MSI Titan 18 HX

MSI Titan 18 HX

MSI Titan 18 HX

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BEST RATING
Engineering & Design:
5.0
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.8/10
GAMING/AI: Excellent9.4/10
ENG/DESIGN: Best in Class9.8/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.8/10
CONTENT CREATION: Excellent9.0/10
PORTABILITY: Poor5.0/10
BATTERY: Fair6.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Excellent9.4/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Best in Class10.0/10
SIZE: 18"








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Pros
  • High storage and RAM
  • Powerful main processor
  • Top-tier GPU
  • Large, high-resolution screen
  • Great build quality
Cons
  • Limited battery life
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Poor portability
  • No touchscreen

Ratings by Category

Engineering & Design:
5.0
The MSI Titan 18 HX is equipped with a top-tier Intel i9 processor and an Nvidia RTX GPU, combined with abundant RAM, making it highly capable for demanding engineering and design tasks. Its 18-inch Mini LED display delivers sharp visuals with high resolution, excellent color coverage, and a high contrast ratio, facilitating precision in design work.
Keyboard Quality:
5.0
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Gaming & AI:
4.9
The MSI Titan 18 HX is optimal for gaming and 3D because it's equipped with a high-end Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics card, providing robust performance for graphics-intensive tasks, and it also features a screen with a high refresh rate of 120 Hz, which ensures smoother visual transitions crucial in fast-paced gaming scenarios.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.9
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.
Software Development:
4.7
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.
Content Creation:
4.7
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.
General Use:
4.6
The MSI Titan 18 HX stands out for general use with a powerful CPU and ample RAM, ensuring smooth multitasking and quick application responses. Its large, high-quality Mini LED screen delivers sharp images and vibrant colors, but it's less portable due to size and weight, and has limited battery life.
Build Quality:
4.6
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:
4.0
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:
3.0
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$5,399
Release Date
February 1, 2024
Overall Dimensions
15.9'' x 12.1'' x 1.26''
Weight
7.93 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-14900HX
Graphics
RTX 4090 (175 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
128 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
4 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.9 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
18"
Display Technology
Mini LED
Resolution
3840 x 2400
Refresh Rate
120Hz
Display Brightness
401 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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5.1/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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7/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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10/10
Speaker Quality Score
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9.1/10
Webcam
1080p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

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

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Allen Ngo | January 2024
"With no new Nvidia GPU this year for laptops, MSI had to refresh everything surrounding the graphics card to make up for it. Users are getting a new 18-inch chassis design, new 14th gen Intel HX CPU, new AC adapter, larger keys, and a new 120 Hz HDR1000 mini-LED 4K display to accompany the high price tag. Most of these changes are a step up from last year's GT77, but users are ultimately getting the same gaming performance out of both models."

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