Hands on: The MSI GF63 is a gaming laptop with a pretty nice price

The MSI GF63 is the answer for budget gamers who’ve loved the company’s fancier products from afar. The GF63 will cost about $999 when it ships in June or July. That’s a good price for a gaming laptop, especially with MSI’s pedigree, and we got to try it out at Computex in Taipei. 

GF63 features and specs

The GF63’s specs include: 

  • CPU: 6-core, 8th-gen Intel Core parts, probably Core i5 and Core i7
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1920×1080 with IPS-like technology, and nice, thin bezels
  • Keyboard: Single-color backlighting (red—how did you guess?)
  • Ports: Ethernet, one USB-C, three USB-A
  • Expandability: There’s a free M.2 2.5-inch drive bay (though the back panel looked like it’d be a bit of work to open up)
  • Weight: Hefting it, it felt like four pounds or so, not bad. 

Sure, for this price, there are some things you’re not going to get. You’re not going to get 16 million colors. The laptop’s lid is aluminum, but the rest felt like plastic. We didn’t see an HDMI port. But if you want to play games, your priorities are clear, and the GF63 focuses on what’s important. 

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The most interesting feature in the Pixel 3 leak isn’t Google’s notch—it’s what’s inside

Update 3:10 p.m.: A render based on the leaked screen protector shows what the Pixel 3 could look like in the flesh.

With the launch of the Pixel 3 less than six months away, Google has likely shored up the phone’s final design, and is putting on the finishing touches before it heads off to manufacturing. And right on cue, we have our first leak of the front screen protector of the next-generation Pixel, and, well, it looks pretty much exactly as I expected.

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Two months’ worth of leaks ruined most of the surprise, but as promised EA and DICE officially revealed Battlefield V today. As expected, the series is returning to World War II, coming full circle to where Battlefield 1942 started over 15 years ago.

I suspect this homecoming would feel more groundbreaking were it not for Call of Duty: WWII last year. That said, I’ve been anticipating Battlefield’s take on World War II, seeing what Frostbite could do with it—and now we’ve seen a bit.

Take a look at the initial reveal trailer:

Due for release on October 19, Battlefield V is bringing back one of my favorite parts of its predecessor, the “War Stories” campaign structure. Rather than one unwieldy, overarching campaign, War Stories breaks out into a series of short one- or two-hour vignettes. In Battlefield 1 that included a take on Lawrence of Arabia, a crawl through the muddy trenches of France, and a fight atop a crashing zeppelin. I’m hoping for some equally memorable moments here, and a larger selection of them.

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