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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Lenovo LOQ 15 offers better performance for engineering and 3D/machine learning tasks, with a more potent GPU and higher RAM, which also benefits general use. However, it's slightly heavier and pricier than the MSI GF65 Thin. On the other hand, the MSI GF65 Thin is more affordable and lighter, making it easier to carry. It's also geared toward gaming, but has less RAM and an older processor, which may limit performance in intensive tasks. Neither is the best for portability, with modest battery life, yet they have similar display qualities suitable for general use and gaming. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Lenovo LOQ 15
  • Good for general use
  • Good for engineering and design
  • Good for gaming and AI
  • Good for software development
  • Good for content creation
  • Good overall display quality
  • Good overall build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Very good keyboard
Advantages of the MSI GF65 Thin
  • Good portability

Key differences

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General Use

7.6
LOQ 15
GF65 Thin
6.5
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
329.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
262.0 nits
6.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.5 Hours
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
6.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.3/10
The Lenovo LOQ 15 is good for general use, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Gaming and AI

7.5
LOQ 15
GF65 Thin
6.8
7.0/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
6.1/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
144Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The Lenovo LOQ 15 is good for gaming and AI, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.9
LOQ 15
GF65 Thin
6.7
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
7.0/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
6.1/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The Lenovo LOQ 15 is good for engineering and design, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Content Creation

7.6
LOQ 15
GF65 Thin
6.8
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Lenovo LOQ 15 is good for content creation, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Software Development

7.5
LOQ 15
GF65 Thin
6.3
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The Lenovo LOQ 15 is good for software development, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Screen Quality

7.1
LOQ 15
GF65 Thin
6.8
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
144Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
329.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
262.0 nits
The Lenovo LOQ 15 has a better screen than the MSI GF65 Thin for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

6.0 Hours
LOQ 15
GF65 Thin
4.5 Hours
The Lenovo LOQ 15 has 6 hours of battery life. The MSI GF65 Thin has 4.5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Fair
LOQ 15
GF65 Thin
Good
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
5.2 lbs
WEIGHT
4.1 lbs
0.9in
THICKNESS
0.8in
The MSI GF65 Thin has good portability, while the Lenovo LOQ 15 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.4
LOQ 15
GF65 Thin
6.7
The Lenovo LOQ 15 has good build quality, while the MSI GF65 Thin has only fair build quality.
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Key similarities

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Cost

$1,109
LOQ 15
GF65 Thin
$1,100
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The Lenovo LOQ 15 has a price of $1,109 and the MSI GF65 Thin costs $1,100.

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How the Lenovo LOQ 15 and the MSI GF65 Thin compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Lenovo LOQ 15MSI GF65 Thin
Lenovo LOQ 15MSI GF65 Thin

GENERAL

Price
$1,109
$1,100
Release Date
April 1, 2023January 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 10.4'' x 0.99''14.1'' x 10'' x 0.85''
Weight
5.28 lbs4.1 lbs
Width
14.16"14.13"
Depth
10.42"9.99"

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HSIntel i5-10500H
RAM
16 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
54
RAM Slots
22
Storage
512 GB512 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours4.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
60 Wh51 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
144Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
329 nits262 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.4/106.8/10
Portability Score
6.7/107.4/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Premium Business Laptop
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
7/106.5/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
6.8/106.8/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
32
USB-C ports
12
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
21
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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Lenovo LOQ 15

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PCMag

Mark Knapp | August 2023
"Even after a short time with the LOQ 15, you'll find it has a lot going for it, but ultimately it's just "good"—not quite a star. The performance is respectable for the hardware it’s running, but Lenovo had to make some design sacrifices to trim the price. One of the better aspects is the keyboard, making it one of the better low-cost gaming laptops to actually put your hands on."

MSI GF65 Thin

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NotebookCheck

Allen Ngo | March 2021
"The MSI GF65 Thin offers a GeForce RTX 3060 on a budget. The MSI GF65 is a relatively inexpensive RTX 3060 laptop and, perhaps not coincidentally, it also comes with a slower-than-average RTX 3060 GPU. Other laptops we've tested thus far with the same GPU are about 10 to 15 percent faster. CPU performance is also slightly slower than average unless if users decide to enable Cooler Boost mode. Colors, black-white response times, Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort are either average or completely omitted. Gamers who want to maximize performance-per-dollar without sacrificing RAM or SSD upgradeability will find the lightweight MSI GF65 attractive."

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About Lenovo

Lenovo is a Chinese technology company, and one of the largest personal computer vendor. They are well known for a variety of technology products, including laptops. Their consumer series include their entry level IdeaPad and LOQ series and mid-to-high-end Yoga and Legion series. On the business-oriented side, their series include their entry-level ThinkBook series and mid-to-high-end ThinkPad series. Lenovo laptops offer strong performance for reasonable prices, and are often on sale.

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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