Published on April 24th, 2014 | by Aaron Hyde
MSI GT60 2PE Review
The MSI GT60 2PE Dominator Pro (!) that we’ll be looking at today is MSI’s newest and greatest offering at the more standard laptop size of 15.6″ in which no quarter has been spared in the pursuit of gaming nirvana. With the last few gaming laptops we’ve covered at Play3r, each sample has all but tried to go for gold in a certain space, size or cost – with the GT60 2PE – MSI have definitely gone for the best all-around where the sum of its parts are all but the best around. Indeed, the only thing possibly missing from this build is SLI GPUs.
As with the previous two Gigabyte laptops I covered, the GT60 2PE sticks with the Intel/Nvidia framework to get their gaming system off the ground along with an SSD + HDD storage solution. It’s clear that when you’re products are pitched north of £1000 these are the minimum, or arguably, only options worth exploring if you’re a manufacturer.
|OS||Windows 8.1 Pro x64|
|CPU||4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4800MQ|
|Display||15.6″ ‘3K’ 2880*1620 IPS display|
|System Memory||16GB 1600MHz|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset|
|Video Graphics||Nvidia GTX 880M 8GB GDDR5|
|Storage||Up to 384GB Super RAID 2 + 750GB HDD 7200rpm|
|Keyboard Type||Customisable Backlit Keyboard|
|Optical Disk Drive||BD/DVD-RW|
|I/O Port||- USB 2.0 Port(s): 1
– USB 3.0 Port(s): 3
– Mini VGA Port(s): 2
– HDMI Port(s): 1
– Mini Display Port(s): 2
– Microphone Jack(s): 1
– Headphone Jack(s): 1
– Line In Jack(s): 1
– Line Out Jack(s): 1
– LAN Port(s): 1
|Audio||Dynaudio Premium Speakers|
|Communications||LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz radio)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth V4.0
|Battery||9 cells Li-Ion (7800mAH)|
|Dimensions||395 x 267 x 55mm|
If you remember the MSI press event we went to recently, MSI felt there needed to be more done from them to make their gaming laptops that bit more desirable, and the GT60 in today’s review is one such product. The GT60 comes flanked with a ‘proper’ gaming keyboard built-in, a reliable streaming solution ready at the touch of a button and also, the headline grabbing 3K screen. MSI believes these are what gamers want from gaming laptops, and really, what makes MSI’s gaming laptops “gaming laptops” and not merely hi-spec laptops.
Do MSI deliver on their aims? Let’s find out.