MSI Sword Laptop Review – first White MSI Gaming laptop

This is the first time that MSI released a Gaming laptop that is in White. Nowadays white laptops are not very much common. Last time we saw a white colored MSI Laptop that was the last Generation Prestige 14 but that was an Ultrabook. While ROG also had white laptops in their arsenal, I think its the perfect time that they released the MSI Sword Laptop series.

A modern refresh of the last generation GF65 but in white color variant with added blue-backlit keyboard adds that liking factor about the laptop aesthetically. MSI’s Sword 15 & Sword 17 is one of the best-looking laptops in the series.

MSI Sword Laptop Review - first White MSI Gaming laptop

Specifications

MSI Sword Laptop 15

Up to 11th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
Windows 10 Home
15.6″ FHD (1920×1080), 144Hz/60Hz, IPS-Level
Intel® HM570
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060/3050Ti/3050 Laptop GPU
Up to 1927MHz Boost Clock, 85W Maximum Graphics Power with Dynamic Boost. (RTX 3060 MaxQ)
Up to 1785MHz Boost Clock, 60W Maximum Graphics Power.(RTX 3050Ti MaxQ)
Up to 1777MHz Boost Clock, 60W Maximum Graphics Power. (RTX 3050 MaxQ)
DDR4-3200 Memory Type
2 Slots Number of SO-DIMM Slot
Max 64GB Max Capacity
2x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3)/ 1x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3)
HD type ([email protected])
Backlight Keyboard (Single Color, Blue)
Gigbit LAN
802.11 ax Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth v5.2
1x Mic-in/Headphone-out Combo Jack
1x Type-C USB3.2 Gen1
2x Type-A USB3.2 Gen1
1x Type-A USB2.0
1x RJ45
1x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI
53.5 Battery (Whr)
180W/150W adapter
359 x 259 x 24.9 mm
2.1 kg
White

MSI Sword Laptop 17

Up to 11th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
Windows 10 Home
17.3″ FHD (1920×1080), 144Hz/60Hz, IPS-Level
Intel® HM570
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060/3050Ti/3050 Laptop GPU
Up to 1927MHz Boost Clock, 85W Maximum Graphics Power with Dynamic Boost. (RTX 3060 MaxQ)
Up to 1785MHz Boost Clock, 60W Maximum Graphics Power.(RTX 3050Ti MaxQ)
Up to 1777MHz Boost Clock, 60W Maximum Graphics Power. (RTX 3050 MaxQ)
DDR4-3200 Memory Type
2 Slots Number of SO-DIMM Slot
Max 64GB Max Capacity
2x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3)/ 1x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3)
HD type ([email protected])
Backlight Keyboard (Single Color, Blue)
Gigabit LAN
802.11 ax Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth v5.2
1x Mic-in/Headphone-out Combo Jack
1x Type-C USB3.2 Gen1
2x Type-A USB3.2 Gen1
1x Type-A USB2.0
1x RJ45
1x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI
53.5 Battery (Whr)
180W/150W adapter
359 x 259 x 24.9 mm
2.3 kg
White
MSI Sword Laptop Review - first White MSI Gaming laptop

Design and Aesthetics

The MSI Sword Laptop 15 and 17 comes in White color. This is the first time MSI released a Gaming Laptop in white. And the Sword as the name suggests it is very thin and sharp. The top of the lid is full white the MSI Dragon logo inscribed in silver. MSI has redesigned the whole laptop and made it look much more sharp and futuristic. The sleek radiators on the side and a newly designed radiator at the back gives it a much more professional as well as a powerful look.

This time MSI in their Sword 15 and Sword 17 has implemented full-sized keyboards. This is actually a big upgrade from the last year’s GF65 models which all had the Tenkey-less keyboards. These laptops looks a lot like the older GF65 but its way thinner and a very attractive-looking piece of hardware. We should give credit to MSI to release a white Gaming Laptop with a full-size blue-backlit keyboard that can be used anywhere and even in business meetings. There are two variants, the 15.6″ Sword 15 & the 17.3″ Sword 17.

Display

Talking about the display of the MSI Sword Laptop 15 & 17. Both of them sports a Full HD 1080p display with a refresh rate of 144Hz. But there are some variants with the 60Hz display also. They are not color calibrated displays as those displays dosen’t come in under laptops of this price range. But the colors on the Sword series laptops are very bright and vibrant. For gaming and entertainment, these displays provide the best value among the other laptops of this category.

MSI Sword Laptop Review - first White MSI Gaming laptop
MSI Sword Laptop 15

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MSI Sword Laptop Performance

Both the laptops are powered by the latest Intel Core i7 11th Gen H Processors. Although Sword laptops with Core i5 11th Gen will also be available shortly. These laptops are also powered by Nvidia RTX 3050 or 3050Ti or 3060 MaxQ Graphics Card. The new generation MaxQ make use of the Resizable Bar feature which enables the CPU to access the GPU Memory thus enhancing the performance.

Lets check some benchmarks of the RTX 3060 MaxQ when paired with 11th Gen Intel i7 H Processors. With these benchmarks we can have a rough idea how the Sword 15 & Sword 17 would perform in games.

All the Game settings were maxed out and here are the benchmarks.

Grand Theft Auto 557 FPS
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Seige210 FPS
DOTA 2121 FPS
Counter Strike Global Offensive312 FPS
Rocket League320FPS
Assassins Creed Valhalla 46 FPS
Witcher 3 88FPS
FIFA 21210 FPS
DOOM Eternal155 FPS
Cyberpunk 207752 FPS
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 89 FPS
MSI Sword Laptop Review - first White MSI Gaming laptop
MSI Sword Laptop 17

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Conclusion

The MSI Sword Laptop 15 and 17 are going to be the major hit in the entry level market. No other brand has pulled off such an impressive looking and performing laptop. They have upgraded their Coolerboost 5 heat-pipes to much inner larger diameter copper pipes for maximum heat transfusions.

The MSI Sword 15 and Sword 17 laptops are going to hit the market very soon!

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A 29 year old avid gamer by choice dabbles in all things tech. Whether be it spending hours in single-player narrative-based games or going through the latest innovation in technology and chip manufacturing he prefers to stay on top of things. In the other times, you'll find him tucked away drumming and headbanging to Rock and Roll Classics.

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