MSI might not be a brand you're that familiar with, but they make some great Windows notebooks.
In particular, MSI has become popular with the gamer crowd in recent years, and its dedicated Gaming Series laptops represent the company at its finest.
But, while there's a lot of gaming focus, there are parts of its lineup that will appeal to someone who's just looking for a powerful portable. There are better places to look for cheaper options, but if you're shopping in the higher end then MSI isn't a brand to ignore.
Here's the very best of what MSI has to offer.
Updated for September 2016 for the refreshed MSI lineup
MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro
It's not exactly an ultrabook, but the Stealth Pro from MSI is the closest you'll come to getting VR-level power from a sleek, slim laptop. The GS63VR may have a boring name, but it's one of the first consumer notebooks to launch with NVIDIAs latest Pascal GPUs on board and as such you get immense gaming performance. Specifically, you're getting a 6GB GTX 1060, paired with an Intel Core i7 processor and super-fast DDR4 RAM.
The Stealth Pro is also fully equipped to be your only PC. Throw in all the ports you can shake a stick at, including USB-C Thunderbolt 3, and you're even enjoying a somewhat future-proof experience.
The Stealth Pro is just the beginning of what we hope is a bright future for thin, light, attractive gaming notebooks. You'll always need room for cooling and what not, and this does get a little toasty, but it's almost unbelievable when you look at it and consider what's contained within.
MSI GT72VR Dominator Pro
This one falls under the desktop replacement category, though you could carry the Dominator Pro around with you if you're OK with hauling over eight pounds of laptop in your bag. But what else makes the Dominator Pro a true desktop replacement is its graphics card. There's no mobile GPU in here, oh no — this one packs a full desktop class GTX 1060 or 1070 from NVIDIA.
There's also very little you could ever say was missing on the Dominator Pro, either. It's got the new, future-proofed USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, a Skylake Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, Steelseries keyboard and even an option for Super RAID 4 storage — all of which together is pretty nuts for a laptop.
It's got a built in DAC for supreme audio, and the display has options for NVIDIA G Sync or an Ultra HD 4K panel. With all this awesomeness comes a pretty steep price, and you're not getting in on the Dominator Pro without going over $2,000. But it's all the PC you could ever want, either on the go or at home on your desk.
If you're looking for something with the power of MSI's Gaming Series notebooks but with a more professional appearance, look no further. The PX60 is a stunning looking laptop by any standards.
Much of the Gaming Series goodies can be found within, including NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics, NVMe SSD storage and Dynaudio sound. What you get that the Gaming Series doesn't seem to have right now is USB-C Thunderbolt 3 for super fast data transfer and 4K video output.
The PX60 also benefits from Skylake Core i7 processors and the lack of a 4K display helps keep the price down a little compared to some of MSI's other notebooks. The PX60 can be had for around $1,100, though we've also seen deals as low as $850, so it's worth shopping around.
MSI GT83VR Titan
This thing isn't called Titan for no reason. It is massive. Weighing close to 10lbs, the Titan's incredible size houses something quite special. It has a full mechanical keyboard. Which, for gamers, is superb. But in truth, like the Dominator Pro, the Titan is really only a laptop because of its form factor. It's really a desktop replacement, since you're not going to want to sit it on your lap!
Besides the incredible keyboard, the Titan is packed to the gills with high end hardware, as you might expect. Intel Core i7 processors, 16GB of RAM, Super RAID storage options and an NVIDIA 10 series graphics cards, even up to an SLI GTX 1080 configuration! The display is a whopping 18.4-inches at 1080p resolution with anti-glare.
The other thing large about the Titan is its price. As incredible a machine as it is, it's also not one for the casual buyer. You'll need to drop serious cash to pick one up.
MSI Ghost Pro
Power and performance doesn't always have to mean carrying around a slab of concrete in your bag. The Ghost Pro is MSI's blend of all-out specs and slim form factor, giving you not only a capable gaming laptop, but one you can take on the road with relative ease.
MSI isn't shy about its claims of being the thinnest and lightest 15.6-inch gaming notebook you can buy. It weighs just over 4lbs (1.9kg), which is insane considering what's inside — that'd be an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB graphics card, and up to 512GB Super RAID and 1TB HDD storage. Add in a gorgeous 3K or 4K display and you've got something capable of handling most anything you can throw at it while looking stunning and being portable enough you'd actually be OK throwing it in your bag.
The Ghost Pro should also be available for a good discount on its original price given the recent upgrades with 10 series graphics cards to much of MSI's lineup.