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MSI Stealth GS66 12UHS-216CA 15-inch Gaming Laptop (GS66 12UHS216CA)

MSI Stealth GS66 12UHS-216CA 15-inch Gaming Laptop (GS66 12UHS216CA)

This model ranked #8 among Laptops priced over $1000 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

If you need a gaming PC you can take on the road with you and can afford to iron out most compromises, this could be the laptop you need.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $4020.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Serious Photo Editor
  • Hardcore Graphic Designer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Gamer
  • Serious Music Producer
  • And more!

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck59th percentile
Versatility3th percentile
Power (General Purpose)100th percentile
Power (Graphical)100th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)100th percentile
Storage Space97th percentile
Portability32th percentile
Longevity73th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck41th percentile
Versatility7th percentile
Power (General Purpose)93th percentile
Power (Graphical)100th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)100th percentile
Storage Space90th percentile
Portability54th percentile
Longevity54th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 3840×2160 (4K, UHD, 8.3MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 11, Pro Edition

CPU

Intel Core i9-12900H, 14 cores clocked from 3.8 to 5 GHz

GPU

Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080 Ti, 16 GB

Memory

32 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

1 TB total, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

99.9Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w35.99 × d24.51 × h1.8

Dimensions (in): w14.17 × d9.65 × h0.71

Weight (kg): 2.1

Weight (lbs.): 4.63

Features

  • Backlit
  • Paired Memory
  • RGB Lighting
  • External Power Brick
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Iris or Facial Recognition
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

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Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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Accessories you might need

LG 8x External DVD Writer (GP65NB60)

LG 8x External DVD Writer (GP65NB60)

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Targus Numeric Keypad, Corded (AKP10CA)

Targus Numeric Keypad, Corded (AKP10CA)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$26.
BenQ 22-inch Eye-care Stylish IPS Monitor (GW2283)

BenQ 22-inch Eye-care Stylish IPS Monitor (GW2283)

Specs

Screen

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Pricing

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Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II (51MF1610AA002)

Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II (51MF1610AA002)

Pricing

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