Joined on 09/03/21
ALERT! Gamer Budget BEAST! *Respectful nod* to Newegg & MSI
Pros: I have had this laptop for close to 6 weeks and used it every day, or else I would not be reviewing. Refer to my overall review. Very simply, if you are a gamer, this thing will probably do everything you need, competitive and average joes alike. If you want a gaming device to play almost any game at max settings, along with every basic PC need coupled with some basic video editing and streaming capabilities. -2.0 HDMI -USC C input -144hz IPS display panel, with awesome contrast and color gamut -Bluetooth -Virtual Reality Ready -i7 11800h Tiger Lake 2.3-4.6GHz 24MB L3 cache -NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB VRAM GPU -1TB HDD & 512 GB NVMe with additional slots -16GB DDR4 3200(2 x 8GB) interchangeable, 64GB max, 2 total slots -Windows 11 was made available to me a couple days out the box
Cons: I have a hard time calling them cons because it does everything as advertised and more, at a great price. -Video editing is limited -Streaming capabilities are limited -Speakers are not very loud or impressive (quick-fix - use headphones or connect speakers) -The most common complaint I see is it is loud, hot, and the battery doesn't last very long. It is only loud once it gets hot, and it only gets hot if you are playing demanding games or for a very long time. The fan will kick on and it is super powerful and will cool your device down in 1-2 minutes. If you are not doing anything demanding, it is as quiet as a mouse, even if you have been on it for hours. Once the fan does kick on yes, it can get a little loud, but that is because it is saving your devices lifespan and quality. And the cooling system is fantastic let me tell you. Like top tier quality. I have NEVER had a problem with overheating. The battery will die in about an hour tops, when you are playing demanding games or even if you have it set on High or Turbo Mode. This is just laptops in general though. When gaming, plug it in, and do not forget to take advantage of the MSI Center software. Not only can you max the charge at a lower percent, to keep your battery healthy, but it has a long list of great features; processor and GPU overclocking, RGB lighting, gaming mode, smart priority, user scenario settings, general settings, MSI companion, system diagnosis, wifi settings. I understand this is not a cons list, but people can be pretty spoiled and needy. When you are spending $1100-$1300 for this BEAST, some features and qualities have to be toned down a bit. If these issues are an issue, go back to your bank and take out twice as much because that is what it costs.
Overall Review: The MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK-34 is an absolute steal. The perfect hardware & software combo, the perfect price point, and last but especially not least, the near PERFECT PERFORMANCE. This thing is a lightweight portable BEAST, especially when it comes to gaming. The Tiger Lake i7 11800H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 - 6GB VRAM, 16GB DDR4 RAM (stock/interchangeable;2slots), 1TB HDD and 512GB SSD, with additional HDD and SSD (2.5"SATA); **I believe, I have not opened this guy up yet, but 98% sure**. Comes with Windows 10 64 bit, but a few days after I took it out of the box, I was given access to Windows 11. Finally, the display. 15.6" IPS 144hz, full HD; 1080p, and has fantastic contrast to color ration. Better than my $1000 TV. Multi-touch, backlight single zone RGB lighting with anti-ghost key (wish for more RGB features but this is why it's called a "budget" laptop). I am more than satisfied with the keyboard, and I dislike most laptop keyboard, and just keyboards in general. Done? Nope. Throw in a built in 720P HD webcam for those zoom conference calls we love to do in our underwear. Did I mention it is virtual reality ready? If you plan on using virtual reality with this, do yourself a favor and just have an Oculus Quest with Half-Life Alyx in the shopping cart with this. You will thank me, thank MSI, Oculus, Half Life Alyx, but MOST importantly thank YOURSELF later after you immerse yourself in the VR world. Just be careful, once you go in, the real world does not stop spinning. Input/Output; 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0. 1 x HDMI (4K @ 60Hz). 1 x RJ-45 (1Gbps) Ethernet port. 1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack. 180-watt AC Adapter to power your 3 cell, 53 Whr Li-Polymer battery. Bonus, the cable is very long, 10 feet, possibly more. All this comes in at about 4.6lbs. I went a little above and beyond here but to be honest this is a beginner review. The length is to do it justice, but I tried to keep it as short as possible for a quick, thorough read of what you are getting. PS, check the picture attached to this review. For one, all those games fit on this PC right out the box, with enough room for your basic PC needs. More importantly they all run at MAX settings, and almost always at least 60FPS, a lot of times more FPS then the 144hz display can dish out. OK, I have to stop here. There is more and there is less I shoulda coulda woulda included, but anyone who wants to know more, probably will do their research on their own.