As the title of this review playfully suggests, the MSI PE60 Prestige offers a distinct advantage among competing 15-inch gaming laptops because it doesn’t look like a typical gaming laptop with over-the-top design elements.
In fact, the PE60 looks like a relatively boring silver-and-black business notebook until you get close enough to notice it has a high-quality screen and packs a gamer-friendly Nvidia GeForce graphics card. This split personality makes the MSI PE60 Prestige an obvious choice for students who want to get an entry-level gaming laptop but have to satisfy parents who insist that the main purpose of a PC is for doing school work.
Unfortunately, that also means that some potential customers will be caught off guard when this laptop defies expectations based on how it is marketed. Some businesses looking for a “mobile workstation” will question the lack of a workstation-class GPU and the not-so-rugged chassis. Likewise, some consumers looking for a “premium” laptop like a MacBook Pro will no doubt find the PE60 too thick and heavy.
You’ll find the build quality is perfectly fine if you only compare the PE60 against 15-inch gaming notebooks. In fact, the weight of this notebook is virtually identical to the Acer V15 Nitro (and much lighter than the Alienware 15). Just don’t expect the PE60 to be a 15-inch MacBook Pro and don’t expect it to be bulletproof like a Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme.
In short, the MSI PE60 Prestige is perfect for people who want an affordable gaming laptop that doesn’t look like a gaming laptop.
- Excellent display
- Good graphics performance
- Attractive backlit keyboard
- Affordable gaming laptop for students
- Thin chassis materials
- Weighs more than 5 lbs.
- Mediocre battery life
- Not really a “workstation”