MSI GS60 2PC Ghost laptop

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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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