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An MSI GF63 Gaming Laptop review should mention how well it’s suited to be not only the best laptop for Sims 4 but also one of the better laptops for this type of light gaming in general. And even if you don’t plan on using it for gaming it doubles well as a work and school laptop, containing all the ports you’ll need to make the most of it.

Why We Like It – MSI GF63 Thin

The MSI GF63 Thin contains an excellent array of features and a competitive price tag to give most budget laptops, and even some higher-end ones, a run for their money. It’s 16GB of RAM means it can run multiple windows with ease, and the Intel Core i5 allows it to run most games without any slowdowns either.

Pros
  • Doubles Well as a Work Laptop
  • All the Ports You’ll Ever Need
  • 1080P Full HD Gaming
Cons
  • Battery Isn’t the Greatest

Power/Performance

MSI GF63 Gaming Laptops comes with some serious gaming performance for the price. And this is thanks to the Intel Core i5-9300H CPU GPU, 512GB NVME SSD and 16GB of RAM. If you’d like an Intel Core i7 instead, consider the Acer Predator Helios 300 GTX 1660 TI. It can play games like Overwatch on high settings with ease, but some more graphic-intense titles like Tomb Raider will be a bit more of a challenge. Still, Sims 4 should be no problem.

Battery

One of the downsides of the MSI GF63 is its battery life. This laptop contains a three-cell (51Wh) battery that’s good for about 4-5 hours of high end gaming. But while that may be too little for the intensive gamer, the laptop still doubles well as a laptop for school, as not playing games saves considerable battery life. But if you want the most battery life possible, consider the Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming Laptop.

Ports/Expandability

The right side of the machine has two USB 3.2 ports and a USB Type-C port while the left has a USB 3.2 Type-A port. You also get an ethernet port, mic and headphone jacks, and an HDMI port. Clearly, if you want to do something other than play a game with the laptop, you can. It is expandable too, if you want to play something like Fortnite, but you’ll have to void the warranty. If you do wish to play Fortnite, consider the Razer Blade 15 Base

Build Quality

The keyboard on the MSI GF63 Thin is excellent and provides great feedback while key travel is comfortable and wonderful. The display is 15.6 inches and 1080P thanks to the NVIDIA GTX 1650 (Max Q) graphics card. Most of the chassis is also made of metal, which is nice, but the bottom panel is a mixture of both metal and plastic for some variance in both feel and look.

Value

At $699.00, the MSI GF63 is very aggressively priced for a budget gaming laptop. If this is your first gaming laptop and you want to get a feel for them, you won’t go wrong with this one. It’s also very lightweight at 4 pounds making it easier to carry with you if you’re gaming at a friends house or taking it to school. But it’s lackluster battery life, like we mentioned before, is a result of this lightweight. Less laptop means less battery.

MSI GF63 Thin Wrap Up

The MSI GF63 is an excellent budget, or maybe entry is a better word here, level laptop for playing games. This will kill the lackluster battery though, as it’s rated for anywhere between five and six hours. But if you use it mainly as a work or school laptop this issue should disappear. And even if you don’t you probably should take a break from gaming after five hours anyway.

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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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