The MSI range of laptops is vast but strong. The Ghost Pro series is there slimline powerful gaming laptops and the GS60 6QE is one of the beasts that was released in 2015. It is still currently one of their top selling laptops. The model I am reviewing is the 2015 model with the Intel (R) Core (TM) i7-6700HQ CPU (which runs at 2.60GHz), 16GB Ram, Windows 10 64bit, 15.6″ FHD, NVIDIA GTX 970M, 125gb SSD, 1TB HDD, Steel Series full colour keyboard, Dynaudio, USB-C, Thunderbolt all in a sleek 19.9mm frame that weighs less than 2kg!
One of the cool features of this laptop is the Steel Series keyboard. This is a very serious keyboard with great feedback for each press and is fully colour back lit! You can change the colours to anything you want! It has three different zones that you can set and it is fun and handy, especially if you do gaming or use your laptop at night! It can fade (breathing mode), do wave like motion with its lights and even react to music! Its a good little feature to show to your friends
The Intel Core i7 2600HQ is a very strong quad core cpu. Team this with 16gb of ram, windows 10 and the powerful Nvidia GTX 970M and this machine is a very capable gaming pc or even a strong work horse. I use it for CAD drawings and video editing with no problems. I have Excel, Outlook, Word, CAD, Cyberlink Power Director all running and this laptop doesn’t skip a beat. It is definitely a strong laptop but comes in a light weight and thin shell.
It has a decent amount of ports. It has 3 USB ports (2xUSB 3.0 & 1 USB 3.1 Type C), 1 Lightning port, 1 Ethernet, 1 Mini Displayport, 1 full HDMI, 1 Headphone socket, 1 Microphone socket and a card reader (SD/MicroSD). One thing to note, is that there is no CD drive, which is common in the thinner laptops. I have an external CD drive, for when I need to use a CD or DVD!
The full HD screen is great for office and everyday usage. I was tempted to get the 4K option, but didn’t want to purely because I use this laptop with work in mind and the 4K would make everything too small and put unnecessary stress on the video cards. After some months, I started getting the dreaded blank screen which was common for MSI GS60 owners. I connect my laptop to two different monitors, via HDMI & Mini DisplayPort. The onboard graphics, the Intel HD 530 was doing all the work and it seems that the NVIDIA drivers and the Intel drivers don’t like each other. The only way I have been able to keep this working (and prevent my main laptop screen from going black) is to install the original MSI drivers from their website (yes they are from 2015/16) as they work together much more reasonably! Unfortunately its a price I have to pay for getting the dual monitors to work. I believe people have the black screen problem even without external monitors, purely due to the NVIDIA drivers automatically updating. If you have this problem, make sure you go to the MSI support site and get the last supported driver for this laptop to make it more stable again.
Other than this screen issue, the laptop has been a hard worker and has show no signs of slowing down, despite me throwing at it multiple memory hogging programs and more intense video editing (cyberlink power director – no problems!!). I definitely recommend this laptop purely for its combination of specs and weight. I would believe the newer versions would have resolved the blank screen issues.
You can still get this great and portable laptop from MSI and online through Amazon for around US $1610 (at the time of writing).
Overall this a highly recommended laptop and the MSI range of laptops are real contenders in the laptop segment.
-Random Reviews Team-