While the term “gaming laptop” isn’t necessarily synonymous with “massive brick” anymore, it’s true that there’s still a tendency for anything packing a discrete graphics card to be thicker and heavier than most other options. MSI’s Stealth series bucks that trend, combining pixel-pushing power with sleek lines and relatively thin builds. The MSI Stealth 14, packing a Core i7 processor and an RTX 4060 GPU, is an impressive $500 off at Best Buy today. That brings the price down to just under a thousand bucks.
Inside the Stealth 14 you get the above-mentioned 13th-gen Core i7 processor and impressive 8GB, 90-watt Nvidia graphics card, plus 16GB of speedy DDR5 memory, a generous 1TB NVMe Gen 4 flash storage drive, and a 1920×1200 fast IPS screen that can handle games at up to 165Hz. Other charms include an anti-ghosting keyboard with per-key RGB lighting, dual USB-C ports (one of which can handle Thunderbolt), and full-sized USB-A and HDMI ports, so you can leave the dongles at home.
The 14-inch laptop slides in just at just 19mm thin, just a hair under .75 inches, and weighs just 3.75 pounds. In order to get so sleek it has to make one crucial sacrifice: the battery. While 72 watt-hours should power through most workdays without issue, it’s a fair bit less than most gaming laptops, and if you’re getting deep in a Fortnite or Baldur’s Gate groove you’ll definitely want to plug in. Best Buy isn’t saying how long this deal will last, so if you’re interested, get an order in today.
Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.