MSI GE60 2PE Apache Pro Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅12-03-14
Closer Look (Continued)

GE60 in all its glory

Opening the lid we are met with even more stylish aesthetics. MSI has continued with the brushed aluminium theme by furnishing the keyboard surround in this material.

Inside GE60 we have the following core components:

• CPU Intel Core i7-4700HQ (2.4GHz)
• Memory 12GB 1600MHZ CL11 DDR3
• GPU NVIDIA GTX 860M 2GB aka GM107 (Maxwell)
• HDDs Sandisk 128GB SSD + Hitachi 1TB 7200RPM HDD

As you can see, GE60 takes full advantage of cutting edge technology and architecture – even featuring NVIDIA’s first Maxwell mobile chip GM107 via GTX 860M. The Sandisk SSD has been configured to be the OS drive whilst the Hitachi is used for general storage. If you'd like a view of the internal components and coverage of what's included please take a look at our video review on Vortez TV.

1080p resolution is available

GE60 uses a 15.6” TN Full HD display panel which delivers 1080p resolution and features anti-glare. Also attached to the display is a 720p webcam for use with applications such as Skype.

MSI and SteelSeries have been collaborating on mobile products for a good few years now and this joint venture is evident on GE60 too. SteelSeries supply the keyboard on this notebook – a fully customisable keyboard with LED backlight. This keyboard makes use of SteelSeries ENGINE to allow profiles storage and a higher level of customisation.

The keyboard follows a condensed QWERTY design and has multimedia capabilities.

Keyboard supplied by SteelSeries

DYNAUDIO is another feature which has been integrated with previous MSI notebooks and is found on GE60 too. Beyond the conventional mobile speaker, DYNAUDIO delivers crystal clear stereo sound for use in games and multimedia.

The two buttons in the top left corner (beside the screen hinge) allow you to adjust the cooling fan speed and LED lighting on-the-fly. This is a really useful feature to have, intensive games can cause components to overheat and therefore boosting the fan speed can help alleviate system crashes cause by unnecessary temperatures. The noise does obviously increase but if you are using a headset to game then noise is irrelevant.

DYNAUDIO and on-the-fly buttons for cooling and lighting

MSI has placed a discreet specifications label at the bottom of the keyboard which lists the fundamental components within GE60. Next to this is the touchpad which again, has been given the brushed metal effect. You’ll notice there are no buttons near this pad – instead, you have to press-down in the lower sections. This method of navigation is cumbersome at first and whilst it does look great, the pad itself does rattle when lightly tapped – throughout the review we decided to plug in a gaming mouse instead.

Actiity LEDs run along the bottom edge of the unit and there is an SD card slot reader for reading SD/SDHC cards.

Unique touchpad for mouse cursor navigation

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