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What you need to know

  • MSI has a huge assortment of new laptops and refreshes on the docket.
  • Among those are the Katana GF76 and GF66, Pulse GL76 and GL66, Vector GP76 and GP66, as well as the Sword 15 and 17.
  • The laptops range in price from $1,099 to over $3,000.

MSI has so, so many laptops on its CES 2022 docket. For those with the absolute most pocket change lying around, there are the Raider and Stealth laptops. And for everyone else, there are the Pulse, Katana, Vector, and Sword product lines.

These fancy series names translate to a straightforward sales pitch: Each of the laptops in the aforementioned lines contains displays with gaming-friendly refresh rates, high-end GPUs and CPUs, respectable storage and Windows 11.

Each laptop varies a little in terms of size, weight, and horsepower ceilings, but they're (in general) fairly similar. Check out the following spec tables to see how much overlap there is across the seven machines we have details about.

Katana GF76

Category Spec
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Display 17.3" Full HD (1920x1080)
144 Hz Refresh Rate
IPS-Level panel
Processor Up to latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H Processor
Graphics Up to latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 64GB
Storage Up to 1TB SSD
Camera 30fps@720p
Dimensions 15.67"(W)x10.75"(D)x0.99"(H)
Weight 5.73lb
Ports 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
HDMI
Audio 2x 2W Stereo Speakers
1x Audio combo jack
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer
Hi-Res Audio ready

Katana GF66

Category Spec
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Display 15.6" Full HD (1920x1080)
144 Hz Refresh Rate
IPS-Level panel
Processor Up to latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H Processor
Graphics Up to latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 64GB
Storage Up to 1TB SSD
Camera 30fps@720p
Dimensions 14.13"(W)x10.20"(D)x0.98"(H)
Weight 4.96lb
Ports 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
HDMI
Audio 2x 2W Stereo Speakers
1x Audio combo jack
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer
Hi-Res Audio ready

Pulse GL76

Category Spec
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Display 17.3 inches
FHD
Up to 360Hz
IPS-level panel (optional)
Processor Up to latest 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H Processor
Graphics Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 64GB
Storage Up to 1TB SSD
Camera 30fps@720p
Dimensions 15.67"(W)x10.75"(D)x0.95"(H)
Weight 5.73lb
Ports 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
HDMI
Audio 2x 2W Stereo Speakers
1x Audio combo jack
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer
Hi-Res Audio ready

Pulse GL66

Category Spec
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Display 15.6 inches
FHD
144Hz
IPS-level panel
Processor Up to latest 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H Processor
Graphics Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 64GB
Storage Up to 512GB SSD
Camera 30fps@720p
Dimensions 14.13"(W)x10.20"(D)x0.94"(H)
Weight 4.96lb
Ports 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
HDMI
Audio 2x 2W Stereo Speakers
1x Audio combo jack
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer
Hi-Res Audio ready

Vector GP76

Category Spec
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Display 17.3 inches
Up to QHD
Up to 360Hz
IPS-level panel
Processor Up to latest 12th Gen Intel Core i9 Processor
Graphics Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 64GB
Storage 1TB SSD
Camera 30fps@720p
Dimensions 15.63"(W)x 11.18"(D)x 1.02"(H)
Weight 7.65lb
Ports 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
3x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
HDMI
Mini-DisplayPort
Audio 2x 2W Stereo Speakers
1x Audio combo jack
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer
Hi-Res Audio ready

Vector GP66

Category Spec
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Display 15.6 inches
FHD
Up to 360Hz
IPS-level panel
Processor Up to latest 12th Gen Intel Core i9 Processor
Graphics Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 64GB
Storage 1TB SSD
Camera 30fps@720p
Dimensions 14.09"(W)x 10.51"(D)x 0.92"(H)
Weight 5.25lb
Ports 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
3x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
HDMI
Mini-DisplayPort
Audio 2x 2W Stereo Speakers
1x Audio combo jack
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer
Hi-Res Audio ready

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And that's not all! The Sword 17 and Sword 15 are en route as well, and we have the specs for the Sword 15 right here:

Category Sword 15
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Display 15.6" Full HD (1920x1080)
144 Hz Refresh Rate
IPS-Level panel
Processor Up to latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H Processor
Graphics Up to latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 64GB
Camera 30fps@720p
Dimensions 14.13"(W)x10.20"(D)x0.98"(H)
Weight 4.96lb
Ports 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
HDMI

Pricing for the laptops is as follows: The Katana line starts at $1,099, the Pulse line starts at $1,299, Vector begins at $1,899, and Sword begins at whatever price MSI decides to eventually announce.

If those price ranges and spec tables aren't winning you over to the MSI side of the force, don't even sweat it. The best gaming laptops offer a ton of options besides MSI machines, so you're not totally out of luck if you're not in love with the company's CES 2022 slate.