Having used the MSI GS60-2QE for a good one month, its finally time to settle down to make a full review of this powerful and addictive gaming laptop, I was indeed spoilt by the Inspiron 14 7000 that we reviewed a couple of months back and MSI has destroyed me even further with the GS60-2QE gaming laptop, it is an extremely lightweight machine yet the company managed to pack the most powerful hardware internals into the size of a laptop. What does the GS60 offer no other gaming laptops can? Let’s dive in.
MSI GS60-2QE Ghost Pro 4K Specifications
Processor: Intel Core i7 4720HQ 2.6GHz Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600
Storage: Dual 128GB M.2 SSD RAID 0, 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M 3GB GDDR5/Intel HD4600
Display: 15.6″ UHD (3840 x 2160) PLS Non-Touch
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n/ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 4.0, Killer Gigabit LAN
I/O Ports: 1 x HDMI 1.4a, 1 x MiniDisplay, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x SDXC Card Reader, 1 x Gigabit LAN
Battery: 6-Cell Integrated Battery
Design and Ports
The word ‘gaming’ on a portable computing device has always lead to the impression of bulky and heavy devices that you will not dream of lugging it around, MSI has decided to redefine gaming laptops by producing a lightweight yet discreetly powerful product like the GS60-2QE. Our review unit here is a hardware refreshed model, the laptop measures 19.9mm and weighs a mere 1.9KG, which you can’t tell from the pictures alone but you really have to be present to hold it – its really light!
While most gaming laptops will look really funky with cool curves, fancy lighting or probably as boring looking as a business laptop, MSI has done things differently with the GS60 and has made it look extremely premium and expensive with the Stealth Gold edition we have here, some folks actually thought this is some kind of limited edition laptop when I brought it along with me.
While MSI’s laptop keyboards are engineered by gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries, the GS60’s keyboard isn’t a mechanical one and it still delivers a great typing experience when I use it for editorials, gaming is also fine however serious gamers will still want to use their own trustworthy mechanical keyboard if they were to really game on it as the keys feel pretty fragile when you are mashing them in the middle of an exciting game.
In order to make a thin laptop, there has to be compromises to be made however for the GS60, MSI has merely omitted an optical drive which is fine for most users however they aren’t stingy on offering a number of input ports – 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x MiniDisplay, 1 x Killer Gigabit LAN and 1 x SDXC card slot.
Lugging a 15-inch laptop in your bag that weighs a mere 1.9KG is like an impossible dream coming to real life despite not being as light as an Ultrabook, the fact that is a powerful gaming laptop really makes you feel that you can simply turn on the device and work away really fast thanks to its beastly dual M.2 SSD RAID 0 configuration.
The GS60 definitely has its perks of being a powerful laptop yet having a reasonably slim form factor, its cooling system is efficient enough to dissipate heat fast after finishing a game, however the chassis can reach extremely high temperatures which you do not want to touch on it or playing games on your lap, thankfully the keyboard and palm area remains a comfortably warm temperature at 34-36 degree Celsius, which means you can still game comfortably on the desk in an air conditioned room. Heed our advise, don’t use the laptop outdoors.
Battery life isn’t great, but it makes sense
With such powerful hardware internals, the GS60 is an extremely power hungry laptop despite having packed a power efficient GPU onboard, bear in mind that it needs to power a 15-inch UHD resolution display, that fancy keyboard lighting and a super fast Core i7 processor, the laptop merely lasted us 2 hours and 45 minutes for productive activities on ECO mode and gaming on NVIDIA’s BatteryBoost will give you 1:30 of battery life, which totally makes sense with a 6-cell battery, so make sure you carry the power adapter along with you.