Comes the month, comes the deals. It’s Black Friday season, and while that used to conjure up images of long queues and aggressive trolley loading, Cyber Week is now a somewhat quieter, more convenient affair, thanks to the e-commerce gods.
MSI is seizing the day – all week, in fact, from November 21 to 30 – and slashing the prices of several of its laptop lines by as much as 35%.
These are the biggest discounts on the official MSI store all year round which means it’s the best time to buy that new gaming laptop you’ve been umming over and ahh-waiting for the past few months let me just drop my check calculations here… carry the 1, square root of Pi… straight away.
Prices have been creeping up everywhere in life over the past few months, it feels like that. Well, this is our chance to fight back against that. Scream at the machine. By buying one. Gaming laptops start at a fairly affordable £599, and that gets you a spec that includes 11th/12th Gen Intel CPUs and RTX30-series GPUs. Beam-like beauty is back on the menu, guys.
MSI’s gaming laptop ranges are divided into the Katana GF, Crosshair, Vector GP and Stealth GS series. Here’s what those demarcation lines mean when you’re shopping for a new portable gaming command center.
The Katana GF Series models provide an accessible entry point to gaming. They’re fast enough to make use of the onboard 144Hz panels though, so high frame rates aren’t an issue.
The Crosshair series laptops go up a notch in price and performance, retaining the core gaming features of more expensive models higher up the ladder without driving the prices into the higher echelons. The Cooler Boost 5 thermal solutions on Crosshair models are designed to keep performance levels super high even when your GPU is hard at work. Check out the limited Crosshair 15 Rainbow Six Extraction Edition if you and your friends want to save the world from alien goo.
Next, the Vector GP series laptops are powerful gaming beasts with a secret weapon. Not only can they absolutely shred any graphically demanding game you throw their way, they can also handle complex technical tasks. These models offer the ability to switch between discrete and MSHybrid/Nvidia Optimus graphics modes, and the cooling is so substantial you can push their overclock quite far too. i9 CPUs and RTX 3080s are available in this range.
And then there are the Stealth GS models. This is where high-end gaming performance meets a super-sleek, sleek design. These laptops feature the world’s thinnest fan blades (smaller than 0.1mm to keep components cool), so even if you’re running Cyberpunk to the max, your laptop won’t betray the game by panting like a commercial airliner for function .
If you’re thinking more about productivity than morbid reflections and ridiculously high frame rates, it’s worth delving into the day-to-day usage ranges. From £449 you get 12th gen Intel CPUs in this range.
Check out the Summit Evo, Prestige Evo, and Modern series if you’re looking for a work machine that can also swing a few frames at the latest PC games.
Check out MSI’s official store for the latest gaming laptop deals during the Black Friday discount period.