June 17, 2013
- Comfortable, backlit keyboard
- Vivid display quality
- Blu-ray drive
- Extremely good gaming performance
- Single mouse bar
- Very small touch pad
The MSI GT60 2OD-026US is a gaming laptop with the latest 4th generation Haswell Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a solid-state hard drive. As a result, it has outstanding performance, a bright 15-inch 1080p display and a well-designed keyboard.
The design of this MSI notebook follows previous models with a plastic and metal hybrid chassis. The lid has a brushed aluminum design with a matte black plastic frame. The interior is also black plastic except for the palm rest, which is also brushed aluminum. The notebook measures 15.0 x 10.2 x 1.8-inches (wdh) and weighs 7.6-pounds, so it's quite heavy.
We really liked the full-size keyboard and numeric keypad on this notebook. The keys have a black matte finish and give good feedback during use. We didn't notice any flex and as a result, we had a comfortable experience. In the spirit of the gaming aura, the MSI GT60 has customizable, multicolored backlighting. There's many effects to choose from and they all look really great.
The track pad, on the other hand, could use a lot of work. The small size limited our ability to perform Windows 8's multi touch gestures. The mouse bar under the touch pad was a limitation because it is only a single bar and not two, one for right and left clicking.
The MSI GT60 has a 15-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel display. The display has a matte finish and has good brightness and vividness. The viewing angles were extremely good and wider than most other laptops we've tested. Watching streaming HD media looked beautiful on the 15-inch screen.
For ports, you get three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI-out, mini-DisplayPort out, VGA, Ethernet, audio ports and a 3-in-1 memory card reader. There is a Blu-ray optical drive as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
The MSI GT60 2OD-026US is equipped with the brand new 4th generation Intel Haswell Core i7-4800MQ, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive and a 128GB solid-state drive. For graphics, there is discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics with 4GB of dedicated video memory.
On a PCMark 7 benchmark it earned a score of 6,190, which is more than twice the category average for other Windows 8 gaming laptops. The latest 4th generation CPUs from Intel definitely help to provide enough power for even the most strenuous games. Gaming performance was extremely good and watching streaming HD video was a breeze. Because of the solid-state hard drive, boot up times were very speedy.
Battery life clocked in at about 4.5-hours, which is slightly above the category average.