[section_title title=”Introduction”] Introduction

Manufacturer: MSI
Model: GT60 2PE Dominator Pro
RRP: £2000

The MSI GT60 2PE Dominator Pro (!) that we’ll be looking at today is MSI’s newest and greatest offering at the more standard laptop size of 15.6″ in which no quarter has been spared in the pursuit of gaming nirvana. With the last few gaming laptops we’ve covered at Play3r, each sample has all but tried to go for gold in a certain space, size or cost – with the GT60 2PE – MSI have definitely gone for the best all-around where the sum of its parts are all but the best around. Indeed, the only thing possibly missing from this build is SLI GPUs.

As with the previous two Gigabyte laptops I covered, the GT60 2PE sticks with the Intel/Nvidia framework to get their gaming system off the ground along with an SSD + HDD storage solution. It’s clear that when you’re products are pitched north of £1000 these are the minimum, or arguably, only options worth exploring if you’re a manufacturer.


OS Windows 8.1 Pro x64
CPU 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4800MQ
Display 15.6″ ‘3K’ 2880*1620 IPS display
System Memory 16GB 1600MHz
Chipset Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset
Video Graphics Nvidia GTX 880M 8GB GDDR5
Storage Up to 384GB Super RAID 2 + 750GB HDD 7200rpm
Keyboard Type Customisable Backlit Keyboard
Optical Disk Drive BD/DVD-RW
I/O Port – USB 2.0 Port(s): 1
– USB 3.0 Port(s): 3
– Mini VGA Port(s): 2
– HDMI Port(s): 1
– Mini Display Port(s): 2
– Microphone Jack(s): 1
– Headphone Jack(s): 1
– Line In Jack(s): 1
– Line Out Jack(s): 1
– LAN Port(s): 1
Audio Dynaudio Premium Speakers
Communications LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz radio)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth V4.0
Webcam HD webcam
Security Kensington Lock
Battery 9 cells Li-Ion (7800mAH)
Dimensions 395 x 267 x 55mm
Weight 3.5Kg

If you remember the MSI press event we went to recently, MSI felt there needed to be more done from them to make their gaming laptops that bit more desirable, and the GT60 in today’s review is one such product. The GT60 comes flanked with a ‘proper’ gaming keyboard built-in, a reliable streaming solution ready at the touch of a button and also, the headline grabbing 3K screen. MSI believes these are what gamers want from gaming laptops, and really, what makes MSI’s gaming laptops “gaming laptops” and not merely hi-spec laptops.

Do MSI deliver on their aims? Let’s find out.


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