Picking the best laptop is not easy, considering how many manufacturers there are, and all of the available models that you have to choose from. You might think that if we focus on the two leaders in the field — MSI and Asus — the situation might be a bit easier. Unfortunately, this is also not the case.
Both companies are progressing constantly, and their technologies keep evolving. New models are being announced and released regularly, which is what made these two the leaders in the field, in the first place. So, if we cannot choose the best laptop, we can at least list several that might be categorized as the best ones. After that, the choice is up to you, and it depends on your budget, needs, and personal preference. But, before that, let’s take a look at a few facts about each of the two brands, and some of the most important aspects of their products.
MSI vs. Asus
First, let’s take a look at what each of the two has to offer in terms of design. MSI, for example, often takes calculated risks when it comes to their laptops’ design, and more often than not — the risks pay off. The manufacturer has some amazingly beautiful models which are often enough to attract the attention, even before you take a look ‘under the hood’.
Asus designs are also quite noticeable for their beauty and quality, as the firm uses premium materials no matter if the end product is a budget option or an expensive one. There are differences between the two, however, and MSI clearly focuses on making their laptops slim, while Asus aims for strict lines, although it does make the edges rounded.
Next, let’s take a look at their performance. Usually, if you advertise your laptop as a model designed for gaming — that tends to say a lot about what can be expected from its performance. While gaming is a popular way to pass the time for many, a lot of people are really into it, and they like playing advanced games that are very performance-heavy. The fact that MSI laptops can run these games with maxed-out settings clearly shows how strong they are.
As for Asus, the company is known for its Performance Boost feature, which allows much faster response time than what you might usually expect.
Finally, when it comes to the customers’ opinions, reviews, and impressions — both manufacturers tend to get very high review scores, with MSI being only slightly above. However, it is also worth noting that MSI and perhaps Apple are the only two companies that are performing slightly better than Asus, and in MSI’s case, at least, that is due to the fact that it produces gaming laptops, while Asus manages to maintain high quality in all of its models.
Simply put, we don’t get to learn a lot about which one is better by comparing them this way, and the best alternative would be to present a few of their best models and let you see what they have to offer.
1. MSI GT72 Dominator Pro
The first on our list is MSI’s Dominator Pro, and this time, we can say that the name says it all. This is truly one of the best laptops by MSI, and even Asus is going to have a hard time keeping up with it.
As usual for MSI, this laptop features a slim, aluminum design, as well as Nvidia G-SYNC technology for its display, meaning that your picture quality will be as high as it can get on a gaming laptop. In fact, thanks to its True Color Technology, the image is super realistic, which is excellent for gaming and for watching your favorite movies, shows, and alike.
It also offers Intel Core i7 CPU, and DDR4 memory support, which is quite fast. Data processing itself is extremely quick, as the laptop is around 32% faster than the previous generation of laptops.
You might think that this could lead to overheating quite easily, although that is not the case, thanks to Cooler Boost 3 tech, which is excellent when it comes to heat dissipation.
All in all, the laptop looks beautiful, it provides very smooth performance, and it can run pretty much anything. The only real drawback — which is, unfortunately, going to be a deal-breaker for many — is its very high price. However, those who can afford to pay it are likely never going to regret making that decision, which is why this model sits at the top of our list.
When it comes to Asus, we have its Zephyrus S GX701, which is actually quite a premium model, which can be seen simply by looking at its price. It is small and portable, which does make its keyboard a bit cramped — but this also makes it a great choice for those who need a laptop for work, and need to be able to carry it around easily. And, since it is a gaming laptop — you can also rely on it for playing games on the go, as well.
Its design is also quite beautiful, and thin, while the laptop itself is also very light. Not only that, but it provides a very solid performance everywhere you go. It comes with Intel Core i7, RAM can go from 8-24GB, and in terms of GPUs, you are quite well-covered with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6 VRAM) or Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (8GB GDDR6 VRAM).
The screen is 17.3 inches, and its resolution is 1920×1080. It features storage of 512GB – 1TB, which may not be that impressive in the modern-day, but it should definitely serve you well enough for a decent number of games. Simply put, it is a stylish model that is quite powerful when it comes to gaming, although its price is still rather high.
3. MSI GF63
Next, we have another pretty great MSI model — GF63. Now, when it comes to price — this model is quite affordable for a gaming laptop, and its performance is pretty great for this kind of money. It is nowhere near our first MSI entry, but for those looking for a less costly solution — this one should definitely do the trick.
It is refreshing to see an affordable MSI laptop, especially since most of them are more expensive than ever since Nvidia released RTX lineup. MSI’s GF63 is light and thin, but it houses some very powerful hardware, such as Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. It also has a storage of 1TB, although there is no SSD, so you might have to include it yourself. It has up to 32GB of RAM, and a CPU Intel Core i7.
All in all, it is a pretty great model that we like a lot, not only for a cheap price but also for great hardware and good performance. As mentioned, it is not the best one, or even among the best ones — but considering the fact that it is an MSI laptop — you will always know that it is a great quality, durable solution that will let you enjoy a lot of great games at home or on the go.
4. Asus Chromebook C200MA
Finally, we have Asus C200MA, which looks good, it is highly portable, has an 11.6-inch screen, and a battery that easily lasts for about 10 hours. Best of all, it is extremely affordable. Of course, this might not be the best choice for a top gaming solution. However, if you need a very portable, light, and compact budget laptop by Asus — this one will definitely work.
It is great for work or simple web surfing activities; it is very stylish, thin, and light, with a case being only 0.8-inch thick. It also features an HD camera, very high-quality stereo speakers, and a large touchpad with which you can have a lot of fun thanks to multi-finger gesture support.
In other words, while this is a very affordable laptop, it still has more than enough power to do quite a lot of things, even though it is likely not going to be your top choice for a laptop used solely for gaming.
With that, we will end our list. This one is a short one, but the point was to present you with some of the top solutions by MSI and Asus alike, as well as with some of the more budget-friendly ones. It is understandable that not everyone can afford MSI’s most advanced laptop yet, or even one of Asus’, for that matter. However, both of these high-quality manufacturers also do have affordable options, which feature just as much quality, if a bit lower performance.
In the end, the choice is on you, as mentioned earlier, so check out our list, consider what you pay and what you get, and hopefully — you will be able to make your choice.