|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||3840 x 2160 pixels|
|Processor||2.6 GHz Core i7 6700HQ|
|RAM||16 GB SO-DIMM|
|Hard Drive||256 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA Geforce GTX970M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||6000 MB|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 4K-053 15.6" SLIM AND LIGHT GAMING LAPTOP NOTEBOOK i7-6700HQ Geforce GTX970M 16GB 256GB SSD+1TB WIN 10
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Aluminum Black 15.6" UHD, 4K eDP IPS-Level 3840 X 2160 16:9 Core i7-6700HQ 2.6-3.5GHz HM170 NVIDIA Geforce GTX970M 6G GDDR5 16GB (8G*2) DDR4 2133MHz 2 Sockets; Max Memory 32GB 256GB M.2 SATA + 1TB (7200RPM) _ _ Killer Gaming Network E2400 Killer N1525 Combo (2*2 ac) BT 4.1 SD (XC/HC) HDMI 1.4 mDP v1.2 Thunderbolt USB 3.0 * 2 Steel Series Full-color backlight with Anti-Ghost key+ silver lining Click Pad Dynaudio Tech Speakers *4 FHD type (30fps@1080p) FHD type (30fps@1080p) Win 10 Multi-language 2 year Limited warranty (Include 1 Year Global)
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- The screen. This is probably my favorite part of this laptop. The 4K IPS screen at 281 PPI is beautiful and the fact that it still handles 60 fps is a phenomenal achievement for MSI. The viewing angles are great and the IPS screen allows for some spectacular colors, all while also being very reflective, something I quite like as it gives it a premium feel.
-Speed. This thing is remarkably fast. The SSD and 16 gigs of RAM really do the trick to make this laptop a multi-tasking fiend.
- The Graphics Card. Many have complained that it can't handle 4K gaming with max settings but come on guys, did you really expect that? at a lower resolution, however, the card performs astoundingly well.
-The weight. This laptop is REALLY light. I mean, wow. This achievement is not without cost, as I'll mention later
- The Keyboard. Oh my god this thing is cool. It can change colors very quickly and the mode that allows it to react to sound is my favorite. I hope in the next version that it might get single key lighting, however, as the easily detectable 3 sections of lighting can be a little unimpressive.
-USB type C. This isn't really useful just yet, but in a few years this future proof port might be what allows you to not have to upgrade to a new laptop.
-Build. This is my biggest gripe with the laptop. For 1900 bucks, I expect a little better than what I got. I understand that MSI was probably trying to get the lightest plastic possible, and that is why it is so flimsy, but c'mon. I have almost broken the screen alone after a week because it can't handle being closed from the lower middle potion of the screen, something I commonly do for closing my laptop with one hand. Truthfully, It is mostly the screens build that is the worst, the rest of the machine is manageable enough. But Personally, I would have preferred an extra half pound for a sturdier screen.
-Scaling. This is something you have to expect when buying a 4K monitor. Not everything is going to scale correctly, (looking at you Origin)
-OS. This is something I found problems with with my last laptop as well. Windows 10 just has a few glitches with laptops. Worst of all is the problem where you can have your laptop screen closed but the screen will stay on and the computer wont go to sleep. This can make your laptop incredibly hot, (something not very good for any device), and run down the battery insanely fast, faster than usual that is.
-Battery. This is sort of to be expected but astoundingly this gaming laptop, like every other gaming laptop, has a crappy battery. I get about two hours of non gaming usage on battery before this thing commits suicide. It's hard to even complain about since this is so common, but i wish a manufacturer could just find a way to have 4 to 5 hours in a gaming laptop.
-Sound. I'm sure it's not the worst, but the speakers are very underwhelming, and I don't think the ones in front of the keyboard work, but are rather there for show.
In finality, I love this device. It has it's problems but they are all pretty common for laptops nowadays. If build quality is more important to you than all these other factors, I would have to suggest the ridiculously over priced Razer blade, since it seems to be the only laptop that cares about build quality, (Save apple products which personally I don't really even consider). I would suggest this product, but only if the buyer knew of it's few problems.
My only issue is when I get to work using Illustrator and Photoshop the controls are so small I have to bring my eyes a foot from the screen. I was hoping that stepping up from my old 13 inch 1080p laptop to 4k that I would have a lot more workspace and room for controls. Bringing the dpi scaling up doesn't help much and doing so makes all of the Windows controls and icons way too large for comfort. Please, if you're in the design field go for 1080p or 3k. 4k is not so great for a 15 inch.
I give those details to give you insight into my goals in this purchase and where I come from in this review. I researched online for the current offerings, but I was afraid to buy one online without seeing it in person. I was down to a Razer 14 2015, Asus G501, Asus UX501, MSI GS60, HP Omen, Dell XPS 15 9550, and a couple others. I went to 5 different stores to find these. None had more than 1 of them. I didn't find the Dell with the correct specs, or the ASUS UX501, but I experienced all the others.
I was about the buy the Razer 14 2015 at the first store, but I decided to go on the search rampage because despite the premium feel of the Razer, I was concerned about the smaller screen for SC2, the lack of a number pad bothered me, the screen was super reflective (a problem when using in a car during the day on a job site). And add that I knew that was going to be the most expensive of all the options, I didn't want to buy it that quickly with those issues, but I had it in my mind that if I wasn't more attracted to something else, I would come back to get it.
The next find was the HP Omen. Something bothered me about buying a HP laptop because I associate them with budget friendly cheaper laptops, but the Omen was certainly premium. It had it all there, except still no number pad. I liked all the ports in the rear and I liked the build quality. But there was just something about the aggressive design that turned me off. I loved it at first, but I felt like it would age quicker and I'd grow tired of it.
I then found the ASUS G501. It was very nice. In fact, based on the look and feel, I had it in my mind it was the winner and I was going home to order it as the one in the store wasn't the spec sheet I had in mind. I've also been a fan of ASUS in the past. It was nice.
I then found the MSI. I'm glad I went on this due diligence spree because I would have never ordered an MSI laptop sight unseen. I respect the MSI brand, but I've always favored ASUS in desktop components, and in my previous laptop search MSI was just entering the market and they were bulky, cheap, gamer gear looking laptops that turned me off. This one however, is NOT that. It is understated. It feels premium. It is light for it's power and size. It is well thought out. It feels BETTER than the Asus and is spec'ed better to boot.
SCREEN QUALITY- It is not a touchscreen (no use on a true laptop), glossy, but not highly reflective. I knew the issues with 4k going in, and would have bought a 1920x1200, like my lost Sony, but none had more than 1080p except 4k. And most of them were highly reflective touchscreens. Seeing a 4k image on your wallpaper looks amazing on this thing. Colors are great. Perfect amount of gloss.
KEYBOARD QUALITY- The number pad is great for us that actually use it often, but more than that. This Steel Series keyboard is the best I've ever used on a laptop. The customize-able back-lighting is even an added bonus.
BUILD QUALITY - This is a beautiful laptop. I'd say in the same class as all the other options including the Razer.
WEIGHT - Beats all the competition hands down. Although I suspect the UX501 is here too.
POWER - This is spec'ed as well or BETTER than ALL the other options I listed. One of the few that have the latest and greatest processor and GPU. Most have the 960M which would have been fine for my uses, but the 970 puts it on par with the Razer. It lacks nothing in this department.
STORAGE - I think this is the ONLY one that gives you the options for multiple drives out of the box. It comes with the high performance SSD and a large storage drive. This is an option I missed on my last laptop as I constantly had to invest in a bigger SSD because I kept filling it up.
PRICE - It is an expensive laptop, but on the lower end of the scale compared to the other listed options. The UX501 and Razer are more expensive. The rest are either the same or slightly lower because of the 960M GPU.
I really like the auto switching GPU that is indicated by the power light color. VERY nice touch that speaks to how well thought out the design is here. I think this is the only one with a good ol' ethernet port. Very nice to have sometimes when you are having wifi issues or reformat and need drivers.
None, but a few things I'll note for people who might care. I've never met a touch pad I liked, so I didn't bother with this one. I always use a mouse. I can't say that this one is bad or good because I've barely used it, but it looks good and isn't in my way. But I've read that people don't like it. I would prefer smaller bezels, but in this one you'd have to increase the screen size rather than decrease laptop size to preserve the number pad and keyboard feel. This is why I was looking at the Dell, but I suspect the Dell is much bulkier. The screen is so gorgeous I haven't noticed the bezels. Not a lot of USB ports, but honestly, I had three on my last laptop, and I don't' recall ever using all 3.