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Alpha 15 Officially Becomes The MSI Gaming Laptop Flagship

Real Novice - 22 February, 2020 - 0 comments

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Some time ago MSI announced that it would release a flagship laptop variant designed for mainstream class users and gaming enthusiasts with fierce specifications that were predicted to be a market breaker in the Notebook Gaming segment. By cooperating with AMD, MSI claims that the Alpha 15 series is the latest gaming laptop that first adopted 7nm technology. This laptop was introduced by carrying a logo and design that was claimed by them. This laptop comes not with a red dragon logo but a thunder bird with green elements (this is impressed that MSI who collaborated with AMD wanted to say that the technology embedded in the Alpha 15 Laptop is not inferior to its gaming laptop equipped with VGA from the manufacturer Nvidia) .

MSI Alpha 15 comes with two variants of specifications, tried out with MSI Alpha 15 A3DD code. This gaming laptop is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7-3750H mobile processor and an AMD Radeon RX 5500M GDDR6 4GB graphics card. Then on the memory side or equipped with 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM. The internal storage capacity provided is PCIe NVMe SSD 512GB. Seeing this notebook engine was able to be relied upon to play the latest games.

MSI Alpha 15 from rear

MSI Alpha 15 from rear

MSI Alpha 15 has several features as already mentioned, starting from AMD Radeon FreeSync support and RGB back-key per-key from SteelSeries. The main feature that is always found on MSI gaming laptops is the MSi Dragon Center. This feature is used to monitor hardware conditions including through software updates or creating configuration profiles for performance. There are options for configuring gaming mode and creator mode on MSI Alpha 15.

The flash and color effects of the RGB back-light on the keyboard can also be configured at MSI Dragon Center. There is also a Killer Control Center feature to monitor and limit the download and upload speeds of internet connections and Gamefast which optimizes the performance of programs in the background. In audio quality, the MSI Alpha 15 is quite satisfying. The support of 2W speakers curated by MSI Nahimic software makes it configurable for a variety of audio content.

MSI Alpha 15 from top with keyboard interface

MSI Alpha 15 from top with keyboard interface

In terms of design the MSI Alpha 15 is claimed to come with a different look for a new gaming laptop series from MSI. Design including slim even though it does not include a thin and lightweight gaming laptop. MSI Alpha 15 body dimensions are 357×248 mm with a thickness of 27.5mm and  weight about 2.3kg. The weight is still commonly found in the latest gaming laptops, especially the budget class. On the outside or behind the screen there are two diagonal lines between the MSI Alpha 15 logo. This design is still very typical with other MSI gaming laptops. The logo attached is still similar to the description at the beginning. Unfortunately, the logo is made of a plastic with a glossy surface attached. This is the first time we know because it looks like the logo is released at the edges. The thick body makes the body at the back of the screen have a wide enough space. This space is used to provide adequate air flow holes. Plus, laptops can also have a complete I/O Port including an SD Card reader.

The interesting thing that we have encountered is that the USB port on this laptop is equipped with LEDs that make it easily discoverable when users play in dark conditions. But there are also some things from this gaming laptop that might not be suitable for gamers, there are ports including a charger hole placed on the right side of the MSI Alpha 15. Though the majority of gamers use a mouse on the right side of the laptop. The design makes there will be cables that interfere with the convenience of its users. This is common knowledge because there are several brands of gaming laptops that eliminate the port on the right side of the body. Even the charger hole is placed at the rear for the sake of providing flexible and comfort options.

MSI Alpha 15 with Right Side Panel Interface

MSI Alpha 15 with Right Side Panel Interface

As the name implies, MSI Alpha 15 has a screen in the 15-inch class to be exact this 15.6. The screen uses IPS-level FHD resolution panel that has a thin bezel. The refresh rate presented is said to reach 144Hz with the support of AMD Radeon Free Sync. On the screen specifications, the screen size is relieved to be able to present the high refresh rate that is present in high-end gaming laptops. Although the bezel on the top is very thin compared to the bottom, this laptop still has a webcam. For the keyboard. MSI Alpha 15 is made in collaboration with SteelSeries with back-light RGB per-key support. This keyboard comes with a membrane type which in our opinion is not a problem for a budget gaming laptop. On the upper left side of the keyboard area there are three buttons. The Power button and two more are shortcut keys to adjust the performance of the runway and cooling fan and back-light keyboard mode.

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For MSI Alpha 15 gaming laptop performance is based on the results of trials with a variety of software and games, it has quite decent results. For the quality of graphics can be said to meet the satisfaction based on fps for the settings of each game. As for battery life, the MSI Alpha 15 if used to play games can last about 1 hour without a charger plugged in.


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