What you need to know

  • MSI today announced the new Alpha 15 laptop.
  • Aimed at gamers, the Alpha 15 is the first laptop to include AMD's new Radeon RX 5500M graphics.
  • The MSI Alpha 15 is expected to launch later in October with 8GB or 16GB of RAM for $999 and $1,099, respectively.

MSI launched the new Alpha 15 today, which is the first laptop to include AMD's new Radeon RX 5500 series graphics. Aimed at gamers on a budget, the laptop packs in a lot of bells and whistles without breaking the bank.

Inside the MSI Alpha 15, you'll get up to an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor, Radeon RX 5500M graphics with 4GB of GDDR6 video memory, and up to 16GB of RAM. The display is a 15.6-inch 1080p panel with support for AMD FreeSync and options for either 144Hz or 120Hz. There's also optional per-key RGB lighting with a SteelSeries-branded keyboard.

MSI is also talking up the audio on the Alpha 15, which includes the company's "Giant Speaker." Essentially, the speaker sits in a speaker chamber that is five times bigger than normal. According to MSI, this allows the speaker to achieve higher volume while retaining solid bass response.

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Anyone who buys an Alpha 15 before the end of 2019 will also be able to get Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint for free "while supplies last."

The MSI Alpha 15 is expected to go on sale later in October at $999 with 8GB of RAM or $1,099 with 16GB of RAM.