Top 5 reasons to BUY or NOT to buy the MSI GE76 Raider (2021)
The unit that we have here comes with the Core i7-11800H and the RTX 3080, which has a whopping 165W TDP, which will definitely put it in a top spot in our Top Laptop Graphics Ranking. Along with powerful hardware, you get premium build materials, along with several high-refresh-rate display options.
Today we present you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the MSI GE76 Raider (2021).
MSI GE76 Raider
- Intel Core i7-11800H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 130W)
- 16GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
4 reasons to BUY the MSI GE76 Raider (2021)
1. Design and build quality
The Raider comes with an RGB strip on the front edge of the base, which gives the laptop a ROG vibe. The device is built using aluminum for most parts, with some plastic bits here and there. The laptop has a boxy design on the front while utilizing aggressive heat vents on the rear, giving the machine a more sporty appearance. In terms of weight and height, the device isn’t portable at all, weighing 2.89 kg, while being 27.4 mm tall.
2. Display quality
The device has a total of five 17.3-inch IPS display options, with two Full HD, two QHD, and one UHD panel. Our laptop came with the 300Hz Full HD panel, which offered comfortable viewing angles, a maximum brightness of 310 nits in the middle of the screen, 305 nits as an average for the entire display area, and a maximum deviation of just 5%. The contrast ratio is good, at around 1000:1.
The panel showed wide color coverage (94% of the sRGB gamut).
The laptop has decent color accuracy out of the box, providing a dE value of 2.3. Once we applied our Design and Gaming profile, we got a dE value of 1.2, which is right within the standard. Below you can see the results from our color accuracy test with both the factory settings (left) and with our Design and Gaming profile applied (right).
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
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This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
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3. Input devices
The laptop has a great keyboard and touchpad setup. The keyboard has a per-key RGB backlight, which can be synced with the RGB bar, delivering a unified color spectacle. The unit offers a very long key travel and consistent tactile feedback, which we very much appreciate. This makes it one of the best keyboards for both gaming and typing.
The touchpad does have a smaller than usual size, but the accuracy is very good.
4. Battery life
With a 99.9Wh battery unit, the laptop delivers 7 hours and 32 minutes of Web browsing, and 7 hours and 13 minutes of video playback, which is great, considering the nature of the hardware inside. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.
1 reason NOT to buy the MSI GE76 Raider (2021)
1. CPU performance
The Core i7-11800H that is in this laptop has been done dirty by MSI, in our opinion. First of all, the cooling is to be blamed, as the CPU is only cooled down by two heat pipes, while the GPU gets the rest.