Everyone wants a good gaming laptop, especially one that sports a sleek design, generous high-resolution display, good speakers, really nice keyboard, and of course, beefy hardware to run even the most demanding games. One of the those laptops that combine all those in one package is the MSI GS60 6QE Ghost Pro 4K. It boasts a Skylake i7 -6700HQ CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M GPU, 16GB RAM, and a combo of 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD storage. Find out what we think about this gaming laptop in our review below.
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Design and Construction
Gaming laptops normally feature fat bodies which are due to the amount of hardware it’s packing under the hood, the GS60 6QE is an exception as it is slim for its class at 19.9mm. It’s all black with a metal body and brushed finish which makes it really stealthy to look at. The downside is that it’s tall, wide, and hefty at 1.9 kg so you will need a bigger laptop bag if you’re going to carry this around.
Looking at the lid, you will see the MSI branding along with its signature red dragon shield, and a couple of creases slanting at the left and right as part of its design.
Inside we have the 15.6-inch UHD display Full HD 30fps webcam, the SteelSeries keyboard with multicolor backlighting (which we will discuss later). Situated above it are the DynaAudio speakers, and the illuminated circle power button. Down below is a large trackpad that’s slightly favored towards the left half.
Looking at the left side, we have the audio and mic jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, DC-in, Kensington lock, and ventilation. While on the right side are the USB 3.1 Type-C port, card reader, HDMI out, Mini Display port, LAN port, and another vent. Sadly, MSI didn’t consider putting an extra USB port on this side which should make it more convenient for those using a wired mouse.
Take a look from the rear and you will see more vents to help dissipate heat. Down at the bottom are ten rubber feet to make sure that the laptop is stable and won’t slip.
Build-wise, the GS60 6QE feels solid and cool to the touch. The only gripe we have is that it is very prone to fingerprints and smudges. You can wipe it down but it won’t take long before it starts to look messy again.
The SteelSeries keyboard is one of the nicest aesthetic features of the GS60 6QE. It’s illuminated, has a dedicated numerical keypad, supports multiple colors, and you can adjust its brightness in four levels.
And yes, you can customize the buttons and colors according to your preference, and select effects (Normal, Gaming, Breathing, Wave, Dual Color, Audio) using the SteelSeries Engine software.
Performance-wise, it’s very enjoyable to use especially at night. It’s tactile, quiet, has decent depth, and feels firm. The keys are also reasonably spaced, and personally, we liked that they made the left CTRL key larger which is crucial when playing games.