The MSI Stealth 15M is a 15-inch ultralight gaming laptop computer much like Intel’s idea introduced at CES 2021. Gaming laptops are available all shapes and varieties, however, certainly, they’re hardly ever slim and lightweight. The MSI Stealth 15M pushes the boundaries for gaming efficiency / Lbs, a metric that may be key for some customers.

Specs Highlights

This new MSI Stealth 15M options the most recent Intel Core i7-11375H (11th Gen) paired with the brand new NVIDIA RTX 3060 6GB (65W), and that’s fairly an improve from the earlier Core i7-1185G7 + RTX 2060 MaxQ configuration.

This i7-11375H CPU has a base frequency of three.3GHz and might go as excessive as 5.16 GHz, contributing to the excessive single-core efficiency. This laptop computer has a most of 16GB of RAM and as much as 1TB of storage (Kingston SSD mannequin OM8PCP31024F-AI1) at buy time. The person can improve RAM and SSD.

All the small print may be discovered on the official MSI Stealth 15M Intel Gen11 + RTX3060 web page.

Chassis Design

MSI’s Stealth 15M design has an agreeable look, with a barely aggressive look as many gaming merchandise, however to not the purpose of elevating consideration in a company assembly.

It’s even a bit of thinner and lighter than shopper laptops such because the Lenovo Yoga C740 15 with a 1692g weight and 16mm thickness. That stated, the C740 has a 16% bigger battery capability and a extra inflexible chassis, so the burden discount does come at a price.

The MSI Stealth 15M’s chassis has some flex in case you press on and across the keyboard, and the display screen can flex fairly a bit in comparison with different designs. There aren’t any apparent purposeful downsides, however some customers would possibly choose the additional rigidity even on the value of a barely increased weight. You determine.

The mesh in the back and front are nice-looking air intakes that present a really influx of cool air, even in probably the most excessive circumstances.

The rear may be opened for upkeep or to switch the RAM and SSD drive. The SSD entry is straightforward, however the RAM entry is extra difficult, as illustrated within the video beneath. There appears to be sufficient room inside for a second M.2 SSD slot. That will have been a incredible addition for storage growth (video games are huge lately) and even disk cloning.

Keyboard and Trackpad

The Stealth 15M’s keyboard is agreeable, with a key-travel of ~1mm and a non-slip floor that feels dry and clear. MSI appears to be utilizing high quality paint on prime of the plastic, which looks like it’ll maintain nicely over time.

The tactile really feel is fairly good, and the keyboard design was in all probability extra optimized to be skinny than comfy. I just like the RGB LED backlight because it provides a tender glow which makes keys very legible. You’ll be able to select totally different colours, however it will likely be the identical coloration for the entire keyboard (one-zone).

The trackpad’s measurement is akin to different 15.6” laptops (~10.eight sq in) and feels clean. I think that the fabric is Mylar as a result of it’s not fairly the smoothness that I’d count on from a Glass floor, however until you’re a heavy trackpad person, that’s completely okay.

Ports

Gaming laptops hardly ever lack ports, and that’s certainly the case right here, regardless of the skinny chassis. Thunderbolt four is one in every of Intel’s new platform’s cool options, and it improves upon Thunderbolt three in lots of purposeful areas resembling wake-from-sleep or 4K show assist.

2x USB Sort-A, three.2 Gen2
1x USB Sort C, Thunderbolt four
1x Normal HDMI
1x Flash Reader, MicroSD
1x three.5mm audio

The load and total efficiency (extra on that later) make the MSI Stealth 15M some of the transportable gaming laptops we’ve seen. If somebody needs to fulfill with mates frequently exterior their houses, the light-weight might make a giant distinction within the person expertise.

Sound high quality

The audio high quality is nice and with out distortion. The underside-firing audio system do work higher than I’d have anticipated, however the most quantity isn’t that loud. It’s in all probability okay for gaming, however one thing a bit of bit extra highly effective is likely to be higher to look at motion motion pictures, for instance.

The bass could possibly be higher, and the sound considerably lacks “physique,” however the total high quality is appropriate and inside vary of what this type of chassis can ship.

Show

The show we examined is the 144Hz IPS LCD mannequin, and it’s customary for customers to decide on between excessive Hz and excessive coloration accuracy on the subject of IPS LCD. The hinge permits reclining the show to 180-degrees (flat), which isn’t that widespread in gaming laptops.

The 259 NITs brightness is low as laptops usually function mid-300 NITs or increased brightness ranges. Except you propose on gaming open air, this shouldn’t be a difficulty, however you might need to discover a spot with minimal glare.

A decrease color-accuracy (45% NTSC on this case) is usually an accepted tradeoff by players, which is why there’s such a marketplace for 144+ Hz shows. The colours don’t look “unhealthy” in any respect within the context of gaming, however they won’t be correct sufficient for design or video-editing.

If you need a dual-use (Artistic+Gaming) expertise, you’ll be able to go for the 60Hz display screen choice with a significantly better 99% sRGB coloration gamut.

Efficiency

The Intel Core i7-11375H is an 11th Gen Intel processor (aka “Tiger Lake”), and because it was introduced just lately (CES 2021), right here’s a fast overview of what’s modified.

Tiger Lake processors are constructed with a 10nm SuperFin semiconductor course of (aka 10SF) and use Intel’s Willow Cove CPU cores.

The brand new core design brings about 15-20% efficiency on the similar clock, and the 10nm course of can attain 5GHz clock speeds, a 25% enhance from the earlier technology. Lastly, further L2 and L3 cache cut back the probability to be slowed down by RAM accesses.

Launched final month, the Core i7-11375H is a part of the H-series (H35) particularly designed for cell gaming, a brand new class that customers demand, in response to Intel and a number of other OEMs. Every laptop computer design can energy the processor from 28W-35W TDP, relying on their cooling methods. That’s increased than most skinny & gentle, however decrease than a lot greater laptops.

This processor options very excessive single-core efficiency, and that could possibly be a giant benefit in lots of situations the place video games don’t scale past the bodily four cores (eight threads) accessible to the app.

“THE GRAPHICS PERFORMANCE IS WAY HIGHER THAN YOUR TYPICAL CONSUMER 15.6”

As a result of it’s a gaming laptop computer, the graphics efficiency is manner increased than your typical shopper 15.6. Whereas it’s incredible, the value to pay is the shorter battery life for on a regular basis actions resembling internet looking and modifying textual content paperwork.

Trying on the older model of this laptop computer with the RTX 2060 GPU, the RTX 3060 model’s total gaming efficiency is increased because it makes use of the most recent NVIDIA structure, with a extra environment friendly semiconductor course of.

The Ray Tracing pace has elevated as nicely, as illustrated by the 3DMark Port Royal check. Provided that ray tracing’s integration in video games will solely enhance sooner or later, I strongly suggest the RTX 3060 over the RTX 2060.

Portability and Worth

When in comparison with non-gaming 15.6” computer systems, the Stealth 15M options wonderful Gaming Portability (graphics pace/weight) and Gaming Worth (graphics pace/value). You’re primarily getting immense graphics efficiency per greenback and Lbs.

Disk efficiency

Artificial exams resembling CrystalDiskMark or extra real looking disk exams resembling PCMark 10 present the MSI Stealth 15M’s SSD drive lagging a bit in studying efficiency in comparison with methods such because the Lenovo Yoga 9i or a business-oriented laptop computer just like the ThinkPad T480s.

The Writing efficiency is a little more nuanced, and the Stealth 15M finds itself within the center, and total the disk efficiency is respectable however not significantly spectacular.

Battery Life

The battery capability of 52Wh is usually present in 13-inch or 14-inch laptops and is a comparatively small capability on a 15.6-inch laptop computer. That stated, folks aren’t gaming on battery energy as a result of the can draw a lot energy: as much as 150W on this case.

Nonetheless, there could also be a time when it’s essential be on the go and doing different issues than gaming. That’s significantly true for an ultralight resembling this one.

Within the Workplace Productiveness check (internet, spreadsheet, and so forth.), the laptop computer ran these duties continuous for 5h04mn, which isn’t horrible however nicely beneath conventional productiveness laptops such because the Dell XPS13, which lasted for 14h41mn on the similar check.

“2X FASTER CHARGING”

Numbers like these are a basic purpose why Gaming laptops are usually not preferrred for the standard road-warriors employee, even when they’re gentle and small. The upper common energy draw makes power-hungry for easy purposes.

As a proxy for gaming, I ran the 3Dmark Timespy stress on battery: after ~40mn, the efficiency will drop because the laptop computer enter battery saving mode, then 10 minutes later, you’ll get a “battery is working low” warning earlier than an entire shutdown two minutes later, for a complete of 52mn.

Thankfully, the MSI Stealth 15M has a quick charging pace of 55Wh per hour, so everytime you want it, you’ll be able to prime it off shortly and be in your manner. That’s a 2X faster-charging than different non-gaming 15.6” laptops we’ve examined just lately.

The Stealth M15’s USB-C port can also be a charging port. Nonetheless, it’s restricted to 100W as a substitute of the included energy provide’s 150W.

Conclusion

The MSI Stealth 15M gaming laptop computer with Intel Gen11 and RTX 3060 represents a surprising mix of portability and graphics efficiency.

By some estimates, as much as 40% of potential gaming laptop computer consumers wish to have lighter-weight choices. If that’s true, the Stealth 15M might simply fulfill these prospects.

“A STUNNING BLEND OF PORTABILITY AND GRAPHICS PERFORMANCE”

We’ve seen ultralight laptops with discrete GPUs earlier than, however the numbers are clear: there’s no comparability between skinny & gentle laptops with GeForce MX250/1060 Ti and this one with an RTX 3060. We went from ultralights with “some” gaming capabilities to a full-on gaming laptop computer on this case.

Players aren’t the one ones to probably revenue from such portability: Artistic customers who rely on GPU-acceleration for video modifying or 3D rendering might additionally enhance their productiveness. That stated, remember the fact that MSI has particular laptops for these use circumstances, just like the MSI Creator.

General product score: eight.6/10

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