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A gaming rig in Ultrabook's clothing

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Like the Razer Blade, the Ghost plays to a specific niche: gamers who want the power of a full-fledged gaming PC without sacrificing portability or aesthetics. It's a small subset of the notebook market, but MSI's GS60 fits right in: It's thin, powerful and a joy to use. It's not perfect, though. Pitted against the Blade, the Ghost's average battery life is disappointing and its Kepler-based GPU fails to make NVIDIA's new Battery Boost feature shine. Its attractive design can also detract from its gaming roots, best exemplified by a trackpad that, while outstanding for an Ultrabook, feels out of place on a gaming machine.

While these gripes are easy to dismiss, one more shadow hangs over MSI's GS60: the unreleased Ghost Pro configuration. It's everything the current model is and more, teasing enough upgrades to conceivably push the Ghost's performance off the fence of 30 fps gameplay. As is, the GS60 is a solid option for folks looking for a slim gaming rig, but a more powerful, identical machine is just around the corner. You want our opinion? Wait for the Pro model.

Critic reviews

7.8
3 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.2
  • Design and form factor
    8.8
  • Battery life
    7.5
  • Display
    10
  • Durability
    7.0
  • Expandability
    7.0
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.8

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9.0
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    10
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Battery life | 1 comment
    6.0
  • Display
    10
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability | 1 comment
    4.0
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
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Engadget Apr 17, 2014

The GS60 Ghost is a slim and powerful option for gamers who want a lightweight rig. If you're going to spend that kind of money, though, wait for the unreleased GS60 Ghost Pro, which will bring a sharper display and better graphics.

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7.0
IGN Apr 18, 2014

MSI's GS60 Ghost is great for PC gaming on the go, but its build and battery life make the price hard to justify.

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CNET Jun 3, 2014

Factor in a 4K 15.6-inch display with an eye-scorching resolution of 3,840x2,160-pixels, and you've got a serious performance machine. Given its powerful hardware, I suspect you can easily run supported games easily at this resolution as well.

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TechRadar Apr 11, 2014

At just about four pounds and with the power and features it offers, the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro stands to give rivals like the Razer Blade a worthy challenge. Aside from some keyboard flex at the G and H keys, there isn't much to complain about yet with this mobile gaming rig.

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9.0
Gorefiend Gorefiend

A beautiful piece of gear with a lot of power under the hood! After one month I can say that I'm completely satisfied with using the laptop at home for gaming and watching videos. Games run smoothely at 60 FPS thanks to the GTX 870M which even supports direct streaming to Twitch since the latest...

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