MSI GS60 2PC Ghost

Australian T3 - - RATED - $2,549, MSI.COM

A slim­line con­tender with some killer moves up its sleeve

MSI’s pre­vi­ous gam­ing lap­top was the bulky GS70 Stealth, but for the Ghost it’s slimmed things down con­sid­er­ably. This is the thinnest and light­est 15.6-inch gam­ing note­book on the mar­ket, no less, mea­sur­ing 19.9mm thick and weigh­ing un­der 2kg. Com­pared to other lap­tops in this test, the dif­fer­ence is in­stantly no­tice­able; you’ll have no trou­ble car­ry­ing this around in your bag all day. The black, brushed metal cas­ing matches the slim­line looks, but the whole thing still man­ages to feel ro­bust.

The ex­tra inches carved off of the build have not af­fected the spec un­der the bon­net. You get the same In­tel Core i7 quad­core pro­ces­sor as ri­vals, with Nvidia GeForce GT X 860M graph­ics giv­ing an en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mance. The Ghost will hap­pily play the lat­est games with min­i­mal lag and max­i­mum en­joy­ment fac­tor. Add to this a key­board sup­plied by famed pe­riph­eral man­u­fac­turer SteelSeries and pre-in­stalled X-Split live stream­ing, which lets you broad­cast your gam­ing suc­cesses to Twitch and YouTube in an in­stant, and you’ve got a lot of gam­ing oomph on hand.

Alas, there are short­com­ings to re­port as well. The slim chas­sis means that there’s not much space for a beefy bat­tery, and as a re­sult the ma­chine’s stamina is some­thing of a let­down, pow­er­ing down around the three-hour mark. The black metal cas­ing, while easy on the eye, also picks up fin­ger­marks all too read­ily. Fi­nally, the au­dio qual­ity is weak, an in­evitable con­se­quence of such a svelte frame.

If you’re look­ing for a se­ri­ously por­ta­ble gam­ing lap­top, then those com­pro­mises should be quite easy to make. When it comes to the im­por­tant spec es­sen­tials, the GS60 Ghost has what it takes to get near the top of the ta­ble. The price is pretty rea­son­able, too. A solid show­ing. Love Slim de­sign. Up-to-scratch gam­ing per­for­mance. Ex­cel­lent HD dis­play Hat e Sound is weak. Short bat­tery life. Black chas­sis col­lects scratches and smudges T3 Says The slimmest and light­est gam­ing lap­top on the mar­ket punches above its weight

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