 15.6" 4K/UHD GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K-021 Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 16 GB Memory 512 GB SSD 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Gaming Laptop VR Ready

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  • GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB (VR Ready)
  • Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz)
  • 16 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 512 GB SSD
  • 15.6" 4K/UHD 3840 x 2160
  • 14.96" x 9.80" x 0.69" 3.96 lbs.

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MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K Gaming Laptop

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THE POWER OF GEFORCE GTX 10-SERIES GRAPHICS

MSI is the world's 1st gaming laptop powered by GeForce GTX 1060 GPU delivering 40-50%+ performance over the previous 900M series. With new technologies in Cooler Boost, you can game harder and never worry about being throttled. Additionally, the all new Dragon Center offers a 1-Click VR solution to optimize your laptop for VR.


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10: GAMING PERFECTED

GeForce GTX 1060

The GeForce GTX 1060 GPU has now come to laptops, powered by the ultra-fast, power-efficient NVIDIA Pascal GPU architecture. These notebooks come loaded with innovative new gaming technologies that make them ideal for the latest high-definition games and open the door to virtual reality and beyond.

PERFORMANCE

The advanced GeForce GTX 1060 GPU is created with high-speed FinFET technology and supports DirectX 12 features. This means you can count on an amazing experience in every application-including performance in high-definition and immersive VR Ready games that's up to 3X faster than with previous-generation GPUs.

THE LATEST GAMING TECHNOLOGIES

Get the power to drive next-generation displays, including VR, ultra-high-resolution, and multiple monitors. And bring more realism to every game with NVIDIA GameWorks technologies that deliver a true cinematic experience and amazing new NVIDIA Ansel7trade; that enables 360-degree in-game captures you can view in VR.

VR READY

Discover next-generation VR performance, the lowest latency, and plug-and-play compatibility with leading headsets-driven by NVIDIA VRWorks technologies. VR audio, physics, and haptics let you hear and feel every moment.

EXPERIENCE IPS LEVEL COLOR

Don't settle for washed out colors. Experience lifelike gaming visuals with an all new 178 degree wide viewing angle IPS level panel.

INTENSE UHD+ 4K IPS DISPLAY

More pixels, sharper images, and vibrant colors. The high resolution UHD+ 4K Display takes your gaming experience to new levels with a max resolution of up to 3840x2160, providing unprecedented visuals in the lightest, form factor gaming notebook.

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COOLER BOOST TRINITY - TRIPLE ENHANCED FANS FOR THE ULTRA SLIM PLATFORM

Crush the heat with Cooler Boost Trinity. Dedicated thermal solutions for both the CPU and GPU with a total of 5 heat pipes ensure maximum performance under extreme gaming. The GPU is stacked with 2 fans to keep you gaming cooler and longer anywhere.


AN EYE OPENING EXPEREIENCE WITH TRUE COLOR TECHNOLOGY

MSI's exclusive True Color Technology is precisely calibrated to deliver vibrant colors, stunning details, and sharp images. True Color Technology brings the colors of the world right to your display.

Select from multiple viewing modes to control color balance, gamma adjustment, and gamut mapping, pre-calibrated for the best viewing experience:
[Select multiple viewing modes]

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    Increase brightness for gaming
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    Reduce potential harmful blue light
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    Set screen to 100% sRGB of color gamut
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    Increase clarity for lines and words
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    Reduce eye-strain after long term use
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    Optimize contrast for vivid movies

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STEEL SERIES

During gameplay, SteelSeries Engine 3 serves as your firearm. With SSE3, customize your lighting with multiple backlit colors, program personalized macros, and sync it all through the cloud.

NAHIMIC 2 VIRTUAL SURROUND SOUND MILITARY TECHNOLOGY FOR GAMERS

Nahimic 2 specializes in 3D sound enhancement processing and audio emprovements offering virtual 7.1 surround sound in immersive HD. With the all new Sound Tracker feature, gamers will be able to see with an on screen indicator where the sound is originating from. Nahimic will highlight crucial sounds while reducing external noise for an immersive gaming experience.


  • (1) USB 2.0
  • (2) Thunderbolt 3
  • (3) HDMI 1.4
  • (4) Mini Display v1.2
  • (5) AC Power
  • (6) Kensington Lock
  • (7) Killer LAN
  • (8) SD(XC/HC)
  • (9) USB 3.0 x 3
  • (10) Headphone Out/SPDIF Out
  • (11) Mic In


THUNDERBOLT 3

The latest and fastest interface Thunderbolt 3 supports up to 40Gbps data transfer rates and dual 4K displays with daisy chain capabilities. Its USB 3.1 ultra speed interface supports up to 5V and 3A current output for charging.

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WHATS NEW?

  • [ 1st VR Ready ]
    Auto-detect your HMD (Head Mount Device), and optimize the PC for VR. Enable VR Ready with 1-Click.
  • [ X Boost ]
    Make data transfer faster in a simple click!
  • [ Shift Gears ]
    Shift Gears to 5 new modes of performance.
  • [ Nahimic 2 ]
    Apply the most suitable audio configuration for different scenarios.
  • [ True Color ]
    Apply different color settings with one click.

Learn more about the MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K-021

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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1/ 5
Great Laptop for Gaming and Workstation Use But one Major Drawback

Pros: - Ill be honest this laptop does deserve 5 stars!
-Fast with 512 GB Boot Drive (notice not NVME yet, but please read review)
-Great processor in the i7 6700k
-For a Gaming computer it is pretty quiet. The CPU fan is louder than the fan on the GTX 1060.
-Plays most games at 4k with no issues
-Great Portability it is as thin as the last gen Macbook Pro I returned to buy this one.

Cons: Battery, Gaming Battery 1 hour (expected with the power in this), Internet with screen brightness down - 3.5 hours.

Biggest Draw back- YOU CANT UPGRADE ANYTHING WITHOUT VOIDING THE WARRANTY. On the bottom of the computer is one of the stickers stating warranty void if tampered with right over one of the screws.

The down side to this is that MSI put a very slow and old fashioned 1tb mechanical HDD in this PC. Most people would probably be happy with a 500 gb solid state in its place and they would problem is MSI doesn't offer it this way. So when i bought the computer I bought a 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD. I opened the box and went to install the SSD I noticed the sticker. So here i have a 2,000 computer with a great capabilities, which MSI states will even support NVME even, and I can upgrade it without voiding the warranty. This is a Joke! Needless to Say i did upgrade the hard drive and now I probably don't have any warranty coverage and the PC is now 3 days old.

Other Thoughts: As i said this is a great computer and I really like it. It is just very frustrating to me that a consumer cant do any upgrades to the storage/ram configuration without voiding the warranty. Other companies allow you too, hell ASUS makes the whole bottom panel removable with 1 screw and you then have access to all the fun stuff.

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5/ 5
Excellent Portable Gaming Machine!

Pros: Incredible performance all around, with a fast Intel Core i7 CPU, a powerful GTX1060 GPU, DDR4 2400MHz 16GB RAM, a 512GB SATA SSD, and Wireless AC and Gigabit Ethernet. Everything about this machine screams "fast"!

Great cooling solution given the thin and light confines of the chassis. The cooler incorporates 3 fans, 2 for the GPU and one for the CPU. The grill above the keyboard is not for speakers, it's actually a second air intake for the fans (in addition to the bottom of the machine) with exhaust vents on the sides and rear. The fans are high pitched as expected, but not overly loud even when maxed out. The MSI Dragon Center software allows you to adjust fan settings, even creating custom fan curves. I usually just pop it into "Cooler Boost" which maxes the fans out before I open a game to keep temps low. The GPU fans will shut off when the GPU is not in use, which is great.

The keyboard feels great to type on. The backlighting is reasonably bright. The trackpad is responsive with a reasonable feeling click. I'm not a huge fan of trackpads without separate click buttons, especially on a gaming laptop, but this one works reasonably for basic usage. Don't expect to do much gaming with it, even casually.

The MSI GS63VR has a stunning amount of external I/O capability for a thin and light laptop. It has 3 USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, headphone, mic, SD slot, HDMI, miniDP, and USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3. While not officially supported, I confirmed that the Razer Core external GPU dock does in fact work on this laptop given a bit of setup. I was able to play games on an external AMD R9 380X at 1080p on the laptop's display at 60fps. The 380X isn't as powerful as the 1060, but I did this more as an experiment than anything.

This laptop also seems quite user-upgradable compared to most thin and lights. It has a 2.5" SATA bay, M.2 SATA/NVMe slot, mini PCIe WiFi, and two DDR4 slots. I especially like that it includes the 1TB HDD, as a gaming laptop needs a large, inexpensive storage device to hold today's massive games.

Cons: The keyboard only has 3 backlighting zones. I wish it had full per-key backlighting so I could port my music visualizer to it. My original idea was to get a Razer Blade but with the delays and the extra cost of NVMe this laptop made more sense financially, plus I think it has a better cooling solution.

The 4K display is a Pentile RGBW matrix, which means it has missing subpixels when compared to a standard RGB grid matrix. The picture is certainly still much more detailed than 1080p, but when comparing against my full RGB matrix desktop 4K screen you can tell that this panel isn't quite as detailed. If you expect to display 3840x2160 images without any DPI scaling and read small text, especially text that isn't black-on-white or vice versa, it will be somewhat distorted. If you use 150% or higher DPI scaling at 2160p, it looks fine. Both 1440p and 1800p game resolutions look excellent on this display, as does 2160p if the game is light enough to run at full 4K on the 1060. In addition, the contrast ratio does not favor dark scenes, they can be a bit hard to see especially in a lit room. Color is good and viewing angles are good.

Finally, the laptop is advertised as having an NVMe SSD. It does not. I knew this when buying it, but it must be made known. It SUPPORTS NVMe SSDs if you wish to add one later. I don't mind because using a SATA SSD keeps the price under $2000. The Razer Blade uses NVMe and a 1TB model is $2700, which I feel is excessive.

Other Thoughts: I would absolutely recommend this product. I have been a PC gamer for years and built a nice dual GPU, water cooled, full tower desktop with nice gaming peripherals, 4K monitor, etc. A lot of people say to avoid gaming laptops, and it's true that desktops offer a better price per performance ratio as well as upgradability. However, lugging that beast to friends houses and LAN parties was annoying, so I wanted to get a capable gaming laptop to have for gaming on the go. I specifically wanted a thin and light and MSI's done an awesome job with this laptop.

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4/ 5
Follow-Up Review

Pros: + Once cleaned up, performs amazingly.
+ chassis is solid*
+ nVidia GTX1060 performs awesome**
+ Thunderbolt 3!
+ Keyboard is great. I really love the key travel and feel.

Cons: - Battery Life (I get at most 2.2 hours but that's expected) Battery Optimizer takes forever and has not completed successfully yet.
- Optimus forgets its game settings from time to time
- nVidia GeForce Experience has become crapware.
- Nearly everything MSI is bloat-like except Afterburner, which is not officially supported on this rig but makes up for MSI's bloatware. I don't use it to overclock - I use it to monitor the system vitals because its very good at it. I haven't done it yet, but I'm going to uninstall the MSI dragon center because it keeps on pegging my resource use at 100% and makes my internet into dialup every once in a while.
- chassis dents easily if you breathe on it wrong.
- Trackpad is mediocre at best, ghosts a lot and registers clicks about 1/4" away from the touch surface.

Other Thoughts: After a Month I just thought I'd point out the following:

You must set nVidia Optimus for each application you want to use the nVidia card for - otherwise it reports the IGP. I had problems with several configuration applications for games, not just the games themselves. This is likely the same thing for applications like the Oculus Rift or Vive. You must find every executable that drives the interface and make sure its set to nVidia Graphics, not integrated (default) graphics. The alternative is to set your global default to nVidia graphics. But the nVidia app will occasionally forget these settings. The Rift's/Vive's resolution of 2160x1200 (roughly 1080x1200 per eye) is well within the GTX1060's comfort zone. I've run games at 2.5k and averaged more than 60fps. You want faster, reduce the settings a hair, you should be able to get 120fps at medium settings on just about every game out there at 2160x1200 considering its just a few more pixels than 1920x1080. (240x120 more precisely) I don't have a rift/vive so I can't confirm. But nothing I see prevents the GTX1060 from doing well.

If you don't do this, or if the settings are forgotten, then when your VR application goes to benchmark its only going to see the intel integrated graphics - which can barely run office at 4k. Also, if you want to create custom resolutions for the GPU to be able to run at - as the gpu's "display" is what the IGP tells it. So you need to set the igp to allow a nonstandard custom resolution which you can set via the intel driver application. It will complain you're reducing the life of your processor (thermals are bad, so pump up your fans) but you're not running the iGP at the custom resolution - you're running the 1060 - the iGP is just relaying the signal to the display port. :)

Read up, understand what you need to do. There's quite a bit of work that needs to be done to make this system fly - but if you're aware of it you can do it. This level of work might be too much for you though - so consider something like the Aorus x5 v6 - which has a GTX 1070 with G-Sync. You'll lose the battery savings of the iGP, but you'll not have to twiddle with nVidia and Intel settings to make games work. If you're willing to go to 17" but still want thin and light - wait for the Aorus x7 DT - it is equipped with a GTX1080. Its going to be more than 2 years before a GTX1080 finds something where you can't crank everything up to 11.

Temps on the CPU have been around 75C-85C under high load. Have yet to see the GPU bust 75C on anything - but I have my cooling set to "aggressive". Headphones are your friend.

* Chassis got a ding from something, could have been the power cord outlet prongs - its near the wrist rest.
** So long as you set your games up and move off the iGP.

Knocked an egg for the frustrating level of work necessary to make everything perfect on this machine.

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Verified Owner
3/ 5
I wanted this GS63VR 4K-021 to be my portable VR laptop... Oculus says otherwise.

Pros: Pros- love the size, the feel, the construction. Well built laptop. Would have loved it if it had the specs for VR and the Oculus Rift.

Cons: Ports are laid out incorrectly for Oculus and Vive. The HDMI, display port and lightning port are on the right-hand side of the computer and the USB 3.0 ports are on the left-hand side of the computer. You have to use an extension cable (not included in either MSI or VIVE/OCULUS) in order to connect the VR system to the notebook. But that is not the biggest issue, which is that this model does not support the specifications of the Oculus Rift. I did some major research on all the different manufacturers and models to find the best deal on something I could use for VR portable gaming and no where did I see anything anywhere about this problem. Kindof surprised. The message when you install the Oculus software reads exactly: "Your computer doesn't meet Rift's recommended specifications, which can lead to poor experience in VR" I did not contact MSI because of this message, but instead returned the computer. NewEgg was understanding and waived the restock fee and are investigating the matter so that it won't happen in the future to others. Was looking forward to using it with my www.proximat dot net proximity mat so I knew my boundaries... but looks like I will have to wait.

Other Thoughts: High def gaming, probably great for it.
VR gaming, I do not recommend.
The power supply weighs almost as much at the notebook. A little weighty when lugging both around.
I did not try this with the Vive, and cannot comment on what ; if any warning messages are given about the compatibility.
Final thought on it is that if you want to use this system in a backpack for an untethered experience, the computer shuts down when you close the unit. I was hoping that I could throw this in a backpack and have an awesome experience without being tied down with wires, but that just isn't going to happen with this unit. MSI is working on a backpack computer which looks really cool but I have no idea how much it will be and it could be months before it is available. The screen does not do a flip around so that it would stay on... probably not even a thought because it's not a touchscreen, which I was another option I really wish it had - but knew it wouldn't have before I purchased.
I would have uploaded images of the screen and the port connections but I don't see an attach photo option.

All in all, I feel like someone that designed laptops designed this VR unit with what they thought was needed for VR, not taking into consideration what would be needed to create a truly VR capable and friendly laptop. The cable connections are not set up for VR, the video card it not VR friendly, It cannot be put into a backpack and used. Beautiful but not for my needs.

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Verified Owner
2/ 5
Really high pitch noise from one of the CPU fans

Pros: Light, Small, Thin
Good build quality
Beautyful design
Fast performance for such a thin body
Best keyboard I have used on a laptop

Cons: The 4K display panel (LP156UD1-SPB1) has a VERY low contrast ratio (around 300:1) , which makes darker areas in any games almost unable to see. The colors are good tho.
The speakers are horrible, but also understandable for such a small size
The battery life is sub-par (2-3 hrs) but I would carry the charger with me all the time so it is not a big issue for me.

The biggest problem is the noise. The loudness is not the problem, but the really high pitch noise from the left CPU fan is unbearable. I don't think it is supposed to be like that. I tried reinstall the OS and uninstall the pre-installed dragon center as someone suggested that it may help with the fan noise. It did not work for me.

Other Thoughts: Overall it is a very attractive gaming laptop. It is very portable but powerful. I can live with certain compromises it makes for its tiny size, such as the dim screen or the battery life. However the fan noise of my unit is really a deal breaker. I can even hear it from another room with my door closed. I will return this unit and maybe order the GS73 instead since it also has a fairly small body for its size (17") and would definitely be quieter. I will give the model 4 stars but my specific unit 2 stars for the defective fan.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

Please feel free to contact us directly to set up a RMA service with the following information provided to usreview@msi.com.
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Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Powerful Laptop in a Small Discrete Package

Pros: My preferences:

I wanted a laptop that could play the occasional serious game when I wanted but also not make me look like a 5 year old when I am programming at work/school. I also wanted it to be light and thin as possible. This laptop met all of those criteria beautifully. Big kudos to MSI for finally making a gaming laptop that isn't covered in garish colors and stupid lines. This laptop looks grown up and premium.

My thoughts (I have had the laptop for about 3 weeks now):

I love the aluminum chassis and the steelseries keyboard plus a full numpad. I like the inclusion of a USB C port. The 4k display is beautiful too. I haven't had any technical issues with it so far. It runs Witcher 3 on ultra in 1080p just fine. Also this machine runs pretty quiet for what it is. You will definitely hear the fans when gaming (as with all gaming laptops) but besides that its pretty silent.

Finally, one thing that isn't discussed much anywhere else but I think is important is that this laptop is not only thinner than anything on the market its also the smallest 15.6 inch laptop width-wise coming in at 14.9 inches. The alienware and asus laptops are more like 15.3 which is actually a lot more space in your bag. My ideal laptop size is a 14 inch so this was important to me. It makes a big difference how big it feels in your bag.

In all I love this laptop because it gives me something that pretty much no other laptop on the market can give you, a super thin gaming machine that looks great and doesn't scream "hardcore gamer" to all your friends and colleagues. Alienware, Gigabyte and so on could learn a lot from MSI here.

Cons: Cons Include:

-Norton (why this comes installed on a premium laptop I will never know)
-Default Fan Curve is too low so it runs hot until you change that (you can turn it up easily in dragon center though so no big deal)
-Battery Life is pretty bad but I have it plugged in most of the time at work and home so that isn't really an issue
-Gaming G Series Emblem on the lid. I don't like this but that's more a matter of personal preference. I slapped a sticker over it and haven't thought about it since then.
-Power button on the side. I don't know if this was a compromise that MSI needed to make but it sure seems like a dumb one. I bump that thing all the time it should definitely be moved for the next iteration. It was *almost* enough for me to give 4 stars but I love everything else on this laptop so much that it gets a pass
-Windows 10 isn't quite totally optimized for 4k. That's not really a huge deal and its not MSI's fault but something to consider if you are on the fence between this and the lower model.

Other Thoughts: -Would recommend for anyone looking for a very lightweight, thin, not-garish gaming machine that can still run serious games. Awesome package and very few compromises to make.

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Verified Owner
4/ 5
An Initial Review and Some Important Thoughts.

Pros: + Extremely good performance.
+ My Copy has awesome build quality so far - it is thin, light and extremely portable.
+ GTX 1060 is Really Good*
+ Thunderbolt 3
+ Excellent IO Options
+ The bloat is not that bad

Cons: - Norton Exists, and must be removed otherwise performance will suck. (Norton is not gaming friendly...)
- 4K screen is a bit washed out in the deep blacks. Otherwise brightness and overall screen quality is very good. After using Apple Retina, I forgot how much I actually missed having a matte screen.
- There should be a lot of warnings about how nVidia Optimus actually works.
- Minor keyboard quibbles, although it could just be new and my fingers need to learn the layout.
- 5400 rpm spinning disk (really? In this day and age?) Could have done 2tb for that instead of one and not had a significant bump in price.
- m.2 slot has a sata 512 SSD. Again, for anyone coming from a spinning disk this is much better than anything you'll have experienced before. But with x4 NVMe the performance could see a massive improvement. The fact it only has 1 m.2 and 1 2.5" bay is limiting.
- Internal speakers are weak. You'd likely be wearing a headset anyway.
- Fan curves are too low for the system by default. Need to be bumped up to keep temperatures under 80C for GPU/CPU
- You have to remove the entire logic board to access ram if you want to go to 32gb.

Other Thoughts: Despite the number of cons, the system is really a powerhouse. Unfortunately there is not a lot of information out there put on the pages for the users to see to let you know how to take advantage of that. First, Norton must go. I use norton on other machines where I know users will be surfing the web without a care. That's where you put something like norton, on a machine where you're not gaming. Other than that, I've not seen too much problem with MSI's software choices.

The most important thing though is nVidia Optimus and the GeForce Experience. When you first start your computer you'll notice your GPU fans aren't spinning. And no settings in the MSI software will make them spin. If you're like me you'll be scratching your head and wondering whether something is broken. You'll also be looking at your GPU temperatures and wondering why the heck its showing N/A. Welcome to Optimus - the software that shuts your dGPU off, unless you tell the nVidia driver which programs you want to use your shiny GTX 1060. (I know I'm going to get some angry people for letting this cat out of the bag, but really it should be here when you're buying the thing) That's right folks, nVidia's tech works on a per-application basis. Meaning if you want a game to run using the GTX 1060 you either have to run the GeForce Experience to optimize the game (which sets the appropriate settings in windows to use the dedicated graphics if it has a profile) or you have to find your game executable and right click, bring up the context menu for the app, select "Run with graphics processor" and select "Change default graphics processor" making sure to select "Choose default graphics processor" -- this will launch the nVidia Control Panel and bring up the per-application graphics settings. If your game exe isn't there... you'll have to add it (such as star citizen). Once added, you can select the preferred graphics processor for this application and select "High Performance NVIDIA Processor"

Also, any applications you want to use the integrated graphics on you can set those settings here too. If you use your laptop for work and gaming, this can be a lifesaver when it comes to battery life. Considering the best you can do with a beast like this is about 3.5 hours (considering the stuffings in here) and about 1 to 1.5 hours of gaming, every setting helps preserve battery life. Also, because of the level of stuff packed in here, there's not a whole lot of room for battery anyway. Other machines with much smaller logic boards pack massive batteries allowing them to achieve their impressive life-spans. Also, heat is the enemy of the battery as much as it is of your components. Thus batteries in high-performance laptops like this simply aren't going to live as long or last as many cycles as batteries in say a mac book pro.

Again, I'm sure that a lot of people will think this is common knowledge enough, but its not obvious by any stretch. And even if it helps one person, that would be a good thing. I took an egg off because of some little minor quibbles (most of my cons) but overall the machine is really performing well now that I know better how to configure it. If you add an 2.5" ssd and NVMe m.2 this system will be so fast you won't care about the rest of the quibbles.

If MSI is listening - kudos on the design, the chassis is very well built and looks good. Per-key lighting would be nice, as would dual thunderbolt 3 ports. The power button and brick attachment are awkward to say the least, and if you could figure out how to make an easy/safe detach power connector and put it in the back and put the power button back on the top where the light is - that would be great. All in all, a very good performing gaming laptop with high portability and excellent design, IMHO.

If I find anything horrific/wonderful, I'll post it in a follow up.

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Verified Owner
1/ 5
A Mess of Technical Issues

Pros: The system is light, and very sleek for a 15 inch laptop. I had no issue carrying it around in my backpack or just in my hand around work and the house. For a gaming laptop, the battery life is adequate but not great. You can expect to get just under 2 hours of unplugged time surfing the web. I did not get a chance to test unplugged gaming time, but I would assume it would be around 1 hour or less. The build quality is solid and it feels very well made. The 4K display looks good, but I would have opted for the FHD instead if it were offered with a 512GB SSD.

Cons: MSI Technical support is horrible, and doesn’t know anything about the hardware they are supporting.

I have had many technical problems with this laptop since receiving it.

This system has an issue where the graphics will stutter briefly on occasion. It is quite evident while playing games. After the stutter, the frame rate will instantly recover, but you can definitely feel the stutter while playing games. I'm not sure what the culprit of this problem is, but it is quite annoying. I have tried updating all drivers and was never able to resolve the problem.

In the past couple weeks that I have owned the system, I have had at least 4 blue screens in Windows 10. I do not think this is software related as I am using the exact same programs that I have used for the past two years on my desktop without any issues (it also has Win 10). All blue screens were encountered while using different applications / games.

The Thunderbolt 3 port does not seem to work properly. I have tried using the TB3 to power two displays using the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Dual DisplayPort adapter, and I was only able to get one display to work at a time. I tried swapping cables, plugging in to different ports on the adapter, etc. Both ports, both cables, and both monitors worked individually, but never together at the same time. When I raised a technical issue with Plugable, they stated that it appears this system does not support dual display over TB3, even though it is advertised on MSI's website. I tested the Plugable TB3 adapter in another TB3 laptop and it worked fine.

I contacted MSI technical support about these issues, and they told me several pieces of inaccurate information: First they told me that USB Type C is the same exact technology as TB3 (it’s not). Second, when I asked the technical support representative to recommend an adapter that WOULD work, he claimed that the adapter that was used to test the TB3 on DUAL 4k monitors was an Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. Apple Multiple Adapter is NOT TB3 and also only has ONE HDMI port, and the representative was unable to tell me how they tested dual monitors with only one HDMI port and no DP/DVI.

The WiFi will randomly stops working. I was using this at work and occasionally, the wireless will stop working and you won't be able to even open the WiFi menu in Windows.

MSI's Dragon Center is extremely annoying. By default, it disables the Windows key for some reason. It does not ask you if this behavior is what you want, but enables it by default. Even after ENABLING the Windows key in Dragon Center, I still was not able to use it. I had to completely close Dragon Center to use the Windows key again.
In addition to the above technical issues, MSI does not respond to emails. I have sent three emails asking where to purchase an additional power adapter, and have not received a single response. I also contacted MSI technical support, and asked them where to purchase an additional adapter. Their only recommendation was to purchase a third party universal adapter.

Other Thoughts: This was my first MSI Laptop and it will definitely by my last.

tl;dr: Lots of technical issues, MSI doesn't respond to customers and has horrible technical support.

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Dear Joshua,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

Please feel free to contact us directly to set up a RMA service with the following information provided to usreview@msi.com.
1. Full name (first, and last)
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3. Physical address
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Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 888-447-6564 (M to F, 5am to 7pm Pacific Time)
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