Soon after the international exhibition, MSI, which is becoming more and more powerful in the IT market, brought its new top-of-the-line laptop (a member of the Leopard family called GP66) to Hungary. Manufacturers’ products have been raising standards in the past, but competition in this field is fatal, and there are flaws on the deck at any time. We can see what he knows, the strength of this machine.
The discreet True Gamer inscription on the box already hints at what one can expect, and after first glance at the product, we will never doubt that fate combines it with a portable laptop. Although the shell lacks colorful decorations and flashing LEDs, the radical design reminiscent of a sports car undoubtedly makes this product suitable for whom.
MSI Leopard GP66 is not an elegant and sexy ultrabook. It can only be bought in trials or coffee shops. It is a chunky and powerful beast that can illuminate a high-performance structure from its body.
The design elements used on the screen also reflect this. Today, lifestyle machines have no fashion style, and robust, belligerent solutions dominate here. The sides and top of the coffee are not particularly thin, but the bottom is particularly strong. The hinge is very sturdy and stable, and it still doesn’t seem to shake even after many years of use.
The midnight black aluminum appearance of the model looks good, but the fingerprints on it are ugly. There is no reason to complain about input and output. In addition to mandatory HDMI, it also has LAN, USC-C with DisplayPort support, and three USB-As (3.2). This 35 cm wide product is 2.4 cm thick and weighs 2.4 kg, so it is far from the most elegant and lightest laptop in the world, but it is still relatively easy to carry.
The device can be provided in several configurations as usual, but each configuration has relatively high performance.We have 16 GB of RAM, an 8-core Intel i7 (i7-1080H) processor and some nice NVIDIA RTX3070 dedicated video cards, and a Added Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated graphics chip. Therefore, in this form, it is a smaller portable power plant, making it ideal for running high-capacity applications.
You can play games well, even modern games with high-end graphics can run smoothly without any problems. In addition, MSI Leopard GP66 can be used with design programs, video editing or image editing software. Of course, this also means that it is very fast in daily use (Internet, chatting, watching videos, taking pictures). Therefore, it is suitable for almost all situations in which people use laptops today. When the hardware runs to the top, the built-in cooling system can handle a lot of heat, but it’s only a bit confusing when the fan makes a big hum. Although, if you wear headphones or roll up the sound, there is no particular problem.
It is equipped with a 15.6-inch full HD LED LCD display with a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz. So far, it sounds good, but I don’t like the lack of dynamic refresh rate technology. In fact, you can do without it, but it would be a good thing to have G-Sync support for games. The maximum brightness is 370 nits, which is enough to meet family conditions, but the contrast is a bit low, and the maximum is only 910:1. However, it is true that few people pay attention to these things when playing.
Its performance in terms of color space coverage is moderate, so all in all, we want to say that there are better graphics processing products on the market. The backlight source provided by the LED is evenly distributed, and we have not encountered any problems in this field. The motion display is very good, we did not have any abnormal phenomena at all, that is, ghosting, repetition, knotting, dragging and re-shooting. For gamers’ laptops at this price, this is indeed a basic requirement.
Battery, sound, keyboard
MSI has built a keyboard developed by the peripheral equipment expert Steel Series into the product. Therefore, the keyboard is simply perfect. The pressure path and resistance of the button are correct. They remain stable and do not shake. The same can be said for medium-sized touchpads. According to our experience, this is very useful for triggering traditional mice. All in all, there are no complaints about input devices.
However, since only 65 wH batteries are included, they could have paid more attention to batteries. For an ordinary 14-inch laptop, this is still a great value, but for such a bull-headed, relatively high-powered machine, this is not enough. This means that if we drive the iron hard, the uptime is usually less than 5 hours. And now the interval is very small. The product has a built-in sound system with two speakers, which can produce sound of average quality. It will come in handy when no one else is nearby, but even cheap external speakers can provide better sound quality. , But there are some small problems in clarity, depth, dynamics and proportions. This is not a problem when playing games or shooting, but there are not many opportunities to listen to music.
The price of this product is about 600,000 HUF, you can already expect that much money. MSI Leopard GP66 jumped up with confidence in many ways. Its display is moderate, its battery is not real, and these two components don’t seem to contain everything. On the other hand, the performance is top-notch, and the handling and design are also very good. Therefore, we can say that this machine is particularly recommended for gaming.
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