MSI GS60 2PC Ghost laptop

A gaming unit that has a surprisingly light weight and slim profile

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MSI GS60 2PC Ghost
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Pros

  • Excellent keyboard
  • Excellent, non-glossy screen
  • Thin and light for a gaming beast

Cons

  • Some driver issues for graphics and Wi-Fi
  • Fan noise
  • Touchpad could be a bit better

Bottom Line

It may be a gaming laptop, but MSI's GS60 Ghost has a lot going for it even if you're not all that keen on games. The keyboard and screen are both excellent, and the configuration is strong, despite the overall weight of 1.96kg and the thin chassis. For the most part, a worthy product to consider if you're a gamer looking for something relatively mobile.

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MSI has released another gaming laptop into the wild: the GS60 2PC Ghost. It has a more refined look and feel than the MSI gaming behemoths we've seen in the past, and MSI has put in more features that provide a better overall end-user experience. There is a focus on comfort and good looks, as well as a necessarily strong internal configuration.

User comfort

The first thing you notice when you pick up this gaming laptop is just how light it feels considering what it represents. It's a 15.6in model with a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU inside, but the chassis has a slim profile, and the laptop as a whole tips the digital scales at only 1.96kg (without its power supply). It's one of the few gaming laptops we've reviewed that feels comfortable to rest on our lap, and we loved using it as a regular laptop for our everyday work, (in addition to running a few racing games while lazing on the couch).

The build quality of the chassis is rock solid, and the Full HD screen is a stunner. But one of the delights of this laptop is its keyboard, which is a SteelSeries unit with perhaps the best keys we've ever felt on a laptop that isn't a ThinkPad.

Truly, the SteelSeries keyboard on this MSI Ghost is one of the best we've used in a laptop, and one that makes you want to use the laptop. That's due to the soft, yet firm feel of the keys; they also provide an excellent amount of travel, quick response, and crisp feedback. Furthermore, they are quiet keys and they are backlit by an array of LEDs that can be customised to your heart's content using the preinstalled SteelSeries Engine keyboard utility. There are many other things you can do in that utility, such as give each keyboard zone its own colour, set up different profiles, and even create macros that light up keys in a specific pattern. Other features include the ability to record typing sessions and find out which keys you hit most.

The only drawback is that it's a packed keyboard, especially around the arrow keys, and this is mainly because the number pad encroaches on the arrow keys, which can make it hard to distinguish them purely by feel. Getting rid of the number pad in a future model and replacing it with a column of macro keys might be something for MSI to consider. Overall, though, we loved typing with this keyboard and think it's a great laptop to choose if you're a typist looking for a laptop that can be a very good all-rounder.

The backlit keyboard and the power button. The latter changes colour to let you know which graphics adapter is being used.
The backlit keyboard and the power button. The latter changes colour to let you know which graphics adapter is being used.

The keyboard utility can provide you with a heat map.
The keyboard utility can provide you with a heat map.

Sitting just below the keyboard is a touchpad with a chrome outline, which adds a bit of flare to an otherwise minimalist look. It's large and it supports common gestures such as three-finger flicks, two-finger taps, and Windows 8's swipe-in movements. It's an ELAN pad and it's good overall, but we did notice instances in which it was slow to respond to our movements. When gaming, you will most likely be using a mouse, but for the times when you just want to browse the Web or do other non-gamey things, you might notice that it's a little off. That's not to say it's bad, just that it could be a little better.

We love the laptop's screen, which has a Full HD resolution and bright and vibrant colour output, as well as a beautiful, deep black level. Furthermore, it supplied wide viewing angles; we never felt the need to adjust the tilt in order to make the picture look better. It's a very good screen for looking at photographs, watching video, in addition to gaming. We didn't notice any ghosting while looking at fast-paced content. The only problem is that the screen's housing feels a little flimsy. In particular, the bezel on the right side made clicking noises when we pressed it gently with our fingers. This goes against the overall sturdy feel of the chassis.

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One of the worst reviews ever

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Peter Brighton

3.5

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Pros
Screen Resolution and speed of starting applications
Cons
Battery life is abysmal and touchpad has a mind of its own
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I took possession of mine a couple of weeks ago with the intention of giving my notebook to my partner and using this as my development machine. I have yet to confirm in my own mind if I will do that.

The backlit keyboard is handy when working in darken areas but most of the time I have it switched off. It appeals to a certain demographic and is novelty that very quickly becomes annoying

I spend several hours a day commuting on the train and a good reliable notebook allows me to utilise these hours. If I could use a mouse I'd be in heaven but the touchpad is so sensitive that it borders on unusable. I've switched off as much of the fancy touch patterns as is possible but still the machine opens up extra applications, or closes down your app even if you move the pointer near the close area. With the high resolution you need to be quite precise when you are moving the pointer and this is made even more difficult. Bringing the resolution back down seems to defeat part of the purpose of getting such a machine.

Now to battery life. If you want any more than an hour you can't have the high performance option selected. I'm lucky to get 1hr 5 minutes on the train and I'm certainly not taxing the CPU or even touching the graphics side of things. Visual studio and SQL Server are not great graphics packages.

Reviews that I read prior to purchase mentioned noisy fans and hot machines. I've not experienced either of these. My previous ACER got alot hotter than this machine.

In short if you need to be away from a power source or you need to spend alot of time using the trackpad then this is not the machine for you. If this is not you then enjoy the screen resolution and the speed with which applications start up especially if they are installed on the ssd drive.

Visual studio is virtually instantaneous.

SQL Server is a different story I was expecting the database application that I am currently working to scream on this new machine but its no faster than my old i5 4GB acer.

I'm still working on that.

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