In this article, we compare the Razer Blade 15 and MSI GS65. Two popular thin and light gaming laptops. And to be honest, it is a difficult choice between the two. Here’s what you need to know about the Razer Blade 15 vs MSI GS65 before pulling the trigger.
|Razer Blade 15||MSI GS65|
|Build Quality (5)||5||3|
|Display (5)||4 (Full HD)||4 (Full HD)|
|Battery Life (5)||3||3|
Razer Blade 15 – Pros & Cons
Slim & Lightweight
Easy To Upgrade
Great Build Quality
Higher Configurations Are Pricey
4K Display Reduces Battery Life
MSI GS65 – Pros & Cons
Slim & Lightweight
Flipped Motherboard Makes It Difficult To Upgrade
Differences Between Razer Blade 15 And MSI GS65 Stealth
The Razer Blade 15 has an Advanced and base model. Advanced models have RTX graphics whiles the Base model either has RTX 2060 or GTX 1660 Ti graphics. Both laptops have 9th Gen Intel Core i7 and can take up to 32GB RAM.
- Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2019: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti, 15.6" FHD 1080p 60Hz, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
- Razer Blade 15: World's Smallest 15.6" Gaming Laptop - 60Hz Full HD Thin Bezel - 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H 6 Core - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q - 16GB RAM - 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD - Windows 10
- Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2019: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 15.6" FHD 1080p 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
- Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2019: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 15.6" FHD 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
- Razer Blade 15: Worlds Smallest 15.6in Gaming Laptop - 60Hz FHD i7-8750H NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q - 16GB RAM - 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD - Windows 10 (Renewed)
- Blade 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i7-8750H - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 - 512GB Solid State Drive - Mercury White CNC Aluminum (Renewed)
MSI GS65 belongs to the GS family which is mainly comprised of thin and light gaming laptops. The MSI GS65 has a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB RAM and RTX 2080 Max-Q.
- MSI GS65 Stealth-006 15.6" 144Hz Ultra Thin and Light Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 16GB DDR4, 512GB Nvme SSD, Win10
- MSI GS65 Stealth-483 15.6" Gaming Laptop, 240Hz Display, Thin Bezel, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX2060, 16GB, 512GB NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3
- MSI GS65 Stealth-004 15.6" Razor Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop NVIDIA RTX 2070 8G Max-Q, 144Hz 7ms, Intel i7-8750H (6 cores), 16GB, 256GB NVMe SSD, TB3, Per Key RGB, Win10P, Matte Black w/ Gold Diamond cut
- CUK MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Gamer Laptop (Intel i7-8750H, 32GB DDR4 RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Max-Q, 15.6" FHD 144Hz 7ms, Windows 10) Ultra Thin & Light Gaming Notebook Computer
- MSI GS65 Stealth15.6" 144Hz 7ms Ultra Thin 4.9mm Bezel Gaming Laptop, GTX 1070 8G, i7-8750H (6 Cores) 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, RGB KB VR Ready,Metal Chassis, Black w/ Gold Diamond Cut, Win 10 Home 64bit
- MSI GS65 Stealth Thin-051 15.6in Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-8750H, 144Hz, GTX1060, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Win 10, VR Ready (Renewed)
Design & Build Quality
The Razer Blade 15 is available in three colours – black, mercury white and pink quartz. Black is the most common out of the three.
The Razer Blade 15 is one of the cleanest gaming laptops out there. The only giveaway is the green Razer logo that lights up. And the ports, that has green accents. Aside from that, everything else is black. Overall, it looks like a black MacBook Pro.
When it comes to build quality, the Razer Blade is solid. Made from CNC milled aluminium. The Razer Blade has no flex and warping. The gaming laptop is one sturdy and rigid device. Unfortunately, it is a serious fingerprint and smudge magnet.
The Razer Blade 4.63 lbs (2.1 kg) and it’s 0.7 inches thick. A thin and light gaming laptop that you can easily carry anywhere.
The laptop also has a decent port selection including a Thunderbolt 3 port. This allows you to hook it up to high-resolution displays or the Razer Core X eGPU.
Overall, the Razer Blade 15 has a solid build quality and a clean design. One of the best out there.
The MSI GS65, on the other hand, has a decent build quality. For a premium gaming laptop, you would expect at least a solid build quality.
The MSI GS65 is made from aluminium alloy. Smooth to the touch and somewhat a fingerprint magnet (Razer Blade is worse). Compared, to the Razer Blade 15 the MSI GS65 has quite a bit of flex on the display lid. At its price point flex should be non-existent.
Fortunately, MSI makes it up in other areas. And that’s the design. The design tells you this is not your average gaming laptop. A gold dragon logo and accents tell you that MSI gave some thought to the design. It’s beautiful and at the same time not obnoxious.
One of the main reasons why MSI GS65 is popular is because of its attractive design. Moreover, it is in the thin and light category. It weighs 4.35 lbs (1.9kg) and 0.7 inches thick. You can easily move around with it.
When it comes to the port selection, the MSI GS65 has similar ports to that of the Razer Blade including a Thunderbolt 3 port. Overall, the MSI GS65 has decent build quality but it is the design that takes your breath away.
Getting into the Razer Blade 15 is easy to do. Removing the few screws on the back will give you access to the internal components. Once inside, you can upgrade the RAM, SSD and WLAN card. The base model has an HDD bay but at the expense of a smaller battery.
For the MSI GS65, things get difficult once you remove the screws. The motherboard is flipped and so you have to completely disassemble the laptop to get access to the RAM and Wi-FI card.
The two M.2 SSD slot is the only component you can upgrade or replace without completely disassembling it. For inexperienced people, this might be a problem. Because if you do not know what you are doing you can easily damage the motherboard.
To sum it all up, the Razer Blade 15 is easier to disassemble and upgrade than the MSI GS65.
The Razer Blade 15 employs a different cooling solution than the other gaming laptops. It makes use of a slim vapour cooling system and two fans.
First things first. Thin and light gaming laptops run hot. Only a few gaming laptops can run cool. Regrettably, the Razer Blade 15 and MSI GS65 are not part of them.
Back to the Razer Blade. The slim vapour cooling system contains a coolant (air, gas or liquid). In this case, air for the Razer Blade. The air absorbs heat from the surrounding areas and moves towards the fans.
The fans then cool the air by getting rid of the heat and the process is repeated. Unfortunately, this process doesn’t do a great job at keeping the Razer Blade cool. It gets so hot that the CPU thermal throttles for temperatures to drop.
The MSI GS65 uses the traditional cooling system. i.e fans and heat pipes. The MSI GS65 has an asymmetrical cooling system. Three fans and four heat pipes. One heat pipe is shared between the CPU and GPU. Two extra fans cool the GPU whiles the remaining fan cools the CPU.
Unfortunately, the MSI GS65 runs at high temperatures and thermal throttles. The good news is that it doesn’t thermal throttle below base clocks.
However, you will have a much more difficult applying the thermal paste on the MSI GS65 because of the flipped motherboard.
The Razer Blade has more display options than the MSI GS65. For the display resolutions, you can choose between a Full HD (1920 x 1080), 4K (3840 x 2160) and 4K OLED. The 4K OLED has the highest colour accuracy, gamut, great viewing angles and brightness.
Everything about the display is superb. Second place is the 4K UHD and the last place is the FHD. The FHD display is decent and has above colour accuracy. However, it is dim and outdoor use will be quite difficult.
The good news is that it has the highest refresh rate options. You can choose between a 60Hz, 144Hz and 240Hz refresh rate. That means if your Razer Blade 15 can play games on high FPS. You won’t experience screen tearing, stuttering and ghosting.
The 4K and 4K OLED only have 60Hz refresh rate. On a side note, the 4K options are a touchscreen.
The MSI GS65 only has a single display resolution – Full HD. There are no options for 4K and 4K OLED. Also, the Full HD comes with a 144Hz or 240Hz refresh rate.
The MSI GS65’s display has a higher colour accuracy than the FHD Razer Blade. In addition to that, it has great viewing angles and sharpness. The brightness is the same as the FHD Razer Blade.
Overall, both laptops offer fast displays that are great for gaming. Unless you pick the 4K or 4K OLED Razer Blade 15. The MSI has the advantage in colour accuracy and gamut.
Keyboard & Touchpad
The Razer Blade 15 has a stiff keyboard. The keys are shallow and the tactile feedback is average. It is a full-size keyboard with no Numpad. The keys are RGB backlit which Razer calls Chroma. All in all, there is nothing special about the keyboard.
The trackpad, however, is great. It’s large, smooth and accurate thanks to Windows Precision drivers. It also supports Windows gestures.
The MSI GS65 has a slightly better keyboard than the Razer Blade 15. The key travel is decent and keys are spongy. Tactile feedback is also decent. The MSI GS65’s keyboard is also RGB backlit. The touchpad is Windows Precision and gestures enable. It also large and has a smooth finish.
The most important part – performance. Both gaming laptops are powerful. And you will be able to get high FPS on AAA title games. If both have the same configuration. The performance difference won’t be much.
Overall, performance especially gaming performance won’t be an issue here. Because both gaming laptops will tear through a lot of AAA title games and heavy loads.
The Razer Blade 15 has different battery capacities depending on the model. The base model packs a 56WHr because of the HDD bay. Battery life will be between 4-5 hours under consistent use with Wi-Fi on and medium brightness. The Advanced model has an 80WHr battery and it’s able to last 6-7 hours.
The MSI GS65 also has the same battery capacity as the Razer Blade 15 Advanced – 80WHr. It can also last 6-7 hours under normal use.
Both the Razer Blade Advanced and MSI GS65 have decent battery lives for a gaming laptop. Other gaming laptops can last 3-4 hours under consistent use.
Razer Blade 15 vs MSI GS65 – Which One To Get?
To be honest, choosing between the two gaming laptops is a difficult choice. Both are powerful, light, thin and have decent battery life. However, the Razer Blade 15 has the better build quality and it is easily upgradeable.
The MSI GS65, on the other end, has a better design, full HD display and keyboard.
The Razer Blade has more display options – 4K and 4K OLED. That is miles above the MSI GS65’s full HD display. Unfortunately, the power consumption is great and reduces battery life.
Overall, if you want an easily upgradeable gaming laptop with great build quality. Then the Razer Blade 15 is the better choice.
If you want a beautiful laptop with a slightly better Full HD display. Then the MSI GS65 will automatically become your favourite.