MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio

MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio

MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio

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BEST RATING
Gaming & AI:
4.7
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.4/10
GAMING/AI: Excellent9.1/10
ENG/DESIGN: Excellent9.0/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.3/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.5/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.0/10
BATTERY: Good7.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.2/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Excellent9.4/10
SIZE: 18"

The MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio is a high-end laptop designed for power users with very good general, 3D/machine learning, and engineering performance. It comes with a large storage capacity and ample RAM for demanding tasks. Equipped with the Intel Core Ultra 9 and Nvidia RTX 4080 GPU, it's well-suited for intensive gaming as well. The large 18-inch IPS display offers a high refresh rate and excellent screen color performance but isn't a touchscreen. It's quite heavy and thick, which impacts its portability, and while the battery life is average, it may not last a full day of intense use. It's equipped with a variety of modern ports including Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C, some of which support charging. The laptop features a backlit keyboard with a number pad, a fingerprint reader, and other premium features but lacks facial recognition. It's designed to handle engineering tasks, 3D rendering, and machine learning efficiently, making it a versatile choice for professionals and creators. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-end Nvidia RTX 4080 GPU
  • Robust Intel Core Ultra 9 processor
  • Large 18-inch display with high refresh
  • Comprehensive port selection with Thunderbolt
  • 32 GB RAM, great for multitasking
Cons
  • Relatively short battery life
  • Heavier, less portable design
  • No touchscreen functionality
  • Considerable fan noise under load

Ratings by Category

Gaming & AI:
4.7
The MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio excels in gaming and 3D due to its powerful Nvidia RTX 4080 graphics card that delivers excellent visual performance, and it has a high screen refresh rate of 240Hz which ensures smooth motion in fast-paced games and scenes.
Engineering & Design:
4.7
The MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio is equipped with a high-end CPU and a considerable amount of RAM, facilitating speedy processing ideal for demanding engineering software, while the impressive GPU ensures smooth graphics rendering. Its screen offers high resolution and excellent color accuracy, which is crucial for detailed design work and accurate color representation.
Content Creation:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.6
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
General Use:
4.5
The MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio is considered very good for general use due to its powerful CPU and abundant RAM which ensure smooth performance for most tasks, along with an impressive screen that boasts high resolution, good brightness, and comprehensive color coverage. However, its relatively heavier weight and moderate battery life may limit its appeal for those requiring high portability or all-day usage without access to power.
Software Development:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.5
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Build Quality:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Operating Noise:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Battery Life:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
3.0
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$2,900
Release Date
March 1, 2024
Overall Dimensions
15.8'' x 11.4'' x 0.94''
Weight
6.15 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Core Ultra 9 185H
Graphics
RTX 4080 (150 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
32 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.9 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
18"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
240Hz
Display Brightness
305 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8/10
Portability Score
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6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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7.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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8.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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8/10
Webcam
1080p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Version
4

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