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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Acer Nitro 16 offers better performance for 3D tasks, machine learning, and gaming due to its newer graphics card, has a higher resolution screen with a taller aspect ratio for more vertical space, and potentially longer battery life, making it suitable for intensive tasks. However, it's also heavier and might be less portable compared to the lighter MSI Pulse GL66. The MSI has a high refresh rate screen with full HD resolution, good for fast-paced games and general use, but it's better suited for those who prioritize portability and where intense graphics performance is not as critical. Both laptops have similar storage and memory, which is sufficient for general and engineering use. The Acer might be a bit more costly, but its performance and features could justify the price for those needing power over portability. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Acer Nitro 16
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Very good for gaming and AI
  • Very good overall display quality
  • Good battery life
Advantages of the MSI Pulse GL66
  • Good portability
  • Very good speakers

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

8.0
Nitro 16
Pulse GL66
7.3
9.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
7.6/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
165Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The Acer Nitro 16 is very good for gaming and AI, while the MSI Pulse GL66 is good.

Engineering and Design

8.2
Nitro 16
Pulse GL66
7.7
8.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.4/10
9.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
7.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Acer Nitro 16 is very good for engineering and design, while the MSI Pulse GL66 is good.

Content Creation

7.8
Nitro 16
Pulse GL66
7.2
8.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.4/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Acer Nitro 16 and MSI Pulse GL66 are both good for content creation, though the Acer Nitro 16 is somewhat better.

Software Development

7.7
Nitro 16
Pulse GL66
7.0
8.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
The Acer Nitro 16 and MSI Pulse GL66 are both good for software development, though the Acer Nitro 16 is somewhat better.

Screen Quality

8.3
Nitro 16
Pulse GL66
6.8
16.0in
SIZE
15.6in
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
165Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
494.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
245.0 nits
The Acer Nitro 16 has a better screen than the MSI Pulse GL66 for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

9.0 Hours
Nitro 16
Pulse GL66
4.0 Hours
The Acer Nitro 16 has 9 hours of battery life. The MSI Pulse GL66 has 4 hours of battery life.

Portability

Fair
Nitro 16
Pulse GL66
Good
16.0in
SIZE
15.6in
5.9 lbs
WEIGHT
4.6 lbs
1.1in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The MSI Pulse GL66 has good portability, while the Acer Nitro 16 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$1,250
Nitro 16
Pulse GL66
$1,149
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The Acer Nitro 16 has a price of $1,250 and the MSI Pulse GL66 costs $1,149.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.8
Nitro 16
Pulse GL66
7.3
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
494.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
245.0 nits
9.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.0 Hours
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
6.0/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.0/10
The Acer Nitro 16 and MSI Pulse GL66 are both good for general use.

Build Quality

7.4
Nitro 16
Pulse GL66
7.4
The Acer Nitro 16 and MSI Pulse GL66 both have good build quality.

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How the Acer Nitro 16 and the MSI Pulse GL66 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Nitro 16MSI Pulse GL66
Acer Nitro 16MSI Pulse GL66

GENERAL

Price
$1,250
$1,149
Release Date
May 1, 2023March 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 11'' x 1.1''14.1'' x 10.2'' x 0.94''
Weight
5.95 lbs4.63 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HSIntel i7-11800H
Graphics
RTX 4070 (140 W)RTX 3070 (85 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
YesNo
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
54

BATTERY

Battery Life
9 Hours4 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh53 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16001920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
165Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
494 nits245 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.4/107.4/10
Portability Score
6.1/107.1/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Fan Noise Score
7/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGBRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8/108/10
Speaker Quality Score
7.5/108/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
33
USB-C ports
21
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
21
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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Acer Nitro 16

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Sascha Mölck | June 2023
"Video editing, rendering and, of course, gaming represent the Nitro 16's core competencies with a Ryzen 7 7735HS and GeForce RTX 4070 providing the necessary power. Both chips run at consistently high clock speeds. A fast PCIe 4 SSD (1 TB) provides the required storage space and ensures short loading times. With the Nitro 16 AN16-41, Acer has a well-specced, mid-range gaming laptop in its portfolio."

MSI Pulse GL66

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Christian Hintze | April 2022
"The MSI Pulse GL66 has a lot of potential for improvement. Although the RTX 3060 is only able to use 105 watts, we still liked the gaming performance, particularly since this also makes the Pulse comfortably efficient but not slow by any means. Neither the dark display with its lame response times, nor USB 2.0 or the lack of Thunderbolt will please real gamers. The use of a sticker factory seal, which is at least questionable, also won't inspire any enthusiasm. It is obvious that the laptop is really designed for price-conscious gamers."

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About Acer

Acer is a prominent Taiwanese electronics brand which makes a wide range of laptops, with multiple product lines catering to personal use, gaming, and business use. They are renowned for having exceptional value for money, as they frequently offer good specifications at a lower price than other manufacturers.

About MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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