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Gaming laptops are known to be bulky by design. MSI broke those shackles by making slim gaming laptops that gave us excellent performance. In this MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 review, we’re taking a look at one such laptop that comes with an impressive array of specs at a price point that’s very affordable by most gamers.
With this MSI laptop, we get pretty good stuff like a 144Hz screen, high-res audio, per-key RGB keys, and other things that mean so much to the gaming community. Whether you’re a gamer or someone who has a serious need for a graphically-perfect laptop, then this one should have your interest by now. Let’s dive in and see if this gaming laptop is worth its price tag.
With dimensions of 14.08 x 9.76 x 1.08 inches, this laptop is not as slim as the other one we’ve seen from the house of MSI. It is common to expect bulky laptops of gaming machines and the same seems to be true here as well. Having said that, you can move around with this laptop even if it weighs around 5.5 pounds as it shouldn’t be that hard.
From the looks perspective, you can see a gorgeous laptop in black that comes with a neat design that doesn’t come off as too clunky. The bezels around the display are quite slim and it helps a bit in reducing the overall footprint of the laptop by a small amount.
Being a gaming laptop, this MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 comes with a good cooling system in place. You can find air vents all over the place and they play a significant part. The cooling system inside this laptop comprises 2 fans and 7 heat pipes and they do a fantastic job when it comes to maintaining the overall temperature of the laptop even during a hardcore gaming marathon.
The keyboard on this laptop deserves a special mention. We have a per-key RGB keyboard from steel series and it is a stellar addition to this laptop. With this keyboard, you will be able to customize every key to your liking which takes customization to a whole new level.
As far as the typing experience is concerned, this keyboard gives you a solid one. The key travel is deep enough and it doesn’t affect your speed or accuracy in any way which is nice.
The trackpad on this device is a standard one as you would expect in an MSI laptop. It works well and gives you a super smooth surface for all your Windows gestures. If you are serious about gaming, then we recommend getting a gaming mouse so that you can get the best gaming experience.
The display we have in this MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 is a 15.6-inch one that comes with full HD resolution. This 1080 p display is a pretty good one as it gives you decent pixel density and delivers solid quality in terms of pictures as well as text. One of the defining features of the display is the refresh rate of 144 Hz. This refresh rate allows you to have a smooth gaming experience when you’re dealing with fast-moving objects.
The display, as a whole, gives you A pleasant viewing experience when dealing with games that have a lot going on at the same time. The motion blur is also limited to a minimum which is nice considering the price of this laptop.
The display covers 72% of the NTSC color gamut and almost 100% of the sRGB color gamut. This kind of color accuracy makes this display a good candidate for editing photos and other color-related applications as well.
A 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor powers this MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 laptop. This processor is one of the best ones you can find right now and it comes with a base clocking frequency of 2.6GHz. Being a hexa core processor, there is no lack of processing power here and it can run pretty much any application you want without any issues whatsoever.
The processor can also give you more power with the help of the Turbo Boost functionality which enables it to clock to a maximum of 5.1GHz. It also has an Intel Smart cache memory of 12 MB which will come in handy when running regular applications like spreadsheets and web browsers.
The processor is not going to be the bottleneck when it comes to running your favorite games. It is fully packed with a lot of processing power which means you will absolutely kill it when it comes to launching games and other heavy applications that are resource hungry.
The memory department on this laptop compliments the processor nicely. We have 16 gigs of DDR4 memory that is pretty good for gaming laptops. This RAM allows you to run games smoothly without giving you any lag. Though the performance of the games is more dependent on the graphics cards, this memory does play an important role. If you are someone who loves to multitask, this memory will be of great use to you.
Storage is one of the most important components of a laptop especially when it comes to gaming. In this MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062, we have 512 GB solid-state drive as the storage. This solid-state drive is a very good one when it comes to speed and performance. Older gaming laptops used to come with a traditional mechanical hard drive that is very slow in nature.
In comparison, the SSD on this laptop is at least 15 times faster than the traditional ones and delivers a fantastic performance. If you’re coming from a mechanical hard drive, then there is no way you’re going back to one after you use this laptop.
The solid-state drive helps in launching even high-end games quickly thereby reducing the waiting time significantly. It also loads the operating system fast in just a few seconds. Do you may not notice it, the SSD plays a very important role when it comes to maintaining a smooth performance throughout the operating system.
The graphics card we have here is an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. This is a high-end graphics card and is the second-best one when it comes to laptops. With this graphics card, you are very safe for high-end gameplay for the next few years to come.
This graphics card is based on Turing architecture and comes with support for retracing and deep learning sampling system. These are high-end features and they deliver excellent performance when it comes to games and even other graphics needs.
When it comes to playing games, you will have a stellar experience as you don’t have to meddle with any of the settings and you can run them on ultra settings all the time. Since this gaming graphics card will be relevant at least for the next few years, you don’t have to worry about anything.
The MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 comes with several connectivity options. You get a couple of USB type a 3.2 ports, are USB type C 3 .1 port, a mini display port, an HDMI port, and SD card reader, and an audio jack. There is also an ethernet port that allows you to get excellent internet speeds.
The laptop also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in. The Wi-Fi we have here is Wi-Fi 6 AX201 which is the latest you can get and it gives you fantastic internet speeds and minimum latency which is very important for gaming. Bluetooth 5.0 is another huge improvement and makes wireless connectivity a breeze.
When it comes to battery life, gaming laptops usually fall behind. The story is not much different on this laptop as well. With light use, the laptop can last for about 5 to 6 hours which is pretty decent. But when you are gaming, you will be surprised to have a back up of more than 2 to 2.5 hours. This is why we always recommend plugging in your laptop whenever you game.
MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 Review – Summary
The MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 is an excellent gaming laptop and it comes at a price that is neither too cheap not too expensive for a common gamer to afford. This MSI laptop does well when it comes to gaming and gives you a solid performance without any compromises. The laptop also does an incredible job in other areas as well making it a fantastic laptop for the price.