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MSI vs Asus ROG and 15" vs 17" for gaming laptop buy

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So I'm getting myself a gaming lappy.  I want something easily portable that I can take with me to do stuff on the go, but decent on the gaming front to be able to sit on the couch or wherever I am and play stuff.

 

I've narrowed it down to a couple of choices that I like.

 

https://au.msi.com/Laptop/GS65-Stealth-8SX

https://au.msi.com/Laptop/GS75-Stealth-9SX

or

https://www.asus.com/au/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-Zephyrus-S-GX502/

https://www.asus.com/au/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-Strix-SCAR-III/

 

So now I"m at the pointy end.  I'm kinda leaning to MSI 15" right now, but I'm really not sure because the 17" are nice.  Reviews I've seen say that all the above are great laptops.  The ROG has a really nice look and seem sturdier.  The  ROG 17" is heavy tho.

 

Any thoughts from the hive mind?

 

 

 

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I've found Asus gaming laptops to be better built than the MSI laptops in general. We used to see a few hinge issues on MSI a few years ago. Probably have that sorted by now but they still don't feel as robust. 

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I have an Acer gaming laptop (Acer Predator Helios 3000 2017 model).

Never used a MSI or ASUS gaming laptop but I'd probably get the ASUS one as my previous two laptops were ASUS.

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Interesting that the only feedback has been on the brand not the size.  I'm worried that the 17" will be too bulky to be useful as a laptop (ie easy portability/mobility) but that the 15" screensize will be too small when gaming.  

 

Does size matter, or is it all about how you use what you've got? 😛

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Where are you taking it? How often are you taking it somewhere? 17" definitely feels huge in a world of 13"-15" laptops. But if it's alonly the occasional trip it's quite doable. Definitely not commute friendly though. 

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Another thing: the bigger the screen the more pixels, the harder that GPU will need to work after a year or so.

 

I like the screen size on my 15" laptop well enough, but it has been too bulky to use comfortably when commuting, and I only picked it over the 14" at the time because I wanted a numpad.

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So what did you get?  How has it turned out?

 

I've always opted for a 15.6" for a gaming laptop - which I then end up using for home office stuff.  But for me it's the right balance between portability and use.  I don't often move it around but when I do I need to carry it all day.  I find the screen size fine for gaming.  My last purchase was in October and ASUS hit the sweet spot for value.

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I ended up with the MSI GL65.

 

https://www.jw.com.au/msi-gl65-9sck-018au-15-6-120hz-gaming-laptop-i7-9750h-16gb-512gb-gtx-1650-w10h?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItfzk86XZ5wIVSKSWCh2EDQ0aEAQYCSABEgJczPD_BwE

 

It's not bad. The battery life leaves something to be desired, but that's not uncommon for most gaming laptops and I still get a fair amount out of it (around 5-6 hours or so gaming without tweaking the power settings). It's chunky enough to run what I want with no issues. A little heavier than I would have liked, but the price point was right and it's sturdy and well constructed (it doesn't feel cheap but solid).   I got an extra 2 tB HDD installed on it so it's got plenty of space. The RGB configurable keys are actually pretty good for gaming (I've set the wsad keys to a solid different colour as well as a couple of hot keys and it's made a difference) which is nice.

 

All up, not too shabby. 🙂

 

 

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On 2/18/2020 at 6:25 AM, Chaos.Lady said:

All up, not too shabby.

 

Very nice.  For my part it looks like all you will need, although maybe you'd want to add a monitor (if you don't already have one).

 

Similar to the ASUS TUF Gaming I got - except mine was an i5 with 8Gb RAM for about $1100.  I couldn't justify the extra cost with my wife on maternity leave and me out of work for a few months... although if I had to be honest with myself, the real reason might be that I don't game anywhere near as much as I'd like these days  😞

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