The MSI GL66 is one of MSI’s entry-level laptops, with configurations that are less powerful than those found in the company’s flagship Raider Line but with a bulkier, upgradeable, and more gamer-focused design than the company’s ultra-slim Stealth 15M.
The MSI Pulse GL66’s options are presently divided among shops at this pricing. It has been designed to compete with the best gaming laptops that most people can buy. It is a good choice for a low-cost gaming laptop with lots of flexibility to upgrade components in the future. However, if Newegg eliminates the rebate in the future, it will suddenly find itself priced just marginally lower than far more robust competitors.
With extensive sci-fi design that seems to center on a primary theme of components radiating out from each other, the MSI Pulse GL66 lives up to its name. Although the components begin to overlap, most notably on the laptop lid, this is a touch crowded, but it does come off as distinct rather than generic.
MSI GL66 Tech Specs
|Product Dimensions||0.94 x 14.13 x 10.2 inches|
|Standing screen display size||15.6 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 Pixels|
|Processor||2.4 GHz core_i7 (11th Generation)|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Nvidia RTX 3070|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4|
|Hard Drive Interface||Solid State|
|Hard Drive||512 GB|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR4 SDRAM|
|Memory Speed||3200 MHz|
|Flash Memory Size||16|
|Wireless Type||Bluetooth, 802.11ax|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life||3 hours|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Item Weight||4.63 pounds|
|Power Source||Battery Powered (1 Lithium-ion metal battery required)|
- Excellent gaming performance
- There are two storage disks available
- Easily upgradeable
- Full-sized keyboard
- They are mostly made of plastic.
- It is hot and noisy
- Limited battery life
- RGB keyboard with a single zone and a firm touchpad
Unfortunately, the MSI GL66 suffers from several flaws, the most notable being its battery life. When playing a looping Blu-Ray, the GL66 barely lasts three hours. This was commonplace a few years ago, but not in 2021.
This is not a gaming laptop that can be used without a power source. Therefore it is more of a desktop replacement for people who do not want to spend much money on a desktop replacement. There are also far better gaming laptops available that are a little more costly but offer considerably improved performance and battery life.
Simply put, the MSI GL66 is a great gaming laptop, but there are better options at or just above this price point that are not as hard to come by, making the MSI Pulse GL66 a tough sell for most mid range gaming laptop buyers.