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MSI GF65 Thin Review: The Light Heavyweight

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The MSI GF65 Thin is all about gaming. It’s neat, understated and solid. In many ways this is a gaming laptop you can consider if you are buying your first one.

Gaming laptops are different beasts entirely. If you are not a gamer, you can stop reading the review right now because what this laptop, the MSI GF65 Thin, offers, won’t really change your life. You might as well invest that ₹1,34,990 in something else.

The MSI GF65 Thin comes with a 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics chip and a 15.6-inch 1080p display with 120Hz refresh rate. So, straight off the bat you know that graphics and display are in place. For almost all purposes, these configurations should work just fine. However, there’s only 8GB of memory on this, so you might want to add on some more eventually. For someone like me, that didn’t seem to be a matter of concern, but like I said, I am not this laptop’s intended audience.

Compared to how gaming laptops are expected to look – sharp lines and RGB lights everywhere – the MSI GF65 Thin is rather understated with its reds and blacks – which is rather refreshing to be honest. With its all-black metallic lid, black plastic body and the dragon logo in red along with the red backlit keyboard, this laptop looks like a no-nonsense beast that’s just on your desk to get the work done.

It’s a solid, sturdy laptop that would have been heavier than 1.8kg had its body not been made of plastic. I was using this laptop after using the HP Elite Dragonfly, so the significant change in weight threw me off a little initially. But over time, everyone gets used to everything.

As did I – to the spread-out keyboard where I made many a typo till my hands got used to the keys, the ports on the right and the charging port and HDMI output on the left (which is a little awkward and uncomfortable because the wire gets in the way. But then, this laptop is not meant to be used while placed on the lap either.

However, assuming that you are going to plug in additional accessories like a gaming mouse (for sure), it’s understandable why all the ports are on the right.

While it took me a while to get used to the big keyboard, it’s a relief that the WASD keys were not made to stand out in any way, I find that grossly distracting, gamers will think otherwise. There is also no number pad here, which is going to be a problem for some games.

I faced an issue with the absent number pad when I tried to play the ancient Need For Speed Most Wanted. The Num 6 key seemed to be THE ONLY key that could start a race, so I had to pull up the on-screen keyboard to run that command.

Whatcha watching?

The 15.6-inch screen is bright and big enough for your games and also for daily work and content you might want to watch. The bezels on the top and bottom are thick but to be very honest, given the all-black body, they don’t really hinder things much. Particularly the bottom bezel that also houses the MSI logo.

MSI could really have pushed for more screen real estate on this, which would have made things better. But, they aren’t bad as they stand.

The audio is loud enough for most purposes, assuming you are in a quiet environment. But since this laptop is meant to be used for games mostly, headphones will fix what’s missing.

It’s getting hot in here

Gaming laptops heat up quite often. Not just while gaming but also through the work day where I was primarily working on Chrome. The heat vents are on the right side and that end gets particularly uncomfortable – don’t even think about using it placed on the lap like I often did and realised my mistake almost instantly.

However, I found the laptop dissipating heat fast enough as well, so that’s a pretty big plus.

The laptop started heating up about 45 minutes into my hands-on session with Anno 1800 (a city-building real-time strategy game, in case you haven’t heard of it before), which went on for another three hours. I found it heating up about 30 minutes into Age of Empires and about the same time with Fall Guys.

With Resident Evil, things started getting warm, much faster.

But all the games loaded without any hitches, the graphics were intense and bright and my rather untrained eye could spot no frame rate drops. All the games I played on this were not as graphic-intensive as many others out there, but as far as my usage with the MSI GF65 Thin was concerned – it all went smooth, albeit a little hot.

The fact that the MSI GF65 Thin comes with the RTX 2060 under the hood, means that this laptop is pretty much equipped to take on any game, even those with Ray Tracing. So, no matter what you intend to throw at it, you can best believe that the MSI GF65 Thin will pull through.

Not enough juice

However, intense performance capabilities mean that the battery life is nothing to write home about. I was using the laptop through the day as my main work driver and post that to play some games.

As I have said, all my work happens on the battery-guzzler called Chrome so I cannot entirely blame the battery performance here, but even then the results were not great. This laptop will not last you half a workday, even less if you are gaming.

Also, battery performance is never a face card with gaming laptops, which are mostly used plugged-in and set up with other accessories. So, if you are planning to get this one, be prepared to be wired to your desk, literally.

Sheldon Cooper might be gaming on battery, but in real life, sorry, that’s not how things work for these gaming machines.

Therefore, if gaming is not your requirement, you will not even be considering this device so effectively, a dismal battery performance is nothing to lose sleep over. You can eke out some more juice if you dim the screen, but that’s not how any of us really use laptops so it doesn’t really matter.

There is MSI’s Dragon Center app that helps you keep tabs on the performance and customise profiles so you can conserve power for work or push the laptop to the hilt for gaming – so feel free to tinker around.

Should you buy it?

Given it’s clean, understated looks and pretty solid performance, the MSI GF65 Thin seems to be a laptop you can consider if you are looking to move from a non-gaming one to a gaming one.

This is a good laptop to flex your skills on before you decide to throw in some more money and buy a more expensive device.

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OnePlus Nord 2T 5G Launched in India: Price, Specifications

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OnePlus Nord 2T 5G was launched in India today and comes as a slight upgrade to the OnePlus Nord 2 5G.

Specifications:

Display: a 6.43-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) AMOLED display
Processor – MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC
Ram: 6 GB/12 GB
Storage: 128 GB /256 GB
Battery : 4500mAh
OS: Android 12, Oxygen OS 12

Compared to the old Nord 2 5G, the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G also carries a 90Hz AMOLED display. And similarities include triple rear cameras, and a 4,500mAh battery as well. The new OnePlus Nord 2T is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC and  MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC with the old Nord 2. Nord 2T carries 80W fast charging and got an upgrade from the 65W charging. The main competitors of the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G are Motorola Edge 30, Samsung Galaxy A33 5G,  iQoo Neo 6, Poco F4 5G, and Mi 11X.

The Nord 2T holds the triple rear camera setup that mounted a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens that carries optical image stabilisation (OIS) support. The camera setup includes an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter with a field-of-view of 120 degrees and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor with an f/2.2 lens.

Price:

Rs. 28,999  – 8GB RAM + 128GB storage

Rs. 33,999  – 12GBRAM + 256GB storage

Launch offers:

Rs. 1,500 instant bank discount will be applicable for the customers (discount will be available between July 5–11) using ICICI Bank credit and debit cards on purchasing through online platforms.

Also if we are purchasing from OnePlus.in the website and OnePlus Store app then they are eligible for an additional exchange discount of Rs. 3,000 between July 5–14. Apart from that, the first 1,000 shoppers on the OnePlus Store app will also be treated with a OnePlus Nord Handy Fanny Pack. In addition to all the above, the regular customers, Red Cable Club members will be able to save up to Rs. 1,000 using RedCoins on purchase of the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G through the OnePlus.in a website and OnePlus Store app until July 11.

 

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Nothing Phone (1) have Snapdragon 778G+ chipset

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Nothing Phone 1

Ahead of the July 12 launch event, there are discussions going on for the Nothing Phone (1). From Nothing it’s confirmed that the device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ premium mid-range SoC. Nothing Phone 1 pre-orders will go live in India starting from tomorrow. Flipkart has displayed a banner on its ahead of the official announcement. The Nothing Phone 1 launch is set for July 12 in the launch event.

Also recently Nothing was mentioned about its invitation code system for a limited number of early customers who can buy a pre-order pass for reserving the phone. The mentioned pass is available at a refundable price of Rs. 2,000, is meant to be used until June 30 to pre-order the phone.

 

 

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Nothing phone (1) – a different phone

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Image Source: Nothing

All eyes are on a new smartphone and that’s the Nothing Phone (1). Nothing recently revealed the design of its first different smartphone the Nothing phone (1). As per the revealed image its sports a transparent back panel with dual cameras and light strips on the camera covering area and some other areas in the back panel.

The Nothing phone (1) has a flat transparent design at the back panel and with the antenna lines on the frame confirming it’s a metal build. Also, we can see the smartphone has the power button on the right side of the frame, and volume keys located on the left. At the bottom, we can spot the USB-C port, a speaker grille, and a microphone. And the Nothing phone (1) will be launched on July 12.

Specifications:

Nothing now confirms that the device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ premium mid-range SoC.

Sale:

Nothing Phone 1 pre-orders will go live in India starting from tomorrow. Flipkart has displayed a banner on its ahead of the official announcement. The Nothing Phone 1 launch is set for July 12 in the launch event.

Nothing Phone 1

Photo credit: flipkart

Also recently Nothing was mentioned about its invitation code system for a limited number of early customers who can buy a pre-order pass for reserving the phone. The mentioned pass is available at a refundable price of Rs. 2,000, is meant to be used until June 30 to pre-order the phone.

 

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