When we think of MSI, we mostly imagine it has high-end specifications and most powerful gaming laptops but MSI also manufactures gaming laptops with limited specifications according to the budgets of the buyers. The latest addition of GL- series is MSI GL63 9RDS. It is limited to some regions and not widely available.
MSI GL63 9RDS Specifications
|Processor||Hexa-core Intel 9th Gen i7-9750H, 2.6 GHz-4.5 GHz|
|Display||15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080), 60Hz, TN LCD panel|
|GPU||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4 GB VRAM, GDDR5|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4 @ 2666 MHz (Max 32 GB), Dual-slot|
|Storage||1TB HDD + 128 GB PCIe Gen-3 NVMe SSD|
|Ports||1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, SDcard slot, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45 Ethernet, 1x MiniDisplay display port, Audio-in, Audio-out|
|Connectivity||Gigabit LAN + Killer Wireless-AC AC 9462 + Bluetooth 5|
|Keyboard||Full-Size SteelSeries Red-Backlit Keyboard|
|Webcam||High Definition 720p Camera|
|Speakers||Dynaudio 2 x 3W Speakers, Nahimic 3 Nahimic 3, Hi-Res Audio|
|Battery||6 Cell battery 41 Watt-hour|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Price||Rs 145,000 (Rs. 135,000 on offer)|
MSI GL63 9RDS Performance
We can’t exactly call it a strictly budget gaming laptop, but we can’t get a lot of budget gaming laptops in this price. And MSI laptop for this price, there are bound to be some compromises. We’re not wrong, really. MSI GL63 9RDS has the latest 9th-gen i7-9750 Hz processor and to get such a processor for this price is really great. But the compromise lies in the graphics department. Because, what we get is the modest GTX 1050 Ti in MSI GL63 9RDS.
And MSI GL63 9RDS is a kind of a bottleneck on its part because while the laptop is capable of running processor-intensive apps like Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and such types of applications without many hiccups, gaming takes a hit. The GTX 1050 Ti might have been a middle of the line graphic card back in 2018, but right now, it’s outdated, and even though we will be able to play most of the games on it, we’ll have to do so in the modest settings.
MSI GL63 9RDS Thermals
The choice of GPU means very less pressure on the CPU and that means less heating up. Because even we use this laptop for long hours of gaming, the MSI GL63 9RDS didn’t really heat up that much. It conduct low usage of CPU compared to the GPU, but safe to say that we’ll get less heating problems. However, even without the heating, long hours can stress out the GPU, and we might face some problem.
This laptop is made for heavy work performances rather than gaming rig. We can do video editing and content writing too but it is limited because of display panel.
MSI GL63 9RDS Display
The MSI GL63 9RDS packs is a 15.6″ Full HD display, with a TN LCD panel. And that is not-so-good viewing angles, and average color distribution and accuracy. So, the screen is another bottleneck for content creation.
The screen is more than enough for regular media consumption or gaming. But the viewing angles and other aspects of the display are fairly good. The brightness is there, and it can make our movies and pictures look better. Also, the screen has considerable bezels around the sides, but that is not real problem because every other gaming laptop around this price category has same.
MSI GL63 9RDS Design
As for the design, the MSI GL63 9RDS follows our typical budget gaming laptop design, which is very similar to the MSI GL63 8SE. It is big, kind of bulky and the build is plastic. With such build, the weight is at 2.2 kg, which feels like the standard weight for a gaming laptop of this caliber and build. The top lid has a smooth matte finish, but this one attracts fewer fingerprints, and even then, the finger smudges are not clearly visible.
The remaining of the design footprint is still the old classic MSI. It has two air vents at the back and both sides of the body. The lid has two red strips, which do not glow, and the MSI Dragon shield which glows when turned on, nothing new. And even inside, the design remains unchanged. We can get the standard keyboard layout with extra keys on top for the cooler boost fans and the Dragon center.
There is very less flex on the keyboard deck and surrounding areas even with a plastic build, but the lid does flex quite a bit. Maybe it is prone to some durability issues, especially on the lid. And another thing is, we can’t open the laptop singlehandedly, which is important very some. So, this is something that gives a gaming vibe but doesn’t scream gaming like others. And there’s nothing fantastic about it either. MSI GL63 9RDS is like an old MSI laptop with a new processor.
MSI GL63 9RDS Ports and Speakers
MSI’s gaming laptops come with a great selection of ports. We will get plenty of them and they are three USB As, a USB-C (without Thunderbolt 3), a Mini Display port, an Ethernet port, an HDMI, an audio-in and audio-out, and an SD Card slot.
Another good thing about this laptop is the loudspeakers. MSI’s Giant Speakers are present here as well, and the giant speakers are plenty loud. Even with the fans running on full throttle, we can hear your music videos or game sounds. But in very high volumes these loudspeakers are prone to some distortion.
MSI GL63 9RDS Keyboard and Trackpad
MSI GL63 9RDS include Steel Series keyboard. MSI’s budget gaming laptops don’t have the full RGB individual key backlighting treatment. We can only get Red backlighting, 4 levels of it, actually and there are no programming individual keyboards, either.
But still, Steel Series keyboard is one of the good ones out there. The keys are soft but it provides good tactile feedback. There’s a right amount of mushiness to it and ample key travel. Overall, typing and gaming experience is good enough, though not as good as on higher-end MSI gaming laptops.
However, you can’t say the same for the track-pad. Not the worst trackpad I’ve ever used, but this is a serious compromise on MSI’s part. Tracking is okay, but sometimes, can take a lot of effort. Scrolling with it is a pain in the neck, and gestures are a hit or miss. Sometimes they work, and sometimes, it takes some more coercion. So, do yourselves a favor, and use an external mouse.
MSI GL63 9RDS Memory and Storage
In terms of memory, there’s 8 GB of RAM, but only in a single channel. 8 GB is enough for the most part. So, if we put another 8 GB stick in there, that dual-channel memory might improve the performance even further.
As for the storage, we can get 128 GB NV Me PCIe Gen 3 SSD, and a 1 TB hard drive. The SSD is pretty fast as well. It’s not the fastest, but more than enough. Of course, the 128 GB might not be enough, so, we have to stick to having only Windows and the most important of software in there. For the rest of it, we can get 1 TB Hard Drive, so, there are no problems regarding the storage here.
MSI GL63 9RDS Battery
The laptop consists of 41 Watt-hour battery which will last up to 2.5 hours on normal usage but maybe close to an hour for gaming. So, we’ll have to carry our charger around if we’re taking it to different places.
MSI GL63 9RDS Pricing
It is available in Nepal, for a price of Rs.1,45,000, which is probably equal to some $900 to $1000.
MSI GL63 9RDS Pros & Cons
Good price to performance ratio
Outdated graphics card
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