If you are looking for a new gaming laptop under Rs 1 lakh in 2019, chances are that you will stumble upon many options with impressive specifications list and some USP of its respective brand. A couple of weeks ago, we tried out the new HP Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop and found its rugged yet minimalist design to stand out. There was Asus’ ROG Strix G that came with its flashy design with a brushed aluminium finish and cool light bar. Both of these laptops cater to the majority of gamers who prefer either of the approaches to a gaming laptop.
But what if you want something that offers the best of both worlds? A laptop that looks classy, is light enough to carry around effortlessly and doesn’t compromise at all in performance – all of this under Rs 1 lakh. MSI has just come up with something that fits the bill in the form of the MSI GF63 Thin gaming laptop. Priced at Rs 94,990, it promises a lot on paper and to any casual gamer, it will make a lot of sense.
Impressed with what MSI had to offer, I picked it up for a few days as my daily laptop and used it extensively for gaming. And at the end of two weeks, I was more than just being impressed.
Design: Right mix of class and style
The whole idea behind the MSI GF63 Thin is to offer a gaming laptop that’s thin enough to carry around. And I can say that MSI has achieved that with its very light overall weight of 1.8Kg. This makes carrying it around with you as easy as carrying a regular laptop. This slim chassis means it can easily slip in your daily backpack without trouble.
However, this being an MSI laptop means the design part isn’t compromised in any way. The GF63 Thin gets a very smart and clean design with classy touches here and there. The top of the lid is made of metal with a brushed aluminium finish that looks gorgeous. And the red MSI logo only adds to the gamer appeal. The sides have some busy bodywork with fake grilles towards the front but real ones at the back. Most of the vents are positioned in a way to direct the heat away from your hands.
You will find you a regular host of connectivity ports such as 1x Type-C USB3.2 Gen1 port, 3x Type-A USB3.2 Gen1 ports, an RJ45 Ethernet port, and two dedicated ports for headphone as well as a microphone.
Open the lid and you are greeted with a neatly laid out keyboard deck. The only hint of this being a gaming laptop is the red accent of the keyboard. Rest of the space inside carries the brushed Aluminium finish with a big and highly responsive trackpad and a regular keyboard with well-spaced out big keys. I like how MSI has fused the power button in the deck. The display has thin bezels around with the top sporting a webcam and slightly thicker chin housing the display drivers.
All in all, the MSI GF63 Thin is a smartly designed gaming laptop with the right mix of class and style. This is the kind of laptop that anyone would like to flaunt.
Display: Just perfect for an entry-level gaming laptop
Regular gaming laptops flaunt big screens with high refresh rate LCD panels but in the affordable segments, you will have to give up some of the premium features. In order to keep the costs low, MSI is offering a 15.6-inch Full HD+ display with a regular refresh rate of 60Hz.
While the display seems ordinary on paper, the screen is extremely vibrant with its colour reproduction. Whether you are playing games or watching movies, the display always produces vivid colours in wide viewing angles and high brightness levels. And that’s what enhances the experience with every game on the GF63 Thin.
Performance: Not the ultimate but great for its price
The GF63 Thin is meant for casual gamers looking to play the latest games in decent graphics and high frame rates. And that’s also reflected in its spec sheet. For the base variant, you will get a 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H processor paired along with 8GB RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD storage. For graphics, MSI is offering an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with the Max Q architecture carrying 4GB VRAM.
This is a solid midrange setup for a gaming laptop and considering the hardware limits, the laptop performs really well. The regular laptop stuff such as working on documents or web browsing is done effortlessly. When it comes to gaming, the GF63 doesn’t disappoint in any way. I played some of the latest titles such as F1 2019, NFS Payback, Watch Dogs 2, Wolfenstein YoungBlood, Control and Project Cars 2. And with all of these games, I managed to play them at high to ultra graphics at consistent frame rates of 50-60fps. The Core i5 processor has its shortcoming when compared to a regular Core i7 chip and that shows in the overall performance.
F1 2019 is my favourite game and I keep playing it at a stretch of 3-4 hours on weekends. During my heated sessions, the laptop body warmed up but the performance never suffered, which can be attributed to the great cooling solutions.
However, as with all gaming laptops, the GF63 suffers when it comes to audio performance. The audio quality from the speaker is just good enough for your occasional YouTube sessions – it’s very tinny and the volume is low. While you are gaming, you would feel the need to use your headphones or external speakers.
As for battery life, under normal usage scenarios such as web browsing, typing long documents, streaming music and copy/pasting files from external drives, the laptop can manage to stay alive for up to 4 hours at max with the power saver mode switched on. This isn’t great by regular laptop standards but for a gaming laptop, it’s good given the powerful internals inside.
When you are buying a regular laptop, you know what you want and chose accordingly a PC that suits your requirements. With a gaming laptop, it’s also the same but the affordability factor comes into play. For most gaming laptops under Rs 1 lakh, you will have to put with compromises such as an average display, heavy body or slightly older internals. With the MSI GF63 Thin, these compromises are a lot lesser. You are getting the latest 9th Gen Core i5 processor, a powerful Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics card and a great display – all of that packaged in a classy and lightweight body that feels premium. For someone new to gaming, this is more than enough. Even if you want a premium laptop with lots of raw horsepower, the GF63 Thin is practical as an everyday laptop with its lightweight build and decent battery life.