MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop model: A3DDK-012CA

Ranked #1 among Laptops priced $1075 - $1825.

MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop

Quick Description

This laptop aims to deliver satisfying gaming performance at a reasonable price, and it's worth a look if you need a gaming PC that can be set anywhere. You will need to keep an eye out for available power outlets, especially when gaming, but it's nice to have the portability.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 20 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected on 2020-09-11, selling for $1300.

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.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (38.92% of the time to be exact).

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+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $1220.

Available at 2 locations, from $1197

Based on 334 days of observation, the MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop usually costs ~$1300 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $1148.00. If you were waiting for this laptop to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Visions Electronics or Canada Computers at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price3/5
Durability2.5/5
Power3.5/5
General-purpose power3/5
Graphical power4/5
Memory4.5/5
Storage4/5
Portability1/5
Autonomy0/5
Ease of Maintenance2.5/5

Large Laptops

Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price2.5/5
Durability2.5/5
Power3/5
General-purpose power2/5
Graphical power3.5/5
Memory4.5/5
Storage3.5/5
Portability1/5
Autonomy0/5
Ease of Maintenance2.5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price3/5
Durability2/5
Power3.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power3.5/5
Memory4.5/5
Storage3/5
Portability2/5
Autonomy0/5
Ease of Maintenance2/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5500M
Memory: 16.00 GB
Storage: 512.00 GB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1080(141.21ppi)
Dimensions: 35.76 × 24.79 × 2.74 cm
Weight: 2.300 kg

The features

  • Backlit
  • Paired Memory
  • RGB Lighting
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • DisplayPort (mini)
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • 3.5mm Stereo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Optical S/PDIF output
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB 3.2
  • USB Type-A
  • USB Type-C
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • Built-in Number Pad

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement6/10A technician can help you with that
Memory Upgrade6/10A technician can help you with that
Data Storage6/10A technician can help you with that
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

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What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 5/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 5/5
    Music Production 5/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 5/5
    Photo Editing 5/5
    Video Editing 5/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 5/5
    Enthusiast Games 5/5
    Triple-A Video Games 2/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 4/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (3 / 3)

Texts & Numbers (9 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (11 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (3 / 3)

3D and CAD (9 / 9)

Music Production (8 / 11)

Photo Editing (7 / 7)

Video Editing (10 / 12)

Enthusiast Games (65 / 67)

Video Games (13 / 15)

Triple-A Video Games (64 / 69)

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