MSI showed up to PAX East 2014 with its next generation GS60 Ghost Pro ultra-portable gaming laptop in toe. With an incredibly sleek and attractive form factor, brand new 3K ultra-high resolution display and top-notch performance including NVidia’s new line of 800M graphics cards, this gaming laptop was a sight to behold.
One of my favorite aspects about the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro is its attractive aesthetic. From the outside it looks more like a traditional utltrabook, sporting a fetching black brushed aluminum lid. The protective cover is raised slightly on its sides, slanting down towards the outer edges of the display cover and concaving in towards the middle. It’s a rather minute detail, but it provides the laptop with an eye-catching angular look. MSI lettering sits at the top-center of the display cover while the company’s gaming logo resides directly below.
The rest of the GS60 Ghost Pro matches this quality, with a durable Mg-Li alloy build. I didn’t get to test the machine’s durability too much during my brief time with the laptop, but it did hold its form when I put heavy pressure on the chassis. That’s impressive considering MSI is hailing the GS60 Ghost Pro as the lightest 15.6-inch gaming laptop on the market, weighing in at around 4 pounds.
However, what’s most impressive is what MSI manages to cram into that small package. The MSI GS60 Ghost Pro features a 2.4GHz fourth generation Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, with 16GB of RAM, NVidia GeForce GTX 870M Graphics (with 3GB of GDDR5), a 128GB SSD along with a 1TB HDD. Unfortunately I didn’t get to fully test the GS60 Ghost Pro down on the PAX East 2014 floor, but I was able to play Company of Heroes 2 for a few minutes on maxed graphical settings. The experience was incredibly smooth and the frame rate appeared consistent throughout.
One of the biggest changes to come to the new GS60 Ghost Pro has to be its new ultra-high resolution screen. The notebook offers an enticing picture via its 15.6-inch WQHD (2880 x 1620) IPS display. The display was extremely bright and provided vibrant color contrast, as the duller greens and browns of the grassy battlefield popped while playing COH 2.
Opening up the device my eye was immediately drawn to the multi-colored backlit SteelSeries keyboard. Similar to other MSI devices, the GS60 Ghost Pro allows users to completely customize the color layout to their preference. Equipped with SteelSeries Engine users can also easily program their own macros and save them to profiles. More importantly the Chiclet-style keyboard was spacious and easy to navigate, even with the addition of a full number pad. Key travel was great considering the device’s slim frame and each key quickly snapped back into place after being struck.
The MSI GS60 Ghost Pro also comes pre-installed with Xsplit Gamecaster’s streaming software and offers six months free of the premium streaming service. The MSI GS60 Ghost will cost around $2,000 and is expected to be released sometime later this April or in early May.