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The super-thin 17-inch GS75 Stealth from MSI is the ultimate portable laptop powerhouse Featured

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SPONSORED REVIEW MSI’s GS75 Stealth laptop is a special beast, and MSI knows it. Eschewing the familiar black and red livery for diamond-cut, gold edging, dragon logo and hinge details, the GS75 looks simultaneously luxurious and sophisticated.

It will blend in with smart corporate offices and a gaming LANs alike and be envied by all those who see it. However, the real design highlight is that, although it sports a 17.3-inch screen and the fastest components on the market, it weighs just 2.4KG and is just 20mm thick. That means this multi-media monster is actually an ultraportable! Here’s why you’ll want one.

Forgive the cliché, but beyond the stying and the engineering, MSI dials the componentry within the GS75 Stealth up to 11. Even the SD Card reader is turbo-charged, but more on that later.

First up is the screen which uses IPS technology to support close to 100% of the sRGB colour space. Each screen is factory-calibrated meaning what you see is what you get – a major boon for design professionals. The thin bezel maximises real-estate and gamers can enjoy ridonculous 300Hz refresh rates to ensure that ghosting and lag are banished into the void - leaving all motion smoother than silk swathed in butter.

Above the screen is an HD, Windows Hello-compatible, infra-red webcam that allows you to securely login just by looking at it. Below, is the individually-lit RGB Steelseries keyboard which offers customisable lighting and gaming optimisations. It has full-sized arrow keys and a full number pad. Even the trackpad has been enhanced with its friction-free, gesture-friendly, glass-based fabrication, 35%-larger area and 30% improved responsiveness (compared with predecessors). And then there’s the insides...

The GS75 Stealth is available with Intel’s 10th Generation, top-end Core i9 and Core i7 processors which are up to 120% faster than the previous generation. Up to 64GB of DDR4-2666 RAM is supported and there’s space for two, M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe Gen3 (or SATA) hard drives. In short, this thing flies in all 2D applications. Handling the graphics is a choice of Nvidia’s RTX GPUs ranging from the budget-friendly 2060 all the way to the fabulous 2080 Super: all the top, AAA titles will run without stuttering. If you just want to play low-powered competitive games like LoL, CS:GO, Overwatch and Fortnight a variant with the popular, wallet-friendly GTX 1660 Ti GPU is available too.

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Gold grilles and a svelte, 20mm thickness help make the GS75 Stealth seriously desirable.

Of course, with great components comes great heat but the GS75 Stealth is designed to tame the inferno. The stylish vents inhale and expel plenty of air while the bottom-based lattice has been expanded to provide enhanced air intake. This all works in conjunction with MSI’s CoolerBoost Trinity+ thermal technology which includes three, powerful fans (with 67, 0.1mm-tall, laser-etched blades to achieve optimal airflow) plus 7 heat pipes that combine to improve cooling efficiency by 10% over its predecessor.

Keeping you connected

The GS75 Stealth carries an impressive complement of the latest connectivity. There are three, Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports plus a Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 port which supports DisplayPort and Power Delivery for charging peripherals. A Thunderbolt 3 port supports transfer speeds of 40Gbps and can daisy-chain two, additional, 8K displays. There’s also HDMI 2.0, two 3.5mm audio jacks and a UHS-III microSD card reader which supports transfer speeds of 624MB/s. Add to this a Killer Doubleshot Pro Wi-Fi 6 AX 1650 chip for low-latency, high-bandwidth wireless networking that can be combined with the Ethernet port to ensure the fastest, most-reliable connection, and gamers and creative professionals alike have the potential to use the GS75 Stealth as the centrepiece for an ultimate, portable PC set-up.

Multimedia fans will also approve of the audio on offer. The Dynaudio sound system uses a specially designed passive radiator technology which enables a 15% sonorous bass beat, 26% increase to smoothness of high notes plus a 10dBA volume increase over predecessors. This, coupled with Nahimic 3D Audio for gamers, means audio fidelity can be perfectly tuned for all media types.

A generous 82Whr battery will keep you operating away from the mains for many hours while the slim power brick has been further reduced in size by 38%.

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A full-sized, individually-lit, customiseable RGB keyboard and advanced trackpad make the GS75 Stealth a joy to interact with.

The finishing touch is Dragon Center 2020. This is more powerful than ever and can quickly dial down the power for quiet movie moments or ramp it up, with just one-click, to maximise gaming potential through overclocking and memory management. If you’re playing a shooter without a decent crosshair, it even offers one as an overlay and, if you’re into streaming or recording, it will handle that too.

It all amounts to an unholy, ultimate laptop which is devilishly fast, Sylph-like slim and drop-dead gorgeous. Get your hands on one now from $3,469 by taking advantage of MSI’s EOFY special offers. Check out the promotion page to find your nearest dealer, now!

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