MSI GL63 8SD vs ASUS FX505DU – Which laptop has the upperhand in design?

There have been a lot of buzz about the latest AMD Processors on desktop along with their latest AMD Radeon RX 5000 Series that the AMD Zen+ processors became almost negligible. Today we have MSI GL63 8SD vs ASUS FX505DU.

Launched at CES 2019 early this year, AMD promised better computing speeds versus the competing Core i5-8250u. Today, we have 2 top-tier entry level laptops battle it out.

MSI GL63 8SD vs ASUS FX505DU SPECS

MSI GL63 8SD vs FX505DU

DESIGN

Aesthetically, the MSI GL63 shows its age as it is not one of the most compact with slim bezels. There is not much improvement on MSI’s designs over the year when it comes to their entry level gaming laptops. This is still a full-sized laptop with plastic around the screen. On the other hand, ASUS boasts an FX chassis that has an MIL-STD-810G Military-Grade Build Quality. With further inspection, the FX 505DU is plastic all around. One of the improvements ASUS made was with their narrow bezels, reflecting as well on the keyboard that runs almost to the end of the laptop.

The MSI GL63 may look taller than the ASUS FX505DU but it is only because MSI out plastic side-feet on the bottom of the laptop, probably to help in the air flow but might scratch the desk over time.

The air intake grills are just below with the exhausts on the back edge, as well as some speaker grills.

ASUS was able to optimize airflow using intake cuts on top of the keyboard, on the back and under the laptop while keeping exhausts at the rear preventing dust from gathering in. They implemented rubber feet as well as there extra plastic feet at the middle and back which help in providing a perception of rigidity during daily use and better grip on a desk.

WINNER: ASUS

ASUS wins this one because of their slim bezels and smaller footprint compared  to the MSI GL63

KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD

As with most MSI laptops, the MSI GL63 is equipped with a SteelSeries keyboard that has red-backlight but with optional per-key RGB lighting on the 8SDK and 9SDK variants. The layout is a full-sized deck of keys, arrows and a smaller NumPad section. MSI transferred the Windows key next to the right CTRL key with an additional option to switch the FN and Windows keys at the Dragon Center app.

ASUS was able to implement their RGB Aura on the model we got. Nothing much to complain about the layout except of the fact that ASUS tried to keep a standard NumPad layout that made it look cramped along with the arrow keys. Aside from this, ASUS tries to replicate the ROG coounterpart of the the FX505DU by making the WASD keys clear allowing the LEDs to shine better via the RGB 4-zone implementation. As with the MSI GL63, the ASUS keyboard is also quiet and rather mushy. We still prefer the MSI keys over the ASUS keyboard as it isn’t the fastest out there but should be considerable for average use and not gaming.

When it comes to user experience, the MSI GL63 keyboard has a soft touch offering good feedback with quieter clicks but with fairly deep strokes that you’d need to press the keys pretty firmly to actuate correctly. We found the same feel on the GE75 Raider we tested a while back. On the trackpad, MSI went with a non-clickable touchpad and two physical buttons just below. Something that might be noticeable to most would be the stiff and clunky feel it gives that you’d definitely want to hook an external mouse for daily use. ASUS has placed the Elan Surface trackpad with phsyical clicks that are less stiff than that of MSI.

WINNER: MSI

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

COMPLINK

The MSI GL63 8SD-460PH Red Backlit Keyboard w/ Silver Lining retails for P69,995.
The ASUS FX505DU-AL004T comes at the price of P71,995 inclusive of a free 8GB RAM upgrade.

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Final Thoughts

There are two side to every coin. Despite ASUS having a better advantage on paper, after running benchmarks, the MSI definitely fought it out despite not being geared well, in our opinion. The MSI GL63 8SD beat ASUS at every turn thanks to the Intel i5-8300H. Some of the quirks though are the scratchy laptop feet on the MSI GL63 and the the lack of RAM and storage. For a price difference of P3,000, it would definitely cost you a lot more to get an extra terabyte of storage as upgrade and additional RAM.

Upgrading the MSI GL63 8SD to match the configurations of the ASUS FX505DU will cost about P3,800 ( 1TB HDD+ 4GB RAM is P2,500 + P1,300 respectively),  which we believe would be a worthy upgrade as it supersedes the performance of the R7 3750H in the ASUS FX505DU.

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