When people think of gaming laptops it’s normally the case that Alienware is brought up as the laptop to get. They create computers that are specifically kitted out to put the gamer at ease, with not only stylish looking futuristic looks but also the power to back up the name. The fact is though when money is not really an option Alienware is a name to trust, but there are others who want to steal the crown.
One of the laptops that want to steal this crown is known as the MSI GT60 or to give it its full name the MSI GT60-i789W7H. This is a laptop at 15.6 inches that is packing a lot of punch. With Intel’s most up to date Ivy-Bridge processor and Nvidia’s powerful GTX 670M graphics card sitting by its side to power even the latest games, this is a laptop that wants to make a mark.
With its black casing the GT60 has an elaborate design that is straight out of the Alienware rulebook, everything but the logo of course. With rounded edges and lack of colour on the casing its sleek and dark, but it’s the added touches that make this a nice laptop. The screen for example is framed by a metallic brushing with plastic sides, with the MSI logo, power buttons, touchpad and speakers being covered in chrome.
The chassis itself is around 2.3 inches in thickness and weights around 8.8 pounds which is actually quite heavy for a laptop. With the power it’s offering though and the size of the screen itself it lends itself to a feeling of quality rather than a lightness. This is a true power machine.
As always the connections for the laptop can be important. For USB there are two USB 3.0 ports, a card reader in the front that supports SD, MMC and MS(Pro) cards, and another USB port that is only 2.0 this time. There is also an eSATA port for any external hard disk requirements you may have. Adding to that there are the usual VGA/D-sub port and Ethernet connections and of course connection for the power supply. Adding to this 7.1 audio sound connections, a headphone jack and connections for 2.1 audio and this laptop is kitted out for any needs you may have.
The most important part of a laptop that has gaming performance is of course just how much power it has and what can it do. As mentioned this has the latest Ivy Bridge Intel CPU, which is an i7-3610QM quad-core processor. There are integrated graphics abilities on the board but for games this is really of no use to you. This is why the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M has been added. This is an ultra-fast card that can play any game thrown at it.
In terms of memory the GT60 can handle up to 16GB of ram which is more than enough to run anything you want. A DVD writer is included, which could have easily been a Blu-ray player (you would have thought) but this is not really that much of an issue at this time. With 750GB of SATA hard disk space there is plenty to work with, although this again could have been better.
This is an excellent gaming laptop but it does have some surprising choices, especially the small hard disk, although not bad it does look like something that may need to be upgraded in the future. When paying a lot for a laptop of this kind you would expect the specs to be fairly high, and this is the case to a point, there are just little things like the DVD instead of Blu-ray areas that do raise questions. Other than that though, there are many reasons to spend your hard earned cash on this machine.